Presented by Feast Festival
Reviewed 15 November 2018
Mama Alto came to the Raj House foyer with an intimate show in her unique jazz-gospel style. The stage is a minimalistic set up with lounges scattered about for all the audience to be comfortable and close to the performance.
Alto created an incredibly welcoming environment, the draw card being the vocal performance and light banter that came with a hint of political statements slotted in without losing the charm on stage.
Alto is a clearly talented performer. Her ability to command the stage is extraordinary. Alto displayed strong control over the vocals and presented in-depth knowledge on the style of song that was chosen for the set.
The stage was quite small but this was lost the moment Mama Alto took the stage and connected with the audience in a casual and straight forward manner without losing the sense of purpose and brilliantly charismatic command over the work.
Mama Alto was joined onstage by William Elm on keys who kept a great pace to the overall show. Elm’s stage presence with Alto was great, they had a strong connection and were able to easily bounce between each other, which stood out considering the stripped back nature to the cabaret performance.
Both Alto and Elm were fitting together in lounge-jazz attire but this didn’t take away from the high quality fringe performance they put on.
Mama Alto Torch Songs is a wonderful show that has a solid presence amongst the shows coming to Adelaide for Feast Festival 2018.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Venue: Raj House, 54 Hyde Street, Adelaide South Australia
Season: 15-17 November 2018