Music

“Modern day music that harkens back to yesteryear, circa the 1920’s through the late 1950’s, jazzy as well as beautifully played and sung. Centered around Marae’s close mic’d voice and ukulele…it’s Marae’s voice that is the star attraction here. There is a melancholy air to the material here, with the title track in particular approaching torch song territory.” Bart Mendoza/San Diego Troubadour.

Download, My Heart Can’t Take It on Itunes or Amazon. Nominated for a San Diego Music Award, 2014.

Bio

Alison’s Marae’s music is rooted from early 20th century jazz, blues and folk. With an intimate exploration of the heart and inspiration from the past, she is on a path to finding her own voice. A San Diego Music Award nominee (2014) for her debut EP, My Heart Can’t Take It which she produced, penned most of the songs and released on independent music label, Dizzy with a Dame Records.

An international performer, Alison has performed in Paris, London, New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu and San Diego. She is former professional dancer and choreographer, but continues to bring a soft shoe percussion to her live shows for the fun of it. With Alison’s contralto voice, her love of melancholy and vintage jazz, she is an old soul living in a pop world.

Currently, she is writing and recording in the studio with music projects: Birdy and the Bow Tie (Vintage jazz and originals) and Little Catbird (family friendly, feel-good music).

Modern day music that harkens back to yesteryear, circa the 1920’s through the late 1950’s, jazzy as well as beautifully played and sung. Centered around Marae’s close mic’d voice and ukulele…it’s Marae’s voice that is the star attraction here. There is a melancholy air to the material here, with the title track in particular approaching torch song territory.” Bart Mendoza/San Diego Troubadour

Calendar

1/27/16: Ukulele Strum Along at the North Park Library. San Diego 6pm
1/22/16: Bella Vista Social Club. La Jolla, CA 5:30pm

11/20/15: Nates Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm.
11/6/15: Cavendish Arms . London, UK. 9pm.
10/24/15:  Onze Bar. Paris, France 9pm.
10/22/15: Culture Rapide/Paris Lit Up. Paris, France.
10/7/15: Java Joe’s. San Diego 8pm Ukulele Strum Along and concert.
9/17/15: Live radio performance. The Happy Hour San Diego/ Mountain Country Radio 107.9 FM.
9/10/15: Nate’s Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm. Ukulele strum-along.
8/26/15: North Park Library. San Diego 5;30pm.
7/9/15: Nates Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm. Uke strum-along and concert.
6/27/15: Nates Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm. Uke strum-along and concert.
6/21/15: Make Music Day in Balboa Park, San Diego, Ukulele strum along. Noon under the fig tree.
6/6/15: San Diego Ukulele Festival. Performance and ukulele workshops.
5/9/15: Nates Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm.
5/7/15: Java Joe’s. San Diego 8pm Ukulele Strum Along and concert.
4/29/15: Unplugged Music Festival. San Diego 2pm at Haven Pizzeria. Concert and uke strum.
3/19/15: Nates Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm.
2/26/15: Java Joe’s. San Diego 8pm
2/20/15: Nates Garden Grill. San Diego 6pm.

Lessons

 Ukulele and Singing Lessons in San Diego

Hi, I’m Alison Marae. I’m a San Diego Music Award nominee (2014), a recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on voice, ukulele and piano. Professionally, I’ve performed in Paris, London, NYC, Los Angeles, Hawaii and San Diego.

I have over 16 years experience as a teaching artist. My teaching career began in 1999 when I started my own program as an independent teaching artist/director in San Diego. I also ran my own, non-profit arts organization for over 7 years while serving as master teacher, artistic and executive director.

Teaching is and will always be a passion of mine. I have a patient and encouraging nature with beginners and know how to break things down so learning music is fun and exciting! I customize lessons for each student. Whether it be to prepare for auditions, going into the studio to record or just study music for the fun of it. I teach in the genres of pop, rock, folk, jazz and blues. I use recording equipment in my studio as a learning tool for students who are developing songs for performance or recording.

A music education offers more than just music. Self-discipline, increased self-confidence, coordination, determination and self expression are just a few qualities that a music education will bring into everyday life. Music lessons are available at your home or in our studio near Balboa Park/San Diego, CA.

Check out Lessons with Alison’s reviews on Yelp!

Ukulele Strum-Alongs

Strum along with my new San Diego community ukulele group, The Jumping Flea Strummers! Email me to be on my mailing list where you’ll find out out about local ukulele strum-alongs and concerts! We may even start a performance group, so please sign up!

Next Strum-Along:

Wednesday, January 27 2016. North Park Library in San Diego, CA. Starts at 6pm

Click here for songbooks

Ukulele Charts

Strum along with a new San Diego community ukulele group, The Jumping Flea Strummers! Email Alison to be on the mailing list where you’ll find out out about local ukulele strum-alongs and concerts!

Click on ukulele songbooks to download (Standard C6 tuning: GCEA)

Vintage SongbookEasy Ukulele Songs Beatles Songbook

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