Torch Songs



Jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva Mama Alto beguiles you with sumptuous and exquisite torch songs.

Having captivated the hearts and minds of audiences with her luscious voice for the past eight years, Mama Alto returns with her evocative interpretations of jazz standards from the American Songbook.

Capturing the enigmatic genre of torch singing, Mama Alto tells a story, weaving a truth and narrating a journey within the delicious tension between tradition and subversion. Keeping the flame of the great women who have come before her, Mama Alto’s stunning and unique presence reverberates in the mind and awakens the heart. Accompanied by multi-instrumental wonder William Elm on piano, Mama Alto invites you to drink in the riches of torch songs.

‘Mama Alto is an exceptionally talented singer, who makes the question as to whether it is a woman or a man singing obsolete. It is clearly an angel.’ The Conversation

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Mama Alto


Ned Washington, Dimitri Tiomkin
Wild is the Wind

Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green
Body and Soul

Ewan MacColl
The First Time ever I Saw Your Face

Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
Moon River

Bill Carrey, Carl Fischer
You’ve Changed

Billie Holiday
Don’t Explain

Harold Arlen
Stormy Weather

Stephen Sondheim
Send In The Clowns

Jacques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain
My Man


Mama Alto vocals
William Elm piano


This production is part of the following series:

Jazz in the Salon

Whether traditional jazz is up your alley or you fancy something a little more improvisatory, ambient or electric, step away from the daily grind and into the Salon to experience the sweet sounds of jazz at the Best Place to Hear.