Formed in 1994 by pianist and composer Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, Pink Martini was borne out of Lauderdale’s exasperation at the lack of inclusive, “neighborly” music at local political fundraisers. Pink Martini addressed this by fusing elements of classical, jazz, and world music into their multilingual repertoire, which they performed for social and ecological fundraisers around Portland. The following year, New York-based vocalist China Forbes joined the musical cocktail and began composing with Lauderdale. The carefree lilt of their first hit “Sympathique” found its way into the hearts of French listeners, nominated for Song of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Awards.
In 1998, Pink Martini made its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony, and has since performed with over seventy symphonies worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Their latest album, Je Dis Oui, features melodies and lyrics from Iran, South Africa, France, and the American Songbook. As Pink Martini continues to captivate audiences worldwide, they remain true to Lauderdale’s vision to celebrate a diverse and neighborly America.