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Pink Martini

Aug 10, Saturday - 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Versatile twelve-piece Pink Martini combines the suave stylings of a Parisian cabaret with the bubbly energy of a Brazilian street fair, with the elegant vocals of China Forbes at the helm. Entering its twenty-fifth year, the “little orchestra” has earned an international cult following from Greece to Greenwich Village.

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.  

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.  


Personnel

Thomas Lauderdale – pianist
China Forbes – singer
Jimmie Herrod – guest singer
Edna Vazquez – guest singer
Nick Crosa – violin
Timothy Nishimoto – percussion, vocals
Dan Faehnle – guitar
Phil Baker – bass
Reinhardt Melz – drums
Brian Davis – percussion
Miguel Bernal – percussion
Robert Taylor – trombone
Gavin Bondy – trumpet

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