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Crush the strawberries with a fork, put all the ingredients in a shaker, which is stirred for 1-2 minutes, until the ice melts. Then pour into martini glasses, decorated with sugar.

To get the sugar decoration on the glasses, wipe them on the edge with a damp napkin, about 2-3mm, on the inside and outside, and then dip them in sugar. It will stick to the wet glass, and in a few minutes, after the glass dries, it will remain fixed. So it is good to prepare the glasses before making the cocktail, so that they have time to dry.


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"Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we'd be that band." - Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader / pianist

In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world - crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop - and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathetic (I don't want to work) ” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don't want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We're very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion. ”

Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages on six continents. After making its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Pink Martini has released 11 studio albums on its own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), selling over 3 million albums worldwide. In 2019, the band released two studio EPs, Tomorrow and Kiss me a lot, featuring lead vocals from Pink Martini’s newest members, Jimmie Herrod and Edna Vazquez. Both singers have toured extensively with Pink Martini since 2017. And in the summer of 2020, while on hiatus from touring during the pandemic, the band released two upbeat new digital singles: “Let’s Be Friends” and “The Lemonade Song.”


Pink Martini

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With a special appearance by frequent Pink Martini collaborator and NPR All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro.

In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, with the intention of eventually running for office. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world - crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop - and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 providing more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, cleaning up the Willamette River, funding for libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song - “Sympathique” (I don't want to work) - became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France's Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don't want to work ”) For striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We're very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion. Except for Native Americans, all of us are immigrants from every country, of every language, of every religion. ”

“PINK MARTINI IS A ROLLICKING AROUND-THE-WORLD MUSICAL ADVENTURE… IF THE UNITED NATIONS HAD A HOUSE BAND IN 1962, HOPEFULLY WE’D BE THAT BAND.”
- THOMAS LAUDERDALE, BANDLEADER / PIANIST

Featuring a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 70 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Other major appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year's Eve 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018 sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 100th anniversary party in 2018 the Governor's Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008 three sold out shows with the Sydney Symphony at the renowned Sydney Opera House sold -out concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London in 2011, 2013 and 2016, multiple sold-out appearances, and a festival opening, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, two sold-out concerts at Paris' legendary L'Olympia Theater in 2011 and 2016 and Paris ’fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Television appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Later with Jools Holland, and a feature on CBS Sunday Morning. The band created a nationally broadcast 2015 NPR holiday concert special, Joy to the World: A Spectacular Holiday, and has been featured on multiple New Year’s Eve broadcasts on NPR’s Toast of the Nation.

Pink Martini has sold over 3 million albums worldwide on their own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog). The band’s debut album Friendly was released in 1997, and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor In The Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy To The World—A festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy To The World received glowing reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey.

In Fall 2011 the band released two albums - A Retrospective, a collection of the band’s most beloved songs spanning their 18-year career, which includes eight previously unreleased tracks, and 1969, an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has been certified platinum in Japan, reaching # 2 on the Japanese charts, with the Japan Times raving “the love and respect Saori Yuki and Pink Martini have for the pop tradition shines through on every track.” The release of 1969 marked the first time a Japanese artist hit the American Billboard charts since Kyu Sakamoto released “Sukiyaki” in 1963.

The band has collaborated with numerous artists, including Phyllis Diller, Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Japanese legends Saori Yuki and Hiroshi Wada, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist , Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, Charo, Doc Severinsen, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, the original cast of Sesame Street, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Mariachi Aztlan of Pueblo High School in Tucson, Arizona the Jefferson High School Gospel Choir the Royal Blues of Grant High School the Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon and Karen Early (who played sleigh bells and crash cymbals on the band's holiday album and the band's collaborative album with Japanese singer Saori Yuki, respectively).

Pink Martini has an illustrious roster of regular guest artists: NPR’s Ari Shapiro, host of All Things Considered Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (who was cantor at the Central Synagogue in NYC for five years) koto player Masumi Timson harpist Maureen Love and Kim Hastreiter (the publisher / editor-in-chief of Paper magazine).

In January 2012 bandleader Thomas Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the legendary Phyllis Diller. The album, titled Get Happy, was released in September 2013 and features 16 globe-spanning songs in nine languages. The band's beloved vocalist China Forbes anchors the recording, and she was joined by her co-lead singer Storm Large, recording with Pink Martini for the first time, along with a cavalcade of special guests including Rufus Wainwright, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, The by Trapps & Ari Shapiro.

And while still in the studio for Get Happy, Lauderdale simultaneously began work on the band’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, featuring Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the actual great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. These siblings have been singing together for over a dozen years and have toured all over the world in concert. Drawn into the magical orbit of Thomas Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Oregon and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past several years. The album, released in March 2014, traverses the world, from Sweden to Rwanda to China to Bavaria, and features guest appearances by The Chieftains, Wayne Newton, “Jungle” Jack Hanna, and Charmian Carr (who played Liesl in the original Sound of Music).

In 2016, Pink Martini released its ninth studio album, I say yes!, which features vocals from China Forbes, Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, fashion guru Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat, and Rufus Wainwright. The album’s 15 tracks span eight languages ​​(French, Farsi, Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Xhosa and English), and affirms the band’s 23-year history of global inclusivity and collaborative spirit. In 2018, Pink Martini released a special 20th Anniversary Edition of its first album Friendly, featuring the band’s iconic arrangement of Ravel’s “Bolero,” now in the public domain and finally reinstated on the album after a 20-year absence. In 2019, Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini collaborated on a new release with the international singing sensation Meow Meow. This album, Hotel Amour, features guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright, The von Trapps, Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna fame), and the inimitable late French pianist and composer, Michel Legrand. Also in 2019, Pink Martini released two 5-song EPs, each featuring a special guest singer who has been regularly touring with the band since late 2017. Kiss me a lot, with Edna Vazquez singing, features her original powerhouse “Sola Soy” alongside classic Spanish repertoire, like the title track, and “Quizás, quizás, quizás.” Tomorrow features vocalist Jimmie Herrod on a soaring version of the title track (famous from the musical Annie) alongside other repertoire, including the single “Exodus” which has been bringing audiences to their feet at Pink Martini concerts. Both albums feature Pink Martini, and arrangements by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale.

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Pink Martini: an exuberant musical adventure around the world

If the United Nations had a band of its own in 1962, we probably would have been that band", Often says Thomas Lauderdale, the founder of this orchestra, whose name will catch your eye at first sight: Pink Martini (“Pink Martini”). “We sing in a way you've never seen before"Adds one of the soloists,"if you resonate with our music, you will simply fall in love with Pink Martini [& # 8230] We sing very beautiful songs, old songs that resist the passage of time, songs for any moment: joy, upset …”.

In 1994, Lauderdale flirted with the idea of ​​running for mayor of Portland, his hometown, a city in the northwestern United States. Participating in various election campaigns, he was amazed to find that the music performed at these events had a flaw. She was noisy, unfamiliar, very dull. In fact, the whole atmosphere of this world was terribly boring.

And then Thomas Lauderdale lost interest in small politics. To the one who followed, as ambassador of good mood and goodwill, we can call politics great without a trace of foresight. In a fierce world, preoccupied with raising walls and fences at the borders, Pink Martini interprets a cosmopolitan repertoire, without borders. Their music, equally easy to listen to and sophisticated, brings together styles and influences from around the world. From French songwriting to jazz, from Italian pop to Latin dances, from Cuban-style film music and orchestral music from the 1930s, the variety of their concerts is dizzying. And what makes it special is the concern for diversity, for multiculturalism, for the plurality that defines and unites us at the same time. The repertoire includes original songs, but also beloved songs from around the world, in 25 different languages, sung with great care for interpretation. Listen to "Until I Loved You." I think Maria Tanase would have been conquered. Passionate, nonchalant, waving on an oriental rhythm, Storm Large - one of the two soloists of the band - is truly enchanting.

I think it's incredibly rare for a group of Americans to honor the culture of a smaller country. I learned this song from Maria Tănase, especially to sing it in Romania. And while I was singing it [in Timisoara] I could feel how everyone in the audience was holding their breath. When I finished, everyone burst into applause and cheers. And we really understood that music unites us, no matter how different we are. Sometimes people have no choice but to forget about worries for at least a moment. And if you can bring them a drop of light, a drop of hope, a drop of joy and pride, if people can breathe a sigh of relief, at least a little, then you can somehow help them, maybe you can change them."Storm Large said in an interview a few months ago. Pink Martini reflects a side of American culture that & # 8211 post Trump, post-truth, take it the way you want & # 8211 we will meet less and less in the years to come: an open, receptive, confident society.

After 22 years since their establishment, their discography includes nine albums, sold over 3 million copies (we have selected some of the most popular songs, to listen to them click on link ).

#1 „Friendly”(1997). Before being known in the States, Pink Martinis were famous abroad. For starters, listen to the song of the same name , which was a resounding success in France and became an international phenomenon. In Hexagon, the refrain of this song - “I don't want to work", in other words "I don't want to work”- became a leitmotif, exactly during the period when France voted to reduce the legal working hours to 35 hours per week. Then listen Brazil and Beloved Mio , two masterful interpretations.
#2 “Hang On Little Tomato”(2004). Released just seven years after its first album, "Hang On, Little Tomato" was eagerly awaited, topping the charts in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey and selling over 550,000 copies. Listen A Night in Naples and Let's Never Stop Falling in Love , one of the most famous songs.
#3 “Hey Eugene!” (2007). The song of the same name it was composed by China Forbes, the other soloist of the band, in memory of a man who - as sometimes happens in life - gave no sign after the first meeting.
#4 “Splendor in the Grass” (2009). Listen to the song of the same name (“Splendor in the grass) and Tuca Tuca .
#5 “Joy to the World”(2010). The fifth album was released before the winter holidays and offered a mélange of multilingual, multi-denominational music, from Ukrainian carols to Hannukkah songs sung in the Ladino dialect (a mixture of Hebrew and Spanish) and even "White Christmas" performed in Japanese by the legendary Saori Yuki.
A Retrospective” (2010).
#6 “1969”(2011), with Saori Yuki. It was the first album by a Japanese artist to enter the Billboard after a wait of almost 50 years. I like them But nothing , Yoake no Scat and Yuuzuki .
#7 “ Get Happy & # 8221 (2013). In January 2012, Thomas Lauderdale began work on his seventh album, starting with a reinterpretation of the song. Smile , the soundtrack of the movie "Modern Times" with Charlie Chaplin. I recommend you listen to China Forbes performing " Ich Dich Liebe ”(“ I love you ”), and on Storm Large interpreting formidably Maybe, maybe, maybe and, of course, a song adored by Romanians: Until I loved you !
#8 “ Dream a Little Dream ”(2014). The eighth album had some very special guests from the von Trapp family, the great-grandchildren of those who inspired The sound of Music , a movie I hope you saw.
#9 “I say yes!”(2016). The latest album has broken new boundaries. It is sung in English, Arabic, Armenian, French, Persian, Turkish and Portuguese. Listen Pretty boy and Ov Sirun Sirun .

On April 20, 2017, Pink Martini returns to the Palace Hall in Bucharest . Don't miss this show , one like you've never seen before! What songs will we listen to from the over two hundred in the repertoire? It's hard to say. “We are very spontaneous"Says China Forbes,"we usually decide at the last minute”. Even if we have no way of knowing what we will see, expect an effervescent musical experience. If you haven't been to their concerts before, China Forbes makes this recommendation: "Put on your dancing shoes, dress chic and get ready to be seduced”!


Live reviews

How do you explain the phenomenon that is Pink Martini? They are hard to describe - their songs span a range of different sounds, cultures and languages ​​(we once counted 11 different languages ​​before we stopped). It & # 39s alternatively world music, easy listening, a wonderful blend of classical, pop, big band and swing all bundled up into one gigantic package of awesome and tied with a multi-colored bow of happiness.

All the band members are insanely talented, and all are showcased at different times as they run through their repertoire - Thomas Lauderdale on piano, China Forbes on vocals (we & # 39ve also seen them with Storm Large singing as China was recovering from surgery, and she & # 39s no slouch in the vocal department either), the brass section, the percussionists, the string section - all the ingredients for a big band, and a big sound.

The best part is that they are, simply, one of the most fun bands you will ever see. Expect the unexpected! Have you ever seen a conga line weaving through the (usually) sedate Royal Albert Hall, or for the audience to be invited on stage to dance away as they play (as the band gets told off by security for this clearly unplanned event)? Balloons, confetti, streamers, with everyone on their feet dancing away, complete and utter chaos, but what a fantastic feeling!

Pink Martini are friendly and welcoming, and the best thing is that they seem to have such a good time performing, and are so relaxed and natural on stage, that you can’t help but be swept along on a wave of happiness. You will want to be their friend, and be a part of their happy, crazy, colorful, musical world. You know that feeling as you walk out of a great concert where you are still humming under your breath, have a little skip in your step and a big smile on your face? That's how you know you've been to a Pink Martini concert.

For lovers of world music, jazz and classic pop Pink Martini is a must-see live band. The Oregon outfit have been working the live circuit for almost two decades and their classical approach to the live experience is really refreshing in the modern day. Performing fantastic tours as well as appearing at a number of esteemed festivals the group has really outreached their music to the masses and people who may not have naturally come into contact with their style of music otherwise.

The operation on stage is huge with an orchestral selection of musicians including an array of strings and a rich brass section. They all come together wonderfully to support the vocal talents of China Forbes and Storm Large who harmonize beautifully, knowing just how to react to one and other & # 39s vocals due to their dedicated time on the road. Every performer onstage seems to really throw themselves into the performance and it is clear to see they are so passionate for their respective instruments as well as the genres of jazz and classical. A class act with a huge amount of unrivalled talent.

My husband and I attended the concert at The Scottish Rite Auditorium Friday night. We had such a great time. I have been waiting to see Pink Martini with China Forbes for several years and they did not disappoint. They performed in seven languages. All our favorite songs and a lot more. The highlight for me was being invited on stage with the other women from the audience to sing two songs honoring women, Helen Ready’s “I am a woman” and Dolly Parton’s “Working 9 to 5”. I love this band and listen to them nearly everyday. Can’t wait til they come back to New Jersey!

Pink Martini are the class of their own. For those who don't like rap or techno, and don't necessarily go to hard rock or heavy metal concerts Pink Martini are a perfect solution. The live in Lyon was Pink Martini at its best. Solid proper perfect performance - they sound exactly like on the CDs, which in this case is an advantage. All the best songs were sung (some together with the audience) in many languages. This was a really hard to forget experience

It was a fabulous concert. Great music, high energy, and, thanks to China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale, entertaining participation by numerous members of the audience. I have seen all of Pink Martini & # 39s concerts in Toronto, and last night & # 39s performance was one of the two best ones.

I have loved this group for twenty years and always searching for a venue in New England to see them perform. My wife and I enjoyed last nights show in Concord NH. I’m hoping there coming to Cape Cod next summer where they have performed before so that we can see them again.

My third time seeing the band. A fantastic range of instruments and talented artists put together to create perfection. really love the fact they spend time explaining the roots behind each song and are welling to meet and greet afterwards. Love them? I adore them.xx

Their shows are ALWAYS great altho some are better than others.

Would never miss one of their concerts if possible!

(Songkick: To require a review to be at least 30 words long is absolutely ridiculous and discourages future reviews)

This was perhaps the most enjoyable concert I have ever been to. So fun! Dancing, singing along, laughing! They really helped contextualize the music and make you feel involved. Absolutely love it! Would go again in a heartbeat.

Amazing concert! The vocals were exquisite, the instrument playing very melodic and refined. Pink Martini is the definition of really good music. Will definitely go to see them again and bring some more of my friends!

Great orchestra, the new vocalist takes some getting used to due to her larger than life on-stage persona.

Music is as always great! The show was somewhat short because it was a part of the Gala celebrations.

Amazing night with a great band and a truly lively performance!

Highly recommended if you love swing and, generally, vintage sounds. Also great covers of well-known classics.

Despite being a collection of fantastic musicians I find it hard to believe Pink Martini are not more of a household name. The show tonight was fantastic. Standing ovation no less.

Loved Pink Martini and the Colorado Symphony! Would have loved to have a lot more of them and a lot less of MCC. Thank you for coming back to Denver! MICHEL


Pink Martini performs in October in Cluj-Napoca

Pink Martini va concerta pe 5 octombrie 2015 la Sala Polivalentă din Cluj-Napoca. Spectacolul va avea loc la o zi după concertul anunțat la Sala Palatului din București.

About Pink Martini știm deja că este o trupă care îndrăgește România, fiecare concert susținut la noi în țară fiind un deliciu pentru public. Cu un spectacol deja programat la București pe 4 octombrie, Pink Martini va cânta anul acesta și pentru publicul din Cluj-Napoca pe 5 octombrie, la Sala Polivalentă.

În cadrul concertului, Pink Martini va interpreta atât piese devenite deja clasice, dar și melodii extrase de pe cel mai recent album, “Dream a little dream”. Din setlist nu va lipsi nici “Până când nu te iubeam”, piesa preluată de către grupul american de la legenda noastră autohtonă, Maria Tănase.

Acordurile de jazz, pop, muzica clasică și latino vor încânta auzurile spectactorilor, iar cei 15 muzicieni de top, printre care se numără și Sofia, Melania, Armanda și August Von Trapp, descendenții lui Captain și ai Mariei von Trapp (din versiunea originală The Sound of Music ce datează din 1965) vor pune în scenă un show memorabil.

La concertul de la Sala Polivalenta clujeană publicul o va putea vedea pe China Forbes în postura de solistă, după ce, în 2011, artista declarase că își dorește o pauză de la activitatea muzicală.


Pink Martini

&ldquoPink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure&hellip if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we&rsquod be that band.&rdquo
&ndash Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist

Featuring a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 70 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Other major appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic&rsquos Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year&rsquos Eve 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018 sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City the Los Angeles Philharmonic&rsquos 100th anniversary party in 2018 the Governor&rsquos Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008 three sold out shows with the Sydney Symphony at the renowned Sydney Opera House sold-out concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London in 2011, 2013 and 2016, multiple sold-out appearances, and a festival opening, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, two sold-out concerts at Paris&rsquo legendary L&rsquoOlympia Theatre in 2011 and 2016 and Paris&rsquo fashion house Lanvin&rsquos 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Television appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O&rsquoBrien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Later with Jools Holland, and a feature on CBS Sunday Morning. The band created a nationally broadcast 2015 NPR holiday concert special, Joy to the World: A Holiday Spectacular, and has been featured on multiple New Year&rsquos Eve broadcasts on NPR&rsquos Toast of the Nation.

Pink Martini has sold over 3 million albums worldwide on their own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale&rsquos dog). The band&rsquos debut album Sympathique was released in 1997, and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for &ldquoSong of the Year&rdquo and &ldquoBest New Artist&rdquo in France&rsquos Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor In The Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy To The World&mdasha festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy To The World received glowing reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey.

In Fall 2011 the band released two albums &ndash A Retrospective, a collection of the band&rsquos most beloved songs spanning their 18-year career, which includes eight previously unreleased tracks, and 1969, an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has been certified platinum in Japan, reaching #2 on the Japanese charts, with the Japan Times raving &ldquothe love and respect Saori Yuki and Pink Martini have for the pop tradition shines through on every track.&rdquo The release of 1969 marked the first time a Japanese artist hit the American Billboard charts since Kyu Sakamoto released &ldquoSukiyaki&rdquo in 1963.

The band has collaborated with numerous artists, including Phyllis Diller, Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Japanese legends Saori Yuki and Hiroshi Wada, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, Charo, Doc Severinsen, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, the original cast of Sesame Street, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Mariachi Aztlan of Pueblo High School in Tucson, Arizona the Jefferson High School Gospel Choir the Royal Blues of Grant High School the Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon and Karen Early (who played sleigh bells and crash cymbals on the band&rsquos holiday album and the band&rsquos collaborative album with Japanese singer Saori Yuki, respectively).

Pink Martini has an illustrious roster of regular guest artists: NPR&rsquos Ari Shapiro, host of All Things Considered Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (who was cantor at the Central Synagogue in NYC for five years) koto player Masumi Timson harpist Maureen Love and Kim Hastreiter (the publisher/editor-in-chief of Paper magazine).

In January 2012 bandleader Thomas Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini&rsquos seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song &ldquoSmile&rdquo with the legendary Phyllis Diller. The album, titled Get Happy, was released in September 2013 and features 16 globe-spanning songs in nine languages. The band&rsquos beloved vocalist China Forbes anchors the recording, and she was joined by her co-lead singer Storm Large, recording with Pink Martini for the first time, along with a cavalcade of special guests including Rufus Wainwright, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, The von Trapps & Ari Shapiro.

And while still in the studio for Get Happy, Lauderdale simultaneously began work on the band&rsquos eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, featuring Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the actual great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. These siblings have been singing together for over a dozen years and have toured all over the world in concert. Drawn into the magical orbit of Thomas Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Oregon and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past several years. The album, released in March 2014, traverses the world, from Sweden to Rwanda to China to Bavaria, and features guest appearances by The Chieftains, Wayne Newton, &ldquoJungle&rdquo Jack Hanna, and Charmian Carr (who played Liesl in the original Sound of Music).

In 2016, Pink Martini released its ninth studio album, Je dis oui!, which features vocals from China Forbes, Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, fashion guru Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat, and Rufus Wainwright. The album&rsquos 15 tracks span eight languages (French, Farsi, Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Xhosa and English), and affirms the band&rsquos 23-year history of global inclusivity and collaborative spirit. In 2018, Pink Martini released a special 20th Anniversary Edition of its first album Sympathique, featuring the band&rsquos iconic arrangement of Ravel&rsquos &ldquoBolero&rdquo, now in the public domain and finally reinstated on the album after a 20-year absence. In 2019, Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini collaborated on a new release with the international singing sensation Meow Meow. This album, Hotel Amour, features guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright, The von Trapps, Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna fame), and the inimitable late French pianist and composer, Michel Legrand. Also in 2019, Pink Martini released two 5-song EPs, each featuring a special guest singer who has been regularly touring with the band since late 2017. Bésame Mucho, with Edna Vazquez singing, features her original powerhouse &ldquoSola Soy&rdquo alongside classic Spanish repertoire, like the title track, and &ldquoQuizás, quizás, quizás.&rdquo Tomorrow features vocalist Jimmie Herrod on a soaring version of the title track (famous from the musical Annie) alongside other repertoire, including the single &ldquoExodus&rdquo which has been bringing audiences to their feet at Pink Martini concerts. Both albums feature Pink Martini, and arrangements by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale.


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Very enjoyable, as we expected. However, the band personnel was smaller than previous concerts i.e. no saxophone, etc. Maybe 16 performers versus 24-26 previously. Plus, we really missed the use of large projection screens used in previous concerts. They are very successful for those of us seated back from the stage. Also, Pink Martini did much fewer audience participations than in the past. I believe that only ONCE did they invite audience members onstage. We're still glad that we attended.

Loved every minute of it! I’ve been a fan for 20 years. They put on an incredible show every time! Not only is it fabulous music and singing! It’s pure JOY! Dancing in the aisles! Bring them back!

Venue was better than 1 year ago

Last year, the Beacon was cold and drafty at the seat. They kept the doors, both on Broadway and Amsterdam, despite the autumn temps, creating a chilly crosscurrent. Why do this? And although doors at 7pm, we were forced to stand in the lobby till 7:30! This year I had no complaints.

The Paramount - Huntington

. Pink Martini is one talented group of performers. The music was showcased in a beautiful multiculturaled way. So many great things to say! Love China! And Edna! !! More Edna!

Best concert I have attended in my 80 years.

The Paramount - Huntington

Eclectic, warm, charismatic performers. All arrangements were magnificent. Performers were brilliant. Joyous!

Pink Martini always delights!

The Paramount - Huntington

The concert on Tuesday, October 29 at the Paramount in Huntington was classic Pink Martini. China Forbes was in fine voice as always, and the other singers and all the musicians were excellent, too. It was a fun evening for all.

The Paramount - Huntington

I've always enjoyed Pink Martini recordings and decided to see them in person since they rarely come to NY. I was blown away by seeing them perform live! You can't appreciate the talent that this band has in their recordings. Every band member was awesome. I liked them so much I thought Iɽ see them again while they were still performing in the area. unfortunately their last performance was at the Beacon theatre the very next night. I look forward to seeing them again. perhaps in a larger venue as they seem to have more band members. I definitely recommend anyone who loves good music to buy tickets!!

Scottish Rite Auditorium - Collingswood

As we learned in a show that was nothing but delight, this is Pink Martini's 25th Anniversary. Congrats to them. how lucky for us! I guess it was about 15 years ago that I saw them for the first time and their performance at the Scottish Rite Auditorium was everything one could hope for! It was also my first visit to the Scottish Rite and I sure hope to be there again, the sound splendidly enhanced the evening. The addition of two superb vocalists makes one think that they will certainly have careers on their own. China Forbes's voice is the dreamy, sultry voice that is as strong as ever and the instrumentals led by Peter, well what can you say. he and whoever it is that joins him just never disappoint! Bravo Pink Martini! Congratulations!

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this concert with a most talented and energetic band surrounding China’s vocals. First time seeing them and will look forward to our next opportunity.


Concertul Pink Martini din Cluj-Napoca se mută la Casa de Cultură a Studenţilor

Concertul Pink Martini de luni, 5 octombrie, se mută la Casa de Cultură a Studenţilor din Cluj-Napoca. Organizatorii au luat această decizie din cauza interesului scăzut al publicului faţă de concertul din Cluj-Napoca şi pentru ca evenimentul să se poată desfăşura în condiţii optime. Pentru ca publicul care nu a aflat de modificarea locaţiei concertului să aibă timp suficient să ajungă la Casa de Cultură a Studenţilor, evenimentul nu va mai fi deschis cu Zoli Toth Project şi va începe la ora 20.30 cu Pink Martini.

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Pink Martini ne invită într-o călătorie muzicală în care vom putea trăi vibrațiile unor piese devenite deja clasice, dar și a unora extrase de pe cel mai recent album, al optulea din carieră, “Dream a little dream”. Din setlist nu va lipsi nici “Până când nu te iubeam”, piesa preluată de către grupul american de la legenda noastră autohtonă, Maria Tănase.

Acordurile de jazz, pop, muzica clasică și latino vor încânta auzurile spectactorilor, iar cei 15 muzicieni de top, printre care se numără și Sofia, Melania, Armanda și August Von Trapp, descendenții lui Captain și ai Mariei von Trapp (din versiunea originală The Sound of Music ce datează din 1965) vor pune în scenă un show incredibil.

Un grup muzical cu o istorie impresionantă, Pink Martini a luat ființă în 1994 în Oregon, la inițiativa pianistului Thomas Lauderdale care, la scurt timp, a cooptat-o pe China Forbes. Pink Martini nu se sfiește să experimenteze noi “rețete” compoziționale, dând naștere de fiecare dată unui regal muzical care pătrunde până în adâncul sufletului ascultătorului.

Concertul Pink Martini reprezintă o experiență de neratat, evenimentul fiind prezentat în premiera pentru publicul din Cluj Napoca de către Phoenix Entertainment.


I love the Maeve top. It is fun and feminine. Nice and light for summer and I feel you can dress it up or just wear it with a pair of jeans shorts. I was worried that the M would be too big but it fits perfectly. I selected the size based on the recommendation from Pink Martini!

This dress is the perfect summer staple. Casual enough for everyday yet pretty for a special luncheon date.

Amazing quality - a bit oversized, get one size down.

This vest is very pretty. I’m very happy with my purchase . I got a size large which is my normal size. Can’t wait to wear this vest

I was trying to locate the ciao bella sweater online so I started to put in my email but couldn’t find the item. I was contacted by a rep at pink martini to ask if they could help me with anything. I was so happy as this person went above and beyond to help me locate this sweater as it was not a new arrival. I then purchased a jogging suit for my step daughter as she is pregnant. She loved it so much she ordered 2 more in different colors. Quality is beautiful. Thank you!


Video: Pink Martini concert - Live in Athens, Greece at Lycabettus Theatre -- 28-09-2013 (May 2022).


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