In 1994, pianist Thomas Lauderdale put together a small orchestra in Portland that would blend together the genres of jazz, Latin music, classical music and classic pop for a unique sound. Pink Martini is known for wearing pink outfits and using pink lighting during its performances, which have been held in many notable locations such as the Cannes Film Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Over the years, the group has performed with more than 50 orchestras worldwide, including the famous Boston Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Pink Martini has had music appear in many notable films such as In the Cut, Hitch, Nurse Betty and Mr. And Mrs. Smith as well as several television shows like Sherlock, The West Wing, The Sopranos and Parks and Recreation. Pink Martini has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
Pink Martini: The Political Push
Thomas Lauderdale, the founder of Pink Martini, worked in politics and found that political fundraisers often featured boring music. He decided to take care of that issue by creating his own group that would incorporate many musical genres into its music so that it would appeal to a broad audience. He later invited his friend from Harvard, China Forbes, to come sing with the band. Forbes is able to sing in 15 languages and has added a distinct flair to the band that allows it to capture the rich diversity that is reflective of the United States. In its repertoire, the band has songs in 25 different languages. While Lauderdale originally intended for the band to create music that would liven up political fundraisers, he instead created a sound that would transcend cultures and land the group awards and accolades worldwide.
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How long is a normal Pink Martini concert?
Pink Martini performances typically run for one to one-and-a-half hours.
Where is Pink Martini playing?
Pink Martini has several upcoming European tour dates, including performances in Madrid and Spain, as well as performances in the US in San Francisco and Lake Placid, N.Y.
What does a Pink Martini setlist look like?
When Pink Martini performs, you can expect to hear songs such as "Amado Mio," "I Am Women," "Ich Dich Liebe," "Hang on Little Tomato," "She Was Too Good to Me," "Bitty Boppy Betty" and "Flying Squirrel."
Who are the members of Pink Martini?
Pink Martini has quite a few members who are as diverse as the music the band creates. These members include China Forbes, Storm Large, Thomas Lauderdale, Robert Taylor, Gavin Bondy, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Dan Faehnle, Phil Baker, Nicholas Crosa, Timothy Nishimoto, Brian Lavern Davis, Miguel Bernal, Reinhardt Melz, Antonis Andreou, Pansy Chang, Maureen Love, Kyle Mustain, Mihail Lossifov, Dimitar Karamfilov, Andre Borger, Jimmie Herrod and Edna Vazquez. At any particular show, you can expect between 10 and 12 musicians on stage.
Where did the name Pink Martini come from?
When Lauderdale started the group, he wanted something that could fit in at any political function, so he decided to pick a name that included no indication of political preferences. The name Pink Martini was inspired by the famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.