In his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. 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 Pink Martini 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 and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique” became an overnight sensation in France.
Featuring a dozen musicians, 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 50 orchestras around the world.
Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997. 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.
Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing with Pink Martini.
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 on September 24, 2013 and features 16 globe-spanning songs in nine languages. 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 12 years and have toured all over the world in concert.
Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
30/05/2018 – CHARLEROI (BE) – Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi
31/05/2018 – BRUXELLES (BE) – L’Ancienne Belgique
01/06/208 – LILLE (59) – Théâtre du Casino Barrière
02/06/2018 – ANET (28) – Dianetum
04/06/2018 – PARIS (75) – Le Grand Rex
05/06/2018 – TOULOUSE (31) – La Halle aux Grains
06/06/2018 – LYON (69) – Amphi 3000
concert symphonique avec l’Orchestre Confluences
07/06/2018 – BORDEAUX (33) – Théâtre du Casino Barrière
08/06/2018 – MARSEILLE (13) – Le Silo
10/06/2018 – ZURICH (CH) – Kaufleuten
11/06/2018 – GENEVE (CH) – Théâtre du Léman