Twenty years ago, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale wanted to spice up progressive political fundraisers in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He hit upon a winning formula: a “tiny orchestra” that plays sizzling multi-language versions of classical, jazz and pop tunes. These days, Pink Martini has become an international sensation, appearing in concert halls and opera houses across the world. Songs from their newest album, Je dis oui!, will send you whirling out of your seat.
press release: Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded 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.
Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.