Pink Martini

Pink Martini

“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

Fifteen years ago in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager beaver 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.

Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), 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 and Hey Eugene in 2007. All three albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Read more under "About the Show." For the official website, visit To watch video clips, click here.

April 5 Carol Morsani Hall
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April 5

Thursday 7:30 p.m.



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About the Show

John Blackstone profiles the band Pink Martini, whose 12 musicians sing in 24 languages to fans of all ages, from California to Croatia. Pianist Thomas Lauderdale, who started the group in 1994, calls the music "old fashioned, symphonic global pop." Watch the video.

Read more about Pink Martini
Pink Martini’s fourth studio album – Splendor In The Grass – encapsulates the band’s history and spirit of global collaboration and inclusivity. Comprised of nine original songs and four covers (with songs in English, Neapolitan, Italian, French and Spanish), Splendor In The Grass was recorded in the band’s hometown of Portland, and produced by bandleader/pianist Thomas  Lauderdale and longtime collaborator and muse Alex Marashian — a college cohort of Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes.

In 2010, Pink Martini released their first holiday album, Joy to the World. Joy to the World is a festive, nondenominational holiday album with music from around the globe. There are 14 songs on Joy to the World including well-known traditional holiday songs like Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas" sung in Japanese by China Forbes in English and by the Saori Yuki: the Barbra Streisand of Japan. Lauderdale notes, “I love the holidays and all the music that goes with it. We strove to make an inclusive and non-denominational album that could be played anywhere in the world.”

“Pink Martini draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s or 1950s … with a more global perspective. We write a lot of songs … but we also champion songs like Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia” or “Amado mio” from the Rita Hayworth film Gilda. In that sense, we’re a bit like musical archeologists, digging through recordings and scores of years past and rediscovering beautiful songs," Lauderdale says.

Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand and North America. The band has gone on to play with more than 25 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 and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.



Review: Pink Martini with the SF Symphony.

"[Pink Martini’s Joy to the World] ended up topping Billboard’s jazz chart and rose all the way to No. 35 on the pop-album charts. That kind of success, as well as glowing word of mouth, signals that this, too, has the makings of a yearly favorite." -- Posted by Steven S., editorial manager