Saturday, 25 June 2011

Pink Martini

Pink Martini is a 13-member "little orchestra"from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale. Pink Martini is made up of twelve musicians (and sometimes travels with string sections), they perform their multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand 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 over 30 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. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004 and 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.

Lauderdale met China Forbes, Pink Martini’s lead vocalist, at Harvard. He was studying history and literature while she was studying English literature and painting. Actually neither of them really studied, they socialized … and late at night, they would break into the lower common room in their college dormitory and sing arias by Puccini and Verdi – and the occasional campy Barbara Streisand cover –thus sealing their creative collaboration. Three years after graduating, Lauderdale called Forbes who was living in New York City, where she’d been writing songs and playing guitar in her own folk-rock project, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together for the band. Their first song “Sympathique”– with the chorus “Je ne veux pas travailler”(”I don’t want to work”) – became an overnight sensation in France, and was even nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards.

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.

In October 2004, the group released its second album, Hang on Little Tomato.

In May 2007, the group released its third album, Hey Eugene!.

Their fourth studio album, Splendor in the Grass (album) was released on October 27, 2009.
Sympathique, Hang on Little Tomato and Hey Eugene! have all gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and Pink Martini's records have collectively sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

Hey Eugene - Pink Martini

01 - Everywhere
02 - Tempo Perdido
03 - Mar Desconocido
04 - Taya Tan
05 - City of Night
06 - Ojala
07 - Bukra wba'do
08 - Cante e Dance
09 - Hey Eugene!
10 - Syracuse
11 - Dosvedanya Mio Bombino
12 - Tea For Two



Sympathique -
Pink Martini


01 - Amado Mio
02 - No Hay Problema
03 - Sympathique
04 - Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
05 - La Soledad
06 - Donde Estas Yolanda
07 - Andalucia
08 - Song of the Black Lizard
09 - Bolero
10 - Never on Sunday [From Never on Sunday]
11 - Brazil
12 - Lullaby


Hang On Little Tomato - Pink Martini


01 - Let's Never Stop Falling In Love
02 - Anna (El Negro Zunbon)
03 - Hang On Little Tomato
04 - The Gardens Of Sampson & Beasley
05 - Veronique
06 - Dansez-Vous
07 - Lilly
08 - Autrefois
09 - U Plavu Zoru
10 - Clementime
11 - Una Notte A Napoli
12 - Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu
13 - Aspetta Mi
14 - Song Of The Black Swan
15 - Bonus Track


Splendor In The Grass - Pink Martini


01 - Ninna Nanna
02 - Ohayoo Ohio
03 - Splendor In The Grass
04 - Ou Est Ma Tete
05 - And Then You're Gone
06 - But Now I'm Back
07 - Sunday Table
08 - Over The Valley
09 - Tucuca
10 - Bitty Boppy Betty

11 - Sing
12 - Piensa En Mi
13 - New Amsterdam
14 - Ninna Nanna Reprise



Joy To The World - Pink Martini

01 - White Christmas
02 - White Christmas part 2 featuring Saori Yuki
03 - Shchedryk (Ukrainian Bell Carol)
04 - Santa Baby
05 - Elohai Ntzor
06 - Little Drummer Boy
07 - Congratulations (A Happy New Year Song)
08 - Do You Hear What I Hear

09 - La Vergine Degli Angeli
10 - We Three Kings
11 - A Snowglobe Christmas
12 - Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles)
13 - Silent Night
14 - Auld Lang Syne


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