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“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 

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In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager 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 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, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City,
and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique”
became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la
Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”)
for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of
time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive
America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world…
composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”

Featuring 10-12 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, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the
Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, and the BBC
Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los
Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out
engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the
opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th
Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; two sold-out
concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year
anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012.

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, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and
Splendor In The Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy To The World—a festive, multidenominational 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, and have sold well over 2.5 million copies

In Fall 2011 the band released two albums – A Retrospective, a collection of the band’s most beloved songs
spanning their 18-year career, which includes eight previously unreleased tracks, and 1969, an album of
collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has been certified platinum in Japan,
reaching #2 on the Japanese charts with the Japan Times raving “the love and respect Saori Yuki and Pink
Martini have for the pop tradition shines through on every track.” The release of 1969 marked the first
time a Japanese artist hit the American Billboard charts since Kyu Sakamoto released “Sukiyaki” in 1963.
The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing,
Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York
performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van
Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Japanese
legend Hiroshi Wada, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi
Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, the original cast of Sesame Street, the Bonita Vista High School
Marching Band of Chula Vista, California and the Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon.
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.

Pink Martini has an illustrious roster of regular guest artists: NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro,
Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (who was cantor at the Central Synagogue in NYC for five years), koto player
Masumi Timson, harpist Maureen Love, and Kim Hastreiter (the publish/editor-in-chief of Paper
Magazine). Most recently, the four great-grandchildren of Maria and Georg Von Trapp appeared with Pink
Martini and are currently working on a joint album project with the band.
In January 2012, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the 94-
year-old legendary Phyllis Diller; this song will be released on a future Pink Martini album, tentatively
titled “Get Happy.”

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