Pink Martini was the brainchild of the politician Thomas Lauderdale, who formed the musical group in 1994. Prior to the formation of Pink Martini, Thomas was working in politics and attended numerous political fundraisers. He found the music at these events too loud, jaded and unimpressive. In order to change that, he began working on a project to bring a more inspiring and inclusive music soundtrack to such events that would appeal to the liberals as well as conservatives alike. Drawing inspiration from worldwide music genres, Thomas established the ‘little orchestra’ and invited its current lead vocalist, China Forbes, to join the music venture.
Pink Martini’s first single ‘Sympathique’, released in 1997, became an overnight sensation in France. Written by Thomas and China, the single won the France’s Victoires de la Musique Award nomination for ‘Song of the Year’. Following the success of the single, the band released its debut album, also titled ‘Sympathique’ in 1997 on its own recording label, Heinz Records. The album was well received by the critics as well as fans and broke on several worldwide charts including Switzerland, France and Belgium. It was certified Gold status in Greece after selling thousands of copies. Since then, the ‘little orchestra’ has released four more chart breaking studio albums including ‘Splendor in the Grass’ (2009), ‘Hey Eugene!’ (2007), ‘Hang On Little Tomato’ (2004) and their most recent Top 10 album ‘Joy to the World’, released in 2010.
Collaborations and Appearances
The distinguished musical group has collaborated with numerous artists over the years such as filmmaker Gus Van Sant, puppeteer Basil Twist, Henri Salvador, Martha Wainwright, Carol Channing and Jimmy Scott. In 1998, the group made its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony and has since then performed with more than fifty orchestras around the globe. Pink Martini has appeared on several TV shows including the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’.
Pink Martini Live on Stage
Witnessing the world-class music of Pink Martini live on stage is always a marvelous experience for the fans. The talented ensemble brings a unique mix of musical sounds that take the viewers on an inspiring ride that feels like journeying through a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro in one moment and a 1930s French musical hall, the next. Therefore, each year thousands of avid fans eagerly wait to get hands on Pink Martini tickets. This season, the musical act is expected to release its latest album ‘Get Happy’, which will be followed by a string of riveting live concerts throughout Europe and North America. So make sure to witness this amazing group live on stage for a memorable musical experience along with your friends and family.