Musician Thomas Lauderdale met vocalist China Forbes at Harvard and formed Pink Martini a few years later. Now colloquially referred to as “the little orchestra,” the group has a dozen active members and sports an international and multicultural repertoire. Their music has appeared in the films Mr. & Mrs. Smith, In the Cut, Josie & the Pussycats, and Tortilla Soup, as well as in TV shows like The West Wing and The Sopranos.
Pink Martini performs impressive concerts all over the globe – from the Cannes Film Festival to jamming with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London – and brings back to life several decades of romantic musical history. Their two Carnegie Hall concerts were sold-out. They’ve also performed at the Academy Awards and the MOMA.
Three of their albums (Sympathique, Hang On Little Tomato, and Hey Eugene) have sold more than two million copies worldwide. They can also boast that Srgjan Kerim, the then-UN General Assembly president, ordered 30 copies of Little Tomato to hand out at a meeting in 2007.
Splendor in the Grass, Pink Martini’s fourth album, was released in 2009, and their latest album, Joy to the World, was released last November (2010), just in time for the Holidays.
Pink Martini will be performing in Montreal at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (175 Sainte-Catherine Street West) on June 28th at 7:00pm. Additional upcoming concerts include San Francisco (June 30th), New York (July 17th), Quebec (July 19th), Toronto (July 20th), Paris (October 3rd), Dublin (October 8th), London (October 17th), and Los Angeles (December 31st).
Photo courtesy of Pink Martini