With a funky name, a groovy sound—crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop—and an impressive global perspective, international musical phenomenon Pink Martini is bringing their fresh style of global fusion to Dell Hall at the Long Center.
The Guardian calls Pink Martini “An international phenomenon mixing glamour and sophisticated easy listening with multilingual songs and the unexpected.” What started out as a “little orchestra” in Portland, Oregon, has turned into just that—a musical group whose music features a mid-tempo style, smooth vocals and romantic lyrics with an eclectic assortment of instrumental accompaniment is transcending genre and breaking down barriers.
Drawing inspiration from all over the world, Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader and pianist, founded 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. Twenty years later, Pink Martini is still “a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure,” says Lauderdale. “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
The cosmopolitan group still tours the world, singing in 22 languages and selling out the grandest opera houses and concert halls on the globe. Pink Martini just released their ninth studio album — JE DIS OUI!, featuring tracks in eight different languages and guest artists Ari Shapiro, Rufus Wainwright and civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat — available now.
Join this twelve-piece band on an inclusive tour around the world during this evening of high spirits, collaborative sound and a roarin’ good time, March 12.
Pink Martini will perform on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 8 PM. Tickets start at $29 and are available online at www.longcenter.org or through the 3M Box Office by phone at 512-474-LONG (5664) or in-person at 701 Riverside Drive. For groups of 10 and more, call 512-457-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.