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Pink Martini / The Von Trapps
Dream A Little Dream
[ CD ]
Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp are the actual great-grandchildren of Baron & Maria von Trapp, made famous by the 1965 film The Sound of Music. These siblings (ages 18–25) have been singing together for 12 years, and have toured all over the world in concert. Drawn into the magical orbit of Thomas Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Oregon and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past two years. This delightful new collaboration features Pink Martini’s beloved “little orchestra” fronted by the beautiful crystalline four-part harmonies of the singing siblings, traveling through a wonderland of Lauderdale’s brilliant arrangements.
[ CD ]
New studio album featuring 16 delightful globe-spanning songs in nine languages!
Phyllis Diller appears with Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” her final recording.
Rufus Wainwright makes a moving guest appearance singing “Kitty Come Home,” an intimate song by his famous aunt Anna McGarrigle, and dueting with China Forbes on the album’s title track.
Storm Large, who has been a sensation touring live with Pink Martini as a co-lead vocalist, makes her first appearance with the group on record, to stunning effect!
Also appearing on vocals are underground French star Philippe Katerine, world-famous vocal quartet The von Trapps, and cabaret superstar Meow Meow. The album is still anchored by the band’s beloved vocalist China Forbes, and the pianism and exquisite arrangements of founder Thomas M. Lauderdale.
Pink Martini / Saori Yuki
[ CD ]
TWO NEW ALBUMS FROM PORTLAND'S RENOWNED "LITTLE ORCHESTRA"
Widely considered to be the “Barbra Streisand of Japan,” Saori
Yuki released her debut album in Japan in 1969 and went
on to make over 30 albums in her 42 years. Yuki discovered
Pink Martini after the band covered her song “Taya Tan” for
their 2007 album Hey Eugene! Most recently, she sang
a verse of “Silent Night” in Japanese for the band’s
hit 2010 holiday album Joy To The World.
In honor of the year of her debut release, Saori Yuki
partnered with Pink Martini and producer Thomas M. Lauderdale
to create a loving tribute to the music released in 1969.
Featuring Japanese pop hits alongside internationally
recognized tunes like Jorge Ben’s “Mas que nada” and “Puff
the Magic Dragon,” 1969 is a brilliant collaboration
featuring Thomas M. Lauderdale’s magical arrangements,
Pink Martini’s stellar musicianship, and Saori Yuki’s
Joy To The World Party II
[ LP ]
The first two volumes in a series of three limited edition 10” vinyl
records of festive holiday music from around the world! Both volumes
feature clear vinyl, in editions limited to 2,000 copies, with
embossed snowflake packaging. Pink Martini pledges to donate 100%
of the profits of the sale of this record directly to charities
working to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression worldwide.
Joy To The World
[ CD ]
jazz, retro lounge and technicolor fantasies of '50s era holiday
music come together in the festive potpourri of Pink Martini. The
band, who has developed a following with their nouveau martini-bar
multicultural fusion music, brings many of these same sensibilities
to their first holiday outing, proving unique renditions of classic
holiday songs, Jewish Hanukkah pieces, the opera music of Verdi and
even a taste of Christmas in Hawaii. All of the songs have a jazz
lounge essence to them, pairing shuffling rhythms with piano, keyboards
and strings, as China Forbes' intoxicating voice leads the way. Things
get particularly fun with the island slide guitar-laden "Snowglobe
Christmas" and the percolating Latin jazz rendition of the Jewish
song "Ocho Kandelikas," which recalls the vintage sound
that made "Amado Mio" a hit.
Splendor In The Grass
[ CD ]
Pink Martini’s three previous albums have sold
over 2 million copies worldwide. Long-awaited fourth album features
several songs in a classic Pink Martini style alongside excursions
into 1970s, modernist minimalism, classic ranchera, and swing.
Partnering with high-powered NYC publicity firm Sacks & Co. (Björk,
David Byrne, Buena Vista Social Club) to publicize Splendor in
the Grass. Famed Dandy Warhols guitarist and leader Courtney Taylor-Taylor
appears on the title track. Velvet-voiced Emilio Delgado, famous
as Luis on Sesame Street, duets with China Forbes on “Sing.” Legendary
90-year-old ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, formerly the lover
of painter Frida Kahlo, guests on Agustin Lara classic “Piensa
en mi.” Popular NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro makes his professional
recording debut on the Pink Martini original “But Now I’m Back.”
Discover The World: Love In Concert
[ DVD ]
Join Pink Martini in concert as they musically
travel the globe, from the cafés of Paris to Carnaval in Brazil
to the streets of Tokyo. Discover the internationally acclaimed
ensemble that the New Yorker has described as “breathtaking” as
they take you on a kaleidoscopic cultural journey blended with
the grand romance of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Filmed in the
ensemble’s hometown of Portland at the historic Arlene Schnitzer
Concert Hall, this DVD presents a thrilling full-length concert
fi lm (seen nationwide on PBS television) in pristine stereo sound,
featuring many of Pink Martini’s most beloved songs alongside previously
Contains never-before-seen bonus fi lms and features including a brand new “Story
of Pink Martini” documentary featurette and an extensive slide show of Polaroids
taken by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale. Includes special appearances by Masumi
Timson on koto, and Brazilian marching band the Lions of Batucada.
For ten years, China Forbes has toured the world
as lead singer of the celebrated “little orchestra” Pink Martini.
Invited to join the band by Harvard classmate Thomas M. Lauderdale,
Forbes set aside a blossoming career as a singer-songwriter to
front the ensemble full-time. Praised as “an unpretentious pitch-perfect
chanteuse” by John Pareles of the New York Times, Forbes has grown
into an accomplished performer and built a devoted, diverse fan
base around the globe. On her long-awaited solo album, Forbes dusts
off her guitar and returns to her roots, displaying strikingly
personal songs in a style all her own. Filled with intimate stories
of love, loneliness, friendship, and alienation, Forbes recorded
the album in her hometown with producer/drummer Gregg Williams
(Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Dandy Warhols). The stolen sessions
allowed Forbes to work discreetly when not on the road with Pink
Martini, resulting in a true expression of relaxed creativity.
While ’78 is a noted departure from the sounds of Pink Martini, fans will recognize
the autobiographical “Hey Eugene,” appearing here as it was originally written.
Backed by Gregg Williams and Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), with cameos by Eric
Matthews and Phil Baker (Pink Martini), Forbes plays a variety of instruments—including
guitar, piano, bass, harmonium, and Wurlitzer— making this record clearly and
[ CD ]
Pink Martini—the genre-bending, best-selling,
supremely talented, and raucously fun twelve-piece ensemble that
the New Yorker calls simply “beautiful,” “sophisticated,” and “breathtaking”—returns
with Hey Eugene!, a twelve-track sonic journey anchored by deft
songwriting and a no-holds-barred dose of cabaret showmanship. “We’re
kind of like musical archaeologists, bringing melodies and rhythms
from different parts of the world together to create something
that is modern,” explains bandleader, artistic director, and founder
Hang On Little Tomato
[ CD ]
Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra,
a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street
band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini.
Part language lesson, part Hollywood musical, the Portland, Oregon-based "little
orchestra" was originally created in 1994 by Harvard graduate Thomas M. Lauderdale
to play at political fundraisers for progressive causes such as public broadcasting,
clean water, libraries, civil rights and affordable housing. In the years following,
Pink Martini has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages,
in smoky clubs and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Greece, Turkey,
Taiwan, Lebanon and the U.S.
Pink Martini's debut album, Sympathique, released on the band's own
label, Heinz Records, has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. Nominated for "Song
Of The Year" and "Best New Artist" at France's Victoires De La Musique awards, Sympathique has
gone Double Gold in France and Gold in Greece. To date, it has sold over 275,000
copies in North America alone.
Hang On Little Tomato, Pink Martini's much-anticipated second album,
features a collection of original songs written by the band and its extended
family, as well as a few undiscovered gems reinterpreted in high style. Drawing
on themes articulated on Sympathique,
Hang On Little Tomato is the rich result of the group's diverse collaborations
and inspirations. From an advertisement for Hunt's Ketchup in a 1964 issue of
Life magazine to a dance sequence in the 1950 Italian film Anna, Hang
On Little Tomato includes songs in French, Italian, Japanese, Croatian,
Spanish and English. "Una Notte A Napoli," for example, was written with Alba
Clemente—an Italian stage and television star in the 1970s—and DJ Johnny Dynell
of the legendary New York-based nightclub Jackie 60. In a reworking of the Japanese
song "Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu," Pink Martini collaborated with Hiroshi Wada,
the slide guitarist whose group originally recorded and released the song 40
Originally released in 1997, Sympathique met with rave reviews worldwide, finding a place within the hearts of many and selling well over a half million copies. Building its legacy through unstoppable word of mouth, select high profile symphony dates, prominent placement in film & television and fashionable private appearances, Pink Martini has returned with their highly-anticipated follow up. Hang
On Little Tomato is every bit the new album Pink Martini fans have been longing for. Lush string arrangements, soaring vocals and cosmopolitan rhythms unfurl from the brilliant international hemisphere that is Pink Martini.
[ CD ]
Pink Martini is the brainchild of classically-trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes; fusing a vast array of influences spanning Cuban jazz to music hall to film scores, the group has honed an exotic sound which led to their classic debut Sympathique.
With Sympathique, Pink Martini has created a record that is timeless and beautiful. The New Yorker called it “breathtaking.” A phenomenal independent success story, Sympathique continues to grow in popularity across the US as the band tours and the word about this music spreads via television and film appearances, tracks on smart and sexy compilation albums, and a highly dedicated fan base.
PLEASE NOTE: The track "Bolero" is no longer on this CD.
"Everyone's hankering for Pink Martini. Not the drink, the band—the Portland-based ensemble that's become a darling of the fashion and entertainment crowds. Even Nina Griscom and Alba Clemente were moved to shake their booties at the group's recent gig at Joe's Pub in New York. Pink Martini's repertoire includes everything from Latin jazz and Afro Cuban rumba to sultry cabaret. 'Whether they're playing around a pool or at Joe's Pub' says Andre Balazs, 'they really have a groove.'" - W
"From the West Coast to the Riviera in the South of France, Pink Martini is less a drink than a stirring sound…and every bit as intoxicating. In only seven years, the Portland ensemble has emerged as one of the hottest commodities on what we could try to describe as the stylish, eclectic jazz fusion scene." - Tennessean
"Pink Martini's debut album incorporates an impressive variety of influences; traces of Cuban music, cabaret and film soundtracks are all discernible on Sympathetique, an intriguing blend of contemporary pop painted with brass, strings and percussion." - All Music Guide
"No matter how Pink Martini gets described, there's always an element being overlooked, a reliance on phrases such as lounge, cosmopolitan rumba or neo-classical that only tells part of this rich story. Impressive at every musician's station, the ensemble produces music that's charming and elegant, a tribute to leader Thomas Lauderdale's adept handling of Cuban rumba and Parisian cafe tunes and his ability to balance them with a bit of Carnival disco, a quickie from composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and 'Que Sera Sera.'" - Variety
"This 10-piece Portland combo has become a regular attraction on the symphony pops circuit nationwide, playing recently at the Hollywood Bowl, among other places. Their first (and so far, only) album, 1997's Sympathique, was a staple at the Starbucks counter for years. The attraction is not hard to explain. Pink Martini begins with a solid base of classical expertise. To that base, the group adds a mix of Latin jazz, French art songs, swing and the occasional Carmen Miranda tune." - Spokesman-Review