Drawing inspiration from music around the globe while crossing the genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, pianist and band leader Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra“ Pink Martini in 1994. Comprising nearly a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand and North America.
“All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world. So inevitably, because everyone has participated at some point in the writing or arranging of songs, our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue,” says Lauderdale.
The interests of the band are incredibly diverse– two percussionists spend a lot of time in Brasil; another percussionist grew up in Peru; a German speaking trombone player studied with all the brass section of the Chicago Symphony; a singer studied French and Italian and sings in 15 different languages; a cellist who speaks Mandarin – and because of this diversity inside the band, there are endless ideas.