Pink Martini – Ambassador’s Of The World – By Michelle S.
Pink Martini’s music is the kind of music that makes you want to fall in love. Each album contains all the perfect elements of a relationship — drama, seduction, sadness, and a melancholy sweetness that makes one just want to sit back with a glass of wine and swoon. The Portland, Oregon-based mini orchestra traverse the globe’s vintage melodies, from the sounds of Fifties Hollywood musicals, to Tango, to French chanson, and so much more — the perfect soundtrack to any soirée. There’s music has no boundaries, they have adoring fans all over the world.
The four original members founded the group in 1994 to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, and affordable housing. In the years that followed, Pink Martini has grown to its current cast of 12, and gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada and the U.S. The group’s debut album, Sympathique, was released independently in 1997 and became an international hit, almost immediately garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards. Seven years later, their highly anticipated follow-up album, Hang on Little Tomato, almost instantly climbed to Amazon.com’s bestsellers list. Since then, they have released nine more albums that are full of musical surprises, special guests and have been touring worldwide.
If you’re new to this band, I would suggest checking out their Spotify playlist to get an idea how worldly this group is. Their music has no boundaries and features a dozen musicians, which has allowed the band to perform with its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. In 2016 Pink Martini released their ninth studio album, Je dis oui! which features vocals from China Forbes, Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, fashion guru Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat, and Rufus Wainwright. It features 15 tracks spanning eight languages (French, Farsi, Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Xhosa and English), and affirms the band’s 22-year history of global inclusivity and collaborative spirit. Like I said, they are constantly touring so no news of any new albums yet, but in the meantime, you can check out all the older ones and fall in love with them! Check out this video from their “Hey Eugene” album.