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Pink Martini Biography


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Birth Place: Portland, Oregon, United States
Years Active: 1994–present
Genres: Jazz, Latin, Lounge Music, Classical, Others


Pink Martini is a 12-member "little orchestra" from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale. They draw inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.

Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with over 30 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.

Pink Martini’s debut album “Sympathique” was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000.

In October 2004, the group released its second album, “Hang on Little Tomato.”

In May 2007, the group released its third album, “Hey Eugene!.”

Their fourth studio album, “Splendor in the Grass” was released on October 27, 2009.

“Sympathique,” “Hang on Little Tomato” and “Hey Eugene!” have all gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and Pink Martini's records have collectively sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

In May 2009, the band recorded three concerts with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Carlos Kalmar for the band’s fifth album a symphonic record which is slated for a 2011 release.