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Pink Martini in second Romanian gig

Closing the Life is Beautiful Festival the famous Oregon band is going to perform on Sunday at the National Theatre Big Hall. “Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, band leader Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.


Their music has often been described as “vintage music”, a description which reflects the content, style and period that inspires many of their songs. Lauderdale describes the band’s sound as “music of the world without being world music. It’s kind of like urban symphonic crossed with Cuban/Brazilian street Carnival parade, Breakfast at Tiffany’s/United Nations kind of thing. The goal was to create the kind of records with which one would hopefully never grow tired of; records that could be played whether you were sad or gleeful. Lauderdale met China Forbes, the flamboyant voice that has brought about the group’s vocal signature, at Harvard. He was studying history and literature while she was studying English literature and painting. The band made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Pink Martini’s debut album, Sympathique, was released on their own label, Heinz Records, in 1997. Over 1.3 million copies of the record have been sold worldwide. The song of the same name is also featured on Putumayo World Music “World Lounge” CD. In October 2004, the group released its second album, Hang on Little Tomato. The group’s forth studio album, Splendor In The Grass encapsulates the band’s history and spirit of global collaboration.


The concert at the National Theatre starts at 8 PM on Sunday. Tickets are sold out.

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