KPC Presents Pink Martini

Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy

Even the wildly diverse, euphoric crowds emerging from Pink Martini performances would be hard pressed to define the genre-busting band’s ecstatically fun music. Their mix of styles ranges from Latin jazz, Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban rumba to Japanese film noir and sultry ’30s cabaret songs, creating an exhilarating sound that drapes a global perspective on romance. The 14-piece band performs on an array of orchestral instruments including violins, trumpets, trombone, cello, harp, congas – and features Thomas Lauderdale at the piano and China Forbes singing.

Pink Martini is a “little orchestra” from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Lauderville, who was joined a year later by Forbes. The band draws inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and classic pop. Featuring a dozen or more regular musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand, South America and North America. The band made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998. Since then, the band has played with more than 25 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, the San Francisco Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London’s Royal Albert Hall.