With a funky name, an even catchier sound, and a global perspective born of social activism and positive energy (very Austin, we should point out), Pink Martini is it.
Coming to Austin in a few short weeks is a band that transcends geography, tears down language barriers, and perfectly encapsulates the global sound of the 1960s—or any other decade or genre for that matter. “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band,” says bandleader and pianist Thomas Lauderdale. And he’s not wrong.
What started out as a “little orchestra” in 1994 to liven up the stale, “lackluster” sounds of Portland, Oregon’s, political fundraisers for social justice and environmental causes, Pink Martini has taken the world by fresh, inclusive multi-lingual storm. With the release of its 9th studio album—Je dis oui!—a charming record as engaging and clever as the band’s official site (really, go play around with their collage feature!), Pink Martini continues to sell out the world’s biggest concert halls and opera houses with their sophisticated bent on cosmopolitan sound.
Take a listen to a few of Pink Marini’s rollicking masterpieces of global fusion and musical candor, because inclusivity is the name of Pink Martini’s game.
Pink Martini brings their funky, international sound to the Long Center March 12. Get your tickets now before they sell out our concert hall, too!