Live: Pink Martini @ The Egg, 11/8/10

China Forbes

China Forbes

With a name like Pink Martini, you could certainly be forgiven for expecting some kind of band of Esquivel-loving neo-cocktail lounge revivalists.

But the ten-piece band that glided into The Egg in Albany this month wasn’t some kind of big band version of Combustible Edison. Instead, what they served up was a tantalizing smorgasbord of global musical styles, all anchored in a symphonic pop sound that embraced classical elements, as well as jazz.

Post continues below...
Advertisement

The concert was a true musical journey, as pianist-bandleader Thomas Lauderdale charted an unlikely international course that visited the musical traditions of a wide range of nations from Parisian bistros to the exotic carnival street parade celebrations of Brazil.

And throughout the evening, vocalist China Forbes sang in at least a half dozen foreign languages, as well as English, bringing an authentic pan-global groove to the percolating sounds of Pink Martini.

All in all, it was a marvelous, multi-lingual musical mash-up.

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

SECOND OPINIONS:
Shawn Stone’s review at Metroland

Thomas Lauderdale

Thomas Lauderdale


Pink Martini

Pink Martini

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed.

Caffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaHudson SoundsBerkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsLeave Regular Radio BehindDennis Herbert Art