TONIGHT @ the Mahaiwe: Pink Martini, a Musical Travelogue from Rio to Paris [Berkshire on Stage]

July 13th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
Pink Martini has a nostalgic big band sound, but with a fresh and lively viewpoint.

Pink Martini has a nostalgic big band sound, but with a fresh and lively viewpoint.

Pink Martini swings into Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8pm tonight (Monday, July 13). The Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” offers a multi-lingual musical travelogue from samba in Rio to cabaret music in Paris. “As part of the Mahaiwe’s 10th anniversary season, we are presenting some of our audience members’ favorite artists, and we’re thrilled to welcome back this delightful ensemble, led by Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes. They packed the house in 2013, and are about to do so again!” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

The group draws on diverse influences to weave a seamless musical fabric that defies immediate classification, but has been lauded by critics throughout the world for its international flavor and ability to entertain. First attaining recognition during the lounge music revival of the mid- and late-1990s, Pink Martini sought a wider variety of styles, from Japanese torch songs to Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.”

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

November 15th, 2010, 5:00 pm by Greg
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.

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