Pink Martini coming to Beaver Creek Aug. 13
BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes the International music group Pink Martini on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. Lead by Portland native Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini lights up every house they play in with feel-good fusion. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world — crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop — Pink Martini features a dozen musicians performing a multilingual repertoire. Tickets to Pink Martini are $78 and on sale now at the Vilar Box Office (970.845.8497/www.vilarpac.org). The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village
(68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek).
Pink Martini has played with more than 50 orchestras around the world and was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Pink Martini’s debut album “Sympathique” was released independently and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards. Pink Martini released “Hang On Little Tomato” in 2004, “Hey Eugene!” in 2007 and “Splendor In The Grass” in 2009. In November 2010 the band released “Joy To The World” — a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. In 2011 the band released two albums – “A Retrospective,” a collection of the band’s most beloved songs spanning their 18-year career, and “1969,” an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki.
Pink Martini has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Japanese legend Hiroshi Wada, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, and the original cast of Sesame Street. Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing with Pink Martini.
In January 2012, bandleader Thomas Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album titled “Get Happy,” featuring 16 globe-spanning songs in nine languages. The band’s beloved vocalist China Forbes anchors the recording, and she is joined by her new co-lead singer Storm Large, recording with Pink Martini for the first time, along with a cavalcade of special guests including Rufus Wainwright, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, The von Trapps & Ari Shapiro.
And while still in the studio for “Get Happy,” Lauderdale simultaneously began work on the band’s eighth studio album, “Dream a Little Dream,” featuring Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the actual great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. The album, released in March 2014, traverses the world, from Sweden to Rwanda to China to Bavaria, and features guest appearances by The Chieftains, Wayne Newton, “Jungle” Jack Hanna and Charmian Carr (who played Liesl in the original “Sound of Music”).