Pink Martini Live-June 11, 2010
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world-crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop- Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini, Portland’s “little orchestra” in 1994. Originally created as a vehicle to brighten political events that Lauderdale would begrudgingly attend, momentum snowballed, and the group began receiving international accolades and playing symphony halls the world over, ever building its reputation. The band has collaborated and performed with Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Henri Salvador, Jane Powell, Chavela Vargas, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, DJ Dimitri from Paris, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Hiroshi Wada, DJ Johnny Dynell and several drag queens from New York City, among others. Pink Martini performed in Studio 1A during Eklektikos with John Aielli.