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Pink Martini

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I am utterly worn out with my new real estate career, but luckily, the Oregon-based band Pink Martini is giving me life! The band explore all kinds of genres, sing in many different (European) languages, and changes up their styles with the weather. But somehow their music and videos manage to be uniformly entertaining. And talk about an unusual origin story:

“In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, with the intention of eventually running for office. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, cleaning up the Willamette River, funding for libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.”

– About Pink Martini

1994??? How on earth did I manage to miss them until now? I have some catching up to do. As brilliant as they are alone, their collaborations, like the ones with Meow Meow and The von Trapps, are their bread and butter, and for good reason. I just can’t get enough!

You can follow Pink Martini on their website and on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Pink Martini

  1. I’m a big big fan of this group. A few years ago they came here in Montreal for the International Jazz Festival of Montreal and I was hooked with their performance!

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  2. I really like this band also, although I haven’t been listening to them very recently. Thanks for a reminder of all these great songs. I absolutely love “Ou est ma tete?” It would be funny and charming even without the dog in the video, but the dog just makes it better.

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  3. They are amazing. My alarm wake up is “Sympathique.” I don’t need it often but when I do one of my cats freaks and runs! He must not like French?

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  4. Thank you! A hometown favorite!

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  5. THANK YIOU!!! I’d heard of them, but never heard them. That video with the Von Trapps is just priceless.

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  6. I marked these so I can come back and hear them over and over. Totally enjoyed all of them – Hal (who is back home)

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  7. Amazing music and fun videos. I first heard them on Mountain Stage a few years back. I wish I would have checked out the videos at that time!

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  8. Delightful! I know they’ve been out to my neck of the woods, but I’ve never heard them until now.

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