July 2, 2013
Pink Martini 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.
The Boston Globe commented, "The recipe for a Pink Martini would read something like this: One part French chanson, one part Argentine tango, one part soft merengue beat, and a dash of gin-joint jazz. Combine ingredients and shake vigorously over old Hollywood glamour. Pour into a glass and garnish with a paper parasol."
First attaining recognition during the lounge music revival of the mid- and late-1990s as exemplified by such acts as the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and bands of that ilk, Pink Martini sought a wider variety of styles, from Japanese torch songs to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero." According to the group's musical leader, Thomas Lauderdale, "Pink Martini is like a romantic Hollywood musical of the 1940s or 50s - but with a global perspective which is modern," he wrote on the band's official Web site. "We bring melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together." Describing themselves as a "pop orchestra" and as "music archaeologists," Pink Martini was described in the Washington Post as "digging up neglected treasures and styles from the past and reinventing them for the 21st century.
But there's nothing pedantic about the result: This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious."