with special guest Meow Meow
Monday, October 21, 7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT
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Even the wildly diverse, euphoric crowds emerging from Pink Martini performances would be hard pressed to define the genre-busting band’s ecstatically fun music. Their mix of styles ranges from Latin jazz, Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban rumba to Japanese film noir and sultry ’30s cabaret songs, creating an exhilarating sound that drapes a global perspective on romance. The 14-piece band performs on an array of orchestral instruments including violins, trumpets, trombone, cello, harp, congas – and features Thomas Lauderdale at the piano and China Forbes singing.
Pink Martini is a "little orchestra" from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Lauderville, who was joined a year later by Forbes. The band draws inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and classic pop. Featuring a dozen or more regular musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand, South America and North America. The band made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998. Since then, the band has played with more than 25 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Other appearances include three sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Governor's Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008. the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia, and the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year's events from 2004 through 2007. All five Pink Martini albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold well over 2 million copies worldwide.
"All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world," says bandleader Lauderdale. "So inevitably, our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you're in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you're in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It's a bit like an urban musical travelogue.”
"We're very much an American band (with a hint of Mad Men), but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America - the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world composed of people of every country, every language, every religion."
The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, such as Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, and the original cast of Sesame Street. Pink Martini has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,“ “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and NPR’s “Toast of the Nation.” They have been featured in films including “In the Cut,” “Shanghai Kiss,” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Also TV programs including “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos.”
“Swiftly intoxicating…elegantly chilled.” -- London Times
“Impeccably suave…combining class and kitsch, swooning nostalgia, and delirious romance.” - London Telegraph
Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotised and inspired audiences globally with unique creations and sell-out seasons from New York’s Lincoln Center and Berlin’s Bar Jeder Vernunft to London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House.
Named One of the Top Performers of the Year by The New Yorker, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called “Sensational” (TheTimes), “diva of the highest order” (New York Post), and “The Queen of Chanson” by the Berliner Zeitung. Her award-winning solo works have been curated by David Bowie, Pina Bausch, and Mikhail Baryshnikov and numerous international arts festivals.
She has just performed at the Berlin Philharmonic with Pink Martini, then conjured a bespoke creation for Liverpool Culture's "Sgt Pepper at Fifty" involving the city's brass bands. She appears in NY in July, joins PInk Martini in Madrid and Monte Carlo, then for the entirety of Edinburgh International Festival with her show "Meow Meow's Little Mermaid."
“There are not many women who can stun an audience into pin-drop silence with an exquisitely delivered torch song one moment and rock the rafters with laughter the next. Meow Meow... is that rare combination - devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords...no one now does it better than Meow” - EVENING STANDARD UK
"There is, in fact, nothing that this woman cannot do." - THE TELEGRAPH UK