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Pink Martini — Get Happy (2013)

 Pink Martini — Get Happy (2013)

Pink Martini — Get Happy
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Album release: September 24, 2013
Record Label: Heinz Records
Duration:     54:33
01. Ich Dich Liebe      (2:37)
02. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas      (3:19)
03. I'm Waiting For You      (2:12)
04. Omide Zendegani      (4:11)
05. Yo Te Quiero Siempre      (3:27)
06. Je Ne T'aime Plus      (3:21)
07. Zundoko      (3:42)
08. Pan? Cand Nu Te Iubeam      (3:08)
09. She Was Too Good To Me      (5:22)
10. Uskuder      (4:48)
11. Sway      (3:40)
12. Kitty Come Home      (4:21)
13. What'll I Do      (2:23)
14. Get Happy / Happy Days      (3:20)
15. Heliotrope Bouquet      (1:53)
16. Smile      (2:49)
↔  Get Happy contains sixteen tracks. "Smile", originally by Charlie Chaplin, serves as the closing track and features American actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller (1917 — 2012). Pink Martini and Diller recorded the song in January 2012 in her living room in Los Angeles, and the group released it upon her death.
Members :
↔  China Forbes (vocals)
↔  Thomas M. Lauderdale (piano)
↔  Robert Taylor (trombone)
↔  Gavin Bondy (trumpet)
↔  Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone)
↔  Dan Faehnle (guitar)
↔  Phil Baker (upright bass)
↔  Nicholas Crosa (violin)
↔  Timothy Nishimoto (vocals and percussion)
↔  Brian Lavern Davis (congas, drums, percussion)
↔  Anthony Jones (drums)
↔  Antonis Andreou (trombone)
↔  Derek Rieth (percussion)
↔  Pansy Chang (cello)
↔  Maureen Love (harp)
Past members:
↔  Doug Smith (percussion)
↔  Jonas Tauber (bass)
↔  David Eby (cello)
↔  John Wager (bass)
↔  Richard Rothfus (percussion)
↔  Pepe Raphael (vocals)
↔  Paloma Griffin (violin)
Website: http://www.pinkmartini.com/
↔  "2013 release from the modern Exotica/Easy Listening outfit. In January 2012, Thomas Lauderdale and trusty audio engineer Dave Friedlander flew to Los Angeles to visit Thomas's new friend, Phyllis Diller. While there,  they recorded Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', which turned out to be Phyllis Diller's final recording, and became the soundtrack for the many tributes to her when she passed away six months later. Thus began the 18-month odyssey to record Get Happy, the long-awaited studio follow-up to 2009's Splendor in the Grass, an odyssey which featured a cavalcade of vocal royalty visiting their Portland studios, including exotic cabaret sensation Meow Meow, sunny French eccentric Philippe Katerine, the handsome and brilliant radio superstar Ari Shapiro, warm-hearted wunder-siblings The von Trapps, and a riveting appearance by the exquisite Rufus Wainwright! Anchored by our beloved and elegant vocalist China Forbes, alongside our dazzling co-lead-singer Storm Large, the album features 16 songs selected and arranged by Thomas."
In french:
↔  La formule choisie par Pink Martini fonctionne toujours aussi bien...
In details:
Track listing:
01 "Ich dich liebe" (Max Kolpé, Lotar Olias, Karl Vibach), featuring China Forbes
02 "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" (Osvaldo Farrés), featuring Storm Large
03 "Zundoko-Bushi", featuring Timothy Nishimoto
04 "Je ne t'aime plus" (Forbes, Katerine), featuring China Forbes and Philippe Katerine
05 "Yo te quiero siempre" (Ernesto Lecuona), featuring Ari Shapiro
06 "I'm Waiting for You" (Yan Kuan, Chen Ruizhen), featuring Meow Meow
07 "Omide zendegani", featuring Storm Large
08 "Üsküdar'a Gider Iken" (traditional), featuring China Forbes
09 "Până când nu te iubeam" (traditional), featuring Storm Large
10 "She Was Too Good to Me" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart), featuring Robert Taylor
11 "Sway" (Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, Norman Gimbel), featuring Storm Large
12 "Kitty Come Home" (Anna McGarrigle), featuring Rufus Wainwright with the von Trapps
13 "Get Happy/Happy Days" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler/Milton Ager, Jack Yellen), featuring China Forbes and Rufus Wainwright
14 "What'll I Do?" (Irving Berlin), featuring China Forbes
15 "Heliotrope Bouquet" (Scott Joplin) (instrumental)
16 "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons), featuring Phyllis Diller
↔  “Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure … if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” — Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist 15 years ago in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager beaver 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 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
↔  “Pink Martini draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s or ‘50s … with a more global perspective. We write a lot of songs … but we also champion songs like Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia” or “Amado mio” from the Rita Hayworth film Gilda. In that sense we’re a bit like musical archeologists, digging through recordings and scores of years past and rediscovering beautiful songs.”
↔  Lauderdale met China Forbes, Pink Martini’s “Diva Next Door” lead vocalist, at Harvard. He was studying history and literature while she was studying English literature and painting. Actually neither of them really studied, they socialized … and late at night, they would break into the lower common room in their college dormitory and sing arias by Puccini and Verdi – and the occasional campy Barbara Streisand cover – thus sealing their creative collaboration. Three years after graduating, Lauderdale called Forbes, who was living in New York City, where she’d been writing songs and playing guitar in her own folkrock project, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together for the band and their first song “Sympathique” became an overnight sensation in France — and was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000.
↔  “Both China Forbes and I come from multicultural families,” says Lauderdale.
↔  “All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world, 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, 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 … comprised of people of every country, every language, every religion.”
↔  Comprised of twelve 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 and North America. In 1998 Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with over 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 and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.
↔  Other appearances include 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 Eve 2003, 2004 & 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.
↔  Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), 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 in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang on Little Tomato in 2004 and Hey Eugene in 2007. All three albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. In partnership with Public Television, the band filmed and in 2009 released a live concert dvd entitled Discover The World.
↔  “Americans don’t really sing together anymore … except for church … or
maybe the shower. At the turn of the 20th century, every middle-class American household had a piano. And it was the focal point of the house … people would gather around it and sing together. Music was something everyone participated in. Everyone played an instrument or sang, everybody knew the songs, knew the words, and could participate. But then the radio came, and then the television … and soon it was all over. For me, Pink Martini is partially an attempt to rebuild a culture which sings and dances.”
Born: April 29, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
↔  Apart from her efforts with Pink Martini, Forbes has released two solo albums:
•  Love Handle (1995)
•  78 (2008, Heinz Records)
↔  In 2008, she recorded two songs in French, in duet with famous French singer-composer Georges Moustaki, for his album Solitaire.
↔  On June 21, 2011 Pink Martini announced that China was taking an extended leave of absence from performing for at least one year to undergo surgery on her vocal chords. Guest vocalists were scheduled to fill in for China during her absence. Forbes is thanked in the liner notes to 1969, the band's collaboration with Japanese vocalist Saori Yuki.
↔  Currently Forbes is sharing Pink Martini responsibilities with Storm Large, who was a guest vocalist during her leave of absence, each doing about half the tour schedule.
China Forbes is a cousin of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Website: http://www.chinaforbes.com/
↔  Thomas Mack Lauderdale born July 14, 1970 in Oakland, California.
↔  Lauderdale was adopted by Kerby Roy and Linda Sue (Mikesell) Lauderdale.
↔  In Portland, Oregon, Lauderdale began his studies with Sylvia Killman in 1982. Killman and Lauderdale remain close. Lauderdale won the Oregon Symphony's annual Corbett Competition in 1985, marking the beginning of a long association with conductor Norman Leyden. He graduated from Portland's Ulysses S. Grant High School in 1988, where he was student body president and editorial editor of The Grantonian. ↔  Lauderdale studied at Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in History and Literature. He spent most of his time in college in cocktail dresses, throwing waltzes with live orchestras and ice sculptures; disco masquerades with gigantic pineapples on wheels; nude midnight swimming parties in the Adams House swimming pool; and operating a Tuesday night coffeehouse called Café Mardi.

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