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New Pink Martini LP ~ feat. Rufus Wainwright, Ari Shapiro, Ikram Goldman & Kathleen Saadat ~ out Nov 18 + extensive international tour!

Je dis oui!, the new album from acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based Pink Martini, will be released November 18 on Heinz Records. The album title means “I say yes!” in French, and that refrain is part of the chorus of the first single from the album, “Joli garcon,” available now on digital platforms and as an instant download with album pre-order. The 15-track album features bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and his “little orchestra” with lead singers China Forbes and Storm Large, and includes guest vocals from NPR “All Things Considered” host Ari Shapiro, fashion maven Ikram Goldman, civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat and Rufus Wainwright.

In support of the release, the band will embark on a worldwide tour this fall and winter, including three dates at Paris’s legendary Olympia Theatre in October and two shows at Los Angeles’s famed Disney Concert Hall on New Year’s Eve. See below for complete tour details.

Produced by Lauderdale with Kyle Mustain, Je dis oui! is Pink Martini’s ninth studio album. It was recorded at Kung Fu Bakery and B-Side Studios in Portland, OR over a six-month period, engineered by longtime collaborator Dave Friedlander along with Steve Sundholm. Highlights on the multilingual album—which features songs in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Portuguese, Turkish and the band’s first forays into Armenian and Xhosa—include three original songs co-written by Lauderdale for the forthcoming movie Souvenir starring French actress Isabelle Huppert. The album also features a version of the classic “Blue Moon” by Wainwright, “Finnisma Di” (an Arabic version of the band’s early hit “La soledad”) sung by Shapiro and several new songs voiced by the band’s lead singers Forbes and Large.

Je dis oui! follows a highly successful few years for the group, who in 2014 were inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Also in 2014, the band released its eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, a collaboration with Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the musical and movie The Sound of Music. The band’s 2013 release, Get Happy, received a rapturous reception from fans and press around the world, with Britain’s Sunday Times raving that the album is “multi-lingual and defiantly cosmopolitan…the best disc the group have released.” In 2012, the band was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning (the full piece can be viewed here).

Pink Martini was founded in Portland, OR in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing and public broadcasting. China Forbes, a classmate of Lauderdale’s at Harvard, joined the ensemble in 1995. In the years since, Pink Martini’s albums have collectively sold over 3 million copies worldwide, all on the band’s own label, Heinz Records.

The ensemble has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide including performances with the Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Thomas M. Lauderdale—piano
China Forbes—vocals
Storm Large—vocals
Robert Taylor—trombone
Antonis Andreou—trombone
Gavin Bondy—trumpet
Nicholas Crosa—violin
Pansy Chang—cello
Dan Faehnle—guitar
Philip Emilio Baker—upright bass
Timothy Nishimoto—vocals & percussion
Brian Lavern Davis—congas, drums & percussion
Miguel Bernal—congas & percussion
Anthony Jones—drums & percussion
Reinhardt Melz—drums & percussion


singers noted in parentheses

1. Joli garçon (Forbes)
2. The Butterfly Song (Forbes)
3. Kaj Kolah Khan (Large)
4. Ov sirun sirun (Shapiro, Nishimoto, Mustain)
5. Love for Sale (Saadat)
6. Solidão (Large)
7. Al Bint Al Shalabiya (Goldman)
8. Souvenir (Forbes)
9. Aşkim bahardı (Forbes, Large)
10. Finnisma Di (Shapiro)
11. Segundo
12. Blue Moon (Wainwright)
13. Fini la musique (Forbes)
14. Pata Pata (Forbes)
15. Serenade (Forbes)


October 4–6—Paris, France—Olympia Theatre
October 7–8—Aix, France—Theatre de Provence
October 10—Annecy, France—Bonlieu Scene Nationale
October 11—Zurich, Switzerland—Kaufleuten
October 12—Lausanne, Switzerland—Theatre de Beaulieu
October 13—Metz, France—L’Arsenal
October 15—Chartres, France—Theatre
October 16—Tours, France—Salle Vinci
October 17—Nantes, France—La Cite des Congres
October 18—Bordeaux, France—Pin Galant
October 21—Bristol, UK—Colston Hall
October 22—London, UK—Royal Albert Hall
October 23—Oxford, UK—New Theatre
October 24—Liverpool, UK—Philharmonic Hall
October 26—Gateshead, UK—Sage Gateshead
October 27—Glasgow, UK—Royal Concert Hall
October 29—York, UK—Barbican
October 31—Manchester, UK—Bridgewater Hall
November 16—Portland, OR—Keller Auditorium
November 18–19—Florence, OR—Florence Events Center
November 28—San Luis Obispo, CA—Cal Poly Arts PAC
November 29—Modesto, CA—Gallo Center for the Arts
November 30—Palm Desert, CA—McCallum Theatre
December 1—Reno, NV—Grand Theatre
December 3—Escondido, CA—California Center for the Arts
December 4—Lancaster, CA—Lancaster PAC
December 6—Santa Rosa, CA—Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
December 7—Stanford, CA—Bing Concert Hall
December 8–9—Raleigh, NC—Meymandi Concert Hallwith the North Carolina Symphony
December 11—Charlottesville, VA—Paramount Theatre
December 13—New York, NY—Town Hall
December 15—Glenside, PA—Keswick Theatre
December 16—New Haven, CT—Shubert Theater
December 17—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre
December 31—Los Angeles, CA—Disney Concert Hall (two shows)

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