Shaken and Stirred by the Music of Pink Martini Pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes of the globe-trotting 10-piece band Pink Martini talk with NPR's Scott Simon. The group's music can be described as a kind of world cocktail music. Hang On Little Tomato is the ensemble's latest CD.

Shaken and Stirred by the Music of Pink Martini

Shaken and Stirred by the Music of Pink Martini

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Pink Martini Songs

from 'Hang on Little Tomato'

'Let's Never Stop Falling in Love'

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'Anna (El Negro Zumbon)'

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'Hang On Little Tomato'

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'Autrefois'

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'Una Notte a Napoli'

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Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes met as freshmen at Harvard. The next year, they selected the same campus house and often found themselves at the house piano, where Lauderdale would play and Forbes would sing late into the night as a distraction from studies.

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A few years after graduation, the two re-connected in Portland, Ore., to form Pink Martini, a ten-piece globe-trotting ensemble that plays a kind of world cocktail music, often accompanying full symphony orchestras.

The group's 1997 debut CD, Sympathique, was a surprise global hit, vaulting the two college friends into a whirlwind career of almost non-stop touring.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Lauderdale and Forbes about the new Pink Martini album, Hang on Little Tomato, and about how they create their distinctive sound.