Skyline Sessions

Live In Studio: Pink Martini

Members of the internationally acclaimed genre-crossing band visited Houston Public Media while in town performing with the Houston Symphony.

After Thomas Lauderdale founded the pop/jazz/Latin/lounge/classical-hybrid band Pink Martini in 1994, he soon enlisted singer China Forbes, who has been one of the band’s permanent vocalists (Forbes and Storm Large now share co-lead vocals). Pink Martini also employs a roster of guest vocalists, which includes Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered. While Pink Martini was in town for a concert with the Houston Symphony, Lauderdale, Forbes and Shapiro visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to record the band’s 1997 international hit single “Sympathique,” and “Finnisma Di” a reworking of a song from Pink Martini’s debut album.