Pink Martini 'Get Happy' with Phyllis Diller, Rufus Wainwright on 9/24 LP

 Press Release: Get Happy, the new album from acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based Pink Martini, will be released September 24 on Heinz Records. The 16-track album features bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and his “little orchestra,” as well as lead singers China Forbes and Storm Large. Additionally, the album includes guest vocalists Phyllis Diller, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, Ari Shapiro, The von Trapps and Rufus Wainwright. As a special preview, an in-the-studio album trailer, featuring the song “Zundoko,” can be viewed here.

In advance of the release, the band will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour this summer, including three dates at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl. The shows will feature both China Forbes and Storm Large as well as special guest Saori Yuki. See below for complete tour details. 

Get Happy is Pink Martini’s seventh studio album and was recorded at Kung Fu Bakery Studios, in Portland, OR over the past year. Lauderdale produced the album along with longtime collaborator Dave Friedlander. Highlights on the album include the opening track, a special first take recording of Phyllis Diller performing Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” as well as a duet by Forbes and Wainwright on “Get Happy/Happy Days.” The album also features songs sung in German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Chinese, Farsi, Turkish and Romanian.

The new album follows a highly successful few years for the band, who were recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning (the full piece can be viewed here). Additionally, in November 2011, the band released two albums—A Retrospective, a collection of the band’s most beloved songs spanning their 18-year career, which includes eight previously unreleased tracks, and 1969, an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has since been certified platinum in Japan, reaching #2 on the Japanese charts with the Japan Times raving, “the love and respect Saori Yuki and Pink Martini have for the pop tradition shines through on every track.” The release of 1969 also marked the first time a Japanese artist hit the American Billboard charts since Kyu Sakamoto released “Sukiyaki” in 1963.

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 six studio albums have collectively sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, all on the band’s own label, Heinz Records.

The ensemble has also gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide including concerts with the Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing and touring with the band.

Get Happy track listing:
1. Smile (Phyllis Diller)
2. Ich dich liebe (China Forbes)
3. Quizas quizas quizas (Storm Large)
4. Zundoko (Timothy Nishimoto)
5. Je ne t’aime plus (China Forbes & Philippe Katerine)
6. Yo te quiero siempre (Ari Shapiro)
7. I’m Waiting For You (Meow Meow)
8. Omide zendegani (Storm Large)
9. Uskudar (China Forbes)
10. Pana cand (Storm Large)
11. She Was Too Good To Me (Robert Taylor)
12. Sway (Storm Large)
13. Kitty Come Home (Rufus Wainwright with The von Trapps)
14. Get Happy/Happy Days (China Forbes & Rufus Wainwright)
15. What'll I Do? (China Forbes)
16. Heliotrope Bouquet (instrumental)
June 19 // Chicago, IL // Grant Park Music Festival* with the Grant Park Orchestra
June 20 // Midland, MI // Midland Center for the Arts†
June 21 // Rochester, NY // Kodak Hall at Eastman Threatre
June 22 // Columbus, OH // Columbus Commons† with the Columbus Symphony
June 24 // Grand Rapids, MI // Meijer Gardens†
June 25 // Ann Arbor, MI // Ann Arbor Summer Fest†
June 26 // Toronto, ON // Roy Thompson Hall† with the Toronto Symphony
June 27 & 28 // Montreal, QE // Montreal Jazz Festival†
June 29 // Hyannis, MA // Cape Cod Melody Tent†
July 1 // Washington, DC // Wolf Trap†
July 2 // Great Barrington, MA // Mahaiwe†
July 5 // Steamboat Springs, CO // Strings Music Pavilion*
July 6 // Aspen, CO // Jas Aspen Snowmass*
July 7 // Denver, CO // Arvada Center*
July 8 // Boulder, CO // Chautauqua*
July 9 // Salt Lake City, UT // Red Butte Garden*
July 11 // Boise, ID // Velma V. Morrison Center*
July 12 // Bend, OR // Les Schwab Amphitheater*
July 13 // Grass Valley, CA // California WorldFest*
July 14 // Santa Rosa, CA // Green Music Center*
July 16 // Jacksonville, OR // Britt Festival*
July 17 // Redding, CA // Cascade Theatre*
July 19-21 // Los Angeles, CA // Hollywood Bowl‡ with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
August 2 & 3 // Portland, OR // Edgefield§
August 4 // Seattle, WA // Marymoor Park†
August 9 // Kelowna, BC // Mission Hills Winery†
August 10 // San Jose, CA // San Jose Jazz Fest†
August 11 // San Francisco, CA // Stern Grove Festival†
September 5 // Charlottesville, VA // Paramount Theater*
September 6 // Raleigh, NC // North Carolina Museum of Art*
September 7 // Baltimore, MD // Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall* with the Baltimore Symphony
September 22 // New York, NY // The Beacon Theatre§
*with singer Storm Large
†with singer China Forbes
‡with singers China Forbes and Storm Large and special guest Saori Yuki
§with singers China Forbes and Storm Large