“If the United Nations had a house band at the start of the 60s, hopefully we’d be that band,” asserts Thomas Lauderdale, pianist and co-founder of Pink Martini along with singer China Forbes. This musical creation cannot be better introduced; originally from Portland in Oregon, who since 1994 mixes all musical styles in their shaker: swing, jazz, latino, electro, retro, lounge, classic, ballads… Everything is good for the 12 musicians and signers of Pink Martini, who also practice a linguistic cocktail, singing equally in English, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Croatian and even in Mandarin! Particularly enjoyed in France, where their first hit “Sympathique” was voted song of the year in 1997 and has remained memorable with it’s lazy chorus (“Je ne veux pas travailler”), Pink Martini returns this summer with a new album, released at the end of 2016, under the title Je dis oui ! They will play large extracts of it on stage of the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo. To Pink Martini and the star singer, China Forbes, we say yes!
In Ireland, music is first of all a family business. There’s always an instrument lying around somewhere in the house. At 14, Imelda May followed her sisters in their pop performances. At 16, she was already on stage, backed up by her father, to play rock’n’roll. Since 2006, this Dubliner, a star in her country, has been serving up vintage songs brought from the fifties. Attached to the jazz of her beginnings with the Swing Blue Harlem, Imelda May, whose admiration for Billie Holiday is without limits, has put forth a distinctly more rockabilly style in her album, Love Tattoo, a triple golden record in Ireland thanks to the hit “Johnny Got a Boom Boom”. Since then, the beauty has played with Jeff Beck, appeared just about everywhere in the world and, in 2014, released a successful album, Tribal, still quite rockab’ oriented. Imelda recorded a few new titles last year in cooperation with her friend Bono, to whom she dedicated the song “Game Changer”. Has the U2 singer maybe changed her game? We might think so when listening to her new single, “Should I’ve Been You”, which sounds more pop than rock. A new orientation to be confirmed at her live performance at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo.
By arrangement with Gérard Drouot Productions
The artist’s website: imeldamay.co.uk
- Artist :
- Pink Martini + Imelda May
- Festival :
- Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival
- Venue :
- Opéra Garnier
- Date :
- 25 July 2017