Chinas voice brought a hush over the enchanted crowd with songs like Clementine, a lullabye written for Forbes niece, and a duet she performed with Timothy Nishimoto in Japanese. Just as easily the singers powerful voice soared above the orchestra with Amado Mio from their debut album Sympathique and Lets not stop falling in love from their latest album Hang on Little Tomato. Equally captivating were the solos of trumpeter Gavin Bondy, and singer Nishimoto.
Pink Martini are considered an international phenomenon and remain an independent band despite offers from record labels. They have sold more than half a million albums around the world and one could see that Toronto was filled with fans who knew their material. The audience danced and sang along to the bands original repertoire including Je ne veux pas travailler, a song that became a top seller in France and Donde estas Yolanda, infused with latin rhythms.
The sophisticated yet cheeky lyrics encouraged many laughs, in particular when Forbes dedicated the song Eugene to a boy who never called. By the end of the show, the audience was calling out for an encore of Lilly, a song about a dog who wouldnt stay.
This is a band that wows timeless material that feels like standards with master musicians who together on stage create a contagious energy.
Lauderdale has said that the world would be a different place if society sang and danced more. At Sunday nights concert Lauderdale must have felt proud leaving this Canadian audience in a state of exhilaration with perhaps a new-found optimism to face the cold.