A new dance tonight in Ladner. Pink Martini is by the musical group. The song we’ll dance to is “Donde Estas, Yolande” which I think means Where are you, Yolande?
The CD is Sympathique and also on Retrospective.
I’ve danced “Fiesta de la Vida” which I see from the notes is actually to this track. Same music; different titles. This happens in circle dance notes. Sometimes the choreographer or teacher name the dance differently from the song or they mention the CD but not the track. It all just makes going down the Rabbit Hole more fascinating. It’s choreographed by Barbara Driscoll from UK.
So in just a few hours I’ll learn if it’s the same or different.. (Additional note: It’s the same!)
In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world*… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”
“PINK MARTINI IS A ROLLICKING AROUND-THE-WORLD MUSICAL ADVENTURE… IF THE UNITED NATIONS HAD A HOUSE BAND IN 1962, HOPEFULLY WE’D BE THAT BAND.”
– THOMAS LAUDERDALE, BANDLEADER/PIANIST
*As a Canadian what with our bilingual, three nations, official multi-cultural policy and all, I wonder if USA is in fact the “most heterogeneously populated country in the world. Would someone ask Justin Trudea and Donald Trump to have a debate about this, please? – Mary