The sound of hope amid turmoil

China Forbes, lead singer of American big band Pink Martini, has been known to learn the song Amado Mio in Hungarian, Thai and Russian and perform it on the spot.
China Forbes, lead singer of American big band Pink Martini, has been known to learn the song Amado Mio in Hungarian, Thai and Russian and perform it on the spot.PHOTO: HOLLY ANDRES

American band Pink Martini create music as a joyful soundtrack for listeners to escape from the sadness and stress of global issues

American big band Pink Martini's music - a blend of traditional pop, jazz, Latin and classical music sung in more than a dozen languages - is the sound of hope, says singer China Forbes.

"With our music, we demonstrate a spirit of inclusivity and a model for a more open and accepting world. We've always been that way as the turmoil is always present.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2018, with the headline 'The sound of hope amid turmoil'. Print Edition | Subscribe