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.
This album marks the final in a series of three limited edition 10" vinyl records of festive holiday music from around the world. Volume 3 is on clear vinyl and features two previously unreleased songs not on the CD. Pink Martini pledges to donate 100% of the profits of the sale of this record directly to charities working to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression worldwide.
Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully wed be that band. - Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist
"Like a glitter-flecked bauble on a snow-flocked bough, this album plays up the holidays' sparkling side." - New York Times
"You'll feel all shiny and bright after imbibing this intoxicating holiday cocktail." - Chicago Sun-Times
"A near-perfect blend of spirituality and festivity, Joy To the World lets listeners hear the holiday with new ears, and maybe see it with fresh eyes too." - All Music Guide
Limited to 2000 Copies
Includes 2 Previously Unreleasead Songs not on the CD
100% of Profits Donated to Charities
1. Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles)
2. Silent Night
3. Auld Lang Syne
1. I'll Be Home For Christmas (previously unreleased on CD)
2. Ave Maria (Gounod) (previously unreleased on CD)