3 for Pink Martini are 3 music videos in a short film style format created for the Pink Martini Music Video Contest that honor my personal connection to their music as it relates to family and community and the themes of love and loss.
Animation artist Rocky Kev from the KoAloha Ukulele Story teamed up with me once more to create something that is out of the box and very personal exploring our connections to Où Est Ma Tête?, Ohayoo Ohio (Hello Ohio), and Over the Valley from their new album Splendor in the Grass.
We did something unique with this process since we were able to present more than one music video. We each created a music video in our own disciplines on our own and then collaborated on one final music video together (Over the Valley). I hope the films can explore the multiple layers of Pink Martini in a manner that you have not seen before and hopefully captures the spirit of what Pink Martini's musical message has always represented to me.
In a very strange and special way, this music video contest has given me a chance to do something I've always wanted to do for a very long time and that is to create a film about a group that continues to inspire and bring people together across generations and across all boundaries.
To Thomas M Lauderdale, China Forbes, and the talented core artists of Pink Martini I raise a martini glass to you and say, "Salud!"
I hope these films are a small personal thank you for the music you've given me.
With every good wish,
Gary San Angel
Please visit my blog at www.componentgeek.com for more information regarding the Music Video pieces.
In Loving Memory of Marcelina Doma
Directed by Gary San Angel
Artwork by Rocky Kev
Produced by David Lin
Over the Valley
Music & Lyrics by China Forbes
and Thomas M. Lauderdale
Vocals - China Forbes
Violin - Nicholas Crosa
Mandolin - Dave Gerow
Guitar - Dan Faehnle
Upright Bass - Phil Baker
Piano - Thomas M. Lauderdale
Drums - Martin Zarzar
Birds courtesy of Cornell University Press:
Bird Songs in Your Garden
with Arthur Allen & Peter Kellog, 1961