40th Anniversary Gala Preview: China Forbes

We are thrilled to announce that Portland-based and widely-renowned vocalist China Forbes will be performing at the upcoming 40th Anniversary Gala. For the last decade, China has toured the world as lead vocalist of the “little-orchestra,” the 13-member ensemble known as Pink Martini. Performances in Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada, and the US (among others), including stops at Carnegie Hall and London’s Hammersmith Apollo, have garnered China and Pink Martini a devoted international following- a following stronger than anywhere in their home-base of Portland, Oregon. In 2008, China released her long-awaited solo album, ’78, to widespread acclaim.



For the 40th Anniversary Gala, China will be performing with The Bureau of Standards Big Band, a 20-piece ensemble based in Portland. The self-titled “Purveyors of Swing & Fling,” the Bureau of Standards has evolved from a casual, after-work jam session between co-workers to something of a local institution, selling out monthly performances at Tony Starlight’s Supper Club & Lounge for several years, and building a devoted local following.

China Forbes and the Bureau of Standards Big Band will be performing live at the Northwest Film Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Saturday, May 12th, 2012. We don’t expect you to be that patient, though- have a listen here while you wait.



  1. […] by filmmaker and artist Andrew Dickson, and dazzling musical performances by Pink Martini’s China Forbes headlining the big band orchestra The Bureau of Standards Big Band. The Film Center’s Gala […]

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