When ARI SHAPIRO is not performing with Pink Martini, he hosts America’s most listened-to radio news program, NPR’s All Things Considered. He has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from five continents. (Sorry, Australia.) Before he became host of All Things Considered in 2015, he worked for NPR as a foreign correspondent based in London. Prior to that, he spent four years as NPR’s White House correspondent.
Ari grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he was a teenage fan of Pink Martini. Following a serendipitous late-night-barbecue-turned-sing-along at his home in Washington some years later, Ari made his recording debut with the band on the 2008 album Splendor in the Grass. His live debut took place the following year in front of 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl. Since then, he has recorded songs on four of the band’s albums and joined Pink Martini on tours around the world. He has performed with them at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall in London, L’Olympia in Paris, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Ari has also performed with the Washington Ballet in the original production of The Sun Also Rises at the Kennedy Center, and his voice was part of the otherwise-silent Polish play Request Concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.