Prague Post - Raymond Johnston
January 15, 2014

Lounge music act Pink Martini has announced a new CD where they team up with the descendents of the singing von Trapp family, which was made famous in the film The Sound of Music.

Pink Martini has been called “one of the world’s most elegant live bands” and displayed their talents in Prague in October. Currently they are touring California. The new CD is called Dream a Little Dream.

“A world where adults ride scooters, the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp make schnitzel, and sing-a-longs pop up at every party seems like a dream, but this fantastical world is alive and sparkling on the new full length album collaboration between Pink Martini and The von Trapps, available everywhere March 4, 2014,” a press release stated.

The album is not the first time the band has worked with the von Trapp descendants.

Two years ago, Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp came to Portland to perform with the Oregon Symphony, and soon thereafter were drawn into the orbit of Thomas Lauderdale, the man who founded Pink Martini. He believes The Sound of Music was the last great American film and found these descendents to be as magical as the movie itself. It didn't take long until the von Trapps had moved to Portland and cultivated a lasting bond with Pink Martini, according to the record label.

“This spring we are pleased to present Dream a Little Dream, the culmination of this collaboration. The album features the crystalline four-part harmonies of the singing siblings, guest appearances by such eminent and diverse talents as The Chieftains and Wayne Newton, and arrangements by Thomas Lauderdale, all backed by your favorite ‘little orchestra.’ It is a playful, fresh, and lovely trek around the world. We can't wait for you to hear it,” the press release stated.

If the name Pink Martini doesn't ring a bell, you may have heard their songs in films including Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the TV series The Sopranos or advertisements for Microsoft. Their Joy to the World holiday album was sold in Starbucks.

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