The von Trapps

Appears on: Pink Martini New Year's Extravaganza

Siblings Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August are the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, with a legacy of music in their own right.

The von Trapps’ musical journey began as a fluke and a brainstorm in 2001. During summer visits to their Montana home, their grandfather Werner von Trapp taught them the Austrian folk songs he loved as a child. When he became too ill to travel, they crafted a homemade recording to cheer him up, never expecting it would inspire a career in music. The von Trapps have been on stage together ever since. Their performances make room for melodicas and ukuleles, lyrics that can unspool in ten languages, twinges of Appalachia and Portlandia, some shout-outs to The Mamas & Papas, all filtered through the DNA of the most beloved musical ever, The Sound of Music. They have toured extensively, from Beijing’s Forbidden City to the Sydney Opera House, performed with major symphonies across the country, appeared on Oprah, and recorded with artists such as Wayne Newton and Rufus Wainwright.

For several years, The von Trapps were frequent guest performers with Pink Martini, the globetrotting pop sensation. The two groups collaborated on Pink Martini’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, released in March 2014, which has sold over 30,000 copies in the U.S. alone, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Emboldened by that collaboration, The von Trapps released their own EP Dancing in Gold in April of 2015, shortly before taking a break from music and casting off on their own individual endeavors. They are delighted to return to the stage on occasion with Pink Martini in their adopted hometown of Portland.