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Wednesday, Aug 7 2013

Pink Martini wholeheartedly believes in the power of sprawl — at least of a certain type. Though the Portland group has frequently been classified as a "little orchestra," "little" is a deceptive term in this case; the band usually includes anywhere between 12 to 14 members commanding all manner of instruments. Moreover, the 19-year-old squad's suave sound flits and glides between styles, creating a mélange out of lounge, jazz, pop, and classical music — all while taking pronounced influence from old-school Hollywood musicals, too. Songs are sung in both English and several other languages, including Japanese, Greek, and Arabic. Still, the ultimate draw of Pink Martini is its ability to filter all those instruments and ideas into palatable and fun songs. "It's not Rachmaninoff or Schoenberg. It's visceral," vocalist China Forbes said in a 2010 interview. "It's music that a 4-year-old can appreciate."

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