Stephan Mikes | Sitar Christmas

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Sitar Christmas

by Stephan Mikes

Traditional Christmas songs performed on sitar with guitar,bass,keyboards and percussion,very cool.
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1. Medley: Ode to Joy, Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night,
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2. We Three Kings / What Child is This?
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2:55 $0.99
3. Carol of the Bells
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2:03 $0.99
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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5. Patapan
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6. The Holly & the Ivy / The First Noel
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7. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire
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8. Aarti
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9. Coventry Carol
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10. Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella
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SITAR CHRISTMAS: HOLIDAY MEDLEYS & MORE Surely a first! Traditional Holiday pieces performed on sitar, approximately 48 minutes; with guitar, synthesizer and percussion.

Review from "Positive Feedback Online" --
(a music review website geared to audiophiles)

"This is not a solo sitar recording. Aside from sitar, featured instruments include synthesizers, a wide variety of percussion instruments, and guitar. The selections include ten well-known seasonal tunes. Though the atmosphere of the India/Pakistan region of the world dominates the recording, there are many touches from other parts of the world, most noticeably music of the islands. The disc has a room-filling sound . . .
"The recording is detailed, pleasing, relaxing, and appropriate for holiday season listening pleasure . . ."


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Lorraine Ward James Updike

restfull uplifting fun for home and day-care
My babies at daycare love it. They stop playing and look at the c d player. It uplifts me so I can have more fun with the babies. It is great at home at relaxing time or background music. We really love it. Thank You.

Edward Burke, world music fan and DJ

Inventive and brilliantly played!
I've heard Christmas carols played on everything from steel drums to bagpipes; from Celtic harps to kittens to jingle bell dogs. I believe, however, that this is the first time I've heard those familiar tunes played on the sitar - a gorgeous instrument made even more stunning in the hands of American world jazz music maestro Stephan Mikes.
All tracks are noteworthy, but of particular note are the holiday medleys: "We Three Kings/What Child is This?", "Holly and the Ivy/The First Noel", and the nine-minute "Ode to Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High/Silent Night/Little Drummer Boy". rarely do artists play medleys of christmas carols...this is awesome and somthing I would have expected from a Celtic musician.
Without a doubt, "Sitar Christmas" is a great way to relax this holiday season, and a good showcase of the sitar's haunting power.
Now I don't know if Indian sitar great Ravi Shankar celebrates Christmas, but if he were to throw a holdiay party he would definately play this music and probably invite the likes of Enya, Jimmy Buffet and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to join in. Sound far-feteched? Maybe. But with "Sitar Christmas", Mikes has joined the sitar with atmospsheric, classial-style synthesizers, soft-rock guitar, and island style, Latin percussion with a few tablas thrown in. Definatley a Christmas chill out album. highly recomended