Combining Christmas Carols and Indian Classical Music

With my love of both traditions, I wanted to combine both Christmas Carols and Indian Classical Music while keeping true to each tradition and make their characteristics heard. Many of the songs have a short freeform introduction that improvises around the main melody. About a third of the songs (#2, #3, #6, #9) follow a rough format of an Indian Classical Music composition – freeform introduction, main melody repeated with some improvisation in between, a 2nd melody and improvisations that revolves around high notes, a tabla (percussion) solo, some more improvisations, and a final playing of the main melody, ending with what is called a tihai – repeating a phrase 3 times.

About half of the songs (#1, #4, #7, #8, #11) are more in a western presentation, with the melodies of the Christmas Carols repeated with different instrumentation and improvisations over the chords of the original songs. The remaining songs (#5, #10, #12) are a hybrid of the two styles.

It is my wish that you enjoy listening to these well-known Christmas melodies, presented with lush soundscape and interesting instrumentation, along with some improvisations from many talented musicians!

Bring wonder and joy to your holiday season, purchase The Spirit of Christmas now!

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