The Spirit of Christmas

by Dan Blanchard

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Experience the wonder and beauty of Christmas in an East Meets West fusion of Christmas Carols and Indian Classical Music.

Dan Blanchard and seven guest musicians take the listener down a pathway that is both utterly familiar yet also bracingly new on The Spirit of Christmas as he fuses the much beloved melodies of traditional carols such as “Jingle Bells,” “We Three Kings,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with a healthy dose of Indian fusion influences. Featuring an assortment of instruments from both Indian and Western cultures such as santoor, tabla, bansuri flute, violin, and cello, The Spirit of Christmas reveals that the musical treats of the noted holiday hold truly universal appeal as Blanchard and company imbue a festive and exotic flavor into the time-tested carols. Occasionally embellished with original arrangements to more fully incorporate the Indian music elements, yet always instantly recognizable, the twelve classics will make a great addition to your holiday and world music collection!

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released December 15, 2008

Dan Blanchard - Santoor, Harmonium, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Leonice Shinneman - Tabla, Percussion
Sheela Bringi - Bansuri Flute
Dave Cipriani - Indian Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Paul Livingstone - Sitar
Deepak Ramapriyan - Violin
Chris Votek - Cello
Eddie Young - Bass Guitar

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Dan Blanchard Los Angeles, California

Dan blends ancient Indian classical music with world and electronic music to transport you to blissful states of mind during yoga and meditation practice or to uplift you during your daily life. Classically trained on the santoor, Dan explores the therapeutic power of music and adapts it for modern world needs, providing a powerful and engaging experience for overall well-being and inner peace. ... more

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