Holiday: Sarod & Beats

by James Whetzel

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    "This could easily have been a train wreck: Traditional carols played on Indian classical instruments. But the deep spirituality inherent in the sarod (to Western ears at least) combines magically with the familiar melodies to put a remarkably endearing spin on well-trod music." Randy Lewis, LA Times.

    "Dishy with sarod, accordion, mandolin, bendir, darbouka and tabla, Sarod & Beats doles out holiday tunes through the prism of a South Asian sensibility. Mr. Whetzel conjures up elegance on the sarod and all without a cheesy version in sight." TJ Nelson, World Music Central.

    "Take a song like “We Three Kings.” We’ve all heard the original, written to recall the Middle Eastern roots of Christmas. As a track by James Whetzel, it sounds more like you imagine it was supposed to sound. This Seattle sarod player and International Fountain DJ makes holiday music feel both ancient and fresh.” Mohini Patel Glanz, Mango Power Girl.

    "These carols are not the same carols you were forced to sing at school. Holiday: Sarod & Beats is a great reinvention of classic seasonal songs with a hint of the East. Pack it away with the decorations and bring out year after year." Dee Kay, Sari-Clad Speakers.

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Versions of traditional holiday tunes done Sarod & Beats style with dhol, tabla, bass, accordion, mandolin and of course sarod in the mix.

Reviews:

"This could easily have been a train wreck: Traditional carols played on Indian classical instruments. But the deep spirituality inherent in the sarod (to Western ears at least) combines magically with the familiar melodies to put a remarkably endearing spin on well-trod music." Randy Lewis, LA Times.

"Dishy with sarod, accordion, mandolin, bendir, darbouka and tabla, Sarod & Beats doles out holiday tunes through the prism of a South Asian sensibility. Mr. Whetzel conjures up elegance on the sarod and all without a cheesy version in sight." TJ Nelson, World Music Central.

"Take a song like “We Three Kings.” We’ve all heard the original, written to recall the Middle Eastern roots of Christmas. As a track by James Whetzel, it sounds more like you imagine it was supposed to sound. This Seattle sarod player and International Fountain DJ makes holiday music feel both ancient and fresh.” Mohini Patel Glanz, Mango Power Girl.

"These carols are not the same carols you were forced to sing at school. Holiday: Sarod & Beats is a great reinvention of classic seasonal songs with a hint of the East. Pack it away with the decorations and bring out year after year." Dee Kay, Sari-Clad Speakers.

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released November 21, 2012

Performed, recorded, produced and mixed by James Whetzel. Mastered by Emch at Subatomic Sound. subatomicsound.com

Album art by Hothead.
Photo of James Whetzel by Mohini Patel Glanz. mangopowergirl.com

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Olin Place Seattle, Washington

Olin Place is a record label founded by James Whetzel in 1999. Styles of music include downtempo, instrumental hip hop, Indie Pop, West African and South Asian traditional music and fusion, ambient music, soundtrack music, and instrumental Christmas and Holiday music on sarod. ... more

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