". . . . My take on Christmas: Rhythms of the Holy Land
is that this is Christmas music
as it was meant to be heard: exotic and percussive,
weaving together the traditions of east and west,
and accessible to all."
~ Richard Banks


         "Christmas: Rhythms of the Holy Land"
is an upbeat, "refreshing" holiday CD
featuring rhythms from the Middle East!

  It was inspired in part by famed Bay Area drummer
Rami Ziadeh, who is a Palestinian Christian,
born near Bethlehem, on Christmas day! 
Desert Wind thanks Rami for joining in this project!

             This work is part of a continuum as a universal prayer to greet the new millennium. Desert Wind thinks of this as their gift to the world community. While other work has included a variety of acclaimed work within various spiritual traditions, "Christmas: Rhythms of the Holy Land" was created to extend their energy into the beautiful Christian tradition that brings such incredible joy to so many!  All of the recording artists have impressive individual bios, and several travelled from around the country to join in this recording project.

Listen to our the most incredible Christmas music!
*click here to hear audio files*


1. Joy to the World
  2. The Little Drummer Boy
Gaudete "Rejoice" ~ Christmas song from 1582
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Dance of the Angels 
6. Silent Night
7.What Child is This?
8. Pachel-BELLS
9. Scarlatti-Bachman
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  12. Christmas Peace
13. Amazing Grace  
  14. O Holy Night
15. Tikkun Olam ~ Healing the World with the Power of Shaddai


"Christmas: Rhythms of the Holy Land is a refreshing change
from the Christmas music we hear year in and year out.
Familiar Christmas songs are born again
with luscious ancient rhythms from the Middle East."
~ Reviewed by Ladyslipper

" . . . the BEST thing to happen to Christmas music since Christmas itself!" 
~ Jareeda Magazine Article 

Rave Reviews!

Artists on the Christmas: Rhythms of the Holy Land CD:
The Christmas Musicians!

          Band Members on the Christmas Album: Alan Scott Bachman, Andalin Bachman, Rami Ziadeh, Jonathan Kessler, Brett "Angus" Bowen, George Grant, Christian Parry, Rajab Juma, and Amy Faust.

             Instruments include: Boston Steinway Grand Piano, Silver/Gold Flute, Ebony Flute, Mandolins, Mandola, Mandocello, Martin & Nylon Classical Guitars, Alto Recorder, Percussion, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Vocals, Tablas, Djembe, Riq (Egyptian Tambourine), Dumbek, Tar, Trap Drums, Persian Zarb, Oriental Bells, and of course, SLEIGH BELLS!

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