Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Diane di Stasio - Silent Night (Jimi Hendrix Mix)

In April I highly praised Diane di Stasio, an opera singer with a phenomenal voice who is taking her chances with rock and pop music on Vox Eterna, her debut CD. In May di Stasio gave Bloggerhythms an online interview that revealed much about her musical goals. Her operatic influenced vocals combined with the disc's rock arrangements give it an elegant edginess that is totally captivating.

Every Christmas I try to present music most people haven't heard before. So, as the holiday season approaches, let's listen to di Stasio's performance of "Silent Night" (Jimi Hendrix Mix) featuring her guitarist Brennan Smiley who plays a huge roll on both her CD and concerts. This video, originally posted as part of the interview in which she explains her thoughts about combining the two wildly different musical genres, is a unique take on this much loved Christmas carol.

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