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(Traditional Puerto Rican Carol)
I love this song. I discovered it in a book of international Christmas Carols, and was so impressed by its beauty, that decided to record it. Me, my wife and a friend of ours (Djanan Turan) sing on that first recording in 2007. I wanted to include here the instrumental version made at that time, however, it was quite bland – the Italian mandolin would just play the melody, without any real inspiration. So I re-arranged the drum and percussion part and added the accordion at the beginning, and bouzouki improvisation at the end, which was recorded in one take only. And so a new version of the recording was born!

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from My Greek Christmas Album, released October 16, 2011
Puerto Rican traditional Carol

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Viktor Mastoridis London, UK

At the moment working on a new album with a London-based band Valkania.
Musical influences: started with Blues (Eric Clapton, Peter Green), then Classic & Prog Rock (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Yes), moved to Hip-Hop, discovered Balkan Folk (Greek & Macedonian); involved in Children's Educational music...
Settled with Balkan World Music: a Fusion of all the music experiences so far.
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