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This is the tune that made me believe that Greek versions of the popular Christmas Carols could actually work. To me, this is the ultimate Balkanization of the tune. The 9/8 rhythm into which this song is transformed, is used at weddings in the Balkans. It provides that furiously joyous atmosphere that defines the bright side of life there. The main point is that the transformation and stretch into 2+2+2+3/8 doesn't take away anything from melody, actually it does add a bit of impatience. Although probably many will disagree with this statement.


from My Greek Christmas Album, released October 16, 2011
Ancient Welsch



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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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