O Come, O Come Emmanuel

from by Viktor Mastoridis

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This tune might be a 15th Century French church hymn or even an 8th Century Gregorian chant. I didn't know the melody before recording this album, yet on first hearing I connected with it. Its depth and solemnity are tremendous. This aria possesses a kind of mystical feel, typical for the most beautiful spiritual pieces.
In the improvisation part, I use several Balkan-style scales, one of whom is the Minor Pentatonic. This is done purposely: the North-West of Greece is the cradle of the Ikariotiki music (Ικαριώτικα). A large part of that music is being delivered in the Pentatonic, probably the most ancient of all Modes.

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from My Greek Christmas Album, released October 16, 2011
Anonymous, Latin origin

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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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