What Child Is This?

from by Viktor Mastoridis

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I didn't know this song until I started researching chants for this album. It struck me that here, Greensleeves was used, a tune that I really love a lot. I also believed that it was written by Henry VIII too, now I am convinced it wasn't.
The wizardry (Balkanization) here is created by another beautiful eastern rhythm, the 5/8 (3+2). This is a light folk-dance rhythm, and Greensleeves fits so naturally into it. The bouzouki enters playing only on the low strings, which creates a nice contrast with the high pitched baglamas that opens the tune.


from My Greek Christmas Album, released October 16, 2011
English Traditional


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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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