Greek Music Styles, Contemporary and Traditional: There are two distinctive types of Greek Music, Traditional Greek Music, or Greek Traditional as it is also called and Byzantine Music. Byzantine music has a distinctively more eastern sound whilst Greek Traditional has a more folksy sound due the popularity of such instruments as the Mandolin and laouto in and round the Greek islands.
Traditional Greek Music
Greek music is predominated by folk music and this folk music itself is subdivided into two distinct categories, Acritic and Klephtic. Klephtic folk is usually monophonic, single instrumental and without any accompanying instruments or backing. Acritic in comparison is often a ballad of heroic tales often sung in a epic poetic style.
Modern Greek Music
Nisiotka is a umbrella term which represents all of the folk music which comes from the Aegean Islands. Among these one of the most popular is Ikariotikos which comes from the islands of Ikaria. This is a traditional type of Greek music that often accompanies a dance. It is also the name of the dance and is traditionally very slow but there is also a modern, much more quick and swift.
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