42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
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Starting page: 25
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Bartha Z. Ágoston of Budapest, musician in the Cifra Ensemble, describes how, over the years, playing outside of Hungary and also his friendship and work with the band's prímás, Szabó Viktor (traditional musician originally from the Transylvanian village of Mezőkölpény now residing in Budapest), has gradually changed his perspective on the music he plays. Stepping beyond insistence on playing only tunes which fit a certain definintion of authentic, he stresses the importance of playing good music, that means playing well together with his colleagues, and being flexible enough to perhaps play other kinds of tunes which a situation may call for.