42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
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Mandache Aurel 1933–2013: A traditional Moldavian fiddler born in the village of Gâşteni in Bacău County, Romania. He bought his first violin at the age of 14 with money made working in the fields, by the age of 20 he was playing for local weddings. For 16 years he played and travelled with the Bacău Orchestra. He also played locally for weddings and christenings. He made his living mainly from music, but also did some farming. His first trip to Hungary to perform Moldavian music was in 1997. He was Romanian speaking Gypsy of the Eastern (Romanian) Orthodox faith; he did not speak Hungarian. Several Hungarian CDs of his music have been released in the last ten years, on the Etnofon and DialekTon labels, often accompanied by musicians from the dance house movement. On these recordings more than 40 melodies from his repertoire can be heard: tunes of the Hungarian Moldavian dance repertoire, Romanian horas, serbas, tunes of balkan origin, and tunes from the repertoire of the city orchestra. Sad to see this musician go, he was one of musician and ethnomusicologist Bolya Mátyás’ main informants and teachers. By Bolya Mátyás.