42nd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 14–16 April 2023
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Starting page: 26
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Excerpt from Téka Ensemble founding member, musician Lányi György’s recently released book “Meséld el, Gyurkedli!” Published by the author, Budapest, 2018. ISBN 978-615-00-0360-3. The book is autobiographical but the main story is his 40 years with the Téka Ensemble. The short excerpt here is about the time Téka was invited to play in the town of Lenti in southwestern Hungary. When the band arrived for the concert, the organizer admitted he had forgotten to advertise the concert. The band prepared to leave, but at the last moment one little boy arrived with his mother. The band sat the boy on stage and played their concert for him. 2 years later the mother wrote saying she had become cultural attaché in Canada and invited them to do a Canadian concert tour. From then on, one of the band’s mottos became: …since you never know who’s going to be in the audience – always play for those that have come to the show – instead of mourning the ones who didn’t.