41st National Táncház Festival & Fair • 1–3 April 2022
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Conversation with Ökrös Csaba – primás. Born in 1960. Studied classical music from age 8–14. At about age 15, he began to play for a local amateur folk dance group in Northeastern Hungary. In 1976 attended a two week course for dance house musicians in the town of Abaujszántó – teachers were Halmos, Sebő, Timár. From then on he began travelling to Transylvania on weekends and in summer to find the village music, learn whatever possible from musicians there. Attended college in the town of Eger. Moved to Budapest in about 1981 or 82 and played for the Bartók Ensemble. Has toured the US many times since 1983. Csaba has played for the State, Kodály, Budapest Ensembles and with the Újstílus and Ökrös bands. Presently he is teaching at the Vujcsis Tihamér Music School in Szentendre and playing for the Honvéd Ensemble. Abkarovits Endre