English Table of Contents 2006/5
Téka Ensemble is 30 years old. Three articles in celebration. This band was amongst the first to form as a result of the dance house movement. They have been instrumental in the revival of Hungarian traditional music. „...Hungarian folk music. They have been working for it, with it - without doubts and detours - for 30 years now. 30 years is a long time. Mozart, József Attila, or from our circles Bankó András, Pallagi Pali weren’t given that much time..... their music students, the bands that have started in their footsteps, unforgettable camps...they have touched the fates, happiness, lives of many people.....” Kelemen László. Also an article by K. Tóth László and speech by Székely Tibor at their 30th anniversary concert at the Hall of the Arts in Budapest.
Summary of conference Hosted by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography at the Pécs University in Hungary. The event celebrated the birthdays and life work of several department members: Andrásfalvy Bertalan, Kisbán Eszter, Pócs Éva and Filep Antal. Report by Kuti Klára
Széki Soós János – news from the village of Búza – as the crow flies, Búza is only a skip and a jump from the village of Szék in Transylvania’s Mezőség region: Búza has a new Calvinist church and for the first time a folk dance camp was held there this summer.
Folk Music Arrangements – Part I; Kiss Ferenc looks into questions surrounding folk music arrangements; discussing definitions of terms from traditional folk music through classical to world music, and popular forms.
Two letters from Nyisztor Ilona with news from Pusztina [Pustiana] (a Hungarian village in Romanian Moldavia) After 16 years of requests – for the first time on Sunday October 15th – the rosary was said in Hungarian in the Catholic church in Pusztina (in Romania). The congregation looks forward to hearing christmas hymns in Hungarian. The result of Saint Stephan Association’s delegation to the Vatican. Starting 2006 September 22-23, Hungarian children in the village of Pusztina have a place to meet, speak Hungarian and learn about their culture – Puzstina’s Hungarian House has been completed.
Open House – department of traditional music at the Academy of Music-Budapest. November 25, 2006 10am-5pm - ’kisterem’ Presentation of the various branches of the newly formed folk/ traditonal music department – performances by traditional, revival performers, staff members. Hosting the event: Halmos Béla. See announcement in Hungarian for names of performers and times.
This article is for the most part an analysis of the famous outlaws (and folk heros) Sobri Jóska and Milfait Ferkó, includes photos. By Kozák József
2nd Szőttes folk dance camp was held in Lukanénye [Nenince] Aug. 22-27, 2006. The village is in south central Slovakia north of the border town of Balassagyarmat. This year dances from the Mezőség region of Transylvania and Gypsy dances from Slovakia were taught. The camp was organized by Reicher Gellért, Nagy Myrtil, Konkoly László. Report by Záhonyi András
Bartók’s bagpipers. After a brief survey of the history of Hungarian scientists collecting folk instruments outside of Hungary, this article then focuses on ethnographic collection work done on bagpipers from the period of 1900-1930’s. During that period Bartók collected by far the most bagpipe melodies (175 of them – see chart in article in Hungarian) amongst the various ethnic groups in the region. Bibliography included. By G. Szabó Zoltán
Grape harvest balls/ the dance master – Balmazújváros – Eastern Hungary. Kordás József ’s recollections from the mid 1900’s „...the dance master had an easy time teaching us, for one thing because already at home – at that time there was neither TV nor radio - so during the long winter evenings grandfather taught the little ones. By the time we went to the dancing school, nearly everyone already knew pretty much how to dance”. As told to Busai Norbert on July 11, 2006.
Tükrős Ensemble – began playing together 20 years ago. Starting in 2000 they decided to get together with their families every summer for a camp at a location near the town of Martonvásár 30 KM south of Budapest. The children’s games and activities there were inspired and led by Árendásné Bíró Éva „Kiru”. The Tükrős’ childrens CD entitled ’Vígan legyünk’ came out of these experiences. A few words in Kiru’s memory. By Liber Endre
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