English Table of Contents 2006/6
New recording: `Noé mondta` (Noah once said) – Wine songs. Winners of wine song competition and invited guests perform songs and tunes related to the celebrated Hungarian rituals of wine drinking and wine making. Etnofon Records. ER-CD 088.
7th Conference of Hungarian Folk Music Researchers of the Carpathian Basin. Held September 29th-October 1, 2006 in the town of Zenta [Senta] due south of Szeged in the Voivodina region of northern Serbia. Hungarian ethnomusicologists from all over the Hungarian language area attended. Themes discussed were: collection, transcription, documentation, folk music teaching, preservation, publication. Organized by the Voivodina Hungarian Institute of Culture and the Zenta’s Thurzó Lajos Cultural Center. Report by Borsi Ferenc
Ethno Cinema February 28th, 2007 is the deadline for submitting films to be shown during the 2007 National Dance House Festival in Budapest. This year Hungarian films made by filmmakers working outside of the Hungarian borders will be featured. Documentary, portrait, short films on Hungarian ethnography and folkore subjects. See announcement in Hungarian for contact information. Announcement by Kovács László – program coordinator
Hungarian dance house festival in Japan – November 5, 2006 There are presently 4 bands in Japan that play Hungarian traditional music - all of the members of which are Japanese. Many dancers from Japan travel often to Hungary to learn more about the Hungarian dances. Timár Sándor has been to Japan to teach once a year for the last 30 years. At this year’s festival live music was provided for 9 Hungarian dance cycles by three Japanese bands. Report by Takaku Keijiro, hurdygurdy player
Kecskemet Dance Ensemble celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala dance performance on the last Saturday of November 2006, at the Erdei Ferenc Cultural Center in Kecskemet (a large town south east of Budapest). Report Komlós József jr.
3rd Moldavian Csángó folk song competition. Held in the village of Pusztina [Pustiana] in Romanian Moldavia. Children (1st – 8th grade) arrived from 15 villages to compete. This year’s competition, concert and dance that followed were again a great success – proving that Hungarian Csángó folk culture is alive and well. They are planning to make a CD of the most beautiful songs. Plans for next year’s competition are already underway as well. Report by Nyisztor Ilona.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Bukovina Székely Folk Womens Chorus in the town of Érd (a suburb of Budapest). The Hungarian Székely people that live today in the town of Érd are people (and their offspring) who were expelled from the Bukovina region of northeastern Transylvania during W.W. II. Report on history of the chorus by folklore researcher Kríza Ildikó.
Folkdance and Museology An intellectual discussion on the fate of works of Hungarian folk culture. Includes a short history of staged folk dance in Hungary. Discussion ends with listing of 3 possible courses for future work: 1. imitation; 2. folk dance performances created referring to creative-artistic freedom; 3. starting a new direction of `museological folklore-performance`. By Görög András
Poetry by Kacsirek Ottó (born in Budapest, 1967) is featured in this issue`s `Magtár` – the literary column.
New Publication: Kun Kovács László [„Táltoserő”] The Strength of the Shaman. This new book is both photo album and literature. A tour through the theme of shamanism from connections in Hungarian folk customs to shamans of today in the far east. 2006. Masszi Kiadó. in Hungarian. Also in Russian and English. ISBN 963 9454 78 8
New department of folk music. In Janaury 2007 the department will open officially and work begins for setting up the department, planning the first auditions for students and opening the first school year starting in September 2007. Richter Pál is coordinator of this work finally establishing folk music training at the university level in Hungary at the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest.
New Recording: Kulcsár Ferenc and the Music of the Nagyenyed region of Transylvania. Recorded in Nagyenyed (Aiud), Romania, 1993. Collected by Pávai István. Notes and photos also by Pávai. Released by Hungarian Heritage House. Budapest. 2006.
Part 2 – Kiss Ferenc writes about folk music arangements. A discussion of the beat-rock-pop music scene in Hungary, but mainly Budapest, of the late 1960`s and very early 1970`s which preceeded and paved the way for the dance house movement. Mentioned are: the club scene (the rock bands all had their own `club`evenings once a week in addition to performing all over Hungary), Kaláka, Illés, Tolcsvay, Metro, Omega, Sebő, Halmos, Vizöntő, and many others...