English Table of Contents 2007/2
Kiss Ferenc: Pávaének [Peacock Song] – a concert in honour of Kodály Zoltán on 2007 March 19th with Bognár Szilvia, Herczku Ágnes, Szalóki Ági and others. Report by Henics Tamás
Interview with Kóka Rozália – recent recipient of the Hungarian Heritage Award. A frequent contributor to FolkMagazin, Kóka Rózália is the daughter of Bukovina Székely father and Bácska Hungarian mother. When she was in high school she met ethnographer Andrásfalvy Bertalan who ignited her relentless, life-long quest of collecting the tales, songs and folklore of the Bukovina Székely people. She founded a chorus in the Bukovina Székely community in the town of Érd in 1971. She is also recognized for her collection work amongst the Csángó Hungarians. Interview by Sándor Ildikó
Budapest’s Kertész Folk Dance Group has spent New Years for the last 3 years in the village of Inaktelke [Inucu] in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania. This group, like other dance groups, has organized trips for the whole group to visit dance events in villages of dances they have been studying and/or performing. The Kertész Ensemble took it upon themselves to actually organize New Years balls for three years now in this famous (in the dance house movement anyway) village in Kalotaszeg. This is an account describing some of their failures and successes in this endeavor – for example the confl icts which arose because the local youth actually prefer pop music, their quest to find the people of the village who still enjoy a ball with traditional dance and music and the success of the ball this past New Years where many dancers and musicians from the neighboring villages came. By Eplényi Anna
A showcase of tradition preserving groups from all over Hungary took place in Budapest on Janaury 27th, 2007 at the Thalia Theatre. 7 groups performed choreographies of their local dances and traditions. The groups were rated beforehand and chosen for this performance on the basis of authenticity of traditional material and performance, staging, costume, etc. Antal László off ers his critique on each of the groups.
The Jászság Folk Ensemble celebrates 35th anniversary Started in 1971 by Papp Imre (who at the time was a chemistry-biology High School teacher), the ensemble has been going strong ever since; as one of Hungary’s best and most well-known amatuer folk dance ensembles. Papp Imre was director until 1996 when he handed the job over to his students, Szűcs Gábor and wife Urbán Mária. A well-known international folk dance and music camp grew out of the work of this ensemble; it was started in 1981 and then expanded in 1991 to include the Csángó Festival. Many of Hungary’s most sought-after choreographers have worked with the group over the years. Many dancers have gone on from here to dance professionally or lead other ensembles. On November 25 and 26, 2006 there was a gala performance in Jászberény in celebration. Article by former dancer H. Báthó Edit
In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the Jászság Folk Dance Ensemble will perform at the Festival Theatre at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest on April 15, 2007.
Young Master of Folk Arts – Nationally recognized title of excellence in performing and handcrafted folk arts. Detailed conditions and prerequisites for application. In competition for this title, contestants must submit requested materials, which are then rated by juries. Deadline for application is May 7, 2007 to Hungarian Heritage House. Announcement by Hiller István, Ministry of Education and Culture
New CD: Hegyközi Lakodalmas - Traditional wedding music from Hungary’s Hegyköz region. This recording is the result of research and collection work done in the villages of Mikóháza, Pálháza, Füzér and Pusztafalu; located along the Hungarian-Slovak border in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County. The Szeredás Band, several traditional musicians from the region and several good singers from some of the villages are heard on the recording. The record has been supported by the National Cultural Foundation, Sárospatak Cultural House and local governments of the villages. 2007. Announcement by Darmos István
CD review: Gömbszörp Band – ’Music of the future’ Having tried this recording out on her children (who, she believes, with their exposure to music are a good barometer), Sándor Ildikó reports on their reaction to this CD: positive; listenable. Ildikó recommends it.
Bartók Béla - the folk music researcher Part 2. Letters and other documents related to Bartók’s collection work in Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania and amongst Moldavian Csángó Hungarians. From the exhibition in the foyer on the first floor of the Hungarian Heritage House at Corvin tér in Budapest.
Széki Soós János – another great story about real life in Szék in about the 1960’s, ’70s, ’80s.
’We are your grandchildren...’ was the name of the full length performance by the Nyírség Folk Dance Ensemble from the town of Nyíregyháza in Northeastern Hungary. The performance was at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest on December 1, 2006. The Babszem and Margareta Ensembles, also from Nyíregyháza, performed as well; all were accompanied by the Szikes Band. The performance was staged by Demarcsek György (director), Kácsor Ignácz Gabriella, Kácsor István. The Nyírség has a long-standing reputation in Hungary as an amatuer ensemble that presents authentic folk dance at a very high level of expertise. Report by Vörös Árpád
The 18th National Solo Dance Festival in Békescsaba, Eastern Hungary Interview with Felföldi László – dance researcher and president of the jury An in-depth conversation about many, many aspects of this dance competition, the compulsory dance material, the approach members of the jury use for rating the dancers, including mention of the changes that this competition has seen over the 33 years it has been going on. In this competition, the dancers are expected to improvise for a certain portion of the dance. Professional and amateur dancers alike must be able to show a deeper knowledge and understanding of a particular dance from a particular location– a knowledge which goes on-beyond dancing a sequence of steps on stage to please an audience. By Dr. Nagy Zoltán
Kozak József was apparantly in the Bretagne region of France for a one day traditional Bretagne music and dance festival known as ’Fest Noz’. He performed on Hungarian bagpipe and shepherd’s flute to a luke-warm welcome by the local people. He also gave demonstrations in Hungarian to the local French children about his instruments. Neither the date, nor the exact location of the festival are mentioned in his article. S.F.
Announcement: the Hungarian Heritage House is sponsoring a competition for amateur and professional revival folk bands. Three bands selected by a jury will win a maximum of 50 hours of studio recording time towards production of CD. See announcement in Hungarian for contact information. By Mohácsy Albert
Series of round table discussions on directions and issues of the dance house as revival movement and related areas of research. The first round table discussion brought a group of Hungarian researchers together from various areas of ethnography. The idea for this series has come out of a growing sense of importance of this movement which over thirty years has become institutionalized - though in the process, a certain intellectual support and back up seem to have gone by the wayside. The hope is to spark an intellectual exchange on themes important to the movement - in an eff ort to consciously move the movement in new directions toward more modern ways of preserving tradition. Excerpts from the January 2007 meeting will be published in the next issue of folkMAGazin. The next round table is planned for September 15th, 2007. Report by Eredics Júlia
Announcement: 21st Kecskemét Folk Music Festival This year’s festival is to be held on September 20-23, 2007 with an emphasis on celebration of the 125th anniversary of Kodály Zoltán’s birth. The festival is to include concerts, youth fiddling competition, photo exhibition, dance houses, films, and much more. Contact information in announcement in Hungarian. By Hungarian Heritage House, the Kecskemét Erdei Ferenc Cultural Center.
Photography Exhibition in Székelyudvárhely [Odorheiu Secuiesc], Transylvania. In this Transylvanian town, there is a photograph studio at Kossuth utca 21, which has been run for three generations now by the Kováts family. From March 20th – September 30, 2007 there is an exhibition of 100 years of photographs by this family: an exhibition of both photography and local history.
Csernavec Misi - the Técső Band’s cymbalom player has died The Técső Band is from the town of Técső in an area of Southwestern Ukraine inhabited by Ruthenians, Romanians, Hungarians, Slovaks and Gypsies. The town is on the banks of the Tisza River, which in that area forms the border between Ukraine and the Maramures region of Romania. Misi would have been 60 years old this year, he died in February, 2007. His cymbalom was the ’old’ type which hangs from the neck, has no pedals and is tuned diff erently from the more common large cymbalom. Misi was brother of accordionist in the band (Joska) and member of a family dynasty of musicians. He began playing music in the band as a child when his father was the fi ddler. Th e Técső Band has been to Hungary to perform many, many times since its fi rst trip here in the 1990’s to record for the Final Hour collection project. Keszhélyi Imre’s thoughts in farewell to this quiet, humble musician.
Vas János ’Panyiga’ – historian, folklorist, musician, employee of the Néptáncosok Szakmai Háza (Folkdancer’s Resource Center) for 25 years, aged 54. Due to budget cuts at the Hungarian Heritage House, Panyiga was layed off in February, 2007. „Because of my age and long history of work in this very specialized area of activity, there is little or no chance of finding work through traditional avenues of employment search...” Anyone with any ideas for his further employment please refer to contact information in the Hungarian announcement.
„Roots and Routes” Announcement for master workshop in dance for youngsters aged 15-25, to be held May 1-4, 2007. Auditions will be held to select the participants on April 14, 2007 at Almássy tér Recreation Center in Budapest’s 7th district. Areas of dance focus: folk dance, ’contemporary dance’ (called modern dance in USA), hip-hop; this is to be an experiment in stretching the borders between these dance types. See announcement in Hungarian for further contact information / names of teachers. Announced as a part of an international talent development program by the Sziget Cultural Mangement Offi ce and the Hungarian Music Export Offi ce.
New CD: The Morotva Band: Szerelem [Love] Arrangements of Hungarian folk music on the theme of love. With guest Fejér Noémi – voice. By Rácz Gyula
Budapest’s Marczibányi tér Cultural Center: Gyimes and Moldavian Csángó Dance House. After several monthes break while Marcibányi tér’s cultural center was closed for rennovation, the Guzsalyas Dance House is going again on Wednesdays since February, 2007. For 18 years now, this has been the best place in Budapest to find the music and dances of these ethnic groups. The Somos and Szigony bands provide live music. There are teachers to lead the dancing. Gyimes dance house will be every other week, with Moldavian on alternate weeks. Announcement by Sándor Ildikó
Zahonyi András reports on Hungarian dance groups, choreographies, a Hungarian language pre-school, also mentioning events which occurred in the recent past in Hungarian communities called: Őrvidék, Őrisziget, Alsóőr and Felsőr. Making inferences from the report, one can surmise that these places must be in a region of Austria known as Burgenland. The report assumes that all readers know where these communities are; so apparantly all Hungarians know where these communities are. Unfortunately I was not able to locate them on my maps of Hungary or Austria. They are probably somewhere on the Austrian side of the border with Hungary, near Southwestern Hungary.
10th Verbunk Competition to be held in Zalaegerszeg (in Southwestern Hungary). The compulsory material to be performed by competitors is the verbunk from Szék [Sic] (Transylvania) – specifi cally Szabó István „Kicsijozsipista” and Zsoldos István „Segges”. Date of the competition: May 12th, 2007. First prize is 70,000. HUF. For further contact information, see announcement in Hungarian. By Zala Dance Ensemble Association
December 16, 2006 – an evening of folk dance and music celebrating Takács András’ 75th birthday. Takács András, originally from the Gömör region of Southern Central Slovakia, has been a key figure in the Hungarian folk dance movement in Slovakia for many, many decades. He was dancer and founder of the Népes Ensemble, and has been a tireless organizer, researcher, consultant and supporter of traditional dance in Hungarian communities in Slovakia. Report by Kövesdi Károly, first published in ’Új szó’ on December 22nd, 2006.
Part 4: Discussion on folk music arrangements The point of departure here is musical accompaniment for stage productions of traditional folk dance. In preparing the music for a folk dance choreography the music director must deal with questions on authentic instrumentation, choice of melody from available authentic melodic vocabulary, key, etc. Questions arise on whether or not the piece of music prepared for a given choreography can be considered a seperate work, which should then be subject to copyright laws and royalties. Also discussion of questions and arguments of ethics and taste when taking the liberty to depart from the totally authentic - as played by the traditional musicians in their own environment. As usual, these questions are laced with the arguments on authenticity that so often arise in a revival movement. By Kiss Ferenc
Part I. Research on Eastern Folk Music: history of research A review of the reasons for and previous collection work done on folk music amongst Turkik and Finnougrik peoples from Mongolia and the Volga River to Anatolia in Turkey. Hungarians have done collection and analysis of traditional music from these areas mainly in search of the roots of Hungarian music. Bartók did important collection work in Turkey in 1936 before he emmigrated to the USA in 1940. Other Hungarians who have contributed to work in this area from 1956 to the present are Vikár László, Bereczki Gábor, Szabolcsi Bence, Vargyas Lajos, Dobzsay László, Szendrei Janka and the author of this study, Sipos János (musicologist and researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Article includes bibliography.
Szentendre Village Museum 2007 calendar of special programs and announcement for new service off ering special advice on location on traditional peasant building methods and structural questions. See announcement in Hungarian for dates of special programs.
The Csík Band’s new recording ’Senki nem ért semmit’ [No one understands anything] recently won Hungary’s 2007 MAHASZ Fonogram music award in the ’world music’ category. This band, based in the town of Kecskemét, is actually dedicated to ’passing on [musical] pearls of authentic Hungarian folk culture’. By Csík János – fiddler and director of the band
Record label, FolkEuropa Kft announces two new CDs: Sóvidék Band – From Fekete Antal ’Puma’’s collection of field recordings (number 6) from a ball on December 26, 1980 in the Székelyföld region of Transylvania. FECD 031 FolkEuropa, distributed by Hangvető
Vajadaszentivány [Voivodeni] Band – original fi eld recordings of Transylvanian village music from Fekete Antal ’Puma’’s collection (number 7). FECD 032 FolkEuropa, distributed by Hangvető [www.hangveto.hu]
New CD: Fondor Band – Authentic Hungarian Folk Music from Szilágyság region of Transylvania This is a young band of revival musicians who have researched the music from this lesser-known region of western Transylvania which is also called Partium. The music of Szilágyság belongs to the Transylvanian dialect, but characteristics of music from Szatmár, Bihar and Alföld regions are also present. Recorded at Hungarian Heritage House’s Ethnic Studio, Budapest, November- 2006.