English Table of Contents 2007/6
Transylvanian Dance House celebrates 30th Anniversary At the end of September 2007 they celebrated the anniversary of the first dance house held in the Transylvanian town of Csíkszereda (Mercurea Ciuc), that is the first dance house of the revival movement there. „I was a pioneer of this movement, but I don’t remember setting any specifi c objectives. I do remember that at the time, we were all in love. With folk music.” By Transylvanian singer/ actress Panek Kati
Őrkő is the name of the Gypsy quarter of the town of Sepsiszentgyörgy [Sfântu Gheorghe] in Transylvania. The Gypsies from there have a special singing tradition and Etnofon Records recently invited some singers and musicians from there to record in Budapest along with Gázsa’s band and other great Budapest musicians. Record to be released any minute by Etnofon Records, 2008 EDRCD 093
Vargyas Lajos (1914–2007), distinguished folk music researcher, ethnographer, former director of the Folk Music Research Group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, died in October at the age of 94. He wrote his doctorate in 1941 on the music life of the village of Áj. “....his intellectual heritage will live on in us....” Andrásfalvy Bertalan’s farewell. Rákoskeresztúr Cemetery in Budapest on October 29, 2007.
Kóka Rozália writes about her trip in August of 2007 to the village of Magyarfalu (Ungureni) – a Hungarian Csángó village in Moldavia. She was invited as honoured guest and patron of the 5th Magyarfalu Days celebration organized by the village. Th is was her first trip back to the village since doing ethnographic field research there in 1970.
The curse of the wildgirl – a folk tale told by Tankó Gizella as heard from her mother in the Gyimes region of Transylvania. Written down by Ábrahám Judit
Literary Column – Magtar Celebration of Light in Pannonia – A short story by Pető Judit a teacher, originally from the town of Lajosmizse, who lives in Budapest.
Photographer Korniss Péter and choreographer Novak Ferenc “Tata”, on the occaision of Korniss’ 70th birthday, reminisce about going to the Transylvanian village of Szék together in 1967. Tata wrote his thesis on Szék and went there the first time in August of 1956. Korniss’ amazing photographs from that trip and other trips to Transylvania have become famous in these circles and beyond. Conversation transcribed by Kiss Ferenc
November 10, 2007 – A new gravestone was ceremoniously placed at the grave of Vass Lajos (composer, chorus leader, music teacher 1927–1992) and his wife Kaposi Edit (folk dance researcher 1923–2006) in Budapest’s Rákoskeresztúr Új Köztemető. Announcement by Dr. Olsvai Imre.
Kóka Rozália writes about visiting a children’s home in the town of Déva (Deva) in Transylvania in February of 2007. The home was founded by priest Father Böjte Csaba. Rozália met a Hungarian couple there, Dr. and Mrs. Gereben László, who live in Sweden but sponsor a goddaughter in the home.
Potta Géza was laid to rest on November 24th, 2007 in Abaújszina (Seňa), Slovakia. We mourn the loss of Potta Géza, a born prímás. He was 74 years old. A Gypsy traditional fi ddler who played Gypsy music, folk music, composed ’nota’, standards/slager – all, always directly from the heart. A few years ago a CD of his playing was released with the help of the Ifjú Szivek Dance Ensemble of Pozsony (Bratislava). Obituary by Grendel Ágota. First appeared in Új Szó on November 23, 2007, Pozsony.
The Söndörgő Band played with guest Macedonian clarinetist Ferus Mustafov in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in July of 2007. They played the first half of a double bill concert with the Boban Markovic Orkester. Review by Kőry Ágnes of the Bartók Béla Music Center in London, first appeared at www.MusiciansWho.hu on September 2, 2007
The Vizin Band. This is a Hungarian tambura band from the city of Pécs in Southern Hungary. They recently competed along with other bands from all over former Yugoslavia, Romania and Hungary – in two juried tambura festivals in Serbia. At both festivals Vizin got prizes in several categories.
A description of the work of Budapest ceramics artist, Master of Folkarts, Gy. Kamarás Kata whose work has been exhibited nationally and in Western Europe. A Madonna sculpture of hers was presented as a gift to the Vatican from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture. By Borka Elly