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Zerkula János, August 27, 1927 – May 7, 2008: an extraordinary traditional fiddler, performer and person from the Gyimes region of Transylvania who had an unforgettable voice.

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Remembering Zerkula - a story told by him about a girl from his youth. Transcribed by Endrődi Péter.

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Zerkula János tells stories of his youth, being a prisoner of the Russians during WW II and how he met and married his wife Fikó Regina. From interview by K. Tóth László. Reprinted from folkMAGazin 1995/2.

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Musician Ábrahám Judit remembers Zerkula – includes a tall tale about a trout told by him – an excerpt from her book entitled ’Zerkula’.

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Excerpts from Halmos/Szomjas portrait film on Zerkula; Eulogies by Sára Ferenc (dancer, choreographer, musician),Sebő Ferenc (musician, folk music researcher), Lajkó Félix (violinist), Fehér Zsombor (musician), Kerényi Róbert (musician) from
www.quart.hu

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Kiss Dénes, the celebrated Hungarian writer, poet, linguist, translator and editor, has written three books on the great King Mathias Corvinus (King Hunyadi Mátyás), ’the just’ – a key fi gure of Hungarian legend and history. King Mathias Corvinus was born in 1443 and died in 1490. Kiss Dénes tells a bit about his historical research towards writing his three volumes on Hungary’s favorite king. Interview by Kóka Rozália

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New Record: Tükrös Band – Our Transylvanian Heath – Mezőség. „...this is the music that made us decide to make Hungarian folk music an important part of our lives...” Released: 2008 FolkEurópa FECD040

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Jázsberény, Hungary: August 2-10, 2008. During this time period the Jászság Folk Dance Ensemble sponsors a plethora of events – all worth checking out: The Csángó Festival 27th International Folk Dance And Music Camp (Aug 2-9) 2nd ’Folkologia’ Folk Music Camp All held in the nice town of Jászberény approx 60km due east of Budapest.

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Kodály Zoltán - The Folk Music Researcher: Part 3. More excerpts from the photo and document exhibition which was at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest last year. Curated by Pávai István Themes addressed: Hungarian folk music’s: eastern roots / western infl uences; relationship to neighboring ethnic groups; folk music research at the Academy of Sciences. (quotes from Kodály’s various writings dated between 1931-1964)

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Part II Széki Soós János writes another episode about life in his native village of Szék (Sic) in Transylvania: a tale about collectivization of the farm animals in 1960, when the Calvinist minister left town and the funeral of a young man from the village.

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On May 4, 2008 in Temesvár (Timisoara, Romania), there was a dance performance: the culmination of 8 years of work by members of the nearby Szeged Folk Dance Ensemble. Th e project was to teach Hungarian folk dance to children of the scattered Hungarian population in several towns (Végvár, Lugos, Zsombolya, Detta, Temesvár) in that area of Romania. The performance was well attended, well recieved and the project as a whole duly complimented here. Report by Demarcsek György

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Part II: The life of Dr. Gerzanics Magdolna. In this part of the account, we hear about her adult life and professional career. Her work as a teacher and collection and research work on folk songs, folk art/customs and language in Komarom/Esztergom County is well respected and has won her many awards over the years. She earned a number of college and university degrees (in music education and ethnography) and has published many many articles and books. She presently lives and continues her work in Budapest. As told to Kóka Rozália

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Ethnomusicologist Vargyas Lajos, dance researcher Pesovár Ernő and ethnographer Andrásfalvy Bertalan recall some early expeditions collecting folk music and dance and working together in the 1950’s and 60’s. These are excerpts from the portrait film on Vargyas entitled ’Kerítésen kívül’ from 2000. Both Vargyas and Pesovár have died in the last year thus leaving large gaps in the research community in Hungary. These selections were transcribed by Szőkéné Károlyi Annamária and edited by a group from the Institute of Musicology.

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On the music of the Moldavian Csángó Hungarians, the former Táltos Band (they accompanied the Kertészeti - Gardening and Agriculture -University’s dance group in the second half of the 1980’s), certain theories on the drum and bagpipe and other language connections pointing to the Hungarianness of the Moldavian region. By Kozák József

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A discussion on use of the drum in Moldavian music in Budapest dance houses. Apparantly within the city revival movement here in Budapest there has been criticism of use of the drum in Moldavian Csángó music as not being historically authentic enough. This article argues in support of the drum from a number of points of view. By Barvich Iván


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Lévai Péter, senior lecturer - Hungarian Academy of Dance, has written an academic paper on the signifi cance and importance of games and play in a child’s development, and methods of teaching dance movement to children. ’....The main model for teaching dance movement in Hungary has been, since the beginning of institutionalization of dance, demonstrationimitation.... Understanding of the structure and parts of movement are also useful for bringing dance students to a higher level of creativity in dance (...), along with ’indirect methods’ of teaching...’ (assumably through play and games). Includes bibliography. Note: The list of 2008 summer folk dance, music and crafts camps and workshops in Hungary and surrounding countries was printed in the previous issue of folkMAGazin (2008/2).

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