English Table of Contents 2008/6
In memory of Fikó Regina 1922– November 2008. Hit cello player, wife and musical partner of the late traditional fiddler Zerkula János. Regina came from a family of musicians. She was from the village of Gyimesközéplok [Lunca de Jos] in Eastern Transylvania. By Endrődi Péter and Ábrahám Judit
Mohácsy Albert (double bass player) brought together a choreography for the Forrás Ensemble (from the town of Százhalombatta) – based on the life of his grandfather – a man who was born in a village in Transylvania, was orphaned, went to school in Transylvania, lived in Tolna County, then Budapest where he died in 2007. Choreographers of the dance theatre piece were Lőrincz Hortenzia, Kovács Norbert, Ónodi Béla. Narrator: Galkó Balázs. Music: Gömbszörp Band. With the Forrás Dance Ensemble (artistic director: Szigetvári József ). Report by Mohácsy Albert
Excerpts from the late historian Juhász László’s book entitled „King Matthias in Vienna” [Mátyás Király Bécsben] (Új Horizont Press, Veszprém, Hungary 2002). Kóka Rozália contacted Juhász László at his home in the town of Fraknó, Austria recently, as part of her quest for artists, writers or others who have created works on Hungary’s renaissance King Matthias Hunyadi. Juhász was not well enough at the time to give an interview, but gave permission to print excerpts from his book.
Announcement: Two publications Bartók Béla – the folk music researcher - photographs and documents from the exhibit Kodály Zoltán – the folk music researcher - photographs and documents from the exhibit Pávai István: curator of two exhibitions with the same titles, has now published these two volumes at the Hagyományok Háza, Budapest. 2008.
Molnár Géza „Sandrík” – Fiddler from Southern Slovakia died on November 23, 2008. He was from the village of Alsókálosa [not found on my map of Slovakia S.F.] and spent his life serving the musical needs of at least the Hungarians in the Gömör region/ Vály Valley (somewhere in the region surrounding the town of Losonc [Lučenec]). There are recordings of this musician in the archives of the Institute of Musicology and he played on a recent recording of music from Gömör region. By Agócs Gergely
Page 17 Szekszárd Folk Dance Festival 2008 November 15-16. This festival/competition for amateur folk dance groups is held every two years. The first festival was in 1968. This year’s jury: Demarcsk György, Farkas Zoltán, Hortobágyi Gyöngyvér, Széphalmi Zoltán, Lányi Péter. This year there were more than 500 participants from 16 dance groups. The grand prize (180,000. HUF) was awarded to the Alba Regia Dance Ensemble from the city of Székesfehérvár. Report by Karácsonyi Zoltán
Page 19 New Publication: Holttengeri idők by Széki Soós János. Kráter Press, Budapest, 2008. Poems and prose in Hungarian – Short stories by this writer are regularly published in folkMAGazin.
Page 20 Transylvania’s Csík Region the Csík Mountains and the Csík region of Eastern Transylvania, has its center in the town of Csíkszereda [Mercurea-Ciuc]. The Hungarians in this area are mainly Roman Catholic. Each year at Pentecost there is a pilgrimage to the Csíksomlyó Church just outside of Csíkszereda. This year there was dance festival in July, fiddlers festival in September and a festival of Transylvanian Hungarian professional folk dance ensembles in October. Report by Záhonyi András
Page 25 The Improvisor – Szokolay Dongó Balázs. A talented, creative and extremely active freelance musician, Dongó plays soprano sax, wooden flute, bagpipe, tarogato. He can be heard in concerts in Hungary and abroad, and on countless recordings accompanying Hungary’s best folk singers and/or playing with other great musicians. He plays mainly authentic style traditional music, jazz. He hails from the village of Tótkomlós in Eastern Hungary, presently lives in Budapest. Interview by K. Tóth László – first published in Magyar Nemzet Magazin November 2008.
Page 28 The Gázsa Band was on tour in USA and Canada during the summer of 2008. Travelling with the band was guest musician Székely Levente and dancers from Transylvania: Demeter Erika and Orza Câlin. Gázsa’s band has recently released 2 new recordings; one released in the US by the Csipke Foundation and one in Hungary by the FolkEuropa label entitled: „Ritmus szenvedély” [A Passion for Rhythm]. Report by Papp István Gázsa
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Part two of Rajec Molnár Erzsébet “Eli”’s story as told to Kóka Rozália. Continuing on with Hungary’s 1956 revolution and then Eli’s susbsequent escape from Hungary in January of 1957 into Austria where she spent many monthes in refugee camps. She applied to go to the US and finally got to New York after a three week ocean voyage. Her first job was working as a seamstress, she was then admitted to Columbia University. She worked her way through school and then married her fiance – a Slovak refugee, whom she met by chance in New York City.
Savanyú Józsi Hungarian outlaw from Veszprém County. Hungarian outlaws are the subject of tales, legends, ballads... Savanyú Józsi was born in 1841 or ’42 in Izsákfa, Western Hungary. His father was head shepherd. By the time he was about 17, Józsi was already working as a shepherd. Over the years his name was connected with more and more often with all kinds of crime. He was: “short-medium build, had reddish-brown hair, moustache and beard; a pockmarked face, scarred mouth, and a high-pitched almost feminine voice. He spoke Hungarian, German, Slovak, Croatian, could read and write and knew the trades of waiter, butcher, tailor, cobbler (which he probably learned while serving time in jail) he was a bachelor, had no property.” By ethnographer Vas János Panyiga