English Table of Contents 2010/2
Miqueu Montanaro is a musician from an obscure and interesting region of Southern France called Occitania. He plays folk, world and all kinds of music on a plethora of flutes and travels the world with his band. His wife is Hungarian. His music is well-known in Hungary and he has collaborated with many Hungarian musicians over the years. This article/interview by K. Tóth László was published first in Magyar Nemzet Magazin on 2010 February 20.
And beyond the forest lies Transylvania – The 2010 Special Issue of folkMAGazin presents a piece by the wellknown Transylvanian Hungarian poet Kányádi Sándor along with work of Hungarian photographers Zátonyi Tibor, Czellár Gabriella and Molnár Zoltán. The forward was written by cartographer Bába Imre.
Sipos Mihály: Muzsikás Ensemble founding member and violinist, mathematician at the Institute of Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This article talks mainly about Mihály’s activities in music, his belief that music and movement should be taught in the schools and Muzsikás’ program of traveling to 50 schools a year (since 2005) holding special music classes. Mihály’s enthusiasm and devotion to music extends to most everything in his life. He and his family have been residents of a part of Budapest called ‘Szentimreváros’ for decades. On January 22nd, 2010 Sipos Mihály and painter Szkok Mihály were awarded the Pro Cultura Újbuda award. Article reprinted from Népszabadság 2010 January 28. By Csider István Zoltán.
Kóka Rozália’s children’s column. In Hungary, names of national heroes Petőfi (the poet) and Kossuth (the statesman) are important year-round. But every year around March 15th, these names and their stories are on everyone’s lips as Hungary commemorates the war of 1848-49. Here we have excerpts from Petőfi ’s diary and his poem entitled [Lenkey’s squadron] and other related stories.
An international conference on Hungarian folk art and culture is to be held (within the framework of the National Dance House Festival) on March 26th (at the Hungarian Heritage House) and 27th (at the Sport Arena) in Budapest. A full program of lectures and discussions is offered. Organized by the Teleki László Foundation, Hungarian Folk Arts Council and Ethnographic Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Vikár Béla – the Folklorist – Part 2. Excerpts from the photo and document exhibition held at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest from October 2009 until January 2010. Curators: Pávai István and Sebő Ferenc/Sponsors: Hungarian Heritage House and Hungarian Museum of Ethnography. Part Two gives us Vikár’s description of trying to get funding from offi cials during the 1890s for the project of collecting folk music and then how that changed with the invention of the phonograph. Then comes commentary on suspicion of the machine in the villages and other problems of collecting songs in the 1890’s, for example: “...We brought shame to the village by having the elderly women sing for us. There was a law there that said women over the age of 60 may sing only in church...”
Cigánd is a community of some 3000 inhabitants in northeastern Hungary. The long history of the celebrated children’s dance folk group from this town is wellknown in Hungary’s folk dance movements. Dancer and choreographer, director of the ExperiDance Ensemble, Román Sándor started out in this group. This children’s group is now defunct – a casualty of Hungary’s social-economic crisis. Here writings about the group by Nagy István (2006) and Kovács Henrik (2009) are reviewed, recommended and quoted.
Announcement: a new foundation. Hét Szabad Népművészet Alapítvány [Seven Free Folk Arts Foundation] – an umbrella organization to include a wide range of activities around collection, exhibition, publication and events involving European and Hungarian folk tradition. Curatorium members: Csernyus Lőrinc (architect), Szabó Zoltán (museologist) and Kiss Ferenc (musician, publisher). The foundation is now accepting contributions. See announcement in Hungarian for bank and contact info.
New Publication: Apák és fiúk [Fathers and Sons] By Henics Tamás, 2010. Published by: Mecséri Ladikos Foundation, Mecsér, Hungary. A decade’s worth of photographs of Hungarian folk musicians and dancers passing their art on to their sons.
List of summer 2010 folk dance, music, and crafts camps to be held in Hungary and surrounding countries.
Report on the traditional dance collection project going on in Baranya County (Southern Hungary). The main traditional dance types found here are the ‘ugrós’ and ‘csárdás’. The author acquaints us with history of previous dance and ethnographic research and collection work done in the region and then describes recent student diploma work written on dance of the region, and work presently in progress. There is discussion of performance styles of different traditional dancers filmed. Includes bibliography. By Balogh János.
Kóka Rozália’s series on women’s life stories: part two of singer Álmászt Bedroszian Kovách’s life story. Álmászt’s father was from Armenia, her mother was Hungarian. Álmászt was born in Szabadka [Subotica], former Yugoslavia in 1937. She married scientist Kovách Béla in 1957...
New Publication: Unger Balázs: Galgamenti vonósbandák [String Bands of Hungary’s Galga Region] March, 2010 Hagyományok Háza, Budapest. Material collected by cymbalom player and folk music teacher Unger Balázs between 1996 and 2007 from Gypsy and non-Gypsy traditional musicians in the region. Accompanying the book is a CD of music played by traditional musicians from the region recorded between 1950 and the present.