|English Table of Contents 2014/4
Thoughts after the second round of the Páva – Hungarian TV’s folk talent show. The first televised Páva Hungarian talent contests were in held in 1969/70, 1977, 1981, 1983. In 2012 a new Páva folk talent contest series was televised and brought unexpectedly large TV audiences, so another round was scheduled and completed early this year. The 2014 series was also highly successful with an unprecedented number of Hungarian viewers. The 2012 and 2014 Páva series used the contemporary mainstream TV talent contest/reality-show-with-judges format. Of course there has been controversy surrounding use of this style of show. However, instead of promoting mainstream international style popular music – these program series promote authentic style Hungarian folk dance and music – making this genre available to a much wider audience via Hungarian television. By Agócs Gergely – Páva’s professional coordinator.
Folk Tradition – a Hungarian Heritage House program fostering talent in the folk arts. Having won 8 million forints support funding in 2014 from the National Talent Program, HHH has initiated programs including folk dance, folk music, folk tales and oral traditions, handcrafts. 8 programs including camps and workshops have been organized for supporting talented elementary and secondary school youngsters to practice and further their knowledge in these areas. 7 programs for adults – supporting teachers and practicing folk artists working in these areas – have also been developed and initiated. Report by Sándor Ildikó.
The Bihari Ensemble was in Istanbul, Turkey at the beginning of August to participate in the Büyükçekmece International Culture and Arts Festival – along with dance groups from 24 countries and 1000 participants. Bihari had 5 performances and participated in two parades during the 8 day festival. Büyükçekmece is located some 40 km from Istanbul. Bihari’s performances presented dances from Szatmár, Rábaköz, Székelyföld, Kalotaszeg and Southern Slovakia regions. Report by Barcsay Zsombor.
The many faceted Kiss Ferenc will celebrate his 60th birthday on October 25th at “BMC” in Budapest’s 9th district with a concert with many friends and his group the Etnofon Zenei Tarsulás, along with a new recording. Kiss Feri is a composer, folk musician, music publisher, ethnographer, writer, poet, free thinker; he composes music for film, for kids, for grownups and lately refers to himself as ‘sound architect’. Here Ferenc looks back on his career to date – telling about his years with the Vízöntő, Kolinda, Etnofon groups, his work with the Bihari Dance Ensemble, choreographer Novák Ferenc, with Makovecz Imre on the Hungarian pavilion for the 1992 Seville World Expo and establishing Etnofon record label and publisher. His current projects are the 7 Towers Festival (with the Fonó), and a music production: Leánydicsérő. Discography and bio information included. Interview by Küttel Dávid.
On September 18, 2014 the Guzsalyas Dance House at Marczibányi tér Cultural Center in Budapest celebrates its 25 year anniversary. When the former Tatros Band – Kerényi Róbert (flutes), Sitkéri Zoltán (flute), Horváth Gyula (koboz, hit cello), Sándor Ildikó (voice) – started the dance house, they decided to concentrate on music and dances from two regions: Gyimes and Moldavia. Then the popularity of dances and music from those regions soared. Hosting the celebration are: Somos, Fanfara Complexa, Szigony, Tatros, Kőketánc bands. Also joining the celebration: Zurgó, Berka, Tázló, Csürrentő, Mentés Másként, Édes Málé, Fakutya and Csángálók; with guests Dresch Mihály, Vizeli Balázs, Bolya Mátyás, Szalóki Ági, Balogh Edina and Boka Gábor’s Lopótök Theatre.
The Izmény Székely [tradition preserving] Ensemble was founded by Csiszér Ambrusné Margitka in 1970 for the occasion of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Izmény Agricultural Cooperative. With her direction the group remained together, became one of Hungary’s well known tradition preserving groups and is still together. Margitka and her family are Hungarian Székely people from Bukovina. Izmény is one of the villages in Hungary where the Hungarians expelled from Bukovina in the early 1940s, were permitted to finally settle. The Izmény group performs the authentic dances and folk traditions of the Bukovina Székely people. In this interview we learn about Margitka’s life and work with the group. Interview by Kóka Rozália – for her series on outstanding personalities dedicated to perserving tradition.
List of dance houses and dance courses for the 2014–2015 season
Kunkovács László’s book Pásztoremberek [Herders] is a photographcentered album with short concise ethnographic descriptions describing the pictures. The book provides an authentic portrait of the herders’ life today as seen from the inside; documenting primarily the life of herders of the Hungarian plains region (the Alföld). Highly recommended by Agócs Gergely. Kunkovács László: Pásztoremberek. In Hungarian. 2013. Cser Kiadó. Budapest, Hungary. ISBN: 9789632783369
Traditional Hungarian Kitchen: Körös Valley Part I. The Szarvas Region. The farming communities of Hungary’s Szarvas region have been inhabited by both Hungarians and Slovaks for centuries. The local cuisine is a mixture of both gastronomical traditions. Typical to this area are: brindza, caraway, haluska (noodles or dumplings with cabbage, etc), meat stews (pörkölt), great sausages, mutton, pork, poultry and fish. The soup for celebrations is traditionally chicken soup with vinegar and thickened with sour cream. Recipes provided are: Szarvas wedding soup for 100, potato soup, mutton stew with millet, Szarvas thin sausages, brindza cottage cheese and kapusznyika or lekvárnyika – a large baked pancake shape dough folded and filled with cabbage or plum jam. By Juhász Katalin. Source: Forschner Rudolf: A Körös-völgye, Szarvas gasztronómiája. Budapest, Planétás, 2005.
Report on activities of the Muharay Folkarts Association 2013-2014. The Muharay Association is an umbrella organization that supports groups of local performers dedicated to preserving and performing local folk dance and music traditions. The association organizes events, meetings, festivals and workshops for these tradition preserving groups from villages and towns all over Hungary, throughout the year. In the past year workshops were hosted for directors and future directors of these groups examining the dance material of a selected area, folklore, sociology, methodology, staging (dramaturgy) and direction. Festivals Muharay has organized so far this year with performances by these groups have been: a men’s dance competition in April in Isaszeg, May Dance Festival in Pécs, in June there was a juried festival of tradition preserving groups in Tura and at the Kapolcs Arts Festival at the end of July. By Antal László.
New recording: Szívükhöz nőtt dallamok [Tunes close to our hearts] – Dobroda has a new CD and new band members. Szabó István (double bass), Deák-Volom Dávid (accordion and winds), and Balogh Kálmán (cimbalom) have joined the band. The new CD features music from several villages of the Mezőség region, Sáros Slovakia, Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Moldavia, and two tunes from Hungary’s Palóc region. The band was on tour this summer in Poland with the Zemplén Dance Ensemble, performed at two festivals in Hungary and had concerts and dance houses in Iliny and Nagyréde. Check their website for upcoming performances. Interview from nepzene.hu.