|English Table of Contents 2014/5
A celebration of Balkan music – Palace of the Arts (Budapest) November 26, 2014. The Vujicsics Ensemble celebrating their 40th anniversary has invited Sebő Ferenc, Tolcsvay László and Hungarian rock musician, Szörényi Levente to join them in their celebration. Interview with Eredics Gábor (Vujicsics Ensemble) on connections in the music and plans for the concert. Szörényi’s music (with Illés, Fonográf, etc, ensembles) for example, contained many traces of Balkan tunes and was wildly popular in Hungary in the 60s, 70s, 80s. This will be the first time Szörényi and Vujicsics Ensemble perform together. By Marton László Távolodó.
The Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble announces a new program on Transcarpathian music, dance and folklore. Transcarpathia (today in the Ukraine) is a region inhabited traditionally by a mixture of ethnic groups: Hungarians, Ukranians, Russyns, Romanians, Gypsies and Jews. The State Ensemble will premiere the new show on November 16th. See announcement in Hungarian for dates of other performances. Choreography by Fitos Dezső, Kocsis Enikő, Kökény Richárd, Mihályi Gábor. Music director: Pál István “Szalonna”.
Interview with Kobzos Kiss Tamás. Tamás is director of the Óbuda Folk Music School (in Budapest) and an active musician playing mainly old music. He is a long-time member of the Vienna based Clemencic Consort and performs also with Accentus Austria. He plays koboz (cobza) a stringed instrument from the lute family played in Moldavia, Romania and Hungary. He started out playing music during the so-called ‘beat generation’, played Hungarian folk music and has travelled extensively to Transylvania seeking out traditional music. He is a recipient of the Kossuth award. The scope of his activities in music and teaching is far reaching. By Grozdits Károly.
On July 19th–20th, 2014 Brazil hosted the 12th meeting of South American Hungarian folk dance groups. Performances by the all participating groups and a gala in São Paolo were followed by a week of workshops (in the jungle) taught by Gaschler Beáta, Kovács Norbert (Hun) and Kupec Mihály and Andrea (Slo). Closing party and dance house were in São Paolo. Music was provided throughout by the Dűvő Ensemble (Hun). 5 groups from Brazil, 2 from Argentina, 3 from Uruguay and Ilosvai from Slovakia participated. The event was supported by the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program, the Diaspora Committee, Ambassador Dr. Szijjártó Csaba and the Hungarian Embassy in Brazil. It was filmed by the Media Wave Foundation.
Széki Soós János – Whip and coffin – Juhos Miklós obituary. An extraordinary personality from the Transylvanian village of Szék [Sic, Romania] passed away in September. Széki Soós János conveys Miklós’ story (who as a boy braided the best whips in the village) beautifully in another poignant account of life in this traditional community.
Dance performance: On November 27th, 2014 at 7pm a performance presenting the first year students in the folk dance specialization in the Hungarian Academy of Dance’s program for training professional dancers. The event will be held at the Várkert Bazár in Budapest. It is organized by the National Dance Theatre. The announcement also gives a brief history of the training program (ongoing since 1971) and describes its present five year structure (4 years of secondary school + 1 year – according to the Bologna system). By Hortobágyi Gyöngyvér.
On September 5-6, 2014 the 1st meeting of Carpathian Basin dance house musicians was held at the Szentendre Skanzen (near Budapest). Based on the idea for a similar event that has been held in Translyvania since 2006, the festival was organized by the Hungarian Heritage House and the Szentendre Ethnographic Museum. The event featured programs on leading a dance house, playing music for dance houses, what makes a good dance house, history of Hungary’s dance house movement, managing a dance house band, folk music instruction, workshops with traditional musicians, and proper dance houses with the best dance house bands and dance teachers. Report by Záhonyi András.
Agócs Gergely: The social institution for mastering the musicians’ profession amongst Gypsy musicians (Slovak-Hungarian examples). First part. This paper falls into the following sections: I. Expanding the area of folk music research; II. The institution and system for training traditional musicians; Based on the informants’ stories, usual steps of the learning process. First published in Társadalomtudományi Szemle 2001/1., 2. évf. 1. sz. 151–166. Pozsony [Bratislava], 2001.
Thoughts on the “prímás” or lead fiddler competition held in Balatonfüred, Hungary on July 22, 23. This was a professional competition sponsored by the Hungarian Heritage House and the city of Balatonfüred, with support from the Liszt Academy of Music. Twelve Hungarian fiddlers from Hungary, Transylvania, Serbia and Slovakia participated. About half of the contestants received awards. One of the goals was to familiarize those interested and draw attention to differences between two important genres of the folk violin repertoire: the folksy composed music and the folk music. See article in Hungarian for list of contestants, award winners, members of the professional jury, and the band that accompanied each contestant. By Bolya Mátyás.
The Zala Folk Dance Choreography Festival happens every two years in the town of Zalaegerszeg (Southwestern Hungary). The winning choreographies of this year’s Zala Festival (April 2014) were performed again in a Gala at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest in October. Following the performance was a round table discussion on folk dance choreography. Here are comments on the Zala Festival, the choreographies and music by winners of the festival: Sánta Gergő, Ágfalvi György, Zsuráfszki Zoltán Jr, Nemes Szilvia and Radics Ferenc. Report by Nemes Szilvia.
New CD. Berta Alexandra: Lelkem a lelkeddel [My soul with yours]. Dialekton 2014. Alexandra sings and plays zither. This is her second recording. A host of young musicians (students at the folk music department at the Liszt Academy of Music) join her playing music and songs mainly from the older layer of Hungary’s folk music. Recommendation by Balogh Sándor.