|English Table of Contents 2014/6
New CD: Bodza Klára – Ó, áldott Szűzanya [Oh, Blessed Virgin Mother] Sacred songs, archaic prayers and religious verses performed by a stellar group of musicians well versed in old music and traditional folk music. They provide sensitive accompaniment for Bodza Klára’s lyrical performance style. Released by the Fonó (FA 3602). Review by Sándor Ildikó.
New CD: Herczku Ágnes: Bandázom (FA 3562) – a Fonó release. Singer Herczku Ágnes’ new solo album is produced and directed by Nikola Parov whom Ágnes has been working with since 1999. Accompanying Ágnes are Nikola’s usual band, a group of young folk musicians and guest performers Dresch Dudás Mihály and Ávéd János. Traditional music with two original pieces by Herczku and Parov themselves.
“A banda” is the name of a performance by the Háromszék Dance Ensemble and Heveder band. Creators and choreographers of the performance are Könczei Árpád and Könczei Csongor – the theme of which seems to be a Transylvanian wedding. Printed here is Szász József Árpád’s commentary.
An international conference on the significance and specifics of national heritage along Hungary’s Northern border was held on October 11, 2014 in the town of Sátoraljaújhely. Lectures at the conference were given by Kelemen László, Király Katalin, Takács András and Urbán Vladimír representing the relevant Hungarian and Slovak institutions and organizations. The program also included performances by dance groups from the region on both sides of the Hungarian/Slovak border, a visit to and reception at a nearby Slovak village museum, and party with dance house in the evening. Ideas for further conferences are offered. Report by Takács András.
New publication: Fülemile Ágnes: Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival The Hungarian Program of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C. English translation: Zsuzsanna Cselényi. Balassi Institute / Research Centre for the Humanities of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 2014. 208 pages / 277 photos. In 2013 Hungary was invited to be guest of honor at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Ágnes Fülemile (senior research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology of the Research Centre for the Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) was the Hungarian curator of the festival program. She has written a book about the festival. The bilingual book commemorates the festival and describes the preparations, organizing process, decision-making, concepts, complexity of the tasks, and teamwork.
Interview with Barcsay Zsombor who dances in the Bihari Ensemble and has full appreciation for the community that this has brought to his life. He began organizing folk events in secondary school and is already familiar with the processes of successful grant application – the key to organizing cultural events. He is now a 3rd year student at Budapest University of Technology and Economics specializing in technology management and works as a volunteer at the Palace of the Arts. By Grozdits Károly.
New publication: Sipos János: Kyrgyz Folksongs. l’Harmattan Kiadó, Budapest, 2014 – book and e-book in English. 416 pages, ISBN 978-963-236-899-3. The material in this book is the result of Sipos’ own field collection work in 2002 and 2004 in Yssy-Köl, Naryn, Bişkek, the At-Başı region and Talas. The book includes a brief introduction to Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz ethnogenesis followed by description of the musical features of Kyrgyz folksongs, classification of Kyrgyz tunes and an anthology of 332 folksongs. It also contains Kyrgyz song texts and their English translations, and comparisons with Anatolian, Azeri, Turkmen, Karachay, Volga-region (Tatar, Bashkir, Chuvash) and Kazakh folk musics.
Agócs Gergely: The social institution for mastering the musicians’ profession amongst Gypsy musicians (Slovak-Hungarian examples – part II). III. Historical background; IV. Examples – excerpts from interviews with 9 traditional musicians in regions of Slovakia inhabited by Hungarians. First published in Társadalomtudományi Szemle 2001/1., 2. évf. 1. sz. 151–166. Pozsony [Bratislava], 2001.
Changes in the professional status of the traditional musicians from the village of Magyarpalatka / Pălatca (Transylvania, Romania). This study discusses the following issues: Process of change in community events/celebrations; Change in professional status for Gypsy musicians; Tendencies for change in work, livelihood, standard of living; Use of space; The effect of the host medium; The musicians. By Rőmer Judit.
Traditional Hungarian Cooking: Körös Valley Part III – The Gyomaendrőd Area. In this area of Eastern Hungary there is a saying: “When there is bread, potatoes and fat in the house, then all is well”. Recipes printed here use simple ingredients and unprocessed foods: ‘Virgin Soup’ (simple vegetable soup with homemade dumplings), Gyoma Swabian chicken soup with homemade noodles, Tarragon chicken/turkey neck soup with sour cream and vinegar, boiled and seasoned bacon, and two holiday pastries: Körös Valley Zebra Kalács (a yeasted cake / sweet bread) and almond cookies. By Juhász Katalin.
New CD: Szlama Band (Dragony Gábor, Szlama László, Mihó Attila, Korda Ágnes, Pandák Viktor) – Dialekton, 2014. The Szlama Band plays a good mixture of village and city folk music mainly from Moldavia. Recommendation by Lelkes András.
New publication: Schubarth, D.; Santamarina, A.; Vavrinecz, A.; Pinheiro, R.: “Florencio, cego dos Vilares”. Santiago de Compostela, 2015, aCentral Folque – Centro Galego de Música Popular. The Galician fiddler, Florencio López Fernández (1914–1986) was a blind travelling musician who played all over Galicia in Northern Spain at village patrons’ day festivals, markets and other celebrations with his brother who accompanied him on the drum and wrote down and sold the texts of the ballads. After his brother’s death, Florencio was cared for by a farmer and his wife in the town of Fontaneira.