English Table of Contents 2005/2
Kelemen László's explanation of why the Hungarain Heritage House is not moving afterall to the newly completed and opened Müvészetek Palotaja (Palace of the Arts) in Budapest. In short; the conditions of making the move there changed enough during the course of completion of the new arts complex, that the H.H.H. is much better off staying where it is. Printed in "Szinpad" 2005 1.1. March. p. 10.
Missed opportunity. Naturally not everyone working in these dance house circles and related service institutions agree with the director of the Hungarian Heritage House, Kelemen László’s decision not to move to the brand-new arts complex in Pest as planned (see page 3). "I am convinced that we have missed the chance of the decades for the living folk arts to take their rightful place (at the arts complex) and become a focus of public attention." Berán István
Announcement for folkMAGazin's first special issue – dedicated entirely to the photographs, poetry and paintings of Endrődi Péter, an artist well known in these circles who has been greatly inpired by Transylvania and particularly the Gyimes region. Sándor Ildikó
Hungarian Zither Anthology II. Second CD in the series presents original recordings of traditional Zither players from Borsod County, Hajdu region, Hungarian communities in Moldavia. Selections from the collections of Dr. Várnai Ferenc, Mrs. Benze László, Dr. Mező Judit, Balogh Sándor, along with a recoding made in 1916 by Kodály Zoltán in Nagyszalonta. Announcement by Bolya Mátyás
Critique on the Fonó Band’s new recording "Túlpart" – with guest artists, classical musicians Szabadi Vilmos and Gulyás Márta. The CD includes Bartók duets and two rhapsodies for violin and piano in tandem with the authentic music and melodic variations (Hungaraton HCD 32297). "What can be done? Here is a nice record of good folk and classical music. Each of which I like seperately, but for me, the ensemble of these components does not create a new mixture." Tóth Péter
CD-ROM – Traditional crafts 2nd of a series intended for educational use, released by Hungarian Heritage House. Nagy Mari, Vidak István, Tüskés Tünde, Bárány Mara on traditional crafts made with reed, straw, and corn husks. Photographs, video, drawings, demonstratioechniques, historical information, bibliography.
Zsók Béla: Édesanyám dalai (My Mother's Songs) Kriterion Könyvkiadó, Kolozsvár, 2004 Mrs. Zsók János, was born in 1908 in Déva (in southern Transylvania's Hunyad County). Her parents moved there from Bukovina in 1892. Mrs. Zsók had an amazing repertoire of traditional songs which her son Zsók Béla began documenting in the 1970's. This is the story of Zsók Béla's collection work which culminated in recent publication of his book. Article by Kóka Rozália
Formation of Association of Folk Dance Masters Members can be traditional and /or folk dancers who have received any of following awards: Master of Folk Arts, Young Master of Folk Arts, Golden Spur/ Pearl, winners of Legényes Competition or Verbunk Competition, Fülöp Ferenc. Award and anyone else who accepts the rules of the association, submits their request to join the association in writing and pays the membership fees. The first meeting: during the Dance House Festival 2005 on April 3. Announcement: Busai Norbert
Singer and ceramics artist Petras Mária was born in 1957 in the Hungarian Csángó village of Diószén in Moldavia; she emmigrated to Hungary in 1990. She offers a few thoughts on her native Moldavia; "...Before a holiday, there was always lots of preparation. The people cleaned out their spirits, their lives, their houses, their stables, their animal pens, their gradens, their village, they forgave and reconciled, they went to mass in their beautiful holiday clothes, and then went visiting in the afternoon...."
Easter prayer A story of Christ's fate during Easter Collected by Kóka Rozália from Mrs. Simon Ferenc József – Mekényes-Lészped-Moldavia
Magyar Zoltán: (Kalotaszeg folk myths) A collection of 1,450 texts. 610 pages. Balassi Kiadó See announcement in Hungarian for ISBN number
New CD: The wedding of Tőtszegi András and Kelemen Tekla – Méra, Kalotaszeg. Includes traditional local musicians and singers many of which are no longer living. Recorded 21 years ago at the event by Fekete Antal "Puma" Released by FolkEuropa
On February 18th, 2005 in Pomáz (just outside of Budapest towards Szentendre) – there was an event on the folk culture of Transylvania's Kalotaszeg region with slide presentation by ethnographers dr. Fülemile Ágnes and dr. Balogh Balázs, performance by Berecz András, followed by táncház with Téka Ensemble. Report by Záhonyi András
On February 18th, 2005 in Pomáz (just outside of Budapest towards Szentendre) –there was an event dedicated to the folk culture of Transylvania’s Kalotaszeg region with slide presentation by ethnographers dr. Fülemile Ágnes and dr. Balogh Balázs, performance by Berecz András, followed by táncház with Téka Ensemble. Report by Záhonyi András
A listing of people from these or related artistic circles, who on March 15, 2005 were awarded state honors and official recognition for their work.
Kiss Ferenc' new CD Etnofon Records ER-CD 054 "...approaching the age of 50, I began to think, what happens if I loose the ability to feel? What if I forget what it was like to be in love? In my fear, I began writing these songs – from my own experience, with the help of everything from archaic folk texts to Eastern and Christian mythology to... wine..."
New CD: Ágoston Béla: Ágostones. Etnofon Records ER-CD082 Nice blend of jazz, Hungarian traditional music, Balkan influences, references to pop. Report by Kovács Gaborján
Conversation with Szomjas György- film director – 2005 recipient of Kossuth Award.
Szomjas has been making films about popular culture for 30 years. Some of his films have become cult films. Much of his work has dealt with Budapest city-folk life; from rock music to tavern folklore to the Budapest dance houses. He also made a series of documentaries on village musicians – the masters that the dance house musicians and singers have learned from. "...(In Hungary) something is either "popular" or "culture".....the practice is, if we consider culture to be of quality, then it doesn’t often coincide with the "popular".... What has interested me is how popular culture can be developed.....Hungarian traditional music is not a museum object but a usable culture which has certainly proved to be appropriate entertainment and inspired interest in life for the city youth...." Interview by K.Tóth László
Announcing: VIII. Carpathian Basin Verbunk Competition. To be held in Zalaegerszeg on Saturday, 2005 May 7. Dance material to be mastered by competing dancers: verbunk of Murguly Lajos; Nagyecsed, Northeastern Hungary. Contestants must dance 2 minutes of Murguly Lajos' magyar verbunk and then 2 minutes of improvised verbunk learned from other Nagyecsed traditional dancers. See Announcement in Hungarian for contact info. Zalai Dance Ensemble Association
The Hargita Ensemble performed a new choreography – a full length program of local carnival customs – on Febraury 8, 2005 in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) in Transylvania . Choreography – Orza Calin. Music – Orza Calin, Dr. Szalay Zoltán. Director – András Mihály. Review – Nyulas Ferenc
New CD: Festeres-Mandache Aurel – fiddler - II Traditional Moldavian fiddler accompanied on the recording by young musicians living in Budapest. 2005. DialekTon. Announcement by Bolya Mátyás
New CD: Gombai Tamás and his band: Tízhúros (ten strings) – Traditional Kalotaszeg Hungarian music. Etnofon records ER-CD 081 Gombai Tamás – Violin Eerdei Attila – three stringed viola Szabó Csobán Gergő – bass
Széki Soós János: Valaki fogja a kezem (Somebody hold my hand) Published by: Bartók Néptáncegyesület, Budapest 2005. 119 pages, 19 photographs Soós János is a writer from the village of Szék in Transylvania. He has been living in Budapest since 1990. His stories of Szék offer us a little taste of this village, some of its unwritten rules, a bit of Transylvanian spirit, daily family life, his father's good advice. Report by Zachar Viktor
Interview with Borbély Jolán The saying goes, "Behind every great man there is a woman"; "Joli néni" was the wife of the extraordinary dance researcher Martin György. Joli néni herself is great. Here she talks about her life, her work, her opinions on folk dance choreography, doing collection work with Martin, the táncház movement, dance research/ field work. Interview by Paluch Norbert
A Palóc woman’s autobiography. Tőszér Kapcsos Anna of the village of Kazár (in Northern Hungary near the border town of Salgótarján). Published by L’Harmattan-European Folklore Institute Budapest. 2004. In Hungarian. Title: "Palócul tanitott imádkozni anyám" (My mother taught me to pray in Palóc).
Our Bagpipe. Kozák József rants about how neighboring ethnic groups and other Europeans have appropriated the Hungarian bagpipe, now happily call the same bagpipe their own."It seems that unlawful appropriation of valuables doesn’t pose a moral problem. They take what they see...." Kozák suggests that travellers bought their goat headed, contra-piped bagpipes from Hungarians, then took them home and conveniently forgot who they had gotten them from. "The possibilities of our bagpipe’s sound and playing technique far surpass the capabilities of the European traditional types. The chromatic, melody pipe’s octave range, the rhythmic pulse of the contra pipe filled out by the two-octave-lower drone pipe, approaches musical perfection. The instrument in and of itself encompasses a unity of melody, harmony, and rhythm."
Kása Béla's speech that opened Henics Tamás' photography exhibit in Budapest at Marcibányi Square Cultural Center.
Tamás Henics: Measuring Sheeps Milk in Visa – a book of photographs with text describing a Transylvanian St. George's Day tradition. Text in Hungarian and English. Published by Etnofon Records
Listing of summer camps, workshops – 2005
An in-depth discussion of the 17th Solo Dance Festival in Békéscsaba on January 14, 2005 Nagy Zoltán interviews jury member Lévai Péter and 4 of the awarded dancers: Dudás Dániel, Mosóczi Lívia, Molnár Gábor, Zsuráfszki Zoltán jr.
Dance Camp in Külsőrekecsin (Fundu Racaciuni) – Moldavia, Romania. Next camp in this Hungarian Csángó village south of Bákó (Bacau) in Romania: 2005 July 24-31. See article in Hungarian for contacts. By Tündik Tamás
Printed here are transcriptions of 7 legényes dance tunes from the Transylvanian villages of Méra, Vista, Inaktelke – recorded by Molnár István in the 1930's on phonograph cylinder. The transcriptions were done by violinist Balogh Ferenc when he was a music student. Article by Falvay Károly
Interview with Béres János – on his 75th birthday. Originally from a village in Hungary's Cserehát region, Mr. Béres' still active career in the folk arts has included: dancer in the State Folk Ensemble, performing musician, music teacher, foundation of two folk music schools (including the one in Óbuda), director of radio programs, TV programs. By Hollókői Lajos
Celebrations and Everyday Life in Hungarian Moldavia Double CD released by Etnofon. The prayers, songs, incantations, sayings, holiday greetings of two Hungarian Csángó women from Pusztina – a Hungarian village in Moldavia. Includes dance music played by the traditional musicians who play for dance events in Pusztina.
Traditional music and dance on the website (www.zti.hu) of the Institute of Musicology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Felföldi László discusses the Institute's collections, archives and archival methods for preserving the collections and the website.
Part two of a report on Százhalombatta’s Ifjuforrás Dance Ensemble’s tour in Venezuela in late 2004. By Szigetvári József
Majorosi Marianna talks about the process of making her first solo recording, growing up in Békéscsaba in Eastern Hungary, dancing, her work as former assistant dance director for the State Folk Ensemble, being a singer with the Csík and Bekecs Bands, and teaching. Interview by Abkarovits Endre
Majorosi Marianna - singer – solo CD. Selection of traditional songs reflecting the joys, celebrations, sorrows and bitternesses of a women's fate. Label: Folk Europa
"Bozsó" Krizsics Tivadar – Accordion player from the village of Németi – a predominantly ethnic Croatian village in southern Hungary’s Baranya County. Born in 1936 of Croatian descent, by profession he was a construction foreman, not a musician. He was not generally considered to be the best in the region (Kovács Toncsi was considered the best), nevertheless he was very popular and was regularly hired to play all over the region for all manner of traditional events. This article contains information on his special rapport with the people which contributed greatly to his popularity. By Avar Panni