English Table of Contents 2004/6
Széki Soós János' tale this time is about foggy, cold Szék in late November, the old carpenter who made the coffins, a funeral on the edge of the village and young couples on the way home from a wedding that were taken into a cellar by the secret police and forced to sign statements saying they'd been singing anti-Romanian songs at the wedding...
Kóka Rozália's collection trips to Moldavia – final part Late Dec.,1977 – a trip to collect Bethlehem (christmas pagent plays) customs in Moldavia; in the village of Lészped, Kóka and her hosts were arrested, spent a night in jail and then escorted out of town. She was fortunately taken in by a family in the village of Klésze – alive with people going from house to house greeting neighbors and friends for the New Year. Later her Lészped hosts had to pay hefty fines for hosting foreign guests. Upon return to the village to reimburse the family, the people were afraid to speak to her. She was followed by Romanian detectives at home in Hungary, "fear moved into (her) life" – she didn't return to Moldavia for many years.
Announcement : New CD Hungarian Bagpipers. Archival recordings of traditional Hungarian bagpipers are released by the Téka Foundation as part of the "Our Masters" series. Only one of the bagpipers on the CD is still living: Pál István of Northern Hungary’s Palóc region. Lányi György
Announcement: new CD Singer, Bárdosi Ildikó is from the Kis-Küküllőmenti region of Transylvania, she now lives in Debrecen. This recording features tunes from her native region; she is accompanied by a host of singers and musicians from Hungary’s táncház movement. Distributed by Hangvető György-Horváth László
Announcing release of a new CDHodorog András – Traditional flute player from Hungarian Moldavia. CD release party and christmas celebration to be held at Marczibányi Square in Budapest on December 18, 2004. Article includes English summary. By Bolya Mátyás
Palya Bea -Álom, Álom kitalálom Tales in song. A new recording – Palya Bea in collaboration with Gryllus Samu, Bolya Mátyás, Füri Anna, Sebő Ferenc and more. Recomendation by Bolya Mátyás
In memorium – Vavrinecz Béla – d. 2004 November 8. Composer, conductor, ethnomusicologist – a summary of his life work – which covered all areas of classical music, scores for films and ballet, arrangements of traditional music. "We hope that the heritage – the work he has left behind – will serve to inspire a next generation in their work, just as he was inspired to continue the work of his grandfather" – music director of the St. Mátyás Church. Olsvai Imre
Feszty Árpád – Hungarian painter, writer (1856-1914) A painting of peasant theme entitled "Karvallottak" (meaning: the aggrieved) is described here in such a way that one wants to run out and see the painting itself – which is on permanent exhibion at Tüzoltó Museum in Budapest. Benkő András
The Godfather/mother program makes it possible to sponsor Csángó Hungarian youngsters from Moldavia through school. 30, 000 HUF will support a Hungarian child in Moldavia for a school year in a local school. 120,000 HUF will support a Moldavian Csángó student for a year of study at Hungarian secondary school in Transylvania. See article in Hungarian for contact info. Róka Szilvia – Moldavian Hungarian Csángó Association
Tabulatúra Band. This band has been together for 4 years now, playing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods on historical instruments, with particular interest in Hungarian musical traditions and history. One Monday a month they host a "club" evening at the Marcibányi tér Cultural Center in Budapest. Announcement by Rossa Levente Bors – band member
Budai László – traditional dancer This fall Budai László was awarded the title of Master of Folk Arts by Hungary's minister of National Cultural Heritage. Budai, a Hungarian from the town of Jóka (Jelka) in Western Slovakia – born in the neighboring village of Újhelyjóka (Nova Jelka) – where the local dances include: Bertóké verbunk, Bársony verbunk, foursome, padegat, bagpipe csárdás, broom-, bottle-, and storkdance, couple csárdás-es, bőgőtemetés (double bass funeral) and so on. Congratulation by dance researcher, Takács András.
Children's world of the Bodrogköz region Darmos István's paper on life of children in this area focuses mainly on the time prior toW.W.II, before the "disintegration of traditional culture". At that time in these poor agricultural communities, the children helped with all levels of the household chores and farmwork, leaving actually very little or no time to play. "Play" happened in the winter while shucking corn, they made their own toys, made games out of the work itself, sang, played while tending the grazing stock. On Sundays after the housework, lunch and afternoon mass, there was a short time for taking a walk, talk, games, singing, girl's circle dance.
Somoska (Somuşca) village week Every year during the first week of August the village of Somoska in Hungarian Moldavia hosts guests from Hungary for several days' of immersion in local culture – with emphasis on the traditional music, dance and crafts. Participants live with local families, the events of the week are organized to include the local people as much as possible – both adults and children alike. Report by Bolya Mátyás
30 years of the Vujicsics Ensemble Interview with director, Eredics Gábor Everything about the Vujicsics Ensemble, their history, repertoire, their name, their families, various ethnic groups of southern slavs, their recordings and their plans. Abkarovits Endre
Bubik István – lived 46 years "A rare Hungarian actor" – Novák Ferenc
Kása Béla – photographer Born in Pécs, Hungary, 1952. At age 13 he moved with his family to West Germany. In 1979 he earned a diploma from Köln School of the Arts – ever since he's been photographing in Transylvania, Hungary, Budapest, Romania, other parts of Eastern Europe, India, China. A recurring theme in his work: traditional village musicians
In memory of Fodor Neti Sándor (b. 1922 – died Oct. 2004) – prímás – traditional fiddler from Kalotaszeg, Transylvania. "Sanyi bácsi brought us not only music, but a hint of it's cradle too... Sanyi Bácsi brought the secret to us – but he couldn't bring us everything from the villages of Szucság, Bodonkút, Méra where he learned his craft... anyone who wants the whole experience, must go there himself. Life is lived differently there, there are more threads connecting the people to one another... what could be brought over, he brought indeed... May he rest in peace." Molnár Miklós
Halmos Béla's memories of Ádám István "Icsán" – prímás fiddler from Szék (part III.) Musicologists and researchers had found indications that the "Shepherd looking for his Sheep" genre had existed at one time in Szék in a stick dance form. By the time Halmos was collecting from Icsán, the custom was no longer practiced in Szék. Halmos asked Icsán on many occaisions if he remembered anything like that. Answer was always no – until once it came to his mind and he began to play a lament in the key of C minor – not a key generally used in Szék. On this occasion both of Icsán's sons were home and playing with him – his favorite band – which may have helped for a tune long forgotten to come to mind. Transcribed by K. Tóth László
9th Dance House Festival in Hungarian, Voivodina was held in Újvidék (Novi Sad) on October 16th. Performances by traditional musicians, singers, choruses, local dance groups, concert, CD release, film screening, traditional crafts market. Unfortunately was not well attended this year. Report by Szabó Gabriella
Silladri - 1st Voivodina Hungarian Folk Dance competition. November 6, 2004. Organized for the first time in an effort to raise the artistic level of local Hungarian dance groups, this juried festival was aimed at chamber (max. 8 member) dance groups. Jury 1st prize: Csördöngölő chamber group from Ujvidék (Novi Sad). Organizers are planning the next festival in 2 years. Report by Raj Rozália, Szabadka (Subotica)
Traditional flute players and singers of Gyimes Text from a radio program: full of information about the music, personalities, dance and music events – from Juhász Zoltán's many, many years of personal experience, collection work, study of this isolated culture residing at the alpine eastern border of Transylvania
Csíkszereda – Transylvania – October 22-23. 7th Festival of Transylvanian fiddlers Concerts by more than 10 bands, almost 200 hours of studio recordings were made, joint performance by the Harghita National Székely Folk Ensemble and Budapest's Jánosi Ensemble. October 20th death of Fodor Neti Sándor - master fiddler from the Kalotaszeg region, the last of the "old generation" of traditional Transylvanian fiddlers – understandably lent a great note of sadness to this occaision. In tribute candles were lit round stage on Friday night, the day of Neti's funeral. Report by Bodi Ildikó
Edwin van Schie – a dutch man who first became acquainted with Hungarian culture 25 years ago. He is editor of a magazine on Hungarian culture called Most Magyarul! Hongarije Magazine. The most recent edition includes several articles on traditional Transylvanian musicians. Website mentioned in article in Hungarian. By Abkarovits Endre
Bagpipe head, bagpipe skin A study on bagpipes – in Hungary and the entire Hungarian language area bagpipes characteristically have carved animal heads.... Kozák József
Boglya Folk Music Ensemble Celebrate 20th anniversay with release of a new CD This band has been active in Western Hungary since 1983 playing music, making recordings, hosting projects for study/collection, encouraging performance of the local music, teaching, organizing camps, workshops, dance houses. Conversation with bass player, Földesi János – by Molnár Nándor
Part II. Digitalizing audio materials. A technical discussion of the most common analog „signal sources": Tape recorder, record player. By ifj. Vitányi Iván