English Table of Contents 2004/4
The Kaláka Folk Music Festival celebrates its 25th year. Held each year in the castle ruins in Diósgyőr next to the town of Miskolc. K. Tóth László gives a detailed account of this year’s festival which was held on July 8, 9,10,11 (2004). Festival included performances by: Kaláka Ensemble, Ferenczi György and Herfli Davidson, Muzsikás, Budapest Dance Ensemble, Bulgarian singer - Kraszimira Csurtova, Csik János, Maskaredes, Szilvási Gypsy Folk Band, Palya Bea, Fassing László, Taraful Mociu, Szélkiáltó Ensmeble, Budapest Klezmer Band, Zurgó Ensemble, Andy Irvine, etc.
18th Festival of Folk Arts and Crafts in the Buda Castle area of Budapest. 2004. Aug.19-22. A celebration of Hungarian living traditional arts and St. Stephens Day. With extensive crafts market, performances of traditional music, dance, market theatre, crafts demonstrations, children’s programs, exhibitions. This outdoor event is attended by 80-100 thousand people each year.
Folk art exhibitions in the Eger Castle A series of folk art exhibitions focusing on the folk arts of the Eger vicinity, can be seen on Dobó utca leading to the Eger Castle. Report by Abkarovits Endre
Hargita National Székely Folk Ensemble (a dance ensemble from Transylvania) performed recently in the Káli Basin in Western Hungary at the Káli Days festival. There are further plans for a folk dance camp next year in the village of Kékkút. Report by Nyulas Ferenc
Mohácsy Albert – Nagy Zsolt: Twelve Bands Mohácsy Albert is the Méta Ensemble’s bass player, Nagy Zsolt is their viola ("kóntra") player. On their new CD, these two musicians form the constant - playing a variety of music with twelve different constellations of their favorite fiddlers, singers and other musician friends. Review by Sándor Ildikó
Sándor Ildikó reports on statistics compiled from surveys conducted in 1998, 2002 and 2004 at the "Táncháztalálkozó" (National Dance House Fesitval). The goal: to fi nd out who attends the event, who are the participants and performers; which programs were the most interesting for those attending; and how did those people come in contact with folk tradition. The questionnaires were circulated at the event by volunteers from a special committee of the Hungarian Educational Association on Tradition, the information was processed and analysed by the Jel-Társ sociological research workshop.
Announcement: press conference and celebration - 2004 September 8 upon the long awaited publication of Martin György's monography of the extraordinary legényes dancer from Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania, Mátyás István "Mundruc". Th e event will be held at the Hungarian Heritage House at Corvin tér in Budapest, starting at 10:00am with the press conference, continuing with discussion, film screening, photo exhibition, lectures, dance performance and dance house. Announcement by organizers: Felföldi László, Karácsonyi Zoltán, Szokéné Károlyi Annamária. Selected excerpts from the book are printed here.
Announcement: FolkMAGazin announces release of CD-Rom containing the first 10 years of the periodical.
Etnofon announces release of a CD-Rom on traditional music and dances of the area of the Ukraine known in Hungarian as "Karpátalja" – lying east of Hungary’s northeastern border and north of Transylvania’s northwestern border.
Photograph galery – Stephen Spinder’s photos of Transylvania. Spinder has published two volumes of his photographs; "Budapest Through My Lens" and now his new book, "Ten Years in Transylvania".
Antal Mária: "The Beliefs of the Csángó Hungarians of the Gyimes Valley". This book provides the reader with slices of the many kinds of knowledge of the Gyimes Csángó people who live in the isolated communities tucked away along the Gyimes creeks on the eastern edge ofTransylvania. Written by a native Gyimesbükk woman and school teacher there for more than 35 years. Recommendation by Forrai Ibolya.
Journey with a silenced bell Soós János tells the story of a little bell found by his father in a sheep pasture in Szék. In 1990 when he emmigrated from Transylvania to Hungary Soós wasn't permitted to take anything except the clothes on his back, his family and something to eat on the train. He was successful, however in taking that little bell with him by wrapping it in newspaper and hiding it amongst the food for the trip.
One summer's day – stories from Szék Memories of the mice from the neighbor's courtyard, a childhood friend whose house had collapsed and whose father had been sacked from his job tending the calves at the local producer's cooperative for apparantly "speaking crossly" to a man who had been sent out from the Party. Soós János
Gázsa band's concert tour in the U.S. Gázsa's band normally spends all of their time accompanying the Budapest Ensemble. This year their tour was a series of well recieved concert performances across the USA – without the dance company. Gazsa's band almost never gives concert performances as such – without the dance company - in Hungary. Report by Abkarovits Endre
Halmos Béla: memories of Szék fiddler, Ádám István "Icsán" – Part I. Halmos tells about the first time he heard traditional Szék music (in 1971 on Hungarian Radio, part of a special series by Sárosi Bálint), how he started to learn the music, the first time he went to a dance house in Szék (1972) and his first visit to Icsán's home to collect tunes (in 1974). Transcribed by K. Tóth László
Kóka Rozália – Ethnographer Part III. Memories and people from my ethnographic collection trips to Hungarian Moldavia During the summer of 1970, Kóka Rozália set out with 3 friends for Gyimes and Moldavia. First they stopped in the Gyimes valley for "Magdolna Day" – the patron saint's day celebration. From there they went on to Moldavia, where Rózália wanted to return to some of the people she had visited on her previous trip in '69 - to complete some of her research for the Ethnographic Atlas of Hungarians project. Along with an account of her adventures, she describes also the old style of Hungarian used by this ethnic group, sometimes a mixture of Romanian and Hungarian used, and finally recounts a visit with Lakatos Demeter – considered to be the only Hungarian Moldavian poet. He died in 1974. He wrote his poems in Hungarian using Romanian phonetics; he had never gone to Hungarian school. His gift for writing poetry cost him repeated beatings by the local police, his house was constantly under surveillance and the village people were afraid to associate with him. Any association with him could result in fines, sudden illness, or inability to find employment all imposed by the Romanian officials.