English Table of Contents 2003/3
Csáfordi Magdolna 'he didn't belong to us. A gift. "God giveth, God taketh away, Praise be to God."
Kodoba Márton, April 1941- August 2003. Kodoba Márton was a traditional fiddler from the village of Magyarpalatka (Palatca) in the Mezőség region of Transylvania (in Romania). His father was a fiddler, most men in his family were and are musicians. He was a member of the reknowned "Palataka band" which played and plays regularly in villages all over the Mezőség area. Since the revolution of 1989, the Palatka band has also played regularly all over Hungary and has travelled to play in Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Holland. Countless recordings have been made of this band. This band has been one of the main examples for the dance house movement. He died after a tragic accident during a summer folk dance and music camp in Válaszút, Transylvania. "He was a wise person. Kindness and humanity radiated from him.... We have lost an irreplaceable man. There is no one whose playing could show us the strong, rugged Palaka music more beautifully" By Árendás Péter, Virágvölgyi Márta, Maruzsenszki Endre
In memory of Kodoba Márton – prímás fiddler of the reknowned Palatka Band. Soós János We all mourn the recent death of another member of this incomparable, irreplaceable band from the village of Magyarpalatka in the Mezoség region of Transylvania. (Kodoba died in Transylvania, Aug 2003) S.F.
Hauptmann Tamás supplies us with some impressions on Diószegi László's choreography called Balt-Orient which was performed this summer in Szeged. Th ere were 150 folk dancers along with at least three bands, various singers. This report indicates that there was, amongst other things, an element of parody on the Michael Flatley type show worked into the theme. The choreography seems to be a continuation of Diószegi's previous work called the Brashov Train Station as well as other work.
Interview with Diószegi László during rehearsals of his new choreography entitled "Balt-Orient" that was performed at the summer open air festival this year in Szeged. The chances for surviva of Hungarian culture, village society and peasant culture have been themes in Diószegi's work for some time. Other themes touched upon in the interview are whether or not this choreography could be considered as being "against the EU" and commentary on the "American entertainment industry recipe" of the big financing - big show style of the Michael Flatley Irish dance productions. By Hauptmann Tamás
Report on August 20th – Saint Steven's day celebration of folk music, dance and crafts at Millenáris Park in Budapest. By Záhonyi Ándrás
Könczei Árpád – dancer, choreographer, program producer at Duna TV in Budapest, composer from Transylvania (living in Budapest now for the last 10 years or so) on June 11, 2003 presented a program of his modern music compositions for classical instruments in Budapest's castle district. Könczei's wife Plugor Judit, dancer, teacher, mother of four children, began painting five years ago. This report indicates that this event probably also included an exhibition of her art work. Report by Záhonyi Ándrás
Eger – Folk Dance Festival. Held between August 21 and 24 this year with participation of 12 dance groups - 6 from Hungary and 6 from abroad. Report by Abkarovits Endre
A summer folk music camp for Hungarian children was held in Tótfalu, south of the Hungarian border in the area of Northern Serbia known as Vajdaság. 53 children from 13 villages in the area attended the camp to learn traditional Hungarian violin, zither and singing. The camp was organized by the Vass Lajos Folk Music Association and the Vajdaság Hungarian Educators Association. Report by Szabó Gabriella, organizer.
The "Szoboszló Folk Weekend" was held for the 8th time in the town of Hajduszoboszló – a town famous for its thermal bath resort on the Hungarian plain. This year a long list of bands, dance groups and master craftsmen were invited to participate in this five day event. In 2004, this event will be held from July 28 – Aug 1st. Report by Bálint Csilla
The Söndörgo Ensemble was founded 8 years ago with its goal as preservation, reviving, restating and presenting Hungarian southern Slav music in concert form. The Vujcsics Ensemble has been a huge influence on this group, both in terms of family ties and inspiring a love of folk music. They have recently formed the Söndörgo Association which helped to provide them with framework for organizing the 2nd Söndörgo Festival on August 17, 18, 2003 in the square next to the Preobrazsenszka Church in Szentendre. Report by Eredics Dávid
The 4th Hurdy-Gurdy and Bagpipe Camp was held from Aug. 21-25 at the youth camp on Csepel Island near Budapest. This year amongst the 43 participants was Pál István, traditional bagpiper from the village of Tereske in northern Hungary, who taught bagpipe, singing and shared many tales and stories. Announcement by Rónai Lajos
New Publication – Kocsán László: (Traditions of the Jászság Region) The region known as "the Jászság" is located some 60 km due east of Budapest. Kócsán László, a native of the region, has put together this book of information on traditions of the region; selected studies from many different publications. A good handbook. In Hungarian. Recommendation by Pálfy Gyula
Gácsi Miklós 1958-2003 Cultural manager at Almássy tér in the 90's, present and active often behind the scenes in the dance house movement, a friendly and well-known figure, died in August. Vitányi Iván Jr. of the Rece-Fice Ensemble writes a few words in honor of Gácsi's life and work.
Gácsi Miklós is dead. A few thoughts in his memory by musician Perger László.
Review of Herczku Ágnes' CD By Mohácsy Albert
Photo Gallery – Gypsies in Romania. Photographs by Molnár Zoltán, who recently had the opportunity to spend half a year in Romania with support from a photographic arts grant from the (Hungarian) National Cultural Foundation Program. This is not the first time his photos have been featured in FolkMAGazin.
New CD - Magony Ensemble. Kovács Ferenc – Magony strings "...our aim is to express the ancient, Hungarian emotions within us - in Hungarian..... forging together our classical, Gypsy and folk music traditions". Band members are: Kovács Ferenc, Budai Sándor, Olah Kálmán, Salamon Beáta, Novák Csaba, Németh Ferenc. Recommendations by H. Magyar Kornél (first published in "Gramophon". VIII. 2. 2003. Summer) and choreographer Kovács Gerzson Péter.
On August 20th every year, coinciding with the Hungarian national holiday - Saint Stephen’s day, the Tree of Life award, Master of Folk Arts and Young Master of Folk Arts awards are presented to outstanding Hungarian folk artists. Listed here are the 2003 award recipients. These are nationally recognized awards.
Periferic Records. Conversation with founder and owner Böszörményi Gergely – Part I. In dance house circles this record label is known for releasing recordings of traditional folk music by revival performers such as Sebestyén Márta, Dűvő Ensemble, Hungarian Hurdy-Gurdy Band, Kerekes Ensemble, Vándor Vokál, and the Bokros Ensemble; but this record company’s main focus has been world music, jazz, symphonic rock and other "progressive music". The owner of the company was born in the early 1950’s, son of a long line of Calvinist clergymen. He grew up in Hódmezővásárhely, learned English as a child, studied piano and french horn, went over from classical music to rock in around 1966, played in rock bands, became a DJ and worked at clubs all over Hungary for 12 years. He opened a record store in Budapest’s 9th district in 1983, eventually began importing rock records from Western Europe, opened another store in Budapest and also began producing records and organizing concerts. K.Tóth László
It has been 20 years since the death of Martin György, the brilliant Hungarian folk dance researcher and author of more than 150 publications, articles on folk dance. Tributes have been written here by his some of his students, colleagues; people who learned from him, worked with him and respected him greatly. A common theme, alongside of the great quantity of work he achieved, is Martin's amazing human awareness, kindness, capacity for connecting with people and his humbleness. Each person offers their own personal story of meeting and working with Martin, giving those of us not fortunate enough to have known him, a great deal of information on his work and insights into his personality. Felföldi László – director Dance Department, Institute of Musicology, Hungarian Academy of Science ; Karácsony Zoltán – archivist, folk dance researcher. Hungarian Heritage House; Szokéné Károlyi Annamária – archivist, documentalist. Dance Department, Institute of Musiciology at the Hungarian Academy of Science since 1970; Pálfy Gyula – folk dance researcher – Dance Department Institute of Musiciology, Hungarian Academy of Science; Takács András of Pozsony (Bratislava) Slovakia, remembers the fall of 1956 when he got to know Martin and how the time he spent with Martin during those 42 days in Budapest inspired and aff ected the rest of his career. Takács went on to become a key figure in folk dance research in Slovakia, particulary with reference to Hungarian communities there. Over the years, he corresponded with and often worked closely with Martin doing fi eld collection work in Slovakia (i.e "Mátyusföldi népi táncok").
When I met Martin György Takács András of Pozsony (Bratislava) Slovakia, remembers the fall of 1956 when he got to know Martin and how the time he spent with Martin during those 42 days in Budapest inspired and affected the rest of his career. Takács went on to become a key figure in folk dance research in Slovakia, particulary with reference to Hungarian communities there. Over the years, he corresponded with and often worked closely with Martin doing field collection work in Slovakia (i.e "Mátyusföldi népi táncok").
"Neti Sanyi" Fodor Sándor, traditional Kalotaszeg prímás (fiddler) is now over 80 years old. He lives in the village of Kisbács near the city of Kolozsvár (Cluj) in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania. He has spent his entire life playing fiddle, learned to play from relatives, has played on countless recordings, taught locally and abroad, been invited to play in a host of countries abroad, recipient of Hungarian national awards as outstanding upholder of folk tradition and is still actively playing his music. By Abkarovits Endre
Short portrait of Fekete János "Poncsa" – a traditional dancer born in 1927 in the village of Bogártelke (Bagara) in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania, where he lived his throughout his life. He spent his life doing the hard physical work necessary to survive in rural Transylvania. His grandfather and father were also excellent dancers. He lived down the road from the Gypsies (musicians), and so there were occaisions when he ended up at their place and even "stole" (dance) figures from them. His dignifi ed, energy filled legényes and csárdás dancing was documented both in his village and in Budapest many times by the Hungarian dance researchers. See list in the Hungarian article of fi lms in the archive at the Hungarian Academy of Science, Institute of Musicology. Fekete János "Poncsa" died on July 25, 2001. Article by Busai Norbert
List of Dance houses for 2003 - 2004 season. Please refer to list in Hungarian for dance houses to be held all over Hungary this season.