English Table of Contents 2002/3
A summer afternoon with my father - Soós János from the village of Szék in Transylvania recounts some of his father's stories of his own life.
Kelemen László, executive director of the Hungarian Heritage House - on the last year and a half. From "Népszabadság" 2002 aug 24. Interview by Jávorszky Béla Szilárd. This report on progress, present situation and plans, tells that Mihályi Gábor was recently named director of the State Folk Ensemble, Sebo Ferenc as Professional Director of the Hungarian Heritage House. Lajtha, Martin, Pávai, Kallós archives/collections are now housed here, with more archival technology in development. Negociations continue with the Institute of Ethnomusicology regarding future cooperation. Planning continues for the institution's new location.
Transylvanian folk dance and music camps of summer 2002: Jobbágytelke - IV. annual Marosszéki folk dance camp. Felsôsófalva - VIII. annual Székelyföld dance camp Kalotaszentkirály - organized for the 12th time - Kalotaszeg dance and music. Kommandó - IV. annual Gypsy folklore camp Vajdaszentivány - VI. annual folk dance and folk music camp. Report by Záhonyi András
Volume 1 of the new video series "Hungarian folk costume" - features traditional costume of five regions of Hungary. Available at the Hungarian Heritage House for 4,000. HUF
"Honti igricek" - the name of new program presented by the dance ensemble from Pozsony (Bratislava) called "Ifjú Szivek". The new show presents dance and music traditions of the area known in Hungarian as "Felvidék" - the northern reaches of the Hungarian language area, most of which lies within Slovakia. Announcment by Hégli Dusán – ensemble director
Dunamenti Folklore Festival 2002 - was held between July 16 and 21 in three towns along the Danube in Southern Hungary. A meeting of authentic folk dance and folk music groups from 16 European countries – a CIOFF sponsored festival. Report by Héra Éva
Map the Csángó regions - including Bukovina and Moldavian villages inhabited by the "Csángó" - a Hungarian ethnic group. A detailed map in two languages. Topográf Kft. See Announcement in Hungarian for addresses.
CD - Kádár Ferenc (1891-1983), traditional singer and musician from Nagysárrét in Hungary's Great Plain. This traditional musician and singer was discovered by the Hungarian folk music researchers in the 1950's and 60's. On the CD are a variety of recordings made from 1961 on, and have been compiled by this musician's great grandson as a musical portrait and tribute. Announcement by Sárosi Bálint
Fonó Band Members of the Hegedos Band (the band that accompanies one of Budapest's professional folk dance companies, the Honvéd Ensemble), upon release of their new recording (to be released by Fonó Records), have decided to adopt a new name for the group which will be used for their musical activities independent from their work with the Honvéd. This fall they will be hosting regular dance houses at the Fonó Music Hall in Budapest. Band members: Ágócs Gergely, Gombai Tamás, Herczkó Ágnes, Kürtösi Zsolt, Szabó Gábor. Interview by Jászai Julianna.
A CD of songs from the village of Vágáshuta - in the Zemplén region recorded between 1998 and 2000. Notes from the record cover.
Táncház folk music - 2003 Announcement for recording to be released in April 2003. Professional and amatuer musicians and singers wishing to be included on this recording may submit entries of 10 minutes of music on CD by Nov. 4, 2002. For more info, contact Agócs Gergely at Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest.
Kettös (name of a couple dance from the Gyimes region of Transylvania) A story about teaching a young girl to dance...as told by Zerkula János. From the cover notes of a new CD to be released by Folk Europa Kft. Ábrahám Judit
Táncház listing – an up-todate list of dance houses all over Hungary and Transylvania
New Living Folk Music 2003. Those folk musicians, singers interested in participating in this recording should submit sample CD of music by October 31, 2002. Entries will be juried. Inquire: Havasréti Pál at the Dance House Association.
Conversation with Berecz András – singer, story teller. Berecz' life story is here. About his family, childhood, how he came in contact with the dance house and what became his passion and livelihood: traditional village song and folk tales. Berecz has travelled far and wide, collecting as well as performing his material. He has recently published a new book entitled "Rokonok söre" an anthology of Chuvash folk literture – with his translations (into Hungarian). By Abkarovits Endre
On August 16, 2002 Rákóczi Kovács Gusztáv was awarded the distinguished Master of Folk Arts award. He is a traditional dancer from the town of Nagyecsed in Northeastern Hungary's Szatmár County. His excellent and creative dancing is well known both locally and nationally and has been well documented by the Hungarian dance researchers, with many films of his dancing to be found in the archives. Article by Busai Norbert
Jászság Folk Costume - Exhibition at the Jász Museum in Jászberény. This exhibit shows the development of costume of this area of Hungary from the 13th Century through the present. The opening of the exhibition on July 25, 2002 included presentation of an instructional video on costume of three towns in Hungary and the Jászság region with costume demonstration, as well as performances by local chorus and dance group. Exhibit open until June 30th 2003. Article by Dr. H. Bathó Edit – museum director.
Kocsán Lázsló, in this issue writes on the outlaws of the Jászság region. Escape from being drafted into military service, and the consequent life of an outlaw is often referred to and romanticised in Hungarian folklore. Here Kocsán offers some information specific to his region.
Conversation with Balogh Kálmán. Kálmán, an extraordinary cymbalom player, that has played with just about every Hungarian band of the dance house movement, along with bands and/or music from many other European cultures and styles. He has been classically trained (Liszt Academy of Music) and influenced by his generation and by every music he has come in contact with. In this interview his observations about different styles of music and comments on the role of restaurant Gypsy music in Hungarian culture, go to a deeper layer of understanding and a scope beyond the generally expressed opinions of this genre and generation. Marton László Távolodó – excerpts from his book published by Etnofon, 2001.
Conversation with members of the Téka Ensemble This band, formed 26 years ago, named itself after the small cupboard where the valuables of the peasant household were kept – namely: family documents, money, Bible, salt and the pálinka. Band members tell about formation of the band, the early years, how the present band members came to join and current activities. What does this band do? Dance houses, concerts, tours, makes recordings, organizes camps, studies under various village musicians and teach. K. Tóth László