English Table of Contents 2000/3
CIOFF's Folkloriada 2000, a large scale international folk dance festival, was held in Tokyo, Japan this summer. The Forrás Ensemble of Szászhalombatta was chosen to represent Hungary there. Director of the group, Szigetvári József gives his report of a catastrophically disorganized and not at all pleasant Tokyo portion of his group's Japan tour followed by the in every way perfect folk festival in Kitakiyushu.
A new recording by Abt records: Hungarian Bagpipe Music. The record notes by Juhász Zoltán are printed here and can be found in English on the recording itself.
Announcement for weekly meetings of Hungarian bagpipe players at the FMH in Budapest (11th District. Fehérvári út 47.) every Tuesday from 7:00pm. Karakas Zoltán also gives short reports on various bagpipers meetings, camps and performances which took place during the summer.
K. Tóth László reports on recent releases from the Hungaraton record label: a series of 29 CDs of the works of Bartók Béla (including selections never before recorded) and a CD of the music for the Honvéd Ensemble production, Tündérkert (choreography by Diószegi László, music written by Vavrinecz András on the basis of Kallós Zoltán's collections).
Záhonyi András gives his opinions and impressions of events he has recently attended: the camps in Felsőfalva (Transylvania), Jobbágytelke (Simbrias) (Transylvania), the Bilibancs camp (Hungary), the VIII Finnugor Folklore Festival (Hungary), Nagykároly Days (in Romania), and the 25th Birthday Concert of the Jánosi Ensemble at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, as well as the new choreography of the Udvarhely Dance Workshop (from Székelyudvarhely (Ordorheiu Secuiesc), Transylvania).
Vásárhelyi László writes a few words about the work and life of the late Hidas György. On June 25th, 2000 a plaque was dedicated in his memory in the village of Piliscsaba. Hidas György was a great dancer and leading figure in Hungary's amateur folk dance movement.
Between May 25 and 27, 2000, the first Transylvanian Dance Forum was hosted by the Háromszék Ensemble in Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfintu Gheorghe), Transylvania. Here the four professional Hungarian folk dance ensembles of Transylvania met to discuss shared professional and artistic concerns.The event included performances by all four ensembles. Könczei Árpád writes that, "Romania should be responsible for the maintenence and (financial) upkeep of these groups, but the artistic and professional support should come from Hungary."
A solo folk dance competition specifi cally for youngsters between the ages of 15-18 years old. This year the city of Eger was the site of the first solo dance competition for this age group. To be held bi annually. Report by Lisztóczki Mónika.
Táncház & Folk Clubs
Buka László reports from Debrecen, Hungary about a cultural organization called Motolla. A basic goal of this group is "familiarizing ourselves with and using our own culture more completely". Through well attended (150-250 people) family events organized at least twice monthly, people from all over north eastern Hungary gather for everything from dance houses, concerts and lectures, to traditional holiday celebrations and pig slaughtering.
It seems that the generation of folks in Hungary who were around for the beginning and the golden peroid of the folk dance and táncház movements, are now crawling back to dance. After rearing families and establishing careers, people now have a moment to realize that life without dance just isn't the same. Groups referred to here as "senior együttesek" are forming, and Szigetvári József is calling for an association of these groups, to organize festivals and so forth.
Announcement for release on home video of a series documentary portrait films on traditional village musicians. Biomusic has already released the first of the series of one hour films by Szomjas György and Halmos Béla. Already released is the film about prímás Zerkula János. For release in the fall is the portrait of another Transylvanian prímás, Maneszes Márton. By Fogarasi Lajos.
Ethnomusicologist, Halmos István, gives an account of a funeral in the village of Inaktelke (Inucu) in the Kalatoszeg region of Transylvania in 1991. Here he gives a description of the funeral wailing – the ancient custom of singing – crying at funerals. Two women – two widows – did the wailing, which had both text and melody and went on in waves of sound for hours on end, during the more than one day celebration which characterizes village funeral rituals of that area.
Dance Personalities – Gombos András, Ács György of the village of Tápé in southern Hungary (1890-1967) Another example of an extraordinary man, who was only different from the rest of the residents of his village in that he happened to be a gifted dancer – dancing the local dances with such intelligence and talent that he was known both locally and by the end of his life nationally as well. There are photos and films of his dancing in the national Archives at the Academy of Sciences in Budapest.
Annoucement of a Macedonian festival at the Fonó in Budapest's 11th district to be held on September 23rd, 2000. There will be two guest musicians from Pirinska, Macedonia as well as four dance groups and two bands from Hungary involved in performance of Balkan material. Hosting the event will be the Martenica Ensemble of Budapest.
Bagpipe music style and performance in the practice of stringed instumental bands. An academic article by Agócs Gergely dealing with identifi cation of tunes that were once bagpipe tunes from the repertoire of music played on other traditional instruments. Agócs Gergely is a musician and ethnomusicologist originally from the part of the part of the Palóc region which lies on the Slovakian side of the border. He has voraciously collected music all over Slovakia and currently lives and works in the Budapest area.