English Table of Contents 1997/2
The Táncház Movement is 25 years old A historical account of the táncház movement which appeared on Népszabadság Online and also in the newspaper on May 3 1997, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first táncház held in Budapest on May 6, 1972. By Jávorszky Béla Szilárd
Martin György's professional curriculum vitae; a list of educational and professional accomplishments from 1950 until 1977, written by Martin himself. To the point and packed with information, this CV is a reflection of Martin's life, work and writing style. Unfortunately this overwhelmingly prolific, brillant researcher of Hungarian dance passed away in 1984.
Speech given by Dr. Törzsök Erika on August 2,1997, at the gala pertormance during the VII Festival of Csángó Peoples and Minorities in Jászberény, Hungary. "...our guests enrich our country with the languages, examples and traditions which they bring with them .... every nationality and every minority has a place in Europe...."
Conversation with Kallós Zoltán An interview from Budapest in 1992 wherein Kallós talks about the táncház, music, dance. By Fehér Anikó
Excerpts from a book by Szűcs Sándor of stories about life in the past on the plains of Hungary. Stories about the shepherds of eastern Hungary and their constant struggle to save their flocks from wolves who would have loved to steal as many sheep as possible. Shepherds and their apprentices had a custom of pulling the eye teeth of every wolf they killed and then wore the teeth hanging from their belts. Compiled by Havasréti Pál
Tekerő Series Excerpts from a 1984 conversation with Sinkó János (1902-1994), hurdy-gurdy player from Csongrád in the area of Hungary known as Délalföld (the south-eastern plain). Sinkó János tells stories about playing music for weddings. By Szerényi Béla.
Three tributes to the late journalist, writer, music critic,regular contributor to FoIkMAGazine, artist: Bankó András died at age 37 on June l9th, 1997, after an extended illness. Ménes Ági, Antall István, Hamar Dániel.
Information, news, announcements.
Announcement for the Annual Festival of Folk Arts and Crafts. August 20-24, near the Palace on Castle Hill in Budapest.
Minutes from the II. (Hungarian) National Conference on Folk Music in Education. Held on February 14-15, 1997 in Budakalász, Hungary. Reports on the state of folk music instruction in Hungary and Hungarian communities in the neighboring countries, as well as theoretical arguments on the direction and type of curriculum.
Táncház- és folk clubs
A listing of folk music heard Kossuth Radio (a Hungarian radio station), recordings sold at the Fonó Music House in Buda and Etnofon record store (during the first four monthes of 1997). Opinion about slection of music played on the radio programs. Article unsigned.
Tradition vs. being up with the limes in the Folkdance Movement Dr. Ratkó Lujza presents arguments on whether Hungary's folkdance and táncház movements are really helping to preserve tradition as they extract dance and music from the whole system of traditions, customs and culture which surround them in their natural habital. She also urges researchers to take a a closer look at the function and surroundings out of which dance comes in addition to doing analyses on the elements and types of music and dance.
The Hungarian-Greek band, Maskarades celebrates its tenth anniversary. They are planning a big birthday concert for the fall and hope to be able to make a new recording. By Jakoby Judit
The late Bankó András writes about and interviews French musician Michel Montanaro: long time friend, visitor and colleague to Hungary and the musicians here, he even speaks good Hungarian. Though a Frenchman, Montanaro belongs to an obscure ethnic minority from Provence called Okcitán, the Okcitán language is his mother tongue.
A letter of farewell to the late Földesi János from Szabadi Mihály
Thoughts on the idea of the world village, traditions, culture, the European Union, Amercian domination in most every corner of life and even war and of course music. The last article written by Bankó András which was originally published in "Fesztiválújság" (1997/2), reprinted here.
A review of the Vizin Ensemble's new recording called "Gajde su Gajde" (a bagpipe is a bagpipe). Great music, technical studio work lacking. By Vitányi Iván (Jr).
Ádám István "Icsán" Csoóri Sándor (Jr) writes on the outstanding fiddler from the Transylvanian village of Szék. As well as being an important teacher and role model for the young musicians from Budapest who started the táncház movement, this man was a fiddler from a traditional musician family who was raised by a prímás, and raised his own children to be musicians as well. He grew up in the time before TV and tape machines. Though he passed away in the 80's, his music, thanks to modern technology, lives on in recordings.