English Table of Contents 1995/3
The most, most, most: probably reflections on the Celebration of Traditional Handcrafts in August at Castle Hill, preserving traditions, craftsmanship and authenticity in today's world. By Bankó András.
Our Party. The party thrown on September 9th at the Almássy Square Recreation Center, successfully marked the opening of the 1995-96 season. This is an annual event which began 6 years ago. Report by Berán István on how and why this year's party was a common eff ort of all the musicians who performed, the dance teachers, and the Táncházi Kamara.
Collecting Tales in Pusztina. Kóka Rozália tells about her trip to Moldva (in Romania) where she went to collect tales last summer, continuing the work she had started there 17 years ago but had to give up because of the political situation. She includes here a tale about Christ and Saint Peter told to her by Mrs. László István, a 64 year old woman from the village of Pusztina.
Maneszes Márton K. Tóth László interviews this Hungarian Transylvanian fiddler from the Mezőség village of Magyarszovát. Mr. Maneszes telis about listening to his mother sing, when he was a child, how her singing has influenced his music and how they differ from the gypsy music of the area. He describes learning to play by listening and watching, not by someone showing him what to do. He tells about some of the diffi culties that music has caused in his life at the hands of the previous government. Nevertheless he still says, "I have 5 or 6 professions and I like all of them, but I don't love anything like I love music".
Romanian Mezőségi Dance Cycle Fügedi János writes about a trip in August to four Romanian villages to do research on dance. A group of twelve researchers led By Anca Giurchescu, from the Dance Research Group of the International Conference on Traditional Music (ICTM) took part in this collecting trip during which they were able to document the Romanian dance cycle of the area.
Anniversaries Bankó András honors artists; Michel Montanaro, Makovecz Imre, Karsai Zsigmond, and others, on their birthdays.
Bársony Mihály, Master Craftsman Th is "tekerő" (hurdy-gurdy) maker from Tiszaalpár, lived from 1915 to 1989. He played clarinet, citera and hurdy-gurdy. There are more than 200 hurdy-gurdies and countless citeras in existence that bear his name. "Misa had good hands, anything he picked up he did well, and it was something you could look at. He was a good person. This country could use a lot of people like him." Recollections by his widow and late brother. Article by Szerényi Béla.
Tradition and Quality The two day folk music festival held in July in the "Tabán" neighborhood of Buda organized by the 1st District Cultural Center, Farkas Zoltán, with the Muzsikás Ensemble as hosts, was even more successful than last year's trial run. The motto of tradition and quality led the organizers to performers such as Bulgaria's Trio Bulgarka, Transylvania's Palatkai Band, and Ireland's Andy Irvine (to name only a few), and will lead them to more treasures for next year's festival.
Announcement for the 5th National Textile Conference. Békéscsaba, March 8-10, 1996.
Announcement "Fonó": a new music club opened in Buda (11th district, Sztregova utca 3) in November. This place has had concerts or clubs with folk; jazz or classical music every night since its opening. On November 7th the "Magyar Tekerőzenekar" (Hungarian Hurdy-gurdy Orchestra) opened this new club and plans to hold a "Padkaporos Bál" there every second Tuesday.
Announcement of formation of the "Folk Műhely" (Folk Workshop); an information center for musicians and dancers. See announcement in Hungarian for address, etc.
"Fonóház" (Spinning house) Evenings – Again. On the same idea as the Fonóház evenings in Mosonmagyaróvár which were cancelled in 1992, Németh György has been asked to organize evenings for getting to know folk artists, crafts people, writers, musicians, and a host of others. As of October, these events happen on the last Monday of every month at the Magyar Honvédség Művelődési Ház in Budapest. Dec. 18, Tímár Sándor, choreographer. Jan. 29, 1996, Berecz András, folksinger.
Táncház Association Because of changes in laws regarding "chamber" organizations, as of November 25th former "Táncházi Kamara" will continue its work under the title of "Táncház Egyesület" (Táncház Association) with Tímár Sándor as president. Announcement by Berán István, Official Representative, Táncház Association.
The "Duda" (bagpipe). By Karácsony Zoltán. A short historical portrait of the bagpipe in Hungary starting with first written mention of the bagpipe in 1095 and ending with the last living traditional Hungarian bagpipe in 1095 and ending with the last living traditional Hungarian bagpipe player, Mr. Pál István of the Palóc region.
Csillebérc Summer Camp Comments by Tóth Ferenc and Hortobágyi Gyöngyvér during the fifth annual camp organized by the Children's Folk Arts Heritage Association. The camp emphasizes folkdance and handles at least 200 children persession. By Bankó András.
"Berki Ferenc Árus, the prímás of Méra and one of the key sources for much of the study of Hungarian folk dance, died in early November. The passing of Feri bácsi is a great loss to all who knew him and to all those who were privileged to have learned from him, yet his legacy will forever live every time a kalotaszegi legényes is danced or a fast csárdás is played." Bob Cohen
Succession The Sixth Táncház Festival in Slovakia was held on October 21 in Rév-Komarom and was organized by Slovak Hungarian Folklore Federation. There were young musicians from both Slovakia and Hungary, as well as traditional performers from Slovakia and also Transylvania. Three bagpipe players from three diff erent areas, guests of Juhász Zoltán, were a high point. But perhaps the most exciting was Mikó Attila, a ten year old story teller who provided reassurance that traditions are still being passed down from father to son. By Bankó András
Hungary's Greek Minority, Past and Present A brief history of the Greeks in Hungary starting with the greek merchants in the 16th century continuing up to the largest present community in Beloiannisz. Explanation of the historical events behind the two greek holidays that are celebrated, March 25th and October 28th, and information about folk music and dance ensembles. By BLG
How We Organize a Festival... This article begins with the observation that playing music in Hungary requires having the appropriate credentials, whereas organizing festivals apparently doesn't... By Vitányi Iván Jr.
Comments on language (Hungarian) and (over)use of (the word?) "okay". By Bankó András.
Ökrös II-IV. The Ökrös Band was in Falun, Sweden this past summer performing at a music festival with Fodor "Netti" Sándor, 73 year old master fiddler from Kaloteszeg area of Transylvania. They were extremely well received. Ökrös Csaba and his band have recently put out a new CD entitled "Hippoglassus". They expect to release another CD of 24 "Hajnali" (daybreak) tunes in March '96, and have plans for a fourth recording in the near future. By Bankó András.
Review of Bekecs Ensemble's new recording. Bankó
"Ködnevelő idő" Review of this recording of Bakos Árpád accompanied by the Téka Ensemble. Bakos Árpád is from Vajdaság, the area of northern Serbia with a large Hungarian minority. By Bankó András.
New Los Andinos CD. Interview by Bankó András with Tárnok Ákos about Los Andinos Ensemble's CD, "Flor del desierto". Tárnok tells about a trip to the Andes in 1994 to collect music which became the material on this new CD. The recording includes melodies from four countries of the Andes, played by six musicians from Székesfehérvár.
Táltos Ensemble's new cassette came out in November. Reviewed by Bankó András. "The group is getting ever closer to the wizardry or magic which they are named for; not as much for the renditions of traditional tunes on this new recording, as for their experimentations and search for new paths..."
What's a Dancer Worth? A personal account of the history of the "Háromszék Folk Dance Ensemble" of Sepsiszentgyörgy, Transylvania, by Könczei Árpád, founder of the ensemble and director until March 1995