43rd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 5–7 April 2024
Starting page: 16
Remembering: Yosyp Cherniavets – button accordion, leader of the band (15.03.1945 – 07.01.2019) Yuriy Cherniavets – drummer, singer (11.07.1951 – 14.06.2018) “In late 2018 Yosyp Cherniavets was still playing for local events in his region around Tiachiv, Southwestern Ukraine and played with the band in Bucharest... his passing came just 7 months after the death of his cousin Yuriy, the band’s drummer and singer, bringing to an end a Ruthenian-Romani musical dynasty that spanned more than four generations." "...After his father the fiddler known as Manyo died in 1982, Yosyp led the Manyo family band, better known in Hungary as the “Técsői Banda” (band from Tiachiv) for over 30 years. The band’s style and instrumentation were typical of the mountainous upper Tisza River region—husli (violin), bayan (button accordion), bubyn (drum) and tsymbaly (hammer dulcimer) – but its rich, diverse repertoire set it apart from other local groups. Manyo played not only the traditional Rusyn (Ruthenian) wedding tunes typical of the region, but also Hutsul, Hungarian, Romanian, Jewish, Romani, Slovak, and Russian tunes. The band was a unique musical time capsule – a link to Transcarpathia’s ethnicallydiverse pre-war past....” In memoriam by Shaun Williams – an American ethnomusicologist who spent 4 and half years in Ukraine and presently resides in Bucharest.