43rd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 5–7 April 2024
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Ökrös Csaba (1960 – June 26, 2019) – folk musician. Csaba was born in Szolnok, Hungary. He attended an elementary school specializing in music in Jászberény. He began playing violin at the age of 9 and got involved in folk music and the dance house movement in 1976. He went to Transylvania to learn from traditional musicians and to do collection work, then to Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary to play fiddle for the Hegyalja Folk Dance Ensemble. He moved to Budapest to play for the Bartók Ensemble, then played for the State Ensemble and went on to accompany every professional dance group in Budapest, playing over the years with all the best dance house bands, including his own bands Újstílus and Ökrös Band. From 2010 on he taught fiddle in the Folk Music Department at Budapest’s Liszt Academy of Music. A well-known figure in the Budapest dance houses, from the early 1980s on he was prominent amongst those who introduced folks abroad to how exciting dancing to live Hungarian folk music can be. Printed in this issue is an obituary by Hegyi Zoltán from Magyar Hang 2019 July 5-11.