Terebes

The members of the Terebes band joined to set out their path in 2014 with the intent of expressing their musical desire and emotions along Hungarian folk melodies.

Their repertoire is folk music for the most part, but, in addition to authentic arrangement and performance, they are more and more open to world music as well. Moving ahead in a widening path they have reached their characteristic “Terebes-style”, which enriches traditional folk melodies with polyphony and nature-inspired sound effects.

The first Terebes record was released in 2019 with the title “Mondd meg nékem …” (“Tell me …”). Their second record followed shortly, in January 2021, titled “Wandering along”. Its content and title perfectly reflect the musical journey of Terebes in the past years.

CONTACT: terebes.zenekar@gmail.com // +36 30 160 0338

Tarsoly

Tarsoly band was founded in 2010 by students of the Váci Bartók-Pikéthy Secondary School of Music.  The band has earned many awards and accolades during its 10-year existence – in the year we were  founded, we received a special prize at the Folk Music Competition in Tápiószentmárton and a Nívó  Prize in Bonyhád. In 2011, we won the 4th prize out of 50 bands at Folkbeats Folk Music Talent  Competition, in 2016, we received our second Nívó Prize, and in 2019, our band leader, Mátyás  Bencze won Junior Prima Prize. 

Our first album, Szombaton este, was released in 2011. After that Patakparton-Rákosmente  népzenéje(2017), Mindenkié (2018) and then Nyírségi muzsika (2019) albums were published.  

We featured in Fölszállott a páva tv show in 2013 as a semi-final band, and in 2018, we got into  Fölszállott a páva – Final of Finals show. 

Over the years, we have been guest performers with the State Folk Ensemble and the Fitos Dezső  Troupe, later working with the Szilas and Forrás Folk Dance Ensembles and gaining outstanding  qualifications. Since 2015, we have been a constant accompaniment with Bartina Folk Dance  Ensemble, with whom we have represented Hungary several times throughout Europe and beyond,  including in Borneo, China and Kyrgyzstan. Since its inception, the band has been a regular  accompanist in domestic solo dance and choreography competitions, and in the summer, the  audience will meet us as the host of the highly successful Music Island Stage at EFOTT Festival.

CONTACT: tarsolyband@gmail.com

Somló Band

“Traditional village rock’n’roll or ageless dance music with violin, viola, double bass and voice.” The young musicians from a small town, Pápa, have learnt to play folk music in the company of an old-timer, Mesics György. They have been together since 2017, played at many festivals and frequently hold dance houses. Their first CD, “Békeucca” was released at Gryllus Records in May, 2019. Their playlist is selected from the most beautiful tunes of the folk music traditions of the Carpathian Basin.

Members of the band: Mesics György „Mesó” – violin, vocal, Milinszki Emma – vocal, Pusztai Boglárka – violin, Kiss Rafael – viola, Győry Dániel – double bass

CONTAKT: bandasomlo@gmail.com // mesicsgyorgy@gmail.com

Julcsi Laposa

Julcsi Laposa is a Hungarian folk musician/music-mediator; the owner of the Junior Prime Award for the Folk and Public Person of the year 2017.
Julcsi has been a passionate musician since her childhood. Her earliest memories date back to the age of four years when her grandparents regularly sang folk songs typical for the region she originally comes from — the Zala county. Her first real contact with the Hungarian Folk Music — an essential and unique space in the country’s life — was in 2007. Since then, she gained valuable experiences at home and abroad. Her mission is to make folk music, traditions, and art more attractive to the general public and future generations. So far, she has published 4 singing books with CDs. Throughout her concerts, she introduces and disseminates a wide variety of folk traditions, grouped by the seasons of the year. She believes that involving the audience makes the learning experience joyful, rich, and rewarding.

Musicians: Julcsi Laposa – voice, violin; Zoltán Szabó – bagpipe, flutes, tambura; Károly Horváth – voice, alto, hurdy-gurdy; Márton Timár – contrabass; Máté Vizeli – alto, lut

CONTACT: szervezes@laposajulcsi. eu

Ági Szalóki

Hungarian folk singer Ági Szalóki made her first solo album in 2004. The release of her new, ninth album was supported by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary (NKA). The nearly one-hour long, authentic folk music album consists of nine tracks. They include Hungarian folk songs and folk dance music from Magyarszovát, Szék and Buza (Mezőség region), Magyarbece (Nagyenyed region), Méra (Kalotaszeg region) as well as from Sárköz and Somogy (Hungary), and gipsy folk songs from Zala and Csík from the collection of Károly Bari. The album containing colourful photos and the full lyrics booklet also features Gergely Koncz, László Mester and Barna Mihálydeák, members of a folk music band, as well as other guest artists such as Szilvia Bognár, Ágnes Herczku and Bea Palya in the leaping dance of Sárköz, Ökrös Csaba in the song of Magyarbece, Máté Kalász in the song of Szék and Balázs Szokolay Dongó in the song of Somogy.

CONTACT: management@szalokiagi.hu

Karaván Família

Founded in 2004, the Karaván Família is the only known family band whose sound is based on the personal and musical harmony between the parents and their children. Over the past 13 years, they have created their own world with their songs, diversity and refined taste, bringing a new colour to the Hungarian and international world music scene. Building on Gypsy folk music, they boldly use and combine different musical styles, making them easy on the ears. In addition to their clear, acoustic arrangements, they launched a more modern-sounding world music project in 2017.

CONTACT: karavanfamilia@gmail.com

Esszencia

The Hungarian formation Esszencia is made up of seemingly contrasting concepts: folk, classical and jazz music; old and young; new and old, women and men; joyful and sad; traditional and progressive. Yet, these contradictions originating from the diversity of our world naturally coexist in their music in a way which we all desire in our everyday life as well: through respecting and learning from each other. The band cannot be compared to other, traditional folk bands. Its members each are well-known and acknowledged artists and musicians. Playing music together is an expression of their joy to experience unity in their diversity and thus creating an inner harmony that is unique to them. With their openness they are able to create a sound unlike anything else that is honest and, of course, characteristically Hungarian.

CONTACT: info@esszenciaprodukcio.hu / +36 20 454 0407

Áron Dóra

Áron Dóra teaches Hungarian folk music on folk flutes at various art schools, camps and further trainings, safeguarding the Hungarian musical heritage. His main musical interest is Hungarian shepherd music of the Carpathian Basin, but he also travelled to several eastern countries where he had been researching and collecting similar musical relics. In 2006, as an instrumental artist, he received the Hungarian State Award of the Young Master of Folk Art.  In his story-telling, he uses the folk tales and tools of the traditional Hungarian peasant story-tellers. 

Juhász Band

The Juhász Band was founded in the spring of 2000 in Subotica, Serbia. They are familiar with the main folk music dialects of the Hungarian language area and have long been performing as a string band as well as a tambourine formation. They have over one hundred concerts a year touring with their own songs and accompanying folk dance groups, thus becoming one of the most popular folk music bands of Vojvodina.

CONTACT: juhaszok.gabor@gmail.com / +36 30 313 2270

Balázs Istvánfi – András Németh Duo

Balázs Istvánfi and András Németh are among the most renowned musical “masters” of their instruments. The multiple award-winning musicians are both professors at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Their duo was founded in 2011, but they have been playing together in different arrangements for fifteen years now. During their years together, they created a unique musical language based on authentic Hungarian folk music which also contains contemporary and classical elements. Their presentation and the special sound of their instruments focus the attention of the audience, thus providing both a musical and spiritual experience at their concerts.

CONTACT: nemandras@yahoo.com / +36 20 436 6796