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

Sültü Band

Sültü play nothing but the authentic folk music of the Csángó people – a Hungarian minority living in Romania – of Moldavia and Gyimes, learned from old Csángó masters. The band recreates the atmosphere of these enchanted regions week by week at the dancehouses, concerts, family events and cultural festivals. The voice of Angelika Szilágyi, a Csángó from Csík village, lends further authenticity to their performance. If you would like to get to know the real Csángó music, dance the dances from Moldavia and learn beautiful archaic folk songs, look up, follow and meet Sültü band.


CONTACT: benkoand@gmail.com / +36 20 471 7990

Zagyva Band

Over the past fifteen years, Zagyva Banda has become a decisive representative of the Hungarian Táncház movement. The band was brought up with the Táncház Method which is recognized by UNESCO. Zagyva is currently one the most active folk music bands in Hungary. They play authentic folk music from the Carpathian Basin, but they also deal with the culture of other nationalities living in the area. They are especially solicitous for cultivating the traditions of Galgamente, since the members’ family roots stem from here. In 2011, at a competition organized for violinists playing traditional Hungarian folk music, the band’s first violinist, Gellért Boda won the bronze medal. Following that, they published their first CD. In 2012, they started recording a CD-series in which they work upon the music of different ethnographic landscapes. They are currently working on the third disc. In 2015 the members organized a live concert that is available on CD and DVD as well.

CONTACT: zagyvakoncert@gmail.com

Rozsdamaró Band

The name Rozsdamaró comes from a friend, and means „rust remover”. Rust refers to the crackly, archival recordings we use to learn the style and original sound of the village bands of old. We started playing together in the year 2000 in Szeged, released our first album in 2004 with the title „Then and Now” (Egykor és Most), and received the Young Artist of Folk Arts award in 2005.


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Korinda

The mission of Korinda is to authentically interpret the traditional folk music of the Eastern edges of Hungarian speaking language areas. The band’s founders gained the basics of their musical knowledge from chapters of Szeged’s folk music scene: members of Mentés Másként Együttes, and András Hodorog, Moldavian shepherd’s flute virtuoso. They played a significant part in creating Korinda’s unique style of sound. The band strives for a simple and clean representation of the music learned from original recordings and informants, while continuously seeking opportunities for individual interpretations and unique expression.
Although the band’s main musical direction is that of Moldavian Csango folk music, their repertoire also comprises the Hungarian and Romanian ethnic ballads of Ghimeș, Burzenland, Székely Land and Bukovina. They regularly return to Moldavia and Transylvania to collect and research music, as it is their conviction to establish and foster personal relationships with older village musicians who are still alive.


CONTACT: korindaband@gmail.com / +36 30 602 1733

Helga Debreceni-Kis

In addition to mastering and transmitting authentic folk music, I find it important to explore
all the possibilities given by the citera. I find it very important and consider it my purpose, to convince people that the citera is a very technical instrument, that has its place on stage, at festivals, and that isn’t exclusive to folk music, but can be used in anything, from jazz to classical music through blues! This is what we are trying to achieve with my duo, ZitheRandom. I have participated in several folk music contests where I earned several prizes, Golden Peacock, Golden qualification. I consider being one of the finalists of the Fölszállott a Páva folk music and folk dancing talent show to be my greatest achievement.

CONTACT: debreczenikishelga@gmail.com