Upcoming Performances:

Vadalma at Fonó                   Budapest, Hungary

with special guests

Éva Fábián, Andrea Navratil, and Gergely Agócs

Thursday, March 22, 2018 ~ 8pm

Fonó Budai Zeneház / Fonó Music Hall

Sztregova u. 3, Budapest, Hungary

More information:

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Angolul / In English

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       Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate arrangements of old Hungarian village folk songs, featuring the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldavia, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin.  Led by Zina Bozzay, with Matthew Szemela and Misha Khalikulov, these striking melodies, unique rhythms, and colorful lyrics are framed with both traditional and original accompaniment.


Recipients of grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, and SF Community Music Center, Vadalma brings a new face to this beautiful heritage around the US.

Zina Bozzay - voice, ütőgardon

Matthew Szemela - violin

Misha Khalikulov - cello


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Also check out our singing workshops here.



In March 2018, we're recording our debut album in Budapest!


Stay tuned for its release later in 2018!


About the musicians:


Zina Bozzay (voice, ütőgardon)
Trained by master folk singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, National Theatre, and Parliament in Budapest, and has been a soloist at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Bay Area Hungarian Heritage Festival, the Golden Festival in New York, and the Kárpátok 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles.


Zina is the founder and leader of Vadalma, and brings the village source recordings, background information, and her original arrangements to the ensemble.  Learn more about Zina here.

Select Past Performances:

Hungarian Heritage Festival main stage, Belmont

 Hungarian Art & Culture Festival, Walnut Creek

United Magyar House, Los Angeles

Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco

The Back Room, Berkeley

SF Community Music Center, Shenson Concert Series

Swedenborgian Church Concert Series, San Francisco

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal, The Starry Plough, Berkeley

Corazón Performing Arts, Topanga Canyon

The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena

Fifth St. Farms, Berkeley

East European Folklife Center Workshop, Mendocino

Classical Revolution, San Francisco

Kolo Festival, Croatian American Cultural Center, SF

Art & Film Program for Teenagers, San Francisco

Balkan Sundays, San Francisco

16th St. Station, Oakland

Studio Grand, Oakland

Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley

MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project), San Francisco
The Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland

Open Door, Richmond

Cope-a-cabana House Concerts, San Jose

String Palace, San Pablo

Amnesia, San Francisco


Concert program offerings:

Hungarian Folk Songs in Handmade Arrangements

Hungarian Songs of Grief and Merriment

Intimate, concert, and festival performances

Formal and informal performances

Song introductions, background, translations

Pre-concert lectures

Singing workshop & concert

Private events

Educational institutions

Traditional and folk culture events

Chamber music events - early music, contemporary music

Hungarian cultural events

International, immigration, diaspora-related events

Select shared shows:

Vadalma with special guests from Dűvő zenekar and dancer

      István Berecz from Hungary

Enyedi-Salamon Quartet (Hungary) & Vadalma duo (USA)

Vadalma & Cory Beers Cimbalom Band

Vadalma & Village Road Trio

Janam & Vadalma

Eva Salina, Zina Bozzay, & Heather Thiel

Zina Bozzay & Mavrothi Kontanis

Vadalma & Samaria Trio

Vadalma & La Pêche

Matthew Szemela (violin)

Praised by the New York Times for his “outrageous fiddling,” Matthew Szemela has toured the US, Europe, and Asia extensively, and appeared with artists as diverse as Sting, Susan Sarandon, Beyoncé Knowles, and Olivia Newton John.  He current performs with Berkeley Symphony, Opera San Jose, Rupa & the April Fishes, Alta California, and other Bay Area ensembles encompassing a wide range of genres.

Misha Khalikulov (cello)

Cellist Misha Khalikulov, originally from Uzbekistan and raised in San Francisco, has toured 27 countries with his dynamic, passionate performances.  He also performs with the Blind Willies, Stringquake, and Rupa & the April Fishes, and is a dedicated music educator.


"The experience was terrific.  Zina was sensational.  WOW!!!!  Thank you!  THANK YOU!"

- Raz Kennedy, founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra

Photo album

Audience Praise



"I cried, I was so moved."

"I've never heard a better presentation of Hungarian folk songs.  It was incredible from beginning to end."

"Phenomenal... the songs were transportive."


"Some of the best original arrangements of Hungarian folk songs being created today, in the US or in Hungary."

"Spectacular musicians.  I was blown away by the fiddling. Wonderful musical alchemy!"

"I've never heard Hungarian songs in an intimate setting like this."


Esik eső - Vadalma (April 2017)
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Nem akar az ökörcsorda legelni - Vadalma (April 2017)
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(A little tip: you'll have a better listening experience on headphones or a good speaker than for example a laptop speaker!)

Szalmazsuppos - Vadalma (April 2017)
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Kaszálimba - Vadalma (April 2017)
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Régi szeretőmért - Vadalma (April 2017)
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Édesanyám - Vadalma (April 2017)
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These are all

Hungarian folk songs

from Transylvania

and Moldavia

in original arrangements.


Recorded in California

by Vadalma

Mixed by Todd Sickafoose

Zina Bozzay, voice

Matthew Szemela, violin  Misha Khalikulov, cello


Hungarian Folk Songs in Handmade Arrangements

Video clips from live shows

Folk songs from Gyimes, in traditional/original arrangements

0:00 ~ Én az éjjel

2:30 ~ Még az úton


Esik eső

Folk song from Bálványosváralja, Transylvania, in original arrangement

Vadalma at The Starry Plough

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal, February 2017

Vadalma & Enyedi-Salamon Quartet,

on tour from Hungary

Studio Grand, Oakland, Sept. 2016

Vadalma at Fifth St. Farms, Berkeley, March 2017


Set of folk songs from Gyimes, Transylvania

3:30 Édesanyám mért szültél a világra

5:30 Esik eső

8:10 Édes kicsi galambom



Folk song from Magyarszovát, Transylvania, in original arrangement


Te azt hiszed & Nem akar az ökörcsorda legelni

Folk songs from Küküllővidék, Transylvania

Kicsi tulok

Folk song from Magyarszovát, Transylvania, in original arrangement

Vadalma at Community Music Center Hall

San Francisco, Oct. 2016


Folk songs from Moldavia, in original arrangements

0:00 ~ A lészpedi patak

2:20 ~ Ideki a csenderbe



Folk song from Magyarszovát, Transylvania, in original arrangement


Matthew Szemela, violin

Based on a Hallottkísérő played by Halmágyi Mihály,

from Gyimes, Transylvania


Kaszálimba van egy nyírfa

Ballad from Moldavia, in original arrangement

Vadalma at the Red Poppy Art House

San Francisco, May 2016

Vadalma at Le Bateau Ivre

Berkeley, Sept. 2016


Hidegen fújnak a szelek, in arrangement by Muzsikás


Zina Bozzay

c/o Intersection for the Arts

1446 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


US: +1-415-226-8782

Hungary: +36-70-603-7011

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