Hungarian Folk Singing Workshop with Zina Bozzay

Sunday, February 19, 1:30-4:30pm
1:30-2:30 Pronunciation, background information
2:30-4:30 Song teaching

Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., SF ~ Close to 24th St. BART
$15-20 sliding scale (Additional donations gratefully accepted, barter also available)
Register: RSVP on Facebook, or email
We welcome parents and families!  Childcare provided at the workshop - please rsvp for childcare by Wed 2/15.


Come learn exquisite songs crafted over generations of unbroken oral tradition. The first hour will cover Hungarian pronunciation and an overview of history, geography, and the folk music revival in Hungary to give participants an orientation to the style. Hungarian speakers and singers already familiar with this may join at 2:30, and from 2:30-4:30 we will learn songs. Songs are taught aurally directly from village source recordings, and the class will be conducted in English besides the songs themselves. Source recordings, word sheets, and translations are provided to participants. This is a welcoming, friendly space to learn beautiful traditional Hungarian village songs, and we welcome experienced singers who are new to this style for this afternoon workshop.

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Participation requirements: All cultural backgrounds, language abilities, and musical backgrounds welcome. All ages (more suited to 10+). Bring your singing voice, an open and curious mind, and good energy!


About Zina Bozzay
Trained by master folk singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and National Theatre in Budapest, and has been a soloist at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the Golden Festival in New York, and the Kárpátok 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles. Founder and leader of the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle (Népdalkör) in San Francisco, she teaches traditional folk songs to Hungarians and Americans, beginners through professionals, including members of KITKA, Janam, Stellamara, Zhena Folk Chorus, Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble, and others. She holds a Masters in Music Composition, and with her ensemble Vadalma, she creates historically-informed, innovative chamber arrangements using both traditional and non-traditional accompaniment. More information here.



About the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle:
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This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.