Resources

& Friends

Folk Music Institutions:

Óbuda Népzenei Iskola

(Óbuda Hungarian Folk Music School)

Hagyományok Háza

(Hungarian Heritage House, Budapest)

Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, Zenetudományi Intézet

(Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Musicology)

Zeneakadémia, Népzene Tanszék

(Liszt Academy of Music, Folk Music Department)

 

Fonó Budai Zeneház

(Fonó Music Hall)

 

Háló Közösségi és Kulturális Központ - S4

(Háló Community and Cultural Center - S4)

 
 

Archives (databases of field recordings, source recordings of village singers):

 

Click "keresés" to search.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Musicology, Folklore Archives ("ZTI" is the Hungarian acronym)

Includes distinct archives of Béla Bartók's collections, Zoltán Kodály's collections, Zoltán Kallós's collections, and all published source recordings (labeled "Publikált", everything published in various books, CDs, and anthologies), as well as a list of all publications which include source recordings.

Hungaricana

A new searchable website which includes the above holdings from ZTI and more, in one central place.  Bilingual and can also be searched using a map function.  As an unedited archive, not all recordings have been peer-reviewed for quality and not all songs have complete collection information entered.  Some long recordings have not yet been cropped to individual songs, but individual songs are still searchable by first line or other parameters.

Hungarian Heritage House Archive

In Hungarian, English, and Romanian.

Hungarian Folk Music & Dance Ensembles:

Bay Area

Zina Bozzay (Hungarian folk singer)

 

Vadalma (band, Hungarian folk song arrangements)

Hungarian Folk Singing Circle (Hungarian folk song teaching)

Danubius (band, music of Eastern Europe)

Aranykapu Band (band, Hungarian folk music)

Ferenc Tobak (Hungarian bagpiper, instrument builder, researcher)

Performs with Lilla Serlegi and family

Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble (dance ensemble)

Todd & Sarah Wagner's folk dance teaching in Menlo Park

North America

László Orbán and Forrás Banda (Vancouver/Seattle, band)


Kárpátok Hungarian Folk Ensemble (Los Angeles, dance)
 

Fényes Banda (New York City, band)

Életfa (New York/New Jersey, band)

Gyanta Hungarian Folk Ensemble (Toronto, Canada, band)

Kálmán Magyar Jr. (violinist)

Csűrdöngölő Hungarian Folk Ensemble (New Jersey, dance)

Tisza (Washington D.C., dance)


 

Szikra (Washington D.C., band)

Szászka (Minnesota, band)

 

Folk Music & Dance Event Calendars
 

The most central place to look for folk music and dance events, listed in one place, is Folknaptár.

Folknaptár website / Folknaptár Facebook

tanchaz.hu (for regular weekly táncház, folk dance parties)

Some venues which host folk music events regularly:

Annual events

February/March - Busójárás, Mohács

April - Táncháztalálkozó (National Táncház Festival & Fair), Budapest

June-August - Dozens of folk music/dance summer camps!

     The Egyszólam camp in Váralja is excellent! (early July)

August - Mesterségek Ünnepe (Festival of Folk Arts), Budapest

 
 

Annual Events:

Hungarian Heritage Festival (Bay Area, CA) - mid-May

Hungarian Festival (New Brunswick) - early June

Csipke Tábor (Michigan) - late June

Ti Ti Tábor (Raft Island, Washington State) - August

 

Organizations:

Hungarian Heritage Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area

American Hungarian Foundation (AHF)

Hungarian American Coalition

Co-sponsored the Hungarian Americans Together (HATOG) conference series

American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA)

American Hungarian Federation

Hungary Initiatives Foundation

Embassy of Hungary in Washington D.C.

(there are also 15+ consulates in various cities)

Indiana University, Institute of Hungarian Studies

Balassi Institute in New York

Magtár - Hungarian Cultural Alliance, Los Angeles

Magyar Ház (Hungarian House), New York

 

Some current singing teaching for adults in Budapest

Please confirm schedule before attending!

All classes held in Hungarian unless otherwise noted, and typically do not run during the summer months. Check summer camps under event calendars for summer learning opportunities.

Óbuda Folk Music School

Current class for teens and adults ("Csütöri") is on Thursdays at 5pm, led by Éva Fábián.  All songs are taught directly from source recordings, with ample background information.  There are also opportunities to learn from Réka Annus, Boglárka Raksányi, and other singing teachers at the school.

Dúdoló

Led by Andrea Navratil, with printed song lyrics provided.  Every other Wednesday at Háló Közösségi és Kulturális Központ (S4) in Budapest.  Andrea also holds regular classes in Göd, Tihany, and other cities.

Kertész Nótakör

Every Tuesday at Klisé Bár.

Hungarian Folk Singing Classes IN ENGLISH

Led by Zina Bozzay.  All songs taught directly from source recordings, with printed song lyrics, English translations, and background information. Hosted at the Hungarian Heritage House, Háló Cultural Center, Óbuda Folk Music School, and other locations.  Upcoming classes listed here.
 

Hungarian Heritage House

Occasional singing courses, particularly designed for teachers - check website for current offerings.

Liszt Academy of Music, Folk Music Department

While designed only for current students, sometimes individual arrangements can be made to attend folk singing courses at the Liszt Academy.

Táncház

Song teaching often happens at táncház, typically earlier in the evening for 15-30 minutes before the dancing, such as at Fonó and the Hungarian Heritage House.  See events calendars above.

 

Email lists, social media, finding communities:

Katalin Vörös's Berkeley Magyarok Mailing List

Facebook groups:

Hungarians in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Hungarians in the West Coast / Magyarok a nyugati parton

SF Hungarian Parents

Hungarians on the facebook

Hungarian Treasures

Magyar Cserkészek (Hungarian Scouts)

... and others

Search by city and region!

Meetup groups:

Bay Area Hungarian Meetup Group

Los Angeles Hungarian Language Meetup Group

... and others

Hungarian Scouts / Magyar Cserkészszövetség

A few singers and bands ~ not all have as much of a web presence as others!  Having or not having a website or youtube videos doesn't necessarily reflect quality. Names are in Hungarian name order (family name first).

Singers:
Fábián Éva

Nyitrai Marianna

Sebestyén Márta

Navratil Andrea

Agócs Gergely

Berecz András

Palya Bea

Szalóki Ági

Sebő Ferenc

Bardosi Ildikó

Havay Viktória   

Tintér Gabriella

Enyedi Ágnes

Bognár Szilvia

Herczku Ágnes

... and many more!

Bands:

Egyszólam

Kalamajka

Muzsikás

Fonó Zenekar

Üsztürü Zenekar

Csürrentő Együttes

Fakutya Együttes

Tallabille

Pendely Énekegyüttes

Dűvő

... and many more!

 
 

Eastern European Folk Music in the Bay Area/US:

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (Bay Area)

East European Folklife Center (National, Bay Area-based)

Bulgarian / Balkan Music Dance and Events (BBMDE) (Bay Area-based yahoo group email list)

TV / Radio:

Folkrádió (folk music radio station, can be listened to internationally on their website, and includes information on tracks played and song lyrics!)

Fölszállott a páva (Hungarian folk music/dance TV competition)

 

Stores in Budapest:

Mesterporta (folk music CDs, books, magazines, misc.)

Fonó (CD store is open during concert hours)

A.Folk Népzenei Hangszerbolt (folk instrument store)

Néptáncosok Kellékboltja (folk clothing store)

Folk music CDs are also available through Lemezei.hu (Mezei Péter) at major markets and festivals in Budapest throughout the year, including the seasonal markets at Vörösmarty tér (such as the winter market), Mesterségek Ünnepe (in August), Táncháztalálkozó (in April)

Kaláka Zenebolt

 

Contact:

Zina Bozzay

c/o Intersection for the Arts

1446 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

zinabozzay@gmail.com

US: +1-415-226-8782

Hungary: +36-70-603-7011

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