Vadalma

Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate arrangements of Hungarian village folk songs.

Learned directly from village singers, Vadalma frames the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldavia, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin with both traditional and original accompaniment, bringing a new face to this repertoire.

 

Based in San Francisco, USA and Budapest, Hungary, Vadalma reflects a process of re-learning heritage, respecting it, and reimagining it. 

Zina Bozzay - voice, ütőgardon, arrangements

Matthew Szemela - violin

Misha Khalikulov - cello

 
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Upcoming Performances:

We're looking forward to returning to live performances!

Sunday, August 29, 2021, 3pm

Orly Museum of Hungarian Culture

Outdoor listening concert in the garden, with seating in shade or sun

1720 Arch St, Berkeley, CA, USA

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
Tickets: 
Elvira Orly at 510-384-5606 or info@orlymuseum.org

Adults $15, Youth ages 10-17 $7, Under 10 free

Credit card, cash, or check accepted.

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Get our debut CD here, physical or digital.

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A few past performances:

THANK YOU ALL for great CD release shows in California, New York, Hungary, and Romania!

Táncháztalálkozó, Budapest, HUNGARY:

Vadalma arrangements at the Táncháztalálkozó!  A sample of songs from our new CD at the biggest Hungarian folk event of the year, featuring special guest acclaimed musicians Vizeli Máté and Ölveti Mátyás.

Details here.

Fonó Music Hall, Budapest, HUNGARY

8pm Vadalma's Budapest CD release concert

with special guests Fábián Éva, Navratil Andrea, and Agócs Gergely

Facebook event page (Magyarul / In Hungarian)

Fonó website (Magyarul / In Hungarian)

 

Debreceni Zenede, Debrecen, HUNGARY

7pm Concert with Vadalma and Pendely Énekegyüttes

Facebook event page (Magyarul / In Hungarian)

Magyar Kultúra Hete (Week of Hungarian Culture), Szatmárnémeti, Transylvania, ROMANIA

7pm Concert Vadalma and Debreczeni-Kis Helga

Full program (Magyarul / In Hungarian)

Hungarian House of New York, Manhattan, NY, USA

3pm Vadalma concert, 4:30 Táncház with Fényes Banda

Facebook event page (Kétnyelvű /Bilingual)

Buy tickets here (Kétnyelvű / Bilingual)

Golden Festival, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Facebook event page

Golden Festival website

Links to a few past shows:

Vadalma's Bay Area CD release show at Ashkenaz, Berkeley, USA

Vadalma at Fonó, Budapest, Hungary

Vadalma at Magyar Ház, Los Angeles, USA

Vadalma at Coffee Gallery Backstage, Pasadena, USA

Vadalma at Corazón Performing Arts, Topanga Canyon, USA

Vadalma at Community Music Center, San Francisco, USA

Vadalma with guest musicians Éva Fábián, Andrea Navratil, and Gergely Agócs. Vadalma's Budapest debut, Fonó Music Hall.

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OUR DEBUT ALBUM!

Vadalma: Music of Elderflowers Hungarian village folk songs

in handmade arrangements

 

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Zina Bozzay (voice, arrangements)

Matthew Szemela (violin)

Misha Khalikulov (cello)

Featuring special guests:

Fábián Éva (voice, ütőgardon)

Navratil Andrea (voice)

Agócs Gergely (Transdanubian long flute)

Recorded by Mazura János at Etnofon Studios in Budapest

Produced by Zina Bozzay

Total time 65 minutes

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A few snippets for your enjoyment...

Esik eső - Vadalma
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Stica - Vadalma
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Magasan repül a daru - Vadalma
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Az az ügyes - Vadalma
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Uccu kislány - Vadalma
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Bíró uram - Vadalma
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Édesanyám - Vadalma
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About the musicians:

 

Zina Bozzay (voice, ütőgardon, arrangements)
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, Golden Festival in New York, and 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.


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.

 

“Zina Bozzay is a masterful composer, creating such gorgeous music with Hungarian folk songs that it’s a far-and-away exemplary standard for our folk song arrangers here in Hungary.  Unparalleled and uniquely thrilling arrangements!”

 - István Berecz, Artistic Director of Folk Music, Fonó Music Hall, Budapest

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"San Francisco vocalist and song sleuth Zina Bozzay is positively evangelical when it comes to spreading Hungarian culture, and spending a little time with her trioVadalma is likely to make you a believer. "

- Andrew Gilbert, November 2018's "Best Around the Bay", San Francisco Classical Voice (Vadalma CD Release)

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"Stunningly beautiful... a genuine, subtle, and exciting album.  Hungarian folk song adaptations showing how they see it across the ocean, with fresh, contemporary compositions and an authentic sound."

- Heni Szalay, Hungarian singer and actress

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

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

"Zina Bozzay has become  the Bay Area’s primary conduit for Hungarian folk music as both a performer and a teacher."
- Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside

Vadalma on TV, and live concert videos

Vadalma performing live on Kult'30, Hungarian TV

Interview with Zina Bozzay

January 2019

In Hungarian with English subtitles

Zina Bozzay live interview on Ma Reggel

January 2019

In Hungarian with English subtitles

Vadalma & Pendely Énekegyüttes - Öt kontinens, Duna World TV

Interviews with Zina Bozzay, Lilla Tóth, Pendely

January 2019

In Hungarian with English subtitles

Vadalma & Pendely Énekegyüttes - Debrecen TV

Interviews with Zina Bozzay, Lilla Tóth, Pendely

January 2019

In Hungarian with English subtitles

Vadalma at Fonó Music Hall, Budapest

Live in concert, March 2018

Song: Esik eső, folk song from Bálványosváralja, Transylvania, in original arrangement

"Ma reggel" Hungarian live TV program

Interview with Zina Bozzay and István Berecz about Vadalma's debut performance in Hungary

March 2018

In Hungarian with English subtitles

Ambassador of Hungarian folksong 

Profile of Zina Bozzay and Vadalma

"Öt Kontinens" (Five Continents) - Duna World TV

February 2018

In Hungarian with English subtitles

Articles (we'll post more here soon...)

Zina Bozzay, Matthew Szemela, Misha Khalikulov

Hungarian roots music with Zina Bozzay and Vadalma

In Berkeleyside, by Andrew Gilbert

January 2018

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Mastering my AÁBCs

The Budapest Times front page, by Mary Murphy

June 2021