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“Fölszállott a Páva” TV Show Back!!!!!

For adoring fans (like yours truly) of the “Fölszállott a Páva” show – Hungary’s version of “American Idol” for folk dancers, musicians, and singers – it is BACK for a second season on Duna TV.   Read more

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble – North American Tour

It’s a tradition in North American-Hungarian communities to trek to see the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble as they tour through the U.S. and Canada every few years.  2013 is the year!  See their performance schedule here:

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2013 Preview – Some Key North American Folklore Events

Happy New Year to everyone!!!  To start off the year, I wanted to share some key folklore events happening this year (2013) here in North America, so all of you can start your planning early.  Here are some key dates (but certainly not all of them):

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Vancouver Forras hosts 34th Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival 2012

Hungarian folk enthusiasts in Canada are on the edge of their seats with just two weeks to go before the annual Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival kicks off in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 5 to 7, 2012.  The festival marks the annual gathering of the many Hungarian folkdance ensembles in Wester Canada.

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Birmingham Ethnic Festival

The Birmingham Ethnic Festival in Toledo, Ohio is coming up on August 18 and 19, 2012.  Gyanta Band will once again be playing, and we are excited to be there once again!  For those unfamiliar with this longstanding, largely Hungarian-oriented festival, here is an explanation from the organizers’ website:

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Tanchaztalalkozo 2012 Wrap-Up (Part 3)

Here’s the final installment of my wrap-up of the Tanchaztalalkozo 2012 that took place at the end of March/beginning of April in Budapest.  It is the world’s largest Hungarian folkdance and folk music festival and gathering.

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Tanchaztalalkozo 2012 Wrap-Up (Part 2)

Seeing and hearing well-established, seasoned bands who have been working for decades is like eating your favorite “comfort food.”  This year’s Tanchaztalalkozo in Budapest, like most previous years, featured one such band – Duvo.

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Tanchaztalalkozo 2012 Wrap-Up (Part 1)

This year I had the good fortune of attending the annual Tanchaztalalkozo (the largest Hungarian folkdance and folk music gathering in Budapest), which was, as usual, rich with diverse and top-notch fol programming.  You can access the full programme (in Hungarian) here (click on “Letoltes”).  The next three blog entries share my own impressions of what I witnessed over two full days of non-stop folk action during the Tanchaztalalkozo.

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Tamburitzans of Duquesne University – 75th Anniversary Celebration

My personal musical development, and the musical and dance life of thousands of others around the world who were in the group and have seen it perform, was deeply affected by my years of performing with the Tamburitzans of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University.  In 2012, the Tamburitzans are celebrating their astounding 75th year of existence.  In fact, this coming weekend (March 23-25, 2012), hundreds of alumni and supporters of the group will converge on Pittsburgh to join in on the anniversary festivities, which will include a special performance which features a dance/music number from Szaszcsavas, Transylvania, choreographed by my talented dancer friend Richard Balazs (a fellow former Tamburitzan) and music arranged by myself.

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Eletfa 25th and Csurdongolo 15th Anniversary Performances

The weekend is upon us – on March 10, 2012, at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Eletfa Hungarian Folk Band and the Csurdongolo Hungarian Folkdance Ensemble take the state together in matinee and evening performances to celebrate their significant anniversary milestones.   Read more