Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 3 pm until midnight
Hungarian House of New York (213 E 82 Str, New York, NY, 10028)
3 pm – 6 pm Hungarian Folk Dance Workshop – dances from Magyarszovát, Transylvania
7 pm – Concert
8:30 pm – 12 am – Folk Dance Party
Delicious food, cash bar
$25/adult, $15 student/senior for workshop, concert and folk dance party
free for children under 14
Hungarian folk music FOKOS BAND is the recipient of the first prize at “Fölszállott a páva” folk art competition in 2018.
Fokos Ensemble was founded in 2010 in Óbecse, Vajdaság, Serbia. Their goal is to acquaint a broad audience with Hungarian folk music, especially the tambura music of the Del-Alfold (southeastern Hungary). They would like to become a role model for the young generation and show that folk music is not history observed through glass cabinets in a museum, rather it is live, timeless, future-proof, and eternal. Last but not least, we would like to educate and teach the future generation to make sure we have followers to take the baton.
In 2012 they reached the semifinals of the prominent Fölszállott a páva folk talent show, broadcasted and organized by Duna Television, and received an award from the city of Óbecse for making its name known. They also received a special award from Fonó Budai Zeneház, Budapest, which included 50 hours of studio work, resulting in the CD, “My young age to adult age” (Kiskoromtól nagykoromig). Since 2012 they have published three additional CD’s: “In my good mood” (Jókedvemben), and folk legacy recordings of the music from the towns of Törökkanizsa (Törökkanizsa község népzenei hagyatéka) and Óbecse (Óbecse község népzenei hagyatéka).
They regularly give concerts, play music in dance houses, and accompany dance ensembles in the Vajdaság (northern part of Serbia with Hungarian ethnicity) and Hungary. They performed several times in Macedonia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, as well as in the United States for the first time in 2018.
Our crowning achievement of 2018 was winning the Final of the Finals competition of the Fölszállott a pávafolk talent show, in which the finalists and semifinalists of the last few years’ shows try to outdo the others.
Judy Olson: JudyOlson@aol.com