Roma musicians and Roma inspiration
The Gypsy musicians of the Transylvanian village of Százcsávás/Ceuaș have been famous in their area for several generations. They have an unusually wide repertoire, one of the reasons for which is that they play in Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy communities in the region. Their local audience - more musically demanding than usual - doesn’t have much patience for weak musicians. According to the usual Transylvanian rural social structure, the Gypsies live on the edge of the village and support themselves by doing seasonal farm work and making bricks. The only way for them to rise above this kind of existence is by playing music. There are enough musicians in the village today to make up several bands. A generation ago string bands were still prevalent in Transylvania playing the traditional dance music. Today both the repertoire and the instruments are being replaced with electronic music. The core of the Százcsávás Band is Jámbor István Dumnezeu (born 1951) lead fiddle; his brother, Csányi Mátyás Mutis (born 1953) double bass; their brother-in-law, Mezei Ferenc Csángáló (born 1951) viola. All three of them learned to play from Csángáló’s grandfather, the locally famous and still remembered musician Horvát Mezei Ferenc ‘Vén Kránci’. Younger musicians that join them are: Csángáló’s cousin [the late] Mezei Levente Leves (1969 - Oct. 2017) lead fiddle; Csányi Sándor Cilika (born1959) lead fiddle; Csángáló’s son, Jámbor Ferenc Tocsila (born 1970) viola. In addition to their main instruments, all of them are excellent on all the other instruments, and good dancers.
Besh o droM, formed in 1999, needs no introduction. In the early 2000s they took the Hungarian music scene by storm. Their world of sound is unmistakable. They have created a style. Their music is a conscious blending of elements from Hungarian, Gypsy, Romanian, Serbian, and Bulgarian folk music cultures. All these come together in their own world of melody and rhythm creating new life and an independent unit.
Their infectiously dynamic concerts place them amongst the more exportable Hungarian music productions. They perform most often for packed house audiences in Hungary 70-80 times a year; and abroad 50-60 times a year.
Aurevoir grew from a duo into a band in March of 2015. Their melodies embrace many styles including Hungarian and Gypsy folk music, blues, beat/pop/rock old music. Their instrumentation is somewhat unusual: with classical guitar, double bass, drum/perka and voice – but you’ll also hear accordion, mandolin, viola da gamba and Hungarian bagpipe.
The songs and texts are written by the two founders of the band: Agócs Marci and Fejér Misi; but poetry and arrangements of folk music are also found in the repertoire.
In advance: 2000 Ft
Day of the concert: 2500 Ft.