Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Aug 26th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Zengo “Majd megválik (We Will See)” from Zengő: Hungarian Folk Music (Stenson 1994) —Transdanubian bagpipes, Moldvai Csango accompaniment, all in an inventive mix. This show will be about Hungarian music presented in non-traditional ways, but owing nothing to non-Hungarian sources. It will include everything from serious songs to childrBuy it!
Zengo “Dudálás és ugrós (Bagpiping and Jumping Dance)” from Zengő: Hungarian Folk Music (Stenson 1994) —a truly excellent suite of famous Transdanubian dancing tunes, with traditional instruments, but more "arranged" than traditional. But, who cares? -this is fun stuff.Buy it!
Sebő-együttes “János bácsi, dudáljon kend / Arass rózsám, arass… / A barátok, a barátok faci pőbé ’ járnak” from Hungarian Folk Music (Pepita 1975) —some say this is the LP that started it all...Buy it!
Ensemble Ferenc Sebő “A tünder (Nyenyere & chant)” from La Hongrie : Musique et danses (Arion 1978) —this is a French LP that was the first to present this material in Western Europe. It is available as a CD reissue. I hope they have corrected the atrocious misspellings of the Hungarian titles.Buy it!
Szvorák Kati “Pünkösdi Rózsa” from Ènekeim (REP 1995) —this is a Moldvai Csángó song from the Eastern slopes of the Carpathians in Romania. Songs from this area were the subject of many imaginative treatments. The name means "peony" (literally, "Whitesun Rose"). They finish up the set with another song, "Buy it!
Balogh Sándor “Kilenc alma / "Nine Apples"” from Hangvető 2006 - 2007 Válogatás - Compilation (Hangvetó 2006) —they are playing this in 7/8 time - a non-western Hungarian tune, but rather a Moldvai Csángó dance songBuy it!
Kiss Ferenc “Citruserdő / Citrus Forest” from Hangvető 2006 - 2007 Válogatás - Compilation (Hangvetó 2006) —Ference Kiss, in addition to being a tireless researcher and recorder of other bands, was also in the forefront of the more "creative" approach to Hungarian folk materials. Hear the Gong recording later in the show.Buy it!
Gereben “Túl a vizen kicsi ház” from Feljött a nap ((self) 1983) —this wretchedly reproduced tape was purchased from the musicians by me in Hungary. I'd love to see it put out in a clean recording.Buy it!
Gereben “Feljött a nap - Kerek a szőlő levele - Tánci medve” from Feljött a nap ((self) 1983) —mostly Moldvai Csángó songs, arranged with instruments from all over. It ends with a "bear dance" - everyone in the Carpathian area had one of those. Here they've actually borrowed a tune from the Tatra mountains of Slovakia/Poland, among others.Buy it!
Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén “Ha En Rozsa Volnek (If I Were A Rose) (Album Version)” from Morning Star (Hannibal 1997) —this wonderful songs shares a CD with an ultra-traditional suite of dances and songs (played on last week"s show) from the Transylvaian village of Ördöngösfüzes, giving the listener a glimpse of this band versatility.Buy it!
Nightlosers “Shame Shame Shame” from Plum Brandy Blues (Vest Conex 1997) —the band hails from Transylvania, and has Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma members. They fell in love with Elvis and American Blues and created this amalgam. The YouTube video of this has to be seen. In the background you can hear a men's solo boot-slappiBuy it!
Kiss Ferenc “Dance Of Death” from Vízöntõ Kor (Gong 2004) —The band's name means "Aquarius", and the "Kor" of the title refers to the sacred circle. This is partly Moldvai Csángó instruments and tunes, and partly pagan ritual nonsense, but makes great fun. it is "traditional" to play this on this show at HallowBuy it!