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National Unity Day: Muzsikás and Mária Petrás

National Unity Day: Muzsikás and Mária Petrás

National Unity Day: Muzsikás and Mária Petrás
Sunday 20:30
Concert Hall

National Unity Day: Muzsikás and Mária Petrás

  • World music, Folk

The best Hungarian folk music ensemble of all times, complemented by the sensational singer Mária Petrás, will really ignite the atmosphere this evening.





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Muzsiks is the most popular and most renowned ensemble in Hungary and worldwide playing the traditional Hungarian folk music. Their performance is an exciting musical experience, the audience are transferred back to the remote Hungarian village atmosphere where the traditions survived the centuries.

Muzsiks is the name given to musicians playing traditional folk music in Hungary in villages. The formation of the Muzsiks Ensemble coincided with the European revivalist movement of the seventies whereby interest lied not only in the traditions, but also the roots of culture.

The members of the group play and improvise in the style of old traditional Hungarian folk bands in which the solo violin and the song typically were accompanied with the three-stringed viola and contrabass. The musicians also play other instruments which enables them to produce an extensive range of exciting and unusual colour tones. The music of Muzsiks can be characterized as the traditional arrangements of authentic Hungarian folk music featuring a playing style typical of the best village musicians. It has nothing in common stylistically with the Gypsy-Hungarian style, but is rather the true folk music of Hungary, the most beautiful melodies of which were considered by Bla Bartk to be equal with the greatest works of music.

As an indicator of Muzsiks' success they have toured all over the world including nearly every European country, in addition to Northern America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, appearing in the greatest festivals and biggest concert halls as the Barbican Center or the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Cit de la Music or the Thater de la Ville in Paris, the Town Hall or the Carnegie Hall in New York.

Muzsiks is the first Hungarian Folk ensemble accepted by the classical music world. With their special music program they combined the traditional music with the classical compositions of Bartk, Kodly, Kurtg, Ligeti. Renowed classical solists (Alexander Balanescu, Roel Dieltiens, Jen Jand) string quartets (Takcs Quartet, Keller Quartet, Bartk Quartet) choirs (Pro Musica Girls' Choir, Tomkins Vocal Ensemble), and symphonic orchestras (Danubia Orchestra, BBC-SSO, Orchestra of Radio France) are partners in these collaborations.

Their music appears in the film of the Oscar winner director Costa Gavras', "Music Box," having received the first prize in the Berlin film festival in 1989. They have provided the music for a contemporary dance piece entitled "Dancing Room," which was performed in several theaters in England and filmed by BBC.

They are awarded the most respected Hungarian State award for artists, the Kossuth Prize.

The musicians:
Mihly Sipos - violin, citera
Lszl Porteleki - violin, koboz, vocal
Pter ri - kontra, viola, mandolin, flute, long flute
Dniel Hamar- double bass, gardon, drum, cymbal



  • Muzsikás

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