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U.S. Performances in Honor of János Arany & Zoltán Kodály

Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Doors, dinner & cash bar 6 PM | Concert 7 PM
Hungarian House of New York | 213 E 82nd St, New York
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2017 marks both the anniversary of genius Hungarian poet János Arany and world-famous composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály. In commemoration, the Kaláka Ensemble embarks on a three-date mini-tour in the U.S. East Coast. Performing in the Hungarian House of New York on October 21, Kaláka also plays the preceding day in New Brunswick, NJ at the Hungarian American Athletic Club and the following day in Lexington, MA at Follen Community Church.

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About the Artist

Kaláka is one of Hungary's oldest folk music groups forming in Budapest in 1969. Their name refers to a Transylvanian folk custom of working together. The group quickly became noted and famous for their original arrangements based on Hungarian poems and folk music, a truly authentic sound by four singers and classical and folk instruments. As the Transylvanian-Hungarian poet Sándor Kányádi wrote: “The Kaláka Ensemble is elegant. They offer poetry to their audiences on a musical platter which would never be confused with anyone else’s music. Their compositions aren’t forced, rather the original melody of a verse is played, born of the quietness of the heart exiled in books from the time of Gutenberg.

Kaláka has an extremely wide repertoire containing approximately 1200 songs and 30 albums. The tunes are both old and new, and the poems they interpret include works by János Arany, Endre Ady, Sándor Weöres, Dezső Kosztolányi, Sándor Kányádi, Lőrinc Szabó, and Attila József.

The members and their instruments:

Gábor Becze - double bass
Dániel Gryllus - flutes, zither, panpipe, clarinet
Gábor Major - guitar
Balázs Radványi - mandolin, 12 string guitar, ukulele, kalimba

Supported by Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, Consulate General of Hungary in New York, Hungarian House of New York, Hungary Initiatives Foundation and the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary. 


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