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Söndörgő

Date & Venue
September 25, Thu 7PM
Elebash Recital Hall | CUNY Graduate Center New York
365 Fifth Ave
Tickets | $25

“Their music sparkles with virtuosity and foot-tapping joie de vivre.” – London Evening Standard
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Fast, furious, and virtuosic, Söndörgő is one of the most exciting bands in Europe today. Unlike traditional violin-led Hungarian bands, Söndörgő’s (pronounced shunderger) tamburitza music features the signature stringed tambura, a mandolin-like instrument. With delicate beauty and sizzling power, the band combines respect for tradition with a desire to innovate. Söndörgő preserves the Southern Slavic music of the Serbs and Croats that can be found in various settlements in Hungary.
The group was founded in 1995 in Szentendre, a small Hungarian town near Budapest, with a long-established Serbian tradition. The Eredics brothers got acquainted, and started to play music together with bass player Attila Buzás during their high-school years. Partly because of family traditions (Kálmán Eredics, the father of the Eredics brothers, was a founder member of the Vujicsics ensemble), all the group members are profoundly touched by, and drawn towards Southern Slav folk music. Söndörgő’s mission is to research, arrange and perform this music on stage. The current members of the group are: Áron Eredics, Benjamin Eredics, Dávid Eredics, Salamon Eredics and Attila Buzás.
Contrary to most of the brass bands playing Balkan music, Söndörgő is playing tamburitza music. The tambura is a small and agile plucked instrument similar to the mandolin which is occasionally supplemented by wind instruments and accordion. Söndörgő’s traditional repertoire contains materials collected by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics as well as learned from old masters of the tradition.
Nowadays Söndörgő is a constant performer at festivals around Hungary and Europe. They repeatedly have worked together with the famous Macedonian saxophonist, Ferus Mustafov. Their 2009 album In Concert, was the fruit of this collaboration. Their album Tamburising-Lost Music of the Balkans from 2011 was also a collaboration. Their new album Tamburocket will be released in 2014.
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