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Ştefan, Magyarpalatkai Banda

Ştefan, Magyarpalatkai Banda

This was down in the basement, where numerous bands were jamming and loads of people dancing, just like in a real táncház (dance house). I loved this band, which was a bit older than usual; they are the Magyarpalatkai Banda from Transylvania, and they performed at the evening gala the next day.

Pictured is Ştefan Moldovan, senior viola, the oldest remaining member from the original band (born in 1943).

Information on this group can be found here:

This video isn't mine, but it was taken at the Sunday gala, when these guys were playing. It's a bit long, but it really shows Hungarian folk music and how everyday people really get into dancing to it. It starts out slowly and after 16 minutes and a dizzying speed of playing, only a few couples are left on the floor. It's worth watching for a sense of Hungary and the Hungarians.

One of my short videos of them: and another one of crowds dancing to their music and a legényes, where young men dance solo to show their stuff

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Michael Tauber07-Apr-2012 05:43
Very wel noticed and captured.
Mairéad06-Apr-2012 21:22
Excellent portrait of this spritely musician. V
Colin Storey06-Apr-2012 19:30
Great portrait, he looks a real character. v
Zoltán Balogh06-Apr-2012 14:24
A superb portrait! V
Walter O. Koenig06-Apr-2012 14:10
A fascinating candid portrait of this musician. I really like the lighting and his expression. "V"
Stephanie06-Apr-2012 12:59
Marvelous candid! This man is incredibly charming! BV
Isabel Cutler06-Apr-2012 10:41
What a madhouse! I'm so jealous of your experiences in Hungary!