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Magyarpalatakai Banda

Magyarpalatakai Banda

We returned to the XXXII Országos Táncháztalálkozó 2013 (Dance House Meeting) for our third and last time in Budapest, primarily to see this Hungarian Roma band, Magyarpalatakai Banda, from Transylvania (Romania), who we had seen last year and enjoyed so much. I used to do this kind of Hungarian folk dancing years ago, and so attending this annual event has been one of the highlights of my stay in Hungary. This time I met some of the members of the band, including Florin, the first violin, who I think is fantastic, and who told me he was going to Washington, D.C., in June to perform at the National Folklife Festival, which is celebrating Hungarian heritage.

In this image, the man at left is starting to perform a legényes (men's solo dance) for the band. I believe the boy at right is Florin's son. Photographs were not so easy to take down in the basement, but my husband was kind enough to record some of their performance and the crowd enjoying themselves dancing. It's long, but it's the real thing, and to me, the essence of Hungary.

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Colin Storey06-Apr-2013 18:15
Fantastic sharp interior image, great exposure and lack of noise. v
Bill Miller06-Apr-2013 18:08
You captured the feeling well, Helen. Great details from the D800 in that light.
rousselziak06-Apr-2013 14:36
Excellent shot ! -V-
Tom LeRoy06-Apr-2013 14:11
A superb low light capture of this impressive band. The video is so nice showing the excitement of the dancing, really a great atmosphere! V
Zoltán Balogh06-Apr-2013 12:51
Great photograph Helen! V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)06-Apr-2013 12:44
Outstanding capture! BV
pkocinski06-Apr-2013 11:47
Great capture! Lots of "twirling" in the video :-)
Karin Doeling06-Apr-2013 10:58
Impressive and stunning and fascinating light! V
Kevin Warren06-Apr-2013 10:50
Love the varied facial expressions of the musicians in this fine image, very shapr and clean also!
Stephanie06-Apr-2013 10:05
Fascinating narrative Helen! Do you know when they will be in DC? It would be fun to drive down for the festival!
Excellent photos of the group! V Love the video too! :))
Fong Lam06-Apr-2013 08:46
What a wonderful band and I'm sure you would love to dance to their beautiful music, Helen.....splendid shot! V
Gill Kopy06-Apr-2013 05:59
Great shot and I really enjoyed the video - wonderful to see people of all ages so enjoying the music and dancing. V
Gérard Koehl06-Apr-2013 04:50
Magnifique scène festive. V
globalgadabout06-Apr-2013 02:42
or 'calmly' that is..
globalgadabout06-Apr-2013 02:42
such a compelling scene...they take their music seriously...the video is delightful too, the music joyous, and crowd so receptive, and the calmy skillful camera work easy to appreciate...the band reminds a bit of Taraf de Haidouks from Bulgaria..
Walter O. Koenig06-Apr-2013 01:29
A wonderful photo of the musicians with these poses expressions. Nice video work too, it really captures the exuberance and excitement so well. "V"
woody3406-Apr-2013 00:27
Very appealing human shot of these dedicated musicians...great capture...V
The Heritage man05-Apr-2013 23:36
Great ambiance in that basement
janescottcumming05-Apr-2013 22:27
Love this scene! I think it is a great capture. V
Simon Chandler05-Apr-2013 21:37
Excellent capture of a lively scene. v
Chris Morton05-Apr-2013 21:16
I really like this image; bet they made your hair stand on end when in full flight
danad05-Apr-2013 20:59
They are all concentrated and I like the different expressions of the faces. V.
Jean Chiasson05-Apr-2013 20:50
Love the motion and energy Helen big vote
gerrit05-Apr-2013 20:43
Being there must be a fantastic experience. Gives me the feeling beeing back in the 20s. V
Jim Coffman05-Apr-2013 20:36
Amazing capture at Such a high ISO!
Pieter Bos05-Apr-2013 20:33
Great sharp ISO6400 image! The D800 works well here Helen! ~V
bill friedlander05-Apr-2013 20:33
They all look like dedicated musicians including the young chap on the right! Excellent shot, looks like the lighting was not easy to expose for. V
larose forest photos05-Apr-2013 20:28
Fantastic shot of these musicians, and interesting to hear that one of them will be at the famous Folklife Festival. The music is powerful and heartfelt. V
joseantonio05-Apr-2013 19:44
What a lovely image of this concert. Love the expressions on those faces and the light and sharp details in your shot.V.
Gary Hudes05-Apr-2013 19:38
This is a fabulous image, Helen! Their expressions are wonderful, and to see the generations playing together is heartening. V.