Culture at the Crossroads: Lilla Serlegi - Music from the Alps to the Adriatic
Friday , Sep 17, 2010 • 8:00 PM • $15 Children free.
Lilla Serlegi will present a program of music that originates from her Croatian village in Hungary. It will feture the tamburitza as well as other folk instruments. She will be joined by Novi Stari Tamburasi, Slavonian Traveling Band, Ferenc Tobak and other guests. There will be ethnic food, drink, and dancing.
Lilla was raised in the Croatian community of Horvatzsidany in western Hungary. This area and the neighboring Burgenland in Austria are exceptionally rich in Croatian culture. Though Lilla grew up in Hungary, Croatian was her primary language. From early childhood Lilla was recognized as gifted in music. As a young child, she took up the tamburitza, and trained with Drazen Soic, one of the best tamburitza teachers in Croatia. She performed with traditional Croatian tamburitza bands in neighboring villages in western Hungary including Zidanski Becari, Veseli Gradiscanci, Kojnofski Tamburasi, and Bizonjski Tamburasi. She also performed with the Peruska Marija Choir, which played a prominent role in the cultural life in her predominantly Croatian village in Hungary. Consequently, Lilla mastered the traditional cultural rituals associated with tamburitza music in both the Croatian and Hungarian cultures. She is highly experienced and comfortable performing and teaching the traditional songs and dances associated with the yearly cycle of festivals.
Lilla Serlegi: Music from the Alps to the Adriatic - Concert Review by Adriana Andres
In a dazzling display of ethnic artistry, musician and vocalist Lilla Serlegi performed September 17, 2011 before a large crowd at the Croatian American Cultural Center in San Francisco. Presenting traditional Hungarian and Croatian folk music, Lila was joined by Novi Stari Tamburasi, Slavonian Traveling Band, Ferenc Tobak and other guests who managed to captivate the audience with their skill and beauty.
Indeed, Lilla's performance was a veritable feast of beautiful village music, pleasant vocals, and an arrangement of unique ethnic instruments. Lilla captivated the audience with a variety of musical talents. The concert featured her skill on the tamburitza as well as other traditional Eastern European folk instruments. Overall, the evening showcased a range of ethnic music.
Lilla was raised in the Croatian community of Horvatszidany in Western Hungary. In order to share her ethnic background with the city of San Francisco a medley of traditional Croatian (coastal and village) and Hungarian folk songs were presented. The instrumental training Lilla received in her homeland from Drazen Soic, one of the best tamburitza teachers in Croatia, was evident and her performance: flawless.
Lilla also entertained her audience with charming and quite comical village stories, which gave everyone quite a chuckle. Ferenc Tobak, a Hungarian musician, accompanied Lilla’s presentation of folk stories with a traditional Hungarian wooden flute instrument. The concert setting was relaxed and charmingly intimate. Lila did a wonderful job enchanting people with her delightful musical and vocal talents.
Though Lilla grew up in Hungary, Croatian was her primary language and her ability to fluently sing in both languages was a treasure to watch. For a moment, audience members seemed to forget they were in San Francisco but rather in a quaint European village setting. The concert was an overall magnificent presentation of both the Croatian and Hungarian cultures. As the evening progressed, Lilla and her band members played some lively village dance music. Within a few minutes, everyone was up on his or her feet dancing the rest of the night away to Lilla's enjoyable arrangement of ethnic music.
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