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Master Artist Series - Gabor Simon & Danubius

  Friday , Jan 19, 2007         7:30 PM        $15, Children free

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gaborGABOR SIMON will teach lassu (slow) csardas and friss (fast) csardas from Bacska. Afterwards Danubius will play for dancing. Traditional food will be available.

Bačka (in Hungarian: Bácska) is an area of the Pannonian plain lying between the rivers Danube and Tisza. The traditional music of the region of Vojvodina forms a kind of continuum with the folk music of Romania in the east, the folk music of Hungary in the north, the folk music of Slavonia (Croatia) in the west, and the folk music of Central Serbia in the south. There is also some difference between the traditional music in various parts of Vojvodina, as well as the difference between the music of various ethnic groups in the region.

Traditional music of Vojvodina is to a large extent associated with small tamburitza (tamburica) and string orchestras. The format of orchestra varies; in the most common form, it usually has one or two tamburitzas, a violin, a guitar and a contrabass; sometimes it also includes an accordion.

Gabor is in the United States through October 2007 as visiting artist with the Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble. Gabor holds two degrees in Hungarian folk dance instruction, from the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, and also from the Eotvos Jozsef Teacher Training College, Faculty of Pedagogy in Baja, Hungary.

His professional activities within Hungary include membership in three dance ensembles as well as serving as Artistic director and choreographer of the Gorom Folk Dance Ensemble of Kalocsa and the Danubia Folk Dance Ensemble of Baja. Gabor was a member of Budapest Folk Dance Ensemble under the direction of Zoltan Zsurafszky, and toured with the production of “Csardas: the Tango of the East,” in 1998.

His prominent international appearances and performances include International Folk Festivals in Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Cypress; the Folk Olympics in France; the XXVII Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia; and the Football World Cup in Paris, France, in 1998.His hobbies and interests include a large collection of traditional costumes from the region of Kalocsa, Hungary, and an antique furniture collection.

danubiusDANUBIUS presents Eastern European and Balkan music to San Francisco Bay Area audiences ranging from restaurant patrons to folk dancers. The traditional forms of the music are preserved, and at the same time given new life with our arrangements and interpretation.

This isn't "world music", some mish-mosh poured out of a blender. A Danubius performance combines hard-driving Southern Romanian tunes, Hungarian Gypsy restaurant favorites, Bulgarian dances and Macedonian melodies, juxtaposed to make a tapestry of sound while preserving the character of each distinct musical style. The members of the group have spent time in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and studied the forms and styles with master musicians. (The name comes from the river Danube, which winds through and around most of the countries whose music the band plays: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia.)


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