Szászcsávás band

 The Transylvanian village of Százcsávás /Ceuaș holds a special place in Hungarian music history. Despite the fact that monophonic singing is typical of the Hungarian folk – this is perhaps the only village where polyphonic singing is part of the tradition. It is the adopted and folklorized form of religious polyphonic singing brought at the end of the 18th century by Protestant theologians who had...More »

Szászcsávás Band 6.

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The recordings of the legendary musicians from Szászcsávás/Ceuaș (Romania) on this CD were made between 1996 and 2007 by Szánthó Zoltán and Bartha Ágoston in the village preschool.

Szászcsávás/ Ceuaș is a small village in Transylvania’s Maros/Mureș County [in Romania] inhabited by Hungarians and Gypsies. The Hungarian residents have preserved an interesting polyphonic singing culture that has origins in religious singing, but it is also used in the village whenever people sing at secular festivities, weddings and so on. As a result the local people have an unusually good ear for music. At the beginning of the 20th century the village invited Gypsy musicians to settle there to serve the traditional musical needs of the village at the time.
Descendants of those musicians are to this day well-known in the area. However with changing tastes and trends there is no longer a need for the traditional dance music played on string instruments - that one or two generations ago was still in demand in Transylvania. The Szászcsávás Band is an ensemble made up of the best musicians in the village. It was formed expressly for performing outside of Transylvania. In its prime the ensemble played concerts in Hungary and all over the world – in Europe, America, Japan. This CD contains recordings of the band made during that period.
The disk presents traditional music played for local customs and dance events in Hungarian, Gypsy and Romanian communities in the area around Szászcsávás - played on bowed stringed instruments. Lunka Erzsi, a Gypsy singer from Szászcsávás, sings on one of the tracks. The recordings were made with high quality equipment in the village preschool which has excellent acoustics. Over many years of playing together, the musicians have become perfectly attuned to one another playing the improvised style of music. The unbelievable power, dynamic and virtuosity of their playing is a joy to listen to.

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