July 6 - 8, 2010

ÜSZTÜRÜ FOLK ENSEMBLE

from Budapest and Transylvania

Presented by the American Hungarian Museum , Passaic, NJ,
American Hungarian Library and Historical Society,
American Hungarian Foundation and the Csürdöngölő Folk Ensemble

Three performances in the New York area

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 7:00 PM
American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Mindszenty Auditorium, St. Stephen’s R.C. Magyar Church, 223 Third Street, Passaic, NJ 07055

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Hungarian House (Magyar Ház), 213 East 82nd Street, New York City, NY 10028

Photos: László Kerkay

Passaic, NJ performance

Greetings by Ft László Vas


The ÜSZTÜRÜ Ensemble plays authentic village music of Transylvania and Hungary in an exciting performance. Members of the Ensemble have studied extensively with the greatest masters of Hungarian folk music and carry on a tradition, which will assure the survival of traditional Hungarian music in this new century. The ÜSZTÜRÜ has performed in many countries of Europe and has toured in North America with great success on several occasions.

The ÜSZTÜRÜ Ensemble was founded in 1992 by young Hungarian musicians while attending the university in Kolozsvár [Cluj]. They were born in Transylvania and had close connections to the communities where Hungarian folk music was still a living tradition. They witnessed first hand how authentic, traditional folk music, played on acoustic instruments, has disappeared from village life, having been displaced by electronic instruments and Western pop music. The members of the ÜSZTÜRÜ were fortunate to learn and play with the greatest masters of Transylvanian music. Many years of playing with these folk artists and studying, collecting the authentic village music makes the members of the ÜSZTÜRÜ special bearers of Transylvanian-Hungarian music. They are dedicated to assure the continued survival of a folk art form, which can rarely be found today even in its indigenous surroundings. The Ensemble is also at home in performing all Hungarian folk musical dialects from the Austrian border to the Eastern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. Their return visit to the USA is a welcome event for all who like folk music. The dancers of their performance are well known and respected folk-dancers in Hungary. They are solo dancers of the Honvéd and Budapest ensembles and are well known choreographers.

Members of the ÜSZTÜRÜ wish to share with American audiences their enthusiasm for authentic Hungarian village music and convey its wonderful melodies, exciting emotions and versatile styles as they have learned these from their masters.


Az ÜSZTÜRÜ együttes eredeti magyar népzenét játszik és őriz, amit a magyar cigány és paraszt zenészektől tanult számtalan gyűjtőútja alkalmával. Tanáraik és mestereik Erdély és Magyarország legkimagaslóbb eredeti adatközlő zenészei voltak, akik közül sajnos a legtöbb már nem zenél.

Az Együttest 1992-ben fiatal kolozsvári magyar egyetemisták alakították, akik az eredeti magyar népzene gyűjtésére és megőrzésére szánták életüket. Izgalmas és színes műsorukban megemlékeznek mestereikről, és a magyar népzenei hagyományok szebbnél szebb, Amerikában ritkán hallott, példáival ismertetik meg a közönséget. Előadásuk minden korosztály számára egyaránt élvezetes élményt nyújt. A magyar népi kultúra iránti nagy szeretetüket és tiszteletüket adják tovább.

A műsorban Magyarország legjobb táncosai közül a Honvéd és Budapest együttesek szóló-táncosai szerepelnek. A táncokkal fűszerezett, eredeti magyar zenét bemutató műsor nagy élményt nyújt fiataloknak és időseknek egyaránt.


Dezső Fitos and Enikő Kocsis - dance

Üsztürü Folk Ensemble

Moldován Horváth István - violin, Major Levente - violin,  Levente Fazakas - violin,
Szász József - brácsa/cimbalom, Szász Lörinc- bass

Olivia, Emma and Viktoria Green, triplets

10 days "old" Levente Sóti

"Táncház" enjoyed by all generations


Related links:

Passaic - gimagine photo reports