Hungary for Music: Folk and Electro-Folk From Hungary

September 15, 2014 8:24 PM

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Hungary for Music: Folk and Electro-Folk From Hungary

It's no coincidence that most of the best-known Hungarian composers loved folk music; the country has unusually rich and deep folk traditions, and many modern Hungarians are fully aware of the treasures of their heritage. Hungarian folk music exists not only as a separate festival circuit and scene, but also as a healthy component of other popular styles. On my trip to Hungary back in June, I picked up some good examples.

Holdviola's second album is Vándorfecske (Wandering Swallow). It's a step forward in many ways, especially in the accompaniments and arrangements. In addition to the trio, they include guest musicians who add zither, bouzouki, kaval (a folk flute), gayda (bagpipe), and other instruments. In addition...

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