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The Somos Ensemble at the Balkan Trafik Festival

Date: 19 April to 22 April 2018

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It's twelve years since The Balkan Trafik! festival celebrating South Eastern European countries and their relationship with Brussels, the European capital, keeps on innovating to the rhythm of the Balkans’ dazzling evolution. 

XXII. Csángó Bál fotó Kelemen Gabriell2The Somos Ensemble

The Somos Ensemble has been playing the traditional folk music of Csango-Hungarians since 2002 in its current formation. The speciality of the ethnic music of Csango-Hungarians is that this group has lived isolated from Hungarians of the Carpathian Basin, and this isolated environment has left its mark on their traditional music as well. Famous Hungarian composers Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály have also studied and collected both traditional instrumental music and folksongs of Csango-Hungarians. Csangos have maintained a rich folklore and folksong repertory, the performance style of their ballads and laments represent the most ancient layer of Hungarian culture. The members of the ensemble approach the music of Csango-Hungarians with a great respect. Their performances aim to reproduce the art of the traditional folk musicians, whom they regard as their masters; the sound of ancient music is played to the liking of the contemporary listener. Their instruments comprise the shepherd’s flute, the kaval flute, tilinko (holeless flute) and the violin as well as the koboz (folk lute), the drum, the gardony (hit cello), and Jew’s harp as accompanying instruments.

Friday, 20 April 
20:45 - 21:05, 23:40 - 00:00 

Saturday, 21 April 
Dance workshop: 15:00 - 15:40
Performance:19:00 - 19:30, 23:15 - 23:30, 00:30 - 01:00

Sunday, 22 April 
Performance: 12:00



There will be two other concert of Hungarian musicians at the Balkan Trafik Festival:  

mitsouraMITSOURA - 20 April 2018, 22:00 - 22:50

Mitsoura was the most characteristic Hungarian world-music/etno electronic band of the 2000s, famous for its unique approach to seeking a special sounding experience that is embedded in limitless artistic complexity. After 7 years of break, we can first hear them again at the BalkanTrafik Festival. The singer, Monika -Mitsou- Miczura claims one of the most prestigious places amongst Roma performers in the world, with her unmistakable voice and distinctive talent. She has worked for example, with film director Tony Gatlif (Gadjo Dilo), was a lead singer in AndoDrom and went on tour with Fanfare Ciocărlia. We could last see her perform as a guest for YallahBye here, in Brussels. From the original band, Mark Moldvai (music director, live electronics, keyboards, percussion) remained part of the performance next to Mitsou. They are complemented by Andras Jeli (electric and bass guitar, visual director), Barna Gabos (kaval, ney, bamboo flutes) és Sandor Fodo (drums, percussion). Imagine ancient traditions, contemporary sounds, authentic folk elements mixed with 21st century cinematic-electro-ambient sound collages, supported with a strong visual background. With all certainty, MITSOURA’s multimedia concert promises to be a special event.


sondorgo 2Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő - 21 April 2018, 22:30 - 23:45

More than 20 years ago the Amsterdam Klezmer Band started as a street orchestra that played traditional Jewish songs. But very quickly the band became a well known orchestra in the international music scene because of their infectious mixture of klezmer with balkan, ska, jazz, gipsy and hiphop. Where ever they play, at the Hong Kong Jazz Festival or at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at Sziget Festival or a festival in Mexico, the audience surely will be dancing and having a party.

Now the Amsterdam Klezmer Band join hands with the energetic Söndörgő, a young and fresh band from Hungary, that plays almost lost music from the Balkans. It’s a so-called tamburitza-band, in which the different tamburas (a string instrument, roughly comparable with a mandoline) play the lead, accompanied double bass, wind instruments, percussion and accordion. Söndörgő’s repertoire consists of pieces collected by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics. Furthermore the band learned traditional pieces from the old masters of the tradition. ‘Fast and furious, fingers flying with a fiery panache, Söndörgö are one of the most exciting bands in Europe. With their signature instrument, the tambura, the band brilliantly combines respect for tradition with a desire to innovate and a fizzing virtuosity’ (Songlines).

Söndörgö: Attila Buzás tamburas/tapan, Áron Eredics tamburas/derbuka, Benjámin Eredics tambura/trumpet, Salamon Eredics accordeon/flute/hulusi/tambura, Dávid Eredics clarinet/saxophone/kaval/tamburas.

Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Job Chajes alto saxophone/vocals, Janfie van Strien clarinet/vocals, Gijs Levelt trumpet
, Joop van der Linden trombone/percussion, Theo van Tol accordeon, Jasper de Beer bass/guitar/banjo/vocals, Alec Kopyt percussion/vocals




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May 02.
- May 02.
Woman Captured - film screening
Rue Archimede 17, 1000 Brussels
May 03.
- May 03.
Concert by Mihály Demeniv, accordion artist
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels
May 04.
- May 13.
Iubilate and Cantate
May 24.
- May 24.
Balassi Jazz Club with Gábor Winand
Balassi Institue, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels
Jun 05.
- Jun 05.
Balassi Institut, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Bruxelles
Jun 12.
- Sep 07.
Exhibition of Miksa Róth - Colored sunlight
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels


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