The Band says:
"The Söndörgő Ensemble was established in Szentendre, Hungary, in 1995. It was on the basis of our family tradition and due to our attraction to Southern Slav folk music that we set the objective of cultivating this particularly rich and valuable tradition. It was during our secondary education years that we got to know each other and began playing music together. We strive to perform archaic folk music in a concert setup and to instrumentalise it in a way that is true to both reality and tradition. We are currently studying the folk music collected by great Hungarian researchers of music such as Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics, as well as the extant Southern Slav folk music tradition.
Our ensemble is classified as a tambur band occasionally complemented with accordeon and flute.
To perform melodies from the Balkans, we sound various wind instruments such as clarinet, kaval and saxophone, a variety of drums like tarabuka and tapan, as well as a wealth of string instruments, e.g. litarka.
Southern Slav folk music has developed an extraordinary treasure of melodies as a result of an interaction with various music traditions.
This applies to Serbian and Croatian folk music in Hungary more than it does to folk music in the Balkans.
All along, the Southern Slav ethnicities living in Hungary have been particularly isolated from each other. Consequently, the traditions that they treasure and maintain display a wide variety of differences, which is demonstrated by the use of a wealth of musical instrument types and forms.
The first written record of the Southern Slav tambur dates from 1551, this instrument being of Iranian and Turkish origin, used in a variety of forms in the Balkan peninsula. Originally, the tambur was a solo instrument with a small resonance volume and a long neck.
It began to be updated in the 1800s with a long neck and a diatonic succession of sounds.
It was by the middle of the 1800s that the tambur family used today had evolved. They have four strings, a shorter neck and represent the so-called cromatic succession of sounds, classified as the Szerémség type of instruments.
The first tambur band of amateur artists was set up by Pajo Kolaric, in Eszék, in 1847."
01. Kisacko kolo
04. Makedonska Gajda
05. Dada Sali
08. Staro Cunovo oro
10. Lilino oro
11. Ferus Solo
Buzás Attila - bass tambura
Eredics Áron - tarabuka, alt tambura
Eredics Benjamin - tambura
Eredics Dávid - clarinet, sax, alt tambura
Eredics Salamon - accordion, alt tambura
Ferus Mustafov - clarinet, sax, bagpipe
Herczku Ágnes - voice
Big thanks Frankie for the CD!