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2012-04-28 17:00


Genre: folk music / népzene

The Trio prefers to play the Hungarian music of Moldva mainly but the tambura, historic songs and singing poems are also part of the repertoire. In the interacts of historic songs and singed poems folk motives win a new life. A fresh and unique colour is the music of south Hungary with tambura.

About performers:

Fábri Géza – koboz, tambura

Fábri-Ivánovics Tünde – vocal,

Lipták Dániel – violin



Their music draws upon the oldest strata of Hungarian and Eastern-European folk music, reviving a heritage rooted in the Middle Ages with a finely wrought yet sincere performance style. The unique sound is established by Tünde Fábri-Ivánovics’ voice, Dániel Lipták’s fiddle, and Géza Fábri’s koboz (or cobză), an ancient Eastern-European instrument. This simple combination is used in a deep and conscious way to create music that is both a true tribute to the spirit of tradition, and at the same time a thrilling novelty in each moment.

We are performers and teachers of folk music in Szeged, Hungary. Our main field of interest is the folk music of Moldavia, the eastern part of today’s Romania, where Romanians, Hungarians and many other ethnic groups have been living together for centuries. The Hungarians of Moldavia – also known as the Csángó – have preserved a traditional way of rural life and a breathtaking wealth of folklore, which is of a more ancient nature than anything one could find in today’s Hungary. It is a survival of medieval Hungarian culture, flavoured with Romanian influence. After the early work of a few pioneers, it was only after the fall of the Romanian dictatorship in 1989 that researchers and musicians from Hungary could venture to visit the Csángó villages. We have also made several journeys there to do fieldwork with village musicians and singers, and we are looking forward to many more.

Moldavian songs, music, and dances are now very popular in Hungary. While most of the songs are distinctly Hungarian, the greater part of the instrumental dance music is essentially common with the Romanians – although the Hungarians have always been more conservative, preserving in use the older pieces of the common lore. Thus, one cannot, and should not, rigidly distinguish between Hungarian, Romanian, etc. elements. Of course, we stand on the basis of the Hungarian heritage and the Hungarian songs, still, what we seek in Moldavian music is not an ethnic character, much rather an ancient Eastern-European musical logic, a pre-modern way of music-making, which is present, above all, with Moldavia’s traditional duet of the fiddle and the koboz. Besides all that, we also play Hungarian historic music and Renaissance poetry, along with folk tunes from other Hungarian and Romanian regions, such as Wallachia, Bucovina, and of course our homeland, the Plains of Hungary and Vojvodina.


While we take and use some elements from the treasury of folklore, we always feel that we also have to put the best of our own beside them, so they can remain part of a living heritage. Our work is paradoxically determined both by a reverence toward traditional lore, and a personal inner experience of it, which in turn makes us create, whether we choose or not, “contemporary” music. Still, we take the folk song as a masterpiece in its own right, and we never try to force it into any frame it does not fit into, or subject it to such forms, harmonies, rhythms that are alien to it. Much rather, we try to get familiar with a broad field of tradition in which the song is embedded, so as to unfold potential variations and meanings in the true sense of that tradition.

Tünde Fábri-Ivánovics was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. Since her very early childhood she has been an exceptionally talented singer with a beautiful voice and a lively impetus. She has studied English, Ethnography and Ethnomusicology. Her voice has been accompanied by many renowned folk groups as well as by the extravagance of Lajkó Félix. She has won several awards as a performer, and also as a music teacher of the “Mester Tanoda” Art School in Szeged.

Géza Fábri was born in Senta, Serbia. Open towards classical music, rock music, and the folklore of the Balkans and Asia, he was a founder of Serbia’s pioneering Hungarian folk band „Hívogató”. He also plays world-music with the group „Vizöntő” in Italy. He lives in Hungary since the early 1990’s, where he is one of the most appreciated players of the koboz – an artist with an unmistakable style. Besides being a great musician, he teaches his art of the koboz at the “Mester Tanoda” Art School in Szeged.

Dániel Lipták was born in Szeged, Hungary. He started playing folk music at the age of 13. Since 2000, he has been playing Hungarian and Romanian music from Transylvania and other regions with the award-winning “Rozsdamaró” band of Szeged. In the last few years he has been studying and collecting Moldavian fiddle music, using the tunes, the techniques, and the knowledge of folklore while fashioning the unique style of “Mentés Másként.”

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