Two decades after Béla Bartok’s death, Hungarians found themsleves resisting Soviet attempts to obliterate their music. Following in Bartok’s footsteps, ethnomusicologists and musicians started secret forays into Hungarian enclaves in Transylvania, where the Ceauşescu regime’s neglect had -ironically- preserved the folk culture. Thus was born the táncház movement, wherein the young people of the time learned the music and dances of a Magyar heritage that had been forbidden to them. The opening night at WOMEX 2011 in Copenhagen was called “Hungarian Heartbeats”and showcased excellent and varied bands and soloists. Tükrös provided the táncház element. They even brought along two excellent dancers ( Kádár Ignác and Baranyai Barbara) after all, tanchaz IS dance music, so watch for some fancy footwork in the second half of this video.
Tükrös is: Péter Arandás – viola, Attila Halmos –violin, Gergely Koncz – violin, András Lelkes -double bass, and Endre Liber on viola.

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