Fakutya Band

 

Meaning of word Fakutya

Fakutya is a traditional ice-skate-like vehicle, eventually the combination of ice-skate and a chair. Therefore on a Fakutya one can sit as well, while pushing himself forward with the help of two pointed sticks.

 

The band

The band was formed in November 2000. Originally it consisted of three members: Kudasz, Ferenc; Walch, Marton and Szekely, Zoltan. In the summer of 2001 Halmos, Kata joined the band, she became the dancer, later one of the singers in the band. The other singer, Szentkereszti, Judit, joined the band in 2004.
Until the year of 2004 the main profile of the band was the children’s dance-clubs, besides the dance-clubs of adults and authentic folk-music concerts. The band has more possibilities to hold concerts since the May of 2004, which resulted a growth in the number of the musicians (violin – Barna, György; flutes – Bolya, Dániel; bass guitar – Dobos, Viktor; and percussion – Kis, Sándor).

 

The members

HALMOS, Kata - vocal
SZENTKERESZTI, Judit - vocal
BARNA, György - violin (rarely can play in the band)
BOLYA, Dániel - flutes (rarely can play in the band)
DOBOS, Viktor - bass guitar
KIS, Sandor - percussion <bodhran (Irish drum), derbuka, silly noises>
KUDASZ, Ferenc - kobsa, electric kobsa
SZEKELY, Zoltan - flutes, saxophone, kobsa
WALCH, Marton - drum, Jew’s harp


Beside the authentic folk-music we also play in the style of world-music. In this case the kobsa is sometimes replaced with the band’s speciality, the electric-kobsa, and we do use the instruments mentioned above (bass guitar, percussion) – of course with the help of our regular guest artists.
We offer concert programmes (length between 30-90 minutes, either authentic or world-music), dance-clubs either for children or adults.

 

About Csango people

Csango people are living at the eastern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains and at the plain east of this area, in the valleys of rivers Prut, Szeret and Tatros. This area has never belonged to the territory of the Hungarian state or kingdom. According to ancient chronicles from the 13th century onwards Hungarian speaking people has been living here constantly and until the 18th century other Hungarian speaking group of people arrived in several waves. Yet these people have always been in minority status.
“On 23rd May 2001, the Permanent Committee of the General Assembly of the European Council accepted the Finnish Tytti Isohookana Asunmaa's report which stated that the Csangos of Moldavia speak a former version of Hungarian and have archaic traditions, colourful folk art and culture which are of special importance for Europe.” (quotation from www.zurgo.hu)
Due to the melting pot feature of this region (as besides Romanians and Hungarians here are living Polish, Russian, German, Serbian, Bulgarian, Jew and Gypsy people as well), the present condition of the traditions has been influenced by many different nations and nationalities.
The clue for Csango people to keep their identity is their religion as they are Roman Catholics among the Orthodox, Romanian majority. Today there are approximately 240 000 Roman Catholic people of whom 95% might have been Hungarian by origin (also some German and Polish Roman Catholics live here). Only around 60 000 of them can speak Hungarian language.

The dances of Csango people express the strength of community, as approximately half of these dances are danced either in circle(-s) or in chain, but from the late Middle Age some couple dances has also been recognised. The number of the latter has been highly increased due to the development of commonage.
The vocal culture can be considered the purest Hungarian part (besides ritual songs we can find ballads and tales as well – the latter is not sung, but told).
It is likely that Csango music was played by the flute and the drum at first – the latter might have had ritual role as well. With the appearance of professional musicians and the development and spread of the stringed instruments their role decreased and the most important prime instrument became the violin that was/is usually used together either with the kobsa or the dulcimer.

 

The instruments


Drum: headed therefore hit on both sides, sometimes with cymbal, or cowbell at its top.
Double-bass: not so frequently used instrument in this area, we use it for reaching a more complete sound. Nowadays in Moldva the bass-guitar has the same role.
Jew’s harp: it used to be made of reed now it is usually made of steel. It gives rhythm and tune at the same time.
Kobsa: the simplified or ancient version of lute, with fewer strings. Its shape is similar to the Arabic ud. Both the acoustic and the electric kobsa was built by our kobsa player. The electric kobsa is not a traditional instrument and might be the only such creature in the world. 
Violin: as it was mentioned earlier, its spread could come about through the development of the stringed instruments, especially the viola-like instruments. The most interesting thing about the way of using this instrument in folk-music is that the left hand is the hand that holds the instrument. In classical music the violin is usually held by the neck and the shoulder of the player while the left hand can work free. Yet, in this case the player needs to move the bow and of course the right hand vertically more, which is tiring. The folk-musicians simply turn the body of the violin if they want to skip a string; this is why the holding of the neck is necessary.
Flute: an average flute or whistle with six holes. It is unique because the wind-ripper is at the back of the flute. This statement is valid for all the other flute-like instruments we use.
Kaval: long flute with five holes and the same structure as mentioned above.
Tilinko: flute with no holes to play. The height of its sound depends on the strength of blowing.
Saxophone: this instrument is used in the present days’ music of Moldva. Can be accompanied by either the accordion or the kobsa; and of course the drum.

 

Contact

Halmos, Kata: +36 20 222 8 111
Dr. Kudasz, Ferenc
Szekely, Zoltan: +36 30 976 85 62

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