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Técsői Banda
Ruszin Népzene
Rusin Folk Music from the upper Tisza region



01. A vofelybot diszitese... (1'52")
02. A fiuk kiprobaljak... (4'00")
03. Mars (4'06")
04. Roman dallamok... (2'59")
05. Menet a lakodalmas... (1'17")
06. Kalácstánc a lakodalmas... (2'13")
07. Kárpáti kolomejkák (2'49")
08. Bucsu a legenysegtol (2'12")
09. Kolomejka... (10'13")
10. Menyasszonytanc (3'25")
11. Vendegbucsu (2'52")
12. Asztalozo (0'39")
13. Asztalozo... (1'34")
14. Szkarani (román ugrós) (1'56")
15. Roman ciganytanc (1'27")
16. Ciganycsardas (2'20")
17. 'Baj van, baj van...' (2'33")
18. Havasi kurt utanzasa hegedun (2'13")
19. Huculka (2'01")
20. Regi olah tanc (1'19")
21. Nyila (1'31")
22. Koljatka - koszonto (2'18")
23. Roman tancok (4'22")
24. Hucul tanc (7'43")

Duration (70'52")

Técsői Banda:

Joszip Csernavec Georgijovics „Jóska” (1945) – bajan
Mihailo Csernavec Jurijovics „Misu” (1947) – little cimbalom
Jurij Csernavec Olexandrovics „Júra” (1951) – drum, plonka, Jew’s harp, voice
Ivan Popovics Mikolajovics „Iván” (1958) – violin
Petro Babics Sztyepanovics (1952) – violin, voice

"The Técső Band – playing the traditional Ukrainian-Rusin music of the Máramarosians – is one of the best-known bands of the crown town, which lies on the upper part of the river Tisza. The accordionist Jóska Csernavec and his brothers are the descendants of a reputed gypsy dynasty, but the band’s violinists are not family members. Somehow playing violin was not inherited within the family. All of them learnt the musical style from their ancestors. Their diverse repertoire – because of the strong interethnic influence – features local Romanian, Gypsy, Jewish, Russian and Hungarian songs. I made my first recordings with them at the beginning of the 70’s. At that time, the legendary father Jura Csernavec “Manyo” played the violin.

Unfortunately, his virtuoso performance survived only on a single cassette in bad quality. The band often performs on weddings, on funerals, on Christmas and on the fest of “Misána” (sheep clipping). Their instrument kit includes violin, neckwear cimbalom, bajan (that is an accordion with buttons) and drum equipped with cymbal. The drummer uses a plastic sheet called plonka. He operates this by pressing it between his lower denture and his gum, playing tunes or sometimes playing only to enhance the rhythm of the dance.

Present recordings were made on two occasions with two different primates. On the first part of the album, we can hear wedding music on the second part dance music. During the editorial work, my ambition was to have the band record the most interesting pieces in our studio. I was hoping that many others would love the music of the “unknown land” as much as I love them."

says recording editor Ferenc Kiss.

Coming from the village of Tyachiv  (Técső in Hungarian) in the far western Ukraine, the Técső Band is one of the last full time professional traditional ensembles which makes its living playing for village weddings and events in the Hutsul region of the Carpathian mountains. This is an area with a very mixed ethnic composition, and to be successful a band needs to master the specific repertoires of a multitude of ethnic groups.  Accordionist Yoshka Cherniavets are the son, and drummer Yuryy arethe cousinof the late Manyo Cherniavets, a renowned fiddler and band leader who was the Gypsy musician called to play for Jewish weddings in the region. Along with tsymbaly player Misha Cherniavets, the Técső Band continued the tradition of playing a rich multiethnic repertoire encompassing Hutsul Ukrainian, Romanian, Jewish Klezmer, Gypsy, Slovak, Russian, and
Hungarian music in a single performance. Fiddler Ivan Popovych took over as lead fiddler with the death of Manyo. Sadly, tsymbaly player Misha died in 2006. His replacement,the virtuosic Vassilyy Hudak, is the music teacher at the localschool. Since 2010, tsymbaly player of the band is the young Mikhaylo Magula, has a superb understanding and feeling for the musical style of this mountainous region.
Técsői Banda: The Last Kolomejka

I've know the guys from the Técsői Band for almost a decade, ever since Kiss Feri from Etnofone Records started bringing this amazing Hutsul band to Hungary for festivals. One of the last functioning traditional bands in the region - in the sense that playing their traditional repetoire in their community as a full time job - the Técsői Banda hail from the western Ukraine, just across the border from Hungary in the multi-ethnic village of Tjaciv, known in Hungarian as Técső (there is a large Hungarian speaking minority, and most of the band can speak Hungarian alongside Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Russian, and Romani.) Truly a band of brothers (with one in-law, Ivan) the Técsői band are the sons of Manyo Csernovec, a Gypsy fiddler and and leader who was reknowned in the western Ukraine as the preferred musician for local Jewish and Hungarian events, alongside Hutsul music. A couple of years ago some Hungarian film makers started working with them on a documentary, and this week the end result saw its premier at the Urania Film Museum in Budapest: The Last Kolomeyke. The filmakers followed the band around in Budapest as well as in their home village of Tjaciv, focusing on the friendships that grew between Imre Keszthelyi - their local host and manager - Sue Foy (our own amcsi friend and dance ethnographer of central European dance styles) and me - I recorded a few cuts with Técső for our forthcoming new CD, and the studio session is included in the film. As is usual with these projects, the documenting went on and on and on... but then in 2006 the tsymbaly player, Misha Csernovec, suddenly passed away.



Lepus Rex said...

One of my favourite bands! They've got another album on Etnofon, too, and there's also a great documentary about them. Here's the trailer: http://youtu.be/ACWmR1r8AG8

Miguel said...

YES! They are the best :)



Anonymous said...

That's the one! And, of course, you'd already sort of posted that very trailer I mentioned, as I'd have noticed if I'd noticed that link to Bob Cohen's blog. Still, great, lovely, heartbreaking film, and shouldn't be missed. :)

kokolo said...

O yes!
Great one Miguel.

Miguel said...