*8pm Concert* Vadalma Album Release w/Veretski Pass and Workshops!

November 10


01:00 pm - 11:55 pm

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Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

1317 San Pablo Avenue

Berkeley, CA, United States, 94702

A whole day event!

Join us for a special concert with Vadalma and Veretski Pass at 8pm, with traditional Hungarian folk arts workshops all afternoon leading up to the concert! Celebrating Vadalma’s debut album release, recorded in Budapest this spring and summer!

Workshops — Open to first-timers and long-timers! See below for details on each workshop.
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Hungarian Beaded Necklace Workshop
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Transylvanian Embroidery Workshop
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Bobbin Lace Display and Demos
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Hungarian Folk Singing Workshop
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Moldavian Csángó Folk Dance Workshop

Vegetarian Hungarian dishes and dessert available for purchase throughout the afternoon/evening, provided by Tibor Szabó.

8:00 pm – 9:15 pm Vadalma – Hungarian folk songs in handmade arrangements
9:35 pm – 10:35 pm Veretski Pass – Music from the Carpathian Bow


$15 in advance / $18 at the door (see ticket link above!)

Hungarian village folk songs in handmade arrangements. Music of Elderflowers album release! Be the first get the new CD, hot off the presses!!
Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate settings of Hungarian village folk songs, featuring the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldva, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin. Led by Zina Bozzay, with violinist Matthew Szemela and cellist Misha Khalikulov, these striking melodies, unique rhythms, and colorful lyrics are framed with both traditional and original accompaniment. Vadalma learns all of their repertoire directly from last living village singers and archival field recordings, and has collaborated with numerous musicians from Hungary, including Agócs Gergely, Navratil Andrea, and Dűvő. Vadalma’s engaging performances bring a new face to this beautiful heritage around the U.S. More info at www.zinabozzay.com/vadalma

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists since 2002. See more at www.veretskipass.com.



Hungarian Beaded Necklace-Making with Éva Gergely
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $25, materials included
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In this workshop, you will learn about traditional Hungarian beaded necklace-making, and start making a necklace you can take home with you! Eva Gergely is an artist, singer, designer and lace maker, exhibiting at prestigious exhibitions. She is a certified teacher of
traditional crafts, having received her training at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest. Eva brings lace making and beaded necklace techniques into the 21st century, combining traditional motifs, symbols and techniques of Hungarian folk culture with modern elements.
See Eva’s work in this portrait film (in Hungarian):

Transylvanian Hungarian Embroidery (Írásos) with Sarah Pedlow of ThreadWritten Textiles
3:30 pm – 5 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $25, materials included
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Learn a traditional Hungarian embroidery technique dating back to the late 1700s from the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania. We’ll talk about the history of the technique and learn the basic stitch in this 90-minute introductory workshop. Artist and instructor Sarah Pedlow worked with Hungarian Transylvanian women artisans making embroidered products from 2012-15. She has been teaching workshops in embroidery practice and culture since 2014. Learn more about her work at www.threadwritten.com and on IG @threadwritten.
Bobbin Lace-Making Display and Demos by Éva Gergely
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Held in Back Studio

Come see the spectacular tradition of bobbin lace making. There will be a display of completed pieces of both bobbin lace and other styles, as well as a piece-in-progress. We invite you to come by and learn about the tradition, learn the basic stitches, and try it for
yourself! See Eva’s work in this portrait film (in Hungarian):

Hungarian Folk Singing with Zina Bozzay
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $10
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Open to singers of all backgrounds! Come learn beautiful folk songs crafted over generations of unbroken oral tradition. Trained in Hungary by master singers, Zina Bozzay is the founder of the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle (Népdalkör) and singer of Vadalma, presenting this style in the Bay Area for many years. Participants will receive village source recordings, Hungarian pronunciation guide, song word sheets, and English translations. No previous experience in the style required. Join us! More information at www.zinabozzay.com.
Hungarian Folk Dance with László Tihanyi
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $10
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Join us for a one-hour workshop in Moldavian csángó folk dances, one of which you can dance during the Vadalma concert immediately after the workshop! Dances of this area are primarily large-group line or circle dances, not partner dances. László Tihanyi is a native of Hungary and has resided in Oakland, California since September 2013. As a professional Hungarian folk dancer, he is Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble and teaches Hungarian folk dancing around the United States.