Söndörgö

Söndörgö

 Szentendre, Pest, HUN
BandWorldFolk

Söndörgo is one of the most active and interesting world music groups in Hungary.They play a style of music that is hugely attractive, but little known. Indeed they are presenting the other face of balkan music with plucked instruments called tambura.Young and virtuose they gather all generations

Biography

Among world music groups in Hungary, Sondorgo is one of those playing most briskly, most vigorously. Their aim is to foster and preserve ample Southern Slavic traditions. In Hungary, Southern Slavs live in groups rather isolated from each other, thus ethnic heritage treasured and maintained by them is quite multicolored.
The group was founded in 1995 in a small Hungarian town near Budapest called Szentendre. Eredics brothers got acquainted, and started to play music together with Attila Buzas during their high-school years. Partly because of family motives (Eredics brothers father is a foundator of the Vujicsics ensemble), all group members are profoundly touched by, and drawn towards Southern Slavic folk music, which they consider it their mission to arrange in style, and perform on stage. Now the members of the group are the followings: Attila Buzas, Aron Eredics, Benjamin Eredics, David Eredics and Salamon Eredics.
As opposed to most groups playing Balkan music, Sondorgo does not follow the brass-instrumented tradition it is a typical tamburitza band. Their sound is based on the instruments of the tamburitza family, completed occasionally by wind instruments and accordion. Sondorgos genuine repertoire is compiled out of the material gathered by Bela Bartok, and Tihamer Vujicsics.
Southern Slav folk music has developed an extraordinary treasure of melodies as a result of an interaction with various music traditions. This applies to Serbian and Croatian folk music in Hungary more than it does to folk music in the Balkans. All along, the Southern Slav ethnicities living in Hungary have been particularly isolated from each other. Consequently, the traditions that they treasure and maintain display a wide variety of differences, which is demonstrated by the use of a wealth of musical instrument types and forms.The first written record of the Southern Slav tambur dates from 1551, this instrument being of Iranian and Turkish origin, used in a variety of forms in the Balkan peninsula. Originally, the tambur was a solo instrument with a small resonance volume and a long neck.
Nowadays Sndrg is a constant performer of festivals in Hungary and Europe and they repeatedly have worked together with the famous Macedonian saxophonist, Ferus Mustafov fruit of this collaboration is their joint 2009 album, In concert. Their last album Lost Music of the Balkans a collaboration with the last prim tamburitza of Mohacs ensemble, and two singers, came out in the spring 2011 in the UK with World Village/Harmonia Mundi, and was selected top 10 album of the year by Songlines magazine.

After a beautiful debut on the international scene with this album, this atypical Hungarian band will charm and thrill the audience with a new album coming out in 2014: "Tamburocket" an UFO between archaism and modernity, on the steps of Bartok and Vujicsics.

Instrumentation:

-           Aron Eredics : lead tambura, tambura samica, derbuka, vocals, alto tambura

-          Benjamin Eredics : kontra tambura, trumpet, vocals

-          David Eredics : clarinet, saxophone, kaval,  tambura, alto tambura, vocals

-          Salamon Eredics : accordion, shepherd flute, hulusi, alto tambura, cello tambura

-          Attila Buzas: tambura bass, cello tambura, tapan, vocals

 



Discography

2001 Oj stari
2005 Oj Javore
2008 In Concert - With Ferus Mustafov -
2011 Tamburising - Lost Music of the Balkans - World Village UK

July 2014 Tamburocket - Hungarian Fireworks - World Music Network