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2014 Performers

Agnes Enyedi From Hungary

Come see and listen to folk singing master Ágnes Enyedi from Hungary! Ágnes, who has studied at the renowned Liszt Ferenc Music Academy of Budapest, has performed with several leading Hungarian folk bands, among them Tázló and Magos, and is teaching folk music at László Hermann Music High School. She was born and raised in Transylvania and is eager to give you a taste of the Carpathian Basin’s best musical traditions.


Happening Band: Arany Geza es Vargha Robert from Hungary

Happening Band was formed in 1996, but the two frontmen, Géza Arany and Róbert Vargha have been playing together for decades. Several band members have toured abroad, in Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, and on cruise ships around the world. The members have music college and performing arts qualifications. The band has participated in numerous prestigious festivals and events. Their program includes Hungarian and world hits, as well as own songs.

Eszterlanc Folk Ensemble

Eszterlanc Folk Ensemble

The Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble has been celebrating and showcasing Hungarian folk culture in the Bay Area since 1977 through presentations to the Hungarian community and the general public. The Ensemble consists of fifteen to thirty dancers ages 14 and up. Most are of Hungarian heritage, although membership has never been limited to those with Hungarian backgrounds.

Description of dances Eszterlanc will perform.

Forrás Hungarian Folk Band from Vancouver Canada

Forrás Hungarian Folk Band from Vancouver Canada

Hungarian and Transylvanian Village Music
Forrás' performances are both entertaining and educational as the players present the traditional lifestyle and work of the peasant musicians of Transylvania.
Szabolcs Kabók - Violin, Frigyes Kabók - Double Bass, Drum László Orbán - Voice Lajos Miklós - Viola, Bagpipes, Flutes

Karpatok Hungarian Folk Ensemble from Los Angeles

Kárpátok Hungarian Folk Ensemble was founded in 1965 by a group of young Hungarian immigrants wishing to preserve their heritage. The name “Kárpátok”, after the Carpathian Mountains, was chosen as a symbol of greater Hungary and the ensemble’s repertoire includes examples from all three dance dialects: Transdanubia, the great Hungarian Plains and Transylvania. In the last fifty years, more than 400 members have participated in Kárpátok. This figure becomes even more significant when one realizes that no member receives any monetary benefits.

Zina Bozzay

Zina Bozzay is a singer and teacher of traditional Hungarian folk songs, who learned the songs from master singers and villagers in Hungary. Currently based in San Francisco, she brings her research and voice to a range of local, national, and international communities through her teaching and performances. Zina holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music, performs frequently as a solo singer and ensemble member, actively continues her research in Hungary, and teaches folk songs around the Bay Area, including her own singing circle. Everyone is welcome to join and learn more: or please feel free to contact Zina directly.

Diana Pray Soprano

Soprano Diana Pray specializes in early, Baroque, and modern music, making her Bay Area singing career with companies including the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, Volti, and sfSound. She is happy to perform at the Hungarian Heritage Festival for a third year and thanks its organizers, and all Bay Area Hungarian groups and performers, for countless opportunities to live her heritage through music.

Danubius Band

Danubius is a San Francisco-based Eastern European band, specializing in traditional and Gypsy music from Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and other countries in the vicinity of the Danube River. Led by Music Director Roman Titcu, our music has been called romantic, passionate, energizing, and can be described as a cross between the genres of folk and Classical music. We play both Western and traditional Hungarian, Romanian, and Bulgarian musical instruments, giving us a unique sound. In addition to public performances, we're available for weddings, private parties, festivals, and all festive occasions.

Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble

Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble was founded in 2007 in Hayward, CA. The ensemble's mission is to enrich the lives of children from all ethnic backgrounds by introducing them to Hungarian folk culture through dance, music, and folklore with the goal of preserving and passing on the Hungarian heritage. In its three years, the group has grown from ten young dancers to over thirty and expanded from one class to three classes of different age groups, ranging from age 3 to 13. The ensemble performs several times throughout the year in various community events. Mazsola dancers gather every Saturday to share their joy of Hungarian dancing and music in a fun, friendly and engaging environment.

Hungarian Heritage Festival

Hungarian Heritage Festival strives to keep the Hungarian culture alive in San Francisco Bay Area.