ALMA PANNONIA: Transylvanian Dances

  • ARTIST: Alma Pannonia
  • TITLE: Transylvanian Dances
  • RELEASE: december 2023

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On this album we can catch smoke signals of a strange cultural encounter in the Carpathian Basin… Jewish, Hungarian, Moldavian traditions mix in one Pannonian cauldron.
A special meeting of four artists of different backgrounds found “common ground” in the interpretation and arrangement of folk songs from the Transylvanian region. In addition to singing, Géza Fábri collects and revives koboz music. It is a traditional stringed instrument, an ancestor of all types of lutes and guitars. Dongó is deeply immersed in Transylvanian flute playing and stylistic improvisation stemming from folk themes. Kiril is a master of Balkan rhythms and the unique Bulgarian percussion instrument t’pan. In addition to jazz, Erik is a klezmer clarinetist, which can be suitably applied to folk music of other nations. This quartet is united by their love and interest in indigenous folk songs. All of the aforementioned musical elements and influences, the individual approach and specific style of the musicians are reflected in the compositions cooked in the great Pannonian cauldron.


Balász Dongó Szokolay – transylvanian flutes
Géza Fábri – voice, koboz
Erik Rothenstein – clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
Kiril Stoyanov – t’pan, darbuka

VIDEO: Adam Kolčák
ART WORK: Noemi Kolčáková Szakálová
Recorded in Štúdio 71, august 2023