A Folk Ensemble from Budapest, Hungary
The Vujicsics Ensemble has already toured widely in Europe. This 1985 tour for Musica Viva is its first visit to Australia.
April and May tour:
April 6,7, Mittagong Festival . 9,Wollongong. 11,Warrangul. 12,Mornington. 13,Geelong. 15,Warrnambool. 16,Hamilton. 17,Ballarat. 18,Bendigo. 20,Wagga. 22,Griffith. 24,Bathutst. 27,Orange. 29,Windsor. 30,Tarree.
May 2,Armidale. 3,Bellingen. 4,Coffs Harbour. 7,Lismore. 8,Southport. 10,Griffith Uni.11,Toowoomba. 13,Rockhampton. 14,Townswille. 15,Cairns. 17,Darwin. 18,Alice Springs
About The Music:
One of the most characteristic instruments of Southern Slav folk music is the tambura. It is an ancient, popular stringed instrument played with a plectrum.The Slav-Turkish type, which originates in the Near-East, was imported by Serbs and Croats in the14th and 15th centuries and was used, originally, to accompany solo songs. In the 19th century, numerous larger versions of the instuments were developed, enabling the rise of whole ensembles of tamburas. Flutes, and more recently clarinets and accordeons, have come to play a regular part with the tamburas in folk ensembles.
Other important traditional instruments include the sopilas, the double-reed predecessors of the oboe, which usually play in pairs and give out a piercing shrill sound, and dvojnice, a double flute made of a single piece of wood with two bores, capable of playing tunes in two parts.