The debut album of Rozsdamaró Ensemble mostly contains music from Transylvania, the western part of present-day Romania, where Romanians, Hungarians, and many other ethnic groups live together. Where not stated otherwise, the tunes they play are Hungarian ones, although quite often one cannot clearly separate the Hungarian and Romanian music of the region. Rozsdamaró Ensemble is a band of young musicians, who collect tunes from over the Hungarian border, they learn the music and the way of performance from known and unknown authentic folk musicians. The aim of their work is to keep the dance-houses alive for a long time, and to show this music of our ancestors to today’s people, and to the next generations. In their words: „What follows is called Táncház – a Hungarian word which has become known in many parts of the world as referring to a new attitude to traditional folk culture. But then, it’s all so simple – you could as well call it a dance, a party, a joc (in Romanian). It is a primal form of amusement, forgotten by many, and rediscovered by some. A celebration of a community. Villagers of old had no other choice than spend every day and every hour of their lives in a particular community. Amusement would mean something quite different from consuming the products of an entertainment industry. (…) And it is such communities that created and formed our favourite songs and tunes, which we are trying to convey by means of this disc. Just like each Táncház, this is another attempt to revive tradition – to continue the thoughts of those who are now dead.”
01. Verbunk (men's dance)
Verbunk tunes from the village of Mera (Méra) in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania.
02. Ţiganeşte, învîrtita, bărbunc
Romanian dances from Bonţida (Bonchida), Transylvania.
03. Jewish and Gipsy dance from Ördöngősfüzes
A set of couple dances and songs from Fizeşu Gherlii (Ördöngösfüzes), Transylvania.
04. Lament, men's dance and couple dance
from Petrilaca de Mureş (Magyarpéterlaka), Transylvania.
05. Laments to see off the recruits
06. "Slow and Fast Hungarian"
men's dances from Bonţida.
07. Two dances and a Hungarian song from Moldavia, Eastern Romania
This track demonstrates the unique culture of Moldavia's Hungarian minority group, the Csángó, which, along with medieval Hungarian traditions, contains many Romanian elements.
08. Csárdás (Jerry dance) with fleet
a set of couple dances from Mera.
09. Lunga, mînînţaua, ţigăneasca, lunga
a set of Romanian dances from Elek, a small town just inside the south-eastern border of present-day Hungary. (Framing the old tunes, there are some recordings made with a modern band at the annual Romanian ball in 2001.)
10. "Jár a kislány ..."
Dances and songs from Sic (Szék), Transylvania.
LIPTÁK Dániel - fiddle
NAGY Gábor - three-stringed and four-stringed viola
HORVÁTH Ádám - double bass, cello
BARCZA Zsolt - accordeon (8)
FÁBRI Géza - koboz (7)
PRIBOJSZKI Ferenc - cimbalom (2, 4, 6)
POLGÁR Lilla - voice (3, 7, 10)