József Terék

Hungarian golden cross of Merit awarded musician, composeur

Introduction

József Terék is an outstanding Hungarian performer, and a popular musician of the Hungarian folk art scene appearing both in ‘Kívánságkosár’ show on Duna TV and on Dankó Rádió. His musical career started 25 years ago in his hometown, Tápiószele, but since then, he has performed on stages throughout Europe, America and Asia, and also represented Hungary in 25 other countries performing at various world music festivals, theatres, universities, competitions for composers as well as professional conferences. He is also a multiple nominee of the UK Songwriting Contest and a multiple finalist of the International Songwriting competition representing his home country performing his own compositions. He is a contributing member in many folk dance groups, and a popular performer at several international festivals. For 5 years he was responsible for teaching Hungarian folk music at an international folk music and dance camp in Seattle, WA. He is a frequent guest with the ethnic Hungarians living in Western Canada.

His primary work takes us back to his homeland: Tápiószele, and 21 other settlements along River Tápió. He researches and collects folk songs and then, as a result, he converts them into CD and book formats as a way of preserving the cultural heritage of the region together with helping aspiring young folk singers and dancers. As a result of saving cultural values, there have been 11 CDs and a DVD-ROM released, and 3 books published since 2009, by which our values can be re-learnt, taught and mastered by anyone – and young people can bequeath these values to 3-4 generations to come. In publications and at folk concerts he plays the double bass.

His career as a soloist began in 2015 with the release of ‘Tárogató as a Hungaricum’ (publication and concert material). Paying great respect to the symbol of Hungarians as well as to the performers of tárogató (Turkish pipe), he launched a series of concerts titled ‘Tárogató Hungaricum’ aimed at showing the versatility of this musical instrument. One can listen to Rákóczi marches, the songs found in old Hungarian codices, verbunkos music, authentic folk music, Hungarian melodies, classical music, and popular pieces performed at these concerts. By incorporating his own pieces and renditions into the pieces, he has a unique musical program worthy of representing Hungary on the international scene.

In spring 2018, he and his band became the first Hungarian band to represent the country in the Philippines.

Experience

2017 - the Council of Pest County

Rapporteur of Cultural and Social Issues

2015 - 2017 Miklós Földváry Elementary School of Art

School Leader

2002 - 2015 Miklós Földváry Elementary School of Art

Music Teacher

Education

2016 - University of Debrecen Graduate School

Cultural Art Studies

2015 - 2016 Károly Eszterházy College (Eger)

Public School Leader Course

2013 - 2014 Nyíregyháza College

Certified Teacher, Major in Music

2008 - 2009 Master’s Degree in Education, Licensed Teacher of Music and Folk Music

Nyíregyháza College

2004 - 2008 Nyíregyháza College

Teacher of Music and Folk Music

2003 - 2004 Kőbánya Music Studio

Cat. 2 Musical Entertainer. (dance and rock music) Instrument: Clarinet (OKJ 33 1822 01)

2000 - 2003 Kőbánya Music Cat. 1 Musical Entertainer

(dance and rock music) Instrument: Saxophone (advanced level OKJ 54 1822 01)

Language proficiency

  • German   • B2 (Language exam 2006)
  • English   • B2
  • Italian   • A2

Recognitions, awards and honors

2018

XXV. „Kunovské léto” CIOFF Festival Musical Award

2018

Certificate of Appreciation (University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas)

2017

Indie International Songwriting Contest – 2nd place in instrumental category with the song ’Antre’

2016

Commemorative Medal of Pest County

2016

UK Songwriting Competition - Instrumental category – ’Fate’ and ’Rózsa Sándor bujdosik az erdőbe’ (Sándor Rózsa Takes Refuge in the Woods) were selected for the finals

2015

UK Songwriting Competition - Instrumental category – ‘Húzzad cigány’ (Play it, Gypsy) and ‘Nincs édesebb a dinnyénél’ (No Sweeter than Watermelon) were selected for the finals

2015

International Songwriting Competition – out of 18.000 different pieces of music in the instrumental category ‘Húzzad cigány’ (Play it, Gypsy) was shortlisted for the finals (Top 15)

2014

Recognition Diploma of the Ministry

2014

Hungarian Golden Cross of Merit

2013

XXVI. Kállai Kettős Folk Dance Festival – Musical Special Award

2012

Medal of Tápiószele

2010

International Songwriting Competition – Instrumental category ‘Antré’ was shortlisted for the finals (Top 15 out of 15.000 music pieces), 2nd place by popular vote (audience)

2010

UK Songwriting Competition – Instrumental category ‘Antré’ and ‘Hora Fantasia’ were selected for the finals

2009

International Songwriting Competition – Instrumental category ‘Hora Fantasia’ was selected for the finals (Top 15 out of 15.000 pieces of music), 3rd place by popular vote (audience)

2005

White Rose Merit Award (together with Dűvő Folk Music Band)

2006

Muzsikáló Foundation Musical Award, Százhalombatta (together with Dűvő Folk Music Band)

2003

Pro Urbe Award of Nagykáta (together with Tápiómente Folk Dance Group)

1994

Pest County Folk Music Competition – Gödöllő, Golden classification

Publications (professional writings)

2018

Lazar Katalin PhD – Terek Jozsef: Folksongs from Hevizgyork (270p)

2018

Storys of Gomba IV – Traditions in Gomba (Local history book, Gomba, 2018., pp. 129-145)

2012

Folk Music Collection in the Tápió Region (Thapeau)

2010

Musical Bands of Tápió Region (Folk Magazine, Year 17, Issue 1/2010, pp. 36-38)

2010

The Last Clarinet Player from Kürt (Folk Magazine, Year 17, Issue 5/2010, pp. 42-43)

2009

Folk Music of Tápiószele in the 20th Century (Local history book, Tápiószele, 2009, pp. 190-193)

History of Bands

2008 -

József Terék & Friends

2008 - 2009

„Jartato” Band

2004 - 2008

Dűvő Folk Music Band

2003 - 2004

Bíró Band

2000 - 2003

Tápiómente Dance Group Folk Music Band

1997 - 2000

Club entertainment bands in the Tápió Region

1989 - 1995

Tóthágas Band

Notable tours abroad

  • 1993   • Ukraine • Turkey •
  • 1994   • Germany • Greece •
  • 1995   • France •
  • 1996   • Italy • Romania • Austria •
  • 2000   • Austria • Slovakia • Italy • Iraq •
  • 2001   • Austria • Germany • Turkey • Finland •
  • 2002   • Austria • Germany • Czechia • Italy • Portugal • Netherlands •
  • 2003   • Austria • Germany • France •
  • 2004   • Germany • Netherlands • Slovakia • United States • Canada •
  • 2005   • Netherlands • United States • Canada • Serbia • United Kingdom •
  • 2006   • United States • Belgium • Germany • Canada • Sweden • United Kingdom •
  • 2007   • Poland • Slovakia • Romania • France • United States • Canada •
  • 2008   • Canada • United States • Netherlands • Austria • Germany •
  • 2009   • Canada •
  • 2010   • Poland • Slovakia • Canada •
  • 2011   • Canada •
  • 2012   • Canada • Romania • Czechia •
  • 2013   • Canada •
  • 2014   • Canada •
  • 2015   • Canada •
  • 2016   • Germany • Norway • Canada •
  • 2017   • Vietnam • Germany • Kazakhstan • Poland • Latvia • Lithuania • Estonia •
  • 2018   • Ukraine • Norway • Croatia • China • Philippines • Denmark • Vietnam • Czechia • Poland • Slovakia • Germany •

Important performances

  • 2018   • Hanoi, Vietnam – Europe Village
  • 2018   • Copenhagen, Denmark – Hungaricum concert
  • 2018   • Manila, Philippines – Hungaricum concerts
  • 2018   • Beijing, China – Hungarian National Day (Hungaricum concert)
  • 2018   • Ukraine, Kiev – Day of the Hungarian Culture (Hungaricum concert)
  • 2017   • Astana, Kazakhstan – EXPO (Hungaricum concerts)
  • 2017   • Hanoi, Vietnam – Hungarian National Day (Hungaricum concert)
  • 2016   • Trondheim, Norway – Transform Internationale Festival
  • 2008 - 2016   • Hungarian Cultural Programs in Western Cana
  • 2008   • Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Fest
  • 2006   • London, UK – St. Cecilia-tide International Festival of Music
  • 2006   • Linköping, Sweden – Linköpings Folkmusikfestival
  • 2004   •
  • 2005   • London, UK – St Cecilia-tide International Festival of Music
  • 2004   • Bend, OR – Cascade Festival of Music

Notable Hungarian appearances and performances

  • Budapest   • Country Folk Dance Anthology
  • Budapest   • Country Dance Meeting and Fair
  • Nagykáta   • International Folk Dance Festival, Nagykáta
  • Nagykálló   • Kállai Kettős Folk Dance Festival
  • Békéscsaba   • Country Solo Dance Competition
  • various locations   • Folk Dancers’ Country Exhibition Stage
  • Zalaegerszeg   • Chamber Dance Festival in Zala
  • Nyíregyháza   • Vécsey Chamber Dance Festival
  • Balatonfüred   • 185th Anna Ball
  • Budapest   • Folk Dance Group performances in the Palace of Arts

Important media appearances (József Terék and his friens)

  • 2017   • M1 (Channel 1): Életkor (Ages)
  • 2015   • Dankó Rádió: The Day of Hungarian Folk Song, Dankó Club, Duna TV: Kívánságkosár (Make-A-Wish)
  • 2014   • Dankó Rádió: Dankó Club
  • 2013   • Duna TV: Kívánságkosár (Make-A-Wish)
  • 2012   • BBC TV recording, Tápiószentmárton
  • 2010   • Duna TV: 185th Anna Ball – Balatonfüred
  • 2010   • Duna TV: Etno Club
  • 2009   • Duna TV: Kívánságkosár (Make-A-Wish)

Szakmai eredmények

1. Collecting Folk Songs

In January 2009 he began collecting folk songs and folk music in his motherland, the 21 settlements in the Tápió region. As of today, this work is still in progress.

He visited nearly 200 local informants, musicians, folk craftsmen during a period of 7 years. These weekly personal meetings made such a powerful impact on him that kept him busy continuously recording and archiving the ethnographical works of his motherland.

As fate may have it, he is an unaccompanied researcher carrying out his tasks; so far the last person conducting similar academic research work was Ms. Katalin Lázár, senior research fellow at MTA, BTK (Hungarian Academy of Science – Research Center for the Humanities – Institute for Musicology) in 1981.

It can safely be said that the collected and discovered pieces of information prove the importance of Tápió region, which is as rich in folk music, folk songs, traditional fashion, folk dances and other fields of ethnography as any other region in Hungary.

In January 2009 he began collecting folk songs and folk music in his motherland, the 21 settlements in the Tápió region. As of today, this work is still in progress.

He visited nearly 200 local informants, musicians, folk craftsmen during a period of 7 years. These weekly personal meetings made such a powerful impact on him that kept him busy continuously recording and archiving the ethnographical works of his motherland.

As fate may have it, he is an unaccompanied researcher carrying out his tasks; so far the last person conducting similar academic research work was Ms. Katalin Lázár, senior research fellow at MTA, BTK (Hungarian Academy of Science – Research Center for the Humanities – Institute for Musicology) in 1981.

It can safely be said that the collected and discovered pieces of information prove the importance of Tápió region, which is as rich in folk music, folk songs, traditional fashion, folk dances and other fields of ethnography as any other region in Hungary.

2. Preserving Values, Reproduction

His major work since 2009 has been to arrange the already existing, systematic and published materials found in databases and his research files on folk songs and folk music into a special compilation. The settlements have their own recorded CDs for the purpose of preserving the folk songs and folk music of the area, which he performs by the help of his own band and by the lawful use of the archived recordings.

Half of the CD series has already been recorded together with the double CD, summarizing the 21 settlements. The other format of the summary has been the publication of a 535-page, A4-sized folk song book titled ‘100 év 1000 népdal a Tápió mentén’ (100 years 1000 folk songs from along River Tápió) containing 866 folk songs. Of the recorded songs, 674 can be listened to on the DVD-ROM attachment in their original and collected format by the collectors themselves.

The book titled ‘A Tápió-mente zenekarai a XX. században’ (Bands from the Tápió Region in the 20th Century) is a publication on the memories of the local folk bands, brass bands, and gypsy bands.

His major work since 2009 has been to arrange the already existing, systematic and published materials found in databases and his research files on folk songs and folk music into a special compilation. The settlements have their own recorded CDs for the purpose of preserving the folk songs and folk music of the area, which he performs by the help of his own band and by the lawful use of the archived recordings.

Half of the CD series has already been recorded together with the double CD, summarizing the 21 settlements. The other format of the summary has been the publication of a 535-page, A4-sized folk song book titled ‘100 év 1000 népdal a Tápió mentén’ (100 years 1000 folk songs from along River Tápió) containing 866 folk songs. Of the recorded songs, 674 can be listened to on the DVD-ROM attachment in their original and collected format by the collectors themselves.

The book titled ‘A Tápió-mente zenekarai a XX. században’ (Bands from the Tápió Region in the 20th Century) is a publication on the memories of the local folk bands, brass bands, and gypsy bands.

3. Introducing Research Fellows and Associates

Having obtained the permit to conduct research, at the beginning of the research work he was given access to the complete database with reference to the 21 settlements in the Tápió region held at MTA, BTK (Hungarian Academy of Science – Research Center for the Humanities – Institute for Musicology) and also to the full Archives of the Museum of Ethnography.

The first written records of folk music in the Tápió region were compiled by Zoltán Kodály in 1905. He was followed by Béla Bartók in 1906. Unfortunately, sound recordings has only existed since the 1950s, therefore the collection made by Jenő Ádám in 1928 concerning the materials from Tápióság can only be found in the form of original handwritten notes. The complete list of names of researchers together with the list of names of the local informants are provided at the end of the folk song book titled ‘100 év 1000 népdal a Tápió mentén’ (100 years 1000 folk songs from along River Tápió).

His work was greatly helped by the following research fellows and associates:

Mr. János Bereczky PhD, Ms. Mária Domokos PhD, Ms. Katalin Lázár PhD, Ms. Olga Szalay PhD, Mr. László Vikárius CSc, Mr. István Németh, Mr. Mátyás Bolya, Ms. Teréz Kapronyi, and Ms. Krisztina Pálóczy. The permits to conduct researches and to publish the findings were provided by by Mr. Pál Richter PhD, Director of MTA BTK (Hungarian Academy of Science – Research Center for the Humanities – Institute for Musicology) and Mr. Lajos Kemecsi Dr., Head of the Museum of Ethnography.

He began to write his own PhD doctoral thesis on the values of the folk songs and folk music in the Tápió region with the help of his thesis advisor, Mr. Elek Bartha Dr., Deputy Rector (President) of the University of Debrecen.

Having obtained the permit to conduct research, at the beginning of the research work he was given access to the complete database with reference to the 21 settlements in the Tápió region held at MTA, BTK (Hungarian Academy of Science – Research Center for the Humanities – Institute for Musicology) and also to the full Archives of the Museum of Ethnography.

The first written records of folk music in the Tápió region were compiled by Zoltán Kodály in 1905. He was followed by Béla Bartók in 1906. Unfortunately, sound recordings has only existed since the 1950s, therefore the collection made by Jenő Ádám in 1928 concerning the materials from Tápióság can only be found in the form of original handwritten notes. The complete list of names of researchers together with the list of names of the local informants are provided at the end of the folk song book titled ‘100 év 1000 népdal a Tápió mentén’ (100 years 1000 folk songs from along River Tápió).

His work was greatly helped by the following research fellows and associates:

Mr. János Bereczky PhD, Ms. Mária Domokos PhD, Ms. Katalin Lázár PhD, Ms. Olga Szalay PhD, Mr. László Vikárius CSc, Mr. István Németh, Mr. Mátyás Bolya, Ms. Teréz Kapronyi, and Ms. Krisztina Pálóczy. The permits to conduct researches and to publish the findings were provided by by Mr. Pál Richter PhD, Director of MTA BTK (Hungarian Academy of Science – Research Center for the Humanities – Institute for Musicology) and Mr. Lajos Kemecsi Dr., Head of the Museum of Ethnography.

He began to write his own PhD doctoral thesis on the values of the folk songs and folk music in the Tápió region with the help of his thesis advisor, Mr. Elek Bartha Dr., Deputy Rector (President) of the University of Debrecen.

4. Educational Activities (Folk Song Competition, Pest County Repository of Values)

Using the background materials and publications already in existence, a valuable and educationally significant folk song and folk music compilation has been put together, the knowledge of which may have a positive impact in primary, secondary and tertiary education alike.

The local folk music CD materials have already been incorporated into the music education in the local curriculum supplementing the National Curriculum. The previously mentioned book on folk songs can also be accessed in all libraries of primary schools in the Tápió region. Re-teaching folk songs can save the local values for an additional 2 or 3 generations.

His long-term objective is to incorporate this knowledge into the list of reference literature for high schools, colleges, and universities alike.

In February 2015 the compilation of folk songs and music of the Tápió region titled ‘A Tápió-mente népdalai, népzenéje’ was added into the County Repository of Values by the Repository Committee of Pest County. It was the very first to be added due to its unparalleled processing and reproduction value.

In order to spread and popularize our folk songs, Miklós Földváry Primary School of Arts, Tápiószentmárton together with Szivárvány Foundation, Tápiószentmárton initiated and started a competition called ‘Tápió-menti Népdaléneklési Verseny’ (Tápió Folk Song Competition), whose optional or compulsory songs must be folk songs from the Tápió region. Since 2015, the competition has been open for students attending primary schools or art schools in Budapest and Pest County.

Using the background materials and publications already in existence, a valuable and educationally significant folk song and folk music compilation has been put together, the knowledge of which may have a positive impact in primary, secondary and tertiary education alike.

The local folk music CD materials have already been incorporated into the music education in the local curriculum supplementing the National Curriculum. The previously mentioned book on folk songs can also be accessed in all libraries of primary schools in the Tápió region. Re-teaching folk songs can save the local values for an additional 2 or 3 generations.

His long-term objective is to incorporate this knowledge into the list of reference literature for high schools, colleges, and universities alike.

In February 2015 the compilation of folk songs and music of the Tápió region titled ‘A Tápió-mente népdalai, népzenéje’ was added into the County Repository of Values by the Repository Committee of Pest County. It was the very first to be added due to its unparalleled processing and reproduction value.

In order to spread and popularize our folk songs, Miklós Földváry Primary School of Arts, Tápiószentmárton together with Szivárvány Foundation, Tápiószentmárton initiated and started a competition called ‘Tápió-menti Népdaléneklési Verseny’ (Tápió Folk Song Competition), whose optional or compulsory songs must be folk songs from the Tápió region. Since 2015, the competition has been open for students attending primary schools or art schools in Budapest and Pest County.

5. Composing Music

Having a degree in classical, pop and folk music, he is interested in composing music by blending these individual musical styles while being an active member of an instrumental band. He frequently enters international composition competitions playing his own traditional Hungarian pieces, which are dominated by the typical Hungarian sound and in which the cymbal plays a central role.

Concurrently with the above, he composes music for various bands including 4 for Dance, Tisza Táncegyüttes, Nógrád Táncegyüttes, Nyírség Táncegyüttes, and also creates his own musical ideas.

His very first own CD, with the title ‘The Long Way – Pieces of My Life’ containing his compositions was published in 2011, and it had a unique orchestration as its Hungarian melodies were blended and intertwined with both classical and pop music. In its arrangement, violins and the cymbal play their central roles, and they are accompanied by the piano, bass guitar and the percussions.

To continue the above materials, similar compositions are being composed and orchestrated and will soon be available to all.

Having a degree in classical, pop and folk music, he is interested in composing music by blending these individual musical styles while being an active member of an instrumental band. He frequently enters international composition competitions playing his own traditional Hungarian pieces, which are dominated by the typical Hungarian sound and in which the cymbal plays a central role.

Concurrently with the above, he composes music for various bands including 4 for Dance, Tisza Táncegyüttes, Nógrád Táncegyüttes, Nyírség Táncegyüttes, and also creates his own musical ideas.

His very first own CD, with the title ‘The Long Way – Pieces of My Life’ containing his compositions was published in 2011, and it had a unique orchestration as its Hungarian melodies were blended and intertwined with both classical and pop music. In its arrangement, violins and the cymbal play their central roles, and they are accompanied by the piano, bass guitar and the percussions.

To continue the above materials, similar compositions are being composed and orchestrated and will soon be available to all.

6. Talent Management

Local youth in the Tápió region that are particularly talented in folk music or folk songs are given extraordinary attention and assistance. They are given the opportunity to practice stage and band performances with his band, be these performances at concerts or other events. Students are mentioned on and participate in repository CDs thus gaining wider reputation. By acting so, the band leader can provide a more predictable vision of the future for all entry-level musicians.Local youth in the Tápió region that are particularly talented in folk music or folk songs are given extraordinary attention and assistance. They are given the opportunity to practice stage and band performances with his band, be these performances at concerts or other events. Students are mentioned on and participate in repository CDs thus gaining wider reputation. By acting so, the band leader can provide a more predictable vision of the future for all entry-level musicians.

7. Tarogato as a Hungaricum

In 2009 he started working on his project of tárogató (Turkish pipe), a significant and iconic Hungarian musical instrument which later, in 2014, became a Hungaricum. This musical instrument has a long history dating back several centuries, but in its present form it was finalized at the end of 19th century. The ‘reformed’ version of the tárogató was due to the efforts by József Schunda Venczel and János Stowasser. The technical capabilities of the playing mode of the instrument opened up and improved in almost all respects, yet the instrument itself failed to take its rightful place. Originally, the instrument was destined to be a classical orchestra instrument at an equal footing with the other instruments. József Terék’s tárogató performances are based on this concept. The instrument perfectly fits in each musical style and genre, and can play solo while presiding in a lead role in the orchestra. Virtuoso performances and the various sounds guarantee the unique harmonies of József Terjék’s band and those of his friends’ band – additionally, Hungaricums (cymbal, Hungarian folk songs and authentic folk music as well as the dance verbunkos alike) are also introduced.

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