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Vadalma Album Release with Veretski Pass and Traditional Hungarian Folk Arts Workshops

Workshops from 1:00pm - 7:30 pm / Show at 8:00 pm

Show Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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Traditional Hungarian folk arts workshops, open to first-timers and long-timers!
Workshop schedule:
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Beaded Necklace-Making Workshop
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Embroidery Workshop
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Bobbin Lace Display and Demos
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Folk Singing Workshop
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Folk Dance Workshop
Vegetarian Hungarian dishes available through the day provided by Tibor Sazbó

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm Vadalma
9:15 pm - 9:35 pm Intermission
9:35 pm - 10:35 pm Veretski Pass


Hungarian Beaded Necklace-Making with Éva Gergely
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $25, materials included
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In this workshop, you will learn about traditional Hungarian beaded necklace-making, and start making a necklace you can take home with you!  Eva Gergely is an artist, singer, designer and lace maker, exhibiting at prestigious exhibitions.  She is a certified teacher of
traditional crafts, having received her training at the Hungarian Heritage House in Budapest. Eva brings lace making and beaded necklace techniques into the 21st century, combining traditional motifs, symbols and techniques of Hungarian folk culture with modern elements.
See Eva's work in this portrait film (in Hungarian):

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Transylvanian Hungarian Embroidery (Írásos) with Sarah Pedlow of ThreadWritten Textiles
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $25, materials included
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Learn a traditional Hungarian embroidery technique dating back to the late 1700s from the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania.  We'll talk about the history of the technique and learn the basic stitch in this 90-minute introductory workshop.  Artist and instructor Sarah Pedlow worked with Hungarian Transylvanian women artisans making embroidered products from 2012-15.  She has been teaching workshops in embroidery practice and culture since 2014. Learn more about her work at and on IG @threadwritten.

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Bobbin Lace-Making Display by Éva Gergely
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Held in Back Studio

Come see the spectacular tradition of bobbin lace making.  There will be a display of completed pieces of both bobbin lace and other styles, as well as a piece-in-progress.  We invite you to come by and learn about the tradition, learn the basic stitches, and try it for
yourself!  See Eva's work in this portrait film (in Hungarian):

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Hungarian Folk Singing with Zina Bozzay
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Held in the Back Studio
Tickets are $10
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Open to singers of all backgrounds!  Come learn beautiful folk songs crafted over generations of unbroken oral tradition.  Trained in Hungary by master singers, Zina Bozzay is the founder of the Hungarian Folk Singing Circle (Népdalkör) and singer of Vadalma, presenting this style in the Bay Area for many years.  Participants will receive village source recordings, Hungarian pronunciation guide, song word sheets, and English translations. No previous experience in the style required. Join us!  More information at


Hungarian Folk Dance with László Tihányi
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Held in Back Studio
Tickets are $10
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Join us for a one-hour workshop in Moldavian csángó folk dances, one of which you can dance during the Vadalma concert immediately after the workshop!  Dances of this area are primarily large-group line or circle dances, not partner dances.  László Tihányi is a native of
Hungary and has resided in Oakland, California since September 2013. As a professional Hungarian folk dancer, he is Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble and teaches Hungarian folk dancing around the United States.



Celebrating our album release!  From learning the songs in villages in Hungary, to crafting our arrangements in California, to recording in Budapest this spring, we can't wait to share our debut album with you.

Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate arrangements of Hungarian village folk songs, featuring the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldva, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin. Led by Zina Bozzay, with violinist Matthew Szemela and cellist
Misha Khalikulov, these striking melodies, unique rhythms, and colorful lyrics are framed with both traditional and original accompaniment. Vadalma has collaborated with numerous artists from Hungary, including the Enyedi-Salamon Quartet, Berecz István, and Dűvő, and their engaging performances including song translations and cultural insights. Recipients of numerous grants for their work, Vadalma brings a new face to this beautiful heritage around the U.S.
Learn more at

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Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world.The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists since 2002.  See more at

Earlier Event: November 9
Rolling Thunder