Muzsikás is a Hungarian musical group playing mainly folk music of Hungary and other countries and peoples of the region. Established in 1973, it has also played works by classical composers, especially Béla Bartók, who himself collected folk tunes. The group has recorded other albums and, since 1978, has toured regularly around the world.
The group's collaboration with the noted singer Márta Sebestyén has produced a string of highly regarded recordings.
The group's core members are:
- Mihály Sipos - violin, citera
- László Porteleki - violin, koboz, vocal
- Péter Éri - kontra, viola, mandolin, flute, long flute
- Dániel Hamar - contrabass, gardon, drum, cymbal
Permanent guests are:
- Márta Sebestyén - vocal, flute, tilinko
- Zoltán Farkas – choreography, dance, percussion
- Ildikó Tóth - choreography, dance
The group also plays regularly with a range of other musicians and groups.
- Living Hungarian Folk Music I. MUZSIKÁS (Hungaroton Gong)
- Muzsikás Kettő (Munich Records)
- It is not like it used to be (Hungaroton Gong)
- Márta Sebestyén and Muzsikás (Hannibal/Ryko)
- The Prisoner's Song (Hannibal/Ryko)
- Blues for Transylvania (Hannibal/Ryko)
- Maramaros, the Lost Jewish Music (Hannibal/Ryko)
- Morning Star (Hannibal/Ryko)
- The Bartók Album (Hannibal/Ryko)
- Live at the Liszt Academy (Muzsikás)
Three of their songs are famously used in the anime "Only Yesterday" by Studio Ghibli: "Teremtés" ("Creation"), "Hajnali nóta" ("Morning Song"), and "Fuvom az énekem" ("I Sing My Song"). The name of the group is mentioned by the main protagonists, while the songs play in the background, in a prolonged dialog about the benefits of a natural environment and rural life.
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