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Zerkula Janos: Gyimes Fiddle

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2007

Zerkula Janos and Aunt Gizi are the last of the older generation of musicians from the Gyimes Pass region in Transylvania. The fiddle is accompanied by the "gardon" which is a string percussion instrument carved from a log in roughly the shape of a cello. This type of fiddle-gardon duet is unique top the Carpathian highlands in Transylvania, also being played in the Romanian village of Gyergyodamuk, and in few other places. The population in Gyimes are overwhelmingly Hungarian speaking and are called Gyimes Csangos, and are related closely to the Szekely Hungarians of Harghita and Covaszna counties in Romania. This video was taken at the Palace of Arts in Budapest on March 5, 2007, at the special concert of the "Transylvanian Buena Vista".

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