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Csángó music from Moldva and Gyimes.


Szikra & MelindaSzikra plays traditional Hungarian dance music of the csángó people from Moldva and Gyimes, Transylvania. The energetic, ancient pulse of this music ignites the dancers’ fervor, and inspired the band name Szikra, which means “spark” in Hungarian. Most csángó dances are exciting—yet easy-to-follow—line and couple dances, and many include syncopated rhythms.

Emese leads Szikra on the woodwind instruments, furulya (short flute) and kaval (long flute), with percussive accompaniment by Joseph on dob (drum) and ütőgardon (hit cello). Szikra often plays with other musicians, adding to the richness of the music with additional woodwind and stringed instruments, such as koboz (lute) and hegedű (fiddle).

Since its formation in 2014, Szikra performs regularly at cultural events and Hungarian dancehouse parties (táncház-es) in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.


Szikra & Melinda2018 recording

    Öves [kaval only]

2016 FSGW MiniFest



    Ördög útja (Drumul dracului)

Tisza and Szikra 2015