“Söndörgö are proving themselves to be one of Europe’s most versatile and exciting bands.” – Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine.
Söndörgő is one of the most active and interesting music groups in Hungary. They play a style of music that is hugely attractive, but little known and quite different to the traditional, fiddle-led Hungarian repertoire. Their aim is to foster and preserve Southern Slavic traditions of the Serbs and Croats as found in various settlements in Hungary. Most of these communities are situated along the Danube, but quite isolated from each other.
The group was founded in 1995 in Szentendre a small Hungarian town near Budapest, with long-established Serbian tradition. The Eredics brothers got acquainted, and started to play music together with (bass player) Attila Buzás during their high-school years. Partly because of family reasons (Kálmán Eredics, the father of the Eredics brothers, was a founder member of the Vujicsics ensemble), all the group members are profoundly touched by, and drawn towards Southern Slav folk music. Söndörgő’s mission is to research it, arrange it and perform it on stage. The current members of the group are: Áron Eredics, Benjamin Eredics, Dávid Eredics, Salamon Eredics and Attila Buzás.
In contrast to most groups playing Balkan music, Söndörgő isn’t playing brass band music, it is a tamburitza band. The tambura is a small and agile plucked instrument similar to the mandolin which is occasionally supplemented by wind instruments and accordion. Söndörgő’s traditional repertoire is made up of material gathered by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics as well as learned from old masters of the tradition.
Nowadays Söndörgő is a constant performer of festivals in Hungary and Europe and they repeatedly have worked together with the famous Macedonian saxophonist, Ferus Mustafov – fruit of this collaboration is their joint 2009 album, „In concert”. Their album „Tamburising-Lost Music of the Balkans” , collaboration with the last prim tamburitza of Mohacs ensemble, and two singers, came out in the late spring 2011 in Europe on World Village UK – Harmonia Mundi.
After a beautiful debut on the international scene with this album, this atypical Hungarian band will charm and thrill the audience with a new album coming out in 2014: “Tamburocket” an UFO between archaism and modernity, on the steps of Bartók and Vujicsics. Discover with them the delicate beauty and fizzing power of a different Balkan sound. Come and dance the čoček, drink a palinka and get dizzy on Söndörgő’s extraordinary rhythms.