Tilla Török sang Turkish and Hungarian Folk Songs

19/06/2020

Folk music singer Tilla Török has given a concert consisting of Turkish and Hungarian songs at Yunus Emre Institute's Budapest branch. Referring to the concert, Török said: "Music is like water; you cannot hold it with your hands. It is still the source, hymn of life."

Yunus Emre Institute's Budapest branch has organized a concert of Turkish-Hungarian folk songs with the participation of Hungarian singer Tilla Török. Aired live at 19:00 on June 10, 2020 from the social media accounts of the Institute, the concert arose huge interest.

Prima Junior-laureate folk singer Tilla Török gave a world music twist to Hungarian folk songs and showcased a selection of songs from the Eastern and Western worlds. Also, Erdinç Tunçbilek appeared as a guest musician at the concert. 

'FOLK SONGS ARE LOVE OF HOMELAND'

"Hungarian folk songs symbolize the ideas that have been refined for thousands of years as well as our love for homeland from a spiritual perspective."

Tilla Török, who was quite knowledgeable about Turkish and Hungarian folk songs, touched on the place of folk songs in the collective memory. "To know or learn Hungarian folk songs just because they belong to us does not matter, rather they symbolize the ideas that have been refined for thousands of years as well as our love for homeland," Török said, taking the roots of the Hungarian homeland considerably beyond the Carpathians. 

FROM ASIA'S STEPPES TO EUROPE

"Music is like water; you cannot hold it with your hands. It is still the source, hymn of life."

The musician stressed that cooperation with famous artists enriches concerts. Török embraces the audience with a music philosophy that came to Europe from the Asian steppes thousands of years ago, but blended with a new spirit. "Music is like water; you cannot hold it with your hands. It is still the source, hymn of life," she says.

The repertory of the concert containing Turkish and Hungarian works has the following folk songs: 

1. Gesi Bağlarında

2. Altın Yüzüğüm Kırıldı

3. Gel Gör Beni

4. Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım

5. Var Git Ölüm

6. Határtalanság

7. Sárkányballada

8. Moldvai táncdallamok

9. Ablakomba, ablakomba

10. Tisza trilógia

ABOUT TILLA TÖRÖK

Tilla Török sings songs of the Hungarian steppes and Hungarian folk songs at Török Tilla Folk Experience Group, with his sister and brother Flóra and Ádám.

Tilla Török was born in Zenta, a town in the municipality Vojvodina, which is currently located in Serbia. Raised in an atmosphere of Hungarian folk songs since her small ages, Tilla Török can play kopuz, bağlama, violin and tilinka. She got her musician diploma and folk song violinist master's diploma from Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest.

With Török Tilla Folk Experience Group, including her sister and brother Flóra and Ádám, she revives the folk songs of the steppes using modern instruments and transfers the centuries-old Hungarian folk song tradition to younger generations.

To watch the video of the event: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Ai7ATXFiw