Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Music: Hungarian folksong: Gessous Májda Mária (l;ast name first in Hungarian style) singing from her repetoire

Hat Tip to Calvin Synod (UCC) newsletter

The synod brings together all the Hungarian churches in the United Church of Christ USA
It seems these churches were in on the USA/Canada tour of "Mesi" (Gessous' nickname and stagename).

— Musikos, refWrite Backpage music newspotter, analyst, columnist

Posted: 08 Jan 2013 07:46 AM PST

The folksinger event is under the sponsorship of the William Penn Association, and will be hosted by the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Pittsburgh. It will begin at 6:30 pm and will take place in the church sanctuary. A time of fellowship will follow the concert.

Tickets are $10 students and $12 for adults. They can be purchased in advance through the William Penn Ass. or by calling the First Hungarian Reformed Church,@ 412-421-0279.

Majda Mária Guessous, known as “Mesi,” is a young folk singer sensation from Hungary with a very interesting background. She was born in Debrecen Hungary, her mother’s homeland, her father is from Morocco. Her unique dual cultural background always interested her and she made a point of learning both cultural heritages, especially focusing on the similarities. She was trained to be a musician, primarily a folk singer, from a young age. She has won significant recognitions in virtually all competitions she ever entered, and received scholarships to study folk singing in numerous schools, spending a semester in Turkey. She is has completed her studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, concentrating on folk music performance and teaching.

During the 2011 Budapest FOLKBEATS talent search competition, the prestigious jury selected her as the best folk singer among almost 100 entries. She mesmerizes audiences with her voice clarity and sensitivity, as well as her engaging personality. Her winning award for her first-place prize:  this North American Tour.

In her performances, Mesi features not only ancient Hungarian folksongs but builds musical bridges to her other ethnic connections, sure to surprise audiences. She will be accompanied by two musicians who will assure musical depth to the wonderful folk-music voyage: Iván Barvich, from the famous Seb? Ensemble, will play wind instruments and tambura and Dávid Boros Gerzson, Mesi’s husband, will play on percussive instruments. This intimate performance in Hungarian folk music and much more is sure to be a memorable event for all.

For more information about the MESI please visit:

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