Csiszár Aladár & his Péterlaka Band

Csiszár Aladár & his Péterlaka Band
Aladár Csiszár


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  • country:Hungary
  • region:Central Europe
  • style(s):Folk
  • label:FolkEurópa
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental
  • artist posted by:Hangveto

Line up

  • Aladár Csiszár (violin)
  • Gyula Panci (viola)
  • János Ötvös (double bass)
  • József 'Szép' Buta (cimbalom)


Aladar Csiszar is one of the greatest violinists not only of the Maros region, but perhaps the whole of Transylvania, the equal of the late Marton Kodoba or Janos Zerkula.
Aladar's father, Janos 'Csiruka' Csiszar, used to play in the villages around the city of Marosvasarhely (Targu de Mures). He was his son's first teacher, with later instruction being provided by the best instrumentalists of the neighbourhood, Samu 'Bakro' Racz and Jozsef 'Bolond' Lunka.
Aladar Csiszar is a musician of such presence that he has earned recognition throughout the world following his tours of Europe and north America. Yet his fame is not only result of his success abroad, his character and intelligence have also won him tributes in the land of his birth and in the immediate neighbourhood. He lives quietly and peacefully in Koertvelyfaja (Peris) and though retired, surprisingly he does not receive his pension as a result of his musical activities but because he worked as a manual labourer on some of the largest building projects in Romania. The first recording featuring him was made in 1965 in Gyimes where Zoltan Kallos probably came across him in a workers' hostel. As can he heard on the reconrding made at that time, at his twenties the primas already possesed a wide repertoire and, most notably, such an advanced technique The photos of him taken in the 1950s and 60s display a strinking self-confidence and suggest that even as a teenager he was not only the violinist of the band, but persumably their rightful musical leader as well.
This, naturally, has remained unchanged util this day. Both his articulation and bowing technique are in keeping with the style of the area, yet the sheer character of his unhesitant intonation and the variety of his clear ornamentation distinguish him from the other folk musicians of the neighbourhood, indeed, even from the urban musicians playing in cafes and restaurants.