Talamba 20 - Anniversary concert

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PreviousJuly 1970

The concert in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall will feature several hundred examples to be seen and heard from the broad family of percussion instruments. These instruments, typically found in the back rows of orchestras, have here been promoted to solo instruments, and are just as capable of expressing love, lulling children to sleep, and evoking soaring melodies as their other instrumental counterparts. Talamba will perform pieces from their African and Latin American repertoire, as well as from Liszt, Kodály and Bartók. The group is at home among many musical styles and even weaves humour into their performances, and their programmes traverse the time and space of the world of music. The repertoire includes Hungarian folk songs, Balkan melodies, African rhythms and pieces rooted in classical music. But they also perform original compositions, jazz standards, classical adaptations and contemporary works. They have a penchant for boldly paraphrasing styles, which can result in a theme from Mozart's The Magic Flute played in an African music style, or even a Bach motif based on Balkan folk music. Their concerts always feature a kind of improvisational flow and anxious expectation. Singing takes a role as well: the family of percussion instruments may number in the thousands, but the most ancient of instruments is still the human voice. 

Program and cast

Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


Performing arts and other facilities


Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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