Fujara

and other wind instruments of

Central Slovakia

 

Karol Kočík is a master musician and expert in Slovak folk music and traditions. Well-renowned for his many appearances at local and international music festivals, he also lectures in schools on Slovak traditional music.

He is a professor in eco-agriculture at Zvolen university.

“In 2005 UNESCO listed the fujara as one of humanity’s oral and intangible heritages. One of the reasons for recording it as such, is that this unique instrument is not only a historical artefact, but also a living phenomenon, which attracts new generations of admirers. In my opinion, there is no better evidence of it than this beautiful book by Lorna Reay and Karol Kočík.


The fujara, its construction, process of making and decorating, musical facilities and repertoire are well presented through portraits of its contemporary makers and players in the environments in which they live. They are people of different ages and different social backgrounds but they all have in common a deep and honest interest in musical traditions of their region. I especially appreciate that the fujara is shown not as a solitary instrument but as a part of a large family of shepherd’s musical pipes; i.e. six-hole flutes, double flutes, bagpipes and others, that are significant for a rich traditional culture of all the regions in Central Slovakia.”


Bernard Garaj,

Professor of Ethnomusicology,

Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa,

Nitra, Slovakia

by Lorna Reay and Karol Kočík

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Most people have never even heard of the fujara - let alone heard one!

Get ready to be awestruck and listen to this duet

by Roman Malatinec and Karol Kocik.

‘In 2009, I heard a fujara for the first time, on Tomas Kovak’s wonderful website

www.fujara.sk. I had the strange sensation that my ears were standing out on stalks as the unworldly sound wrapped itself around me. Shortly afterwards, I bought my first fujara through that website - a beautiful, top quality instrument, made by Jan Sulik. Then I looked for a book to tell me how to play it and care for it.  I found nothing.


Tomas Kovak put me in touch with Karol Kocik, a renowned fujara player and in the summer of 2010 I travelled to Slovakia, with my research assistant Tess Kullander. Karol taught us the basics of playing and also introduced us to many of his friends  - players and makers of the fujara, who gladly gave me the information I needed to write a book about the fujara. Karol kindly contributed many valuable pages to the book and did the editing.


To my knowledge, there is only one other book about the fujara, and it only seems to be available in Slovakia; Fujara - the Slovak Queen of European Flutes by Oskar Elschek. It is an excellent book, but more scholarly. I believe mine is more accessible, telling not only about the fujara’s history and how it is made, but also how to care for it and play it, complete with several traditional Slovak folk tunes.’

                                                                                                               Lorna Reay