Palya Bea

The most promising singer of the younger folk generation and the one who has achieved the greatest success among her contemporaries is undoubtedly Bea Palya (1976, Mako, Hungary). she became the lead singer and dance teacher of the Budapest-based Zurgó ensemble which played Moldavian folk music and she started to live a multifaceted life. On one hand, she extensively studied Hungarian vocal folk music at university level, and on the other hand, she immersed herself in Bulgarian, Gypsy, Turkish and Sephardic Jewish folk music, as well as Indian classical music. Apart from the authentic path, she continuously explored various directions, ranging from jazz to In 2005, she founded her own band, the Palya Bea Quintet. In spring 2008, she released her first album abroad, Adieu les complexes, which went triple platinum in Hungary. Regarding the album she said the following: "I'm not consciously adventurous, it's simply who I am. I search for forms, music and words that are most because it's what I grew up with." In 2009, as part of the “Extremely Hungary” Hungarian Cultural Season, she performed highly successful concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York and then at the Egyszálének was released in 2009 featuring her own songs and folk songs. This was followed by a rendition of dance songs from the ‘60s (Én leszek a játékszered, 2010). Over the past decade, her albums such as Nő (2014), Továbbá nő (2016), Hazatalálok (2018), Élet (2020) and Lélekzet (2022) have focused on themes like the birth of her children, separation and other important life situations.

Last update: 2024-2, Jávorszky Béla Szilárd

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