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Short CV
 Irén Lovász

1979-1981 - Attila József University of Szeged,
1991-1995 - Doctoral Fellowship from the Doctoral Council of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. in ethnography. PhD dissertation: Sacred Communication: Anthropological Study of Folk Prayers.

1. Világfa (The World Tree), music by L. Hortobágyi, Hungarian National Museum, 1995.
2. Rosebuds in a Stoneyard, music by L. Hortobágyi, Erdenklang Musikverlag, 1996.
3. Supreme Silence, music by Peeter Vahi, CC'nC Records, 1998.
4. Világfa (The World Tree), music by L. Hortobágyi, Fonó Records, 1999.
5. Wide Is the Danube, music by Teagrass, CC'nC Records, 2000.
6. Skanzen, music by Makám, Fonó Records, 2001.
7. 9 Colindas, music by Makám, Fonó Records 2001.
8. Sindbad, music by Makám, Fonó Records, 2002.
9. Felegajtó (Cloud-doors), music by Mizsei, Lukács, Szokolay, Lovász, Hungaroton Classic, 2005.
10. Sacred Voice, Healing Voices1. SIRENVOICES 2006.
11. Inner Voice, Healing Voices 2. SIRENVOICES 2007.
12. Flower in Love, SIRENVOICES 2008.
13. Világfa Remix, SIRENVOICES 2009.
14. Soundscape, SIRENVOICES 2015.
Prizes and Awards:
1996: German Record Critics' Award.
2003: Singer of the Year Award, eMerton Prize, awarded by the Hungarian Radio.
2006. Béla Bartók Prize
2009. For Hungarian Arts Award

Detailed CV

Irén Lovász is not only one of the most respected Hungarian folk singers in the world, she is also an academic scholar in Human Sciences. She has her doctorate (PhD) in Ethnography. She brilliantly combines her scientific knowledge and her musical talent in her solo concerts, lectures and performances.

Irén grew up in the central region of Hungary. In her family folk songs were sung on a daily basis, and she learned her first folk songs from her parents and grandparents. As a university student of Linguistics and Literary Sciences she went on singing and began to collect and study ancient Hungarian folk songs in different regions of Hungary and in the Carpathian Basin: Romania, Slovakia, Croatia among ethnic Hungarians.

From 1987 - 1995 she worked as an ethnomusicologist at the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography, Department of Ethnomusicology overseeing the famous collection of Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and László Lajtha.

Between 1986 and 1995 she was also a university lecturer in Cultural Anthropology. In 1995 she was awarded her PhD in Ethnography.(She wrote her thesis on Sacred Communication: An Anthropological Study of Folk Prayers.)

In the 1980's she belonged to the Hungarian folk music revival, the so-called dance house movement, and she was one of the best traditional folk singers, including in learning, studying, performing and teaching the authentic, pure folk songs. She won competitions in Hungary and abroad at international folk festivals from Wales to Finland.

Her first solo cd, Világfa (1995, and 1999. Fonó Records) appeared at the request of the Hungarian National Museum to be used as backround music for the exclusive archeological exhibition of the Millecentenarium of the Hungarian conquest. The music was created by László Hortobágyi.

Her first solo cd in Germany, Rosebuds in a Stoneyard (Erdenklang 1996) received the German Critics' Award in the genre folk/world music.

She was also the soloist in Early Music groups, and even sang contemporary music, and worked with jazz musicians. She toured in Europe with the Berlin-based jazz guitarist, Ferenc Snétberger.(see. Obsession, Enja records 1998). She is also a member of the Gayan Uttejak Orchestra directed by László Hortobágyi.

An Estonian contemporary composer, Peeter Vähi wrote new music for her voice in which she sings early medieval Tibetan and Sanskrit language texts: Supreme Silence (CC'nC Records 2000).

From 1998 until 2003 she worked with the Makám group. Their project is based on ancient Hungarian folk songs, and the authentic performance of these with Irén's voice. However, it also conceives a new musical world by the composer, Zoltán Krulik, using the language of contemporary music, employing the style of-ethno-jazz , and adopting different ethnic sounds and instruments of traditional cultures. Their collaborative cds are: Skanzen 1999, 9 Colinda 2001, and Sindbad 2002. (Fonó Records)

In 2000 she was invited as a vocal soloist for the Hungarian World Music orchestra.

Since 1999 she has been working with the Czech-Moravian-Slovak eclectic folk music group TEAGRASS. Their CD is titled: Wide is the Danube ( CC'nC Records 2000).

Since 2001 she has been a member of the so-called e-jam project, which is a mobile formation consisting on different European musicians and performing mainly in Austria.

In 2001 she performed a nice and sussessful concert repertoire of Hungarian Renaissance music, songs and poems with the classical lute player, István Kónya.

In 2001 she began her next project, an acoustic duo with a contrabass player, Attila Lőrinszky.

In 2003 she received The SINGER OF THE YEAR eMeRton AWARD in Hungary.

In 2005 she founded a new band, and with them she made a new cd: Cloud doors (Hungaroton Classic 2005). The new music is based on archaic Hungarian folk songs, sacred songs and medieval Gregorian chants. The style is ethno-jazz, worldmusic, crossover.

In 2006 on her own new label she started to publish a new cd series on Healing Voices, which was also recommended by the Hungarian Association of Music Therapists: Sacred Voice, (SIRENVOICES 2006), Inner Voice, (SIRENVOICES 2007).

In 2008 she made a crossover project with renown musicians of varied musical backgrounds, like Kornél Horváth (jazz), Béla Ágoston (folk, ethno-jazz) and István Győri, Zsolt Szabó (early music). The music is based on Hungarian Renaissance love poetry, folksongs and dance tunes of the 16-18th centuries. The cd is titled: Flower in love, (SIRENVOICES 2008.)

In 2009 she made a third, revised, remixed edition of her famous Világfa cd with László Hortobágyi : Világfa (SIRENVOICES 2009.)

Since 2010 she has been working as an Associate Professor of the Institute for Social-and Communication Sciences, KRE University, Buapest

1. VILÁGFA (Music by László Hortobágyi) Budapest, National Museum 1995., Fonó Records 1999 (Hungary)
3. SUPREME SILENCE (Music by Peeter Vähi) CCn'C Records 1998.(Germany-USA)
4. SKANZEN (Music: Makám, composed by: Zoltán Krulik) Fonó Records 1999. (Hungary)
5. WIDE IS THE DANUBE (Music: TEAGRASS, comp. by. Jiri Plocek) CC'nC 2000. (Germany)
6. 9 COLINDA (Music: Makám, composed by : Zoltán Krulik) Fonó Records 2001. (Hungary)
7. SINDBAD (Music: Makám, composed by: Zoltán Krulik) Fonó Records 2002. (Hungary)
8. CLOUD DOORS/ FELLEGAJTÓ ( Music: Mizsei, Lukács, Szokolay Dongó, Lovász). Hungaroton classic, 2005 (Hungary)
9. SACRED VOICE /ÉGI HANG, Healing voices 1. SIRENVOICES 2006.
10. INNER VOICE / BELSŐ HANG, Healing Voices 2. SIENVOICES 2007.
11. FLOWER IN LOVE/ Szerelmes Virág cd. SIRENVOICES 2008.
12. VILÁGFA Remix cd , SIRENVOICES 2009.
13. SOUNDSCAPE/HANGTÁJKÉP, IrénLovász-Groove&Voice Trio, Siren Voices, 2015.
And she is a featured singer on different world music albums and compilations of several record companies around the world, or guest singer of various musical productions such as:

1. Traditional Music of Amygdala by László Hortobágyi, Erdenklang 1991, Germany
2. The Transglobal and Magical sound of László Hortobágyi, Network Medien GmbH 1996, Germany
3. Her Song, Shanachie Corp. 1996, USA
4. Tanz and Folkfest. Rudolstadt, Hei Deck 1997, Germany
5. Ferenc Snétberger: Obsession, Enja Records 1998, Germany
6. Origines,. Warner Music France, 1998, France
7. Ethnic voices and songs. , MINOS-EMI 1998, Greece
8. Mother Earth, MINOS-EMI 1998, Greece
9. Origins (De l'origine de l'Homme) Origins-EMI 1998, France
10. World Voices 1. Hearts of Space, 1998, USA
11. Ethnica and World Music, New Sounds 1998, Italy
12. Beautiful Morning...Koch Records 1999, Germany
13. World Festival of Sacred Music 1-2. CCn'C Records, 1999, Germany-USA
14. Hungarian Rhapsody Music by Kálmán Oláh and Peter Lehel, GOOD International Co., 2002. Korea
15. Contrasts + Parallels by Kálmán Oláh Trio, MA Recordings, 2004., Japan
16. I Sowed Pearls, Hungarian world music, Etnofon Records, 2007.

Irén Lovász bibliography

1986 Roland Barthes: Világoskamra. Janus I.4. osz. 1-14.

1991 "Szent Szó, Szent Beszéd..." Az archaikus népi imádságok megértéséhez. Vigila 56.6. 335-336.


Sacred Language and Secret Speech. in: Hoppál,M.-Pentikäinen,J. (eds): Northern Religions and Shamanism. Budapest-Helsinki.39-45.
Boundaries Between Language and World in "Archaic World Concept". Paper for the X. Congress of the International Society of Folk Narrative Research. "Folk narrative and world view". Innsbruck. 4-11 July. L.Petzold (ed.): Folk narrative and world view. Innsbruck. 463-369.
L.Petzold (ed.): Folk narrative and world view. Innsbruck. 463-369.
Népi imádságok pragmatikai megközelítése. Eloadás a Magyar Szemiotikai Társaság "Irányzatok és kutatási programok a mai magyar szemiotikában" c. konferenciáján, nov.4. kézirat

Oral Christianity in Hungary: Interpreting Interpretations. in: Davies, J. & I. Wollaston (eds.) The Sociology of Sacred Texts. Sheffield Academic Press. 72-82.
Religion and Revolution: A Hungarian Pilgrimage in Rumania, in: Martin, L. (ed.) Religious Transformations and Socio-Political Change. Eastern Europe and Latin America. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, New York. 127-142.
1994 "Az elme hallja, nem a fül". Egy asszony látomásainak antropológiai megközelítése. in: Küllos I.-Pócs É. (szerk.): Álom, látomás, extázis. Bp. 156-173.

1999 A szakrális kommunikáció elméletéhez. In Benedek K. - Csonka Takásc E. (szerk.): Démonikus és szakrális világok határán. Mentalitástörténeti tanulmányok Pócs Éva 60. Születésnapjára. Budapest, 419-440.

2000 Az imádkozásról. In Barna G. (szerk.) Nyisd meg Uram, szent ajtódat. Köszönto kötet Erdélyi Zsuzsanna 80. Születésnapjára. Budapest 3-37.

2001 Életrajzi beszélgetés Erdélyi Zsuzsannával. In Barna G. (szerk. Nyisd meg Uram)Budapest XI-XLV.

2002 Szakrális kommunikáció. Európai Folklór Intézet, Budapest

2005. a.
Gyógyító hang. Előadás a Gyógyító hagyomány c. konferencián.Bp. Hagyományok Háza

2005. b.
A szakrális kommunikáció kutatásáról. Előadás a Szakrális kommunikáció c. konferencián. Bp. Károli Egyetem

2005. c
Fellegajtó, cd és előszó Bp. (Hungaroton Classic, HCD 18271)

Gyógyító hagyomány. Avagy az írástudatlan alkotók tisztelete. Ludányi András (szerk.) Itt-Ott kalendárium, Ohio, USA ,53-64.

Égi Hang, cd és előszó, Gyógyító hangok I. Bp. (Siren Voices SVCD01)

Belső hang, cd és előszó, Gyógyító hangok II. Bp. (Siren Voices SVCD02)
Szerelmes virág, cd és előszó. Bp (Sirenvoices SVCD03)

A szakrális kommunikáció kutatásáról, különös tekintettel az imádságra. In. Studia Caroliensia, 2008/2. 37-46.

Healing Voice. Sacral Communication and healing . Presented in the Symposium: Sacral
Communication and Healing /2., at Károlyi Gáspár University , 01.09.2008

Világfa cd. Remix album és előszó, zene: Hortobágyi László. Bp. (Siren Voices SVCD04)

Power of Sustainale Heritage through the Healing Voice of Traditional Singing. In: Hoppál,M. ed. Sustainable Heritage, Budapest, EFI. 227-238.

2011. a.
Szakrális kommunikáció. 2. kiadás, előszó. Károli Könyvek. L’Harmattan, Budapest.

2011. b.
„ Krisztus urunk maga mondta…”Szemiotikai lehetőségek az archaikus népi imádságok kutatásában. Vallástudományi Szemle 2011/3.86-98.

A gyógyító hangok antropológiája. A hagyományos magyar népzene terapikus lehetőségei. Előadás kézirata. Sacral Communication and Healing EASA, (szerk: Lázár Imre) Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem, Budapest, 2011. július 4.

Női hang a magyar népköltészetben és a mindennapokban, avagy a dalolás terapikus lehetőségei. Előadás kézirata. III. Gyakorlati Gyermekpszichiátria Gyermekorvosoknak és Gyermekekkel foglalkozó szakembereknek. Továbbképző tanfolyam.. (szerk: Pászthy Bea) Balatonfüred, 2011.szeptember 8-10.

2012. a.
The twentieth anniversary of revitalizing the Hungarian association of IAHR : Facts, documents and the memories of a secretary. Paper presented for the EASR 10th Congress, Budapest, 19.Sept.

Vallásfogalmak a kulturális antropológiában és a vallástudományban az utóbbi évtizedekben. In: Kendeffy G.- Kopeczky R. szerk: A vallásfogalmak sokfélesége Bp. KRE- L’Harmattan,17-28.

2013. a. Hagyománypedagógia és lelkiegészség nevelés. Az emberi hang és a dalolás gyógyító ereje napjainkban. A KRE TKF nagykőrösi koncferenciáján elhangzott előadás kiadásra váró kézirata, megjelenés alatt.

2013 b. ”It is the mind that hears it, not the ear…” Sounds, lights, visions in a peasant mysticism. Paper presented at the International conference: Reflections on the Immediate Experience of God in the European Tradition. In press. Bp. KRE, 18. May. 2013.

2014. a. A népzene mint művészeti kommunikáció In: Spannraft Marcellina , Sepsi Enikő , Bagdy Emőke , Komlósi Piroska , Grezsa Ferenc (szerk.) Ki látott engem? Buda Béla 75 . 444 p. Budapest: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem; L'Harmattan Kiadó, 2014. pp. 289-305. ( Károli Könyvek ) (ISBN:978 963 236 826 9)

2014 b."Médium vagyok" - egy női spirituális közvetítő ma Budapesten In: Vassányi Miklós , Sepsi Enikő , Voigt Vilmos (szerk.) A spirituális közvetítő . 404 p. Budapest: L'Harmattan, 2014. pp. 305-327. (ISBN:978-963-236-860-3)

2014 c.Baji Lázáér Imre , Lovász Irén Szinház a szent és a prpfán mezsgyéjén: A Nemzeti Színház új arcáról MAGYAR NAPLÓ XXVI: pp. 14-16. (2014)

2014 d.Healing Body and Soul, restoring Earth and Spirit with folkmusic and landart inroducing the Soundscape-Landscape concept. Lecture presented in EASA Summer University: Sacred Communication and Healing: Restoring Earth, Restoring Spirit, Nagykőrös 02.07.2014.

2014 e.FEMALE VOICE AS A TOOL OF SACRED COMMUNICATION AND HEALING IN THE HUNGARIAN TRADITION in: Konference Hlasohled 2014. Hlas jako nastroj komunikace s tím, co cloveka presahuje. Praha 8-9. Listopadu .2014.: 27-52.

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