Budapest, Petőfi Sándor u. 5, 1052

POSTPONED // Folksongs and Improvisations

Folksongs are passed aurally from person to person, often shifting and changing to best suit the voice, fingers, or personality of whoever is playing them. This transference and transformation of musical material could be viewed as one long collective improvisation, where a song is developed over decades in many simultaneous directions, before finally being written down. In this program, the duo presents a program of improvisations and folk songs, including works inspired by folk music or created through improvisation.
They will open with Zsófi Persányi’s 2021 arrangement of the Berio Folksongs (1964), where the singer and pianist work together to recreate orchestral effects using the instruments they have on hand. The Bartók and Berio solos will follow, and the concert will conclude with a co-composed set of Hungarian and American folksongs, deconstructed and rearranged by Persányi and Khozein.


  • Luciano Berio: Folk Songs
  • Bartók Béla: Improvizációk, op. 20
  • Luciano Berio: Sequenza III
  • Persányi Zsófi – Tara Khozein: 5 népdal Amerikából és Magyarországról Premiere


  • Tara Khozein
  • Zsófi Persányi