FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
My friend Tibor Koblicek
was born in small village of Turicky, close Cinobana in the
county of Lucenec in 1937. He works full time in advertising
department of Central Slovakia's Glass works factory in Poltar.
However for more than 25
years his hobby has been making of folk musical instruments and he ranks
among Slovakia's best producers. He makes fujaras, bagpipes, violins,
whistles, and different kinds of pipes. His products are well sought after
by the soloists of many folk groups and folk ensembles of the Czech radio
in Brno and Slovak radio in Bratislava as well as folk music
instruments' lovers from USA, Canada and other parts of the World.
At first he started to
make fujaras. After mastering the classical manufacturing he started to
develop a new element in the making of fujaras that was a deep cut carved
design that makes every instrument an original work of carved art.
He won numerous awards
for his work at folk festivals in Vychodna and Detva. He introduced his
folk instruments in many countries of Europe as a craftsman and also as a
soloist with folk music "Datelinka" from Detva. You see he not
only makes the instruments, but also can play everything he makes. Tibor
is the only complex maker of bagpipes "Gajdy" in Slovakia - From
skinning the little goat and production of leather and decorating the
horns and fine-tuning.
His latest and biggest
achievement is instrument called ninera. This instrument was completely
forgotten. It has a shape and sound of violin, but you don't play it with
the fiddle. This instrument hangs around the player's neck and you play it
by turning a handle, pushing and pulling bars on the instrument.
Last year at folk
festival in Detva, Tibor was displaying and playing his instruments to the
enjoyment of many folk art and folk instrument lovers. You can always
count on Tibor being at the festivals whether as a performer or as a folk
musical instrument maker.
Linder Video Productions
produced a two hour movie about Tibor. Tibor
Koblicek, his instruments and his music.
For information on Tibor
Koblicek folk music instruments you can contact him directly at:
985 22 Cinobana
photographs are for sale
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Published in the
Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 2, No. 1, Spring 1994
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1994
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