FEW WORDS FROM
AND HIS MUSIC
I think you might have had a
possibility to hear or see tapes or videotapes
of a young musician from Detva-Jaroslav
Hazlinger & his folk band, because I am being asked to write some
words about him. I am glad I can do it now.
I've known Jarko Hazlinger since we were small children and attended the same
musical school in Detva.
According to Jarko's own words and memories he "touched" the violin
for the first time when he was just a three year old boy. This violin was
very, very small, it was just a toy made of tin and it was a present from his
grandmother. He changed this toy into real wooden instrument very soon.
Like all the other pupils at music school, Jarko had to start playing (so
hated) musical scales, etudes, and pieces of classical music. But in our
region - Podpolanie-you simply cannot live without folklore, you can't avoid
beautiful folk songs and music, which you can hear everywhere you turn. Thatís
what Detva is like.
So Jarko became a member of a children's folk group Detvancok and
immediately started to play the first violin. We call this leading position
primas. He began his primas career in a group of musicians led by Jozef Mackov-former cymbal player of the folk band
It is very typical for children's folk bands and folk groups that their
members change quite often. When children are 18 years old (and aren't
children anymore), most of them leave folk groups and folk bands. On the other
hand new 6-7 year old boys and girls enter them. In our country 18-year-old
guys and girls start their studies at universities or start working. Some guys
go to the army. Young musicians and dancers simply scatter around Slovakia.
Those who stay faithful to our lovely folk music continue playing and dancing
in different folk groups all around our country.
When I was a little girl, I also started playing in Detvancok. For more
than 6 years I played kontra under the leadership of Jarko Hazlinger- our
Detvancok had 12 members then and we were all very good friends. Our
leader ujo Jozko Mackov taught us how to love Slovak folklore. With Jarko as
a primas we went through a lot of performances, TV or radio shows and
programs. We - members of Detvancok-were almost the same age, so we left
the childrenís group more or less at the same time. Some of us went to
Bratislava, Banska Bystrica or Kosice to study at the universities there
and, of course, entered the university folk groups. But Jarko never really
left "his" folk band. Although he studied at the Faculty of
Economics of the university in Bratislava and played in the folk group Ekonom,
he often traveled back to Detva trying to "hold" the musicians
together. At last, the guys returned to their hometown after finishing their
studies or after being in the army and created a stable music band of 5
members, which is now called "The folk music band of Jaroslav Hazlinger."
We can simply call them Hazlingerovci. They have been playing together for
several years already and everybody in Detva knows them and loves them. Jarko
didn't originally come from Detva, he used to live in Hrinova, a small
town situated on the other side of the mount Polana. He moved to Detva
some years ago and he lives here now. After graduating the Faculty of
Economics he started his "business career" and up to now heís been
working in the banking sector.
As a lover of folklore he
still leads his music band, but also works with children. He collects and then
writes music-old songs of our grandfathers and grandmothers and this material
is then used in folk groups in Detva. His band accompanies dancers of the folk
group Detva and his "educational role" is very well seen in the play
of young musicians of newly formed children's folk band Detvancok. I
can say that besides being a good businessman Jarko is a great teacher who
prepares a new generation of Detva's musicians.
I have to say again what I
have already said so many times before. We have to keep our beautiful
traditions alive. When you hear or see Jarko Hazlinger's band playing, you
understand why we all are proud of being Slovaks. The beauty of Slovak folk
music comes out of his violin; his love for Slovak folklore comes out of his
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Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 4, Winter 1998
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