About Us

Fanfara Complexa was formed as a dance-house band in 2002. Since then it has been the regular and much liked participant of dance-houses in Budapest, and in the country, as well. The band has participated in numerous international festivals. They have played in China, Italy, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Romania. Their music is based on authentic Csángó folk music from Moldva and on the modern szerba-hora and manele melodies. Following the most ancient function of music, they play lively dance-music, but they are also happy to give concerts and to take part in parades. They have been active participants of the folk festival in Somoska for ten years where they have learned (and learn recently, as well) a lot of new melodies from the local musicians. The famous saxophonist Paun Ionel (son of Paun Vasil, the lute like instrument player) and the fanfare musicians are the two main sources of inspiration for Fanfara Complexa. Their music feeds on the folklore tradition of numerous nations (Romanian, csángó, Hungarian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Jewish, and the list goes on.) Furthermore, they revise the world of music of the latter mentioned cultures by unique arrangement and perception. Their aim is to insert the musical processes and improvements to the musical life of Hungary.

The members of the band:

Péter Bede

He was born in Budapest in 1981. He was a member of the Besh o Drom between 2000 and 2001. In 2002, he founded Fanfara Complexa. In 2007 he graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy (Franz Liszt Academy of Music) of Music where he took a degree in the Faculty of Jazz as a jazz saxophone artist and a teacher. At present he is a member of Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cimbalom Band and of Szilvia Bognár's band. He also plays music in plays, and occasionally plays folk music with Mihály Dresch who is one of the most famous jazz saxophonists in Hungary. His instruments: alto saxophone, tárogató.

Félix Ágoston Benke

He was born in Somoska, Romania in 1974. In 1998 he moved from Moldva to Hungary. Between 2000 and 2006 he was a member of the Zurgó. Between 2002 and 2005 he played in the Tatros Band. In 2004 he joined the Béla Ágoston Trió. Currently he belongs to the Fanfara Complexa and the Zuboly. His instruments: drum (tapan), wooden whistle with no holes, harmonica, leaf whistle, beatbox, voice, jew's harp.

Szabolcs Róka

He was born in Balassagyarmat in 1967. Between 1992 and 2002 he was a member of the Tatros Band. He plays medieval and historical music with Zoltán Kátai. They have released two CDs so far. He is a member of the Somos and The Yava. Moreover, in 2003, he joined the Fanfara Complexa. His instruments: koboz (lutelike instrument), lute, bagpipes, voice.

Csaba Sófalvi Kiss

He was born in Budapest in 1977. He started learning folk music by himself in 1994. Since 1998 he has belonged to the Zurgó Folk Group, with which he has participated in numerous festivals abroad. In 2002 he joined the Fanfara Complexa. His instruments: tenor saxophone, shepherd's flute, wooden whistles with six or no holes.

Soma Salamon

He was born into a folk musician, and folk dancer family, therefore his interest in folk music was based in his early childhood. He started to learn music at the age of four in Martonvásár. He was an active folk dancer, the pupil of the most famous csángó-hungarian peasant flute player, Hódorog András, and, at the same time, he studied classical piano at the Bartók Béla conservatory of Budapest. He finished the conservatory at the age of 14. After leaving classical studies, he founded the Tűz Lángja band, with fellow musician Krisztián Kiss. He performs in many other projects, too, as folk accordionist and/or leading flutist.