Vágtázó Csodaszarvas (The Galloping Wonder Stag) - Shaman travelling and starriding - album-release Christmas gig, feat. special guests, Fanfara Komplexa. The most original, unique, cathartic, suggestive and well-known Hungarian band ever celebrates its new album-release within the frames of a huge Christmas ritual featuring great musicians, guests, and a whole list of stunning surprises.
The Ferocious Ethno-Punk Music from the Shamans of Ancient, Eurasian Grassland!
The Huns are back - the VÁGTÁZÓ CSODASZARVAS debuted in 2005 revitalizing the frenetic shamanistic folk music of the ancient Huns. Atilla Grandpierre, founder of the ensemble, became the worldwide icon of ancient Hungarian ethno-shaman music in the group Vágtázó Halottkémek (abbr. VHK, cca. Galloping Coroners), which had acquired its reputation as the best shaman-punk band ever.
In this new group, Atilla fulfilled his old wish to play his music on folk instruments, and invited some of the best Hungarian folk virtuosos. The band now consists of eleven members, playing on tambura, cister (ancient Hungarian lute, lyre), the Hungarian bagpipe, tárogató (Hungarian double reed instrument), the Csángó drums (ancient Hungarian shaman-drums), violin, and double bass — all together fusing to create what is by turns a ferocious and enrapturing sound. The two distinguishing properties of the band are the cosmic transcendence of the spirituality of their music, and the extraordinary energy of the performance. Surely, Atilla Grandpierre is one of the most energetic and hypnotic performers ever seen on stage.
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. It 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- and hora-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.
Péter Bede He was born in Budapest in 1981. He was a member of the Besh o drom between 2000-2001. In 2002 he founded Fanfara Complexa. In 2003 he joined the Szigony, where he plays Csángó music from Gyimes on the shepherd’s flute. In 2007 he graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He took a degree in the Faculty of Jazz. At present he is a member of Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cimbalom Band and of Bognár Szilvia’s band. He also plays music in plays, and occasionally plays folk music with Mihály Dresch. His instruments: alto and tenor saxophones, shepherd’s flute. Félix Ágoston Benke He was born in Somoska/Romania/ in 1974. In 1998 he moved from Moldva to Hungary. Between 2000-2006 he was a member of the Zurgó. Between 2002-2005 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 1992-2002 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. In 2003 he joined the Fanfara Complexa. His instruments: koboz /lutelike instrument/, lute, bagpipe, 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. Csaba Tűzkő He was born in Budapest in 1964. Between 1976-1980 he learnt to play the guitar at the School of Music in Tábor Street in Szeged. In 1986 he graduated from Bartók Béla Conservatory, where he studied the saxophone. Between 1986-1994 he lived and played jazz in Paris and Sydney. Since 1994 he has been living in Budapest. He is a member of the Szakcsi jr. Jazz Quintett and of the Copacabana bossa-nova Band. He has been playing folk music since 2002. He belongs to the Fanfara Complexa, the Transbalkan Collective and the Ajde braco. His instruments: alto and tenor saxophones, Hungarian double reed instrument.
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