Fusion folk from the Carpathian Basin – beyond any boundaries
The six-member formation was established in 2007, in Budapest, Hungary. They have used authentic folk music in a daring and experimental way right from the beginning. The members completed their studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music so their range of tools includes classical, folk and popular music alike. Over the last 13 years the band has traveled the whole Carpathian Basin and half of Europe. At the same time, they have appeared on almost every Hungarian popular music platform during their more than 1000 concerts. They have always been keen to explore new scenes other than the world of festivals and clubs, for example theatre, circus, dance theatre and film scores. Wherever they have their concerts, eras, styles and tastes encounter while crowds immerse themselves in dance.
Not only do folk music and contemporary music coexist but they also form the same culture and
interact with each other – the Góbé has looked for these points of intersection in their first three
albums. The band is continuously working on new music materials and in 2021 they are planning to release their songs one by one, which are unique and intense as far as their character, instrumentation and unexpected technical solutions are concerned.
The members of the band have generated novel but ethnic sound images by means of challenging the technical limits of their acoustic instruments. Rock, blues, dubstep, reggae, metal, jazz, pop, hip hop and everything coming to their mind – actually, they have created a kind of folk pop music that is entertaining and contemporary but at the same time preserves its traditional nature. This is the undefinable, elaborate and smart Góbé style that is the characteristic attribute of the band.
A lot of people have met folk music through the special compositions of the Góbé while others as folk music fans have become more open to the modern music styles. The band continues to play their music that entices everybody to dance in smoky pubs, in forests and fields, at wedding receptions, in dance halls, in camps, on trains, in the streets or wherever they have the chance to make people experience a kind of flow. Their aim is to bring folk music closer to people and make them familiar with the music culture that lies behind their songs. They get inspiration from the diversity and community building power of folk art and they would like to give it back to their audience, too. The Góbé band continues to work “to make music accessible for everybody” as they follow the guidance of Zoltán Kodály.
The members of the band
Várai Áron – lead singer, bagpipe, recorder, percussion
Rigó Márton – violin, viola, guitar, vocals
Vizeli Máté – violas, violin, guitar, kobza, vocals
Egervári Mátyás – hammered dulcimer, viola-tambura, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, recorder, flute
Hegyi Zoltán – double bass
Czupi Áron – drums, percussion, vocals
Youtube: Góbé Band Official
Spotify: Góbé Spotify