Fanfare Zambaleta


Date and Time: Sunday June 4, 3:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes, plus intermission. (Festival Family Program)
Location: Gallery 308

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Reserved Table Seating: $30-$35
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Festival Pass

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Festival Pass

If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $70.00

Artist Info


Work Sample



Fanfare Zambaleta brings an eleven-piece brass ensemble to San Francisco International Arts Festival, Sunday, June 4th. Fanfare Zambaleta transports the rich musical tapestry of the Balkans to California in performances that emulate the spirit and atmosphere of a village wedding party. This performance will highlight both recent compositions and traditional music alongside audience participatory folk dance. Fanfare Zambaleta will unveil a new set celebrating the repertoire of composer and Serbian Rom rotary flugelhorn legend Demiran Ćerimović and Macedonian Rom trumpet maestro Dzambo Agusevi. A group dance lesson will be offered to the audience as part of the performance.


Fanfare Zambaleta was incubated in the Zambaleta Music and Dance School in San Francisco and has since hit the streets as a full-fledged 11-piece juggernaut of a band playing exciting Romani, Serbian, Macedonian, and Greek Brass music with passion and dedication and featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting young players and seasoned veterans.

Fanfare Zambaleta has established themselves at the hub of the west coast Balkan music and dance community with past performances at Ashkenaz Berkeley’s New Years Balkan Bash, EEFC’s Balkan Music and Dance Workshop in Mendocino, CA, Balkanalia Festival in Portland, Vancouver’s Ederlezi Festival, the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal at the Starry Plough, Kafana Balkan at the Rickshaw Stop, and Balkan Sundays at Café Revolution in SF.

Member Bios

Gregory Masaki Jenkins (Saxophone, Clarinet, Vocals) is a Mountain View native known for his passionate expression of Balkan music. He was exposed to the music by his parents, longtime Balkan folk dancers, who brought him to Balkan Camp in Mendocino at age 13, where he learned about Balkan brass music and band-leading from Michael Ginsburg. He made a pilgrimage to the Balkans last year that led him to meet and study with Balkan heavyweights Ferus Mustafov and Dzambo Agusev.

Corinne Sykes (Lead Vocals, Percussion) is a local performer specializing in traditional music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans,. In addition to singing and drumming for Fanfare Zambaleta, she is a member of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble and Zabava Macedonian Izvorno. She has appeared at home and abroad with such ensembles as Yale Women's Slavic Chorus, Tangled Up In Blue, and Black Sea Surf.

Noah Levitt (Cornet) is a Michigan native who started exploring his deep passion for Balkan brass band music after moving to San Francisco and studying at the Zambaleta school. He is in high demand as a lead player in the style, playing in the great Inspector Gadje brass band in addition to FZ.

Peter Bonos (Trumpet) hailing from Santa Rosa, CA, Peter holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Hampshire College. Currently based in Oakland, CA, he plays trumpet, guitar, bouzouki and euphonium in a variety of musical styles, including Balkan, Klezmer, and Greek music. In addition to playing with FZ, he is the leader of Orchestra Euphonos. Peter is employed by the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, serves on the Board of KlezCalifornia and worked with the Jewish Music Festival as Assistant Director and Technical Coordinator during their final 2010-15 seasons.

Max Miller-Loran (Trumpet, Truba) is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He performed extensively in the New England area in both jazz and hip-hop before moving back to his hometown of San Francisco. He studied with Greg Hopkins, Tiger Okoshi and Hal Crook. He currently performs regularly with Blind Willies, The Getback, George Watsky, Kev Choice and many others.

Joey Friedman (Alto Saxophone) has been playing Balkan folk music on sax and clarinet for 14 years with friends he made at the EEFC's Mendocino Balkan Camp. A native of Albuquerque, NM, Joey moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and has since been a regular house bandleader at the Balkan Sundays jam in SF and has made appearances with Will Magid, MC Rai, and Mission Delirium.

Lawrence D Leight (Euphonium) is an East coast child prodigy turned West coast mid-brass maestro. Well known in the Bay Area music scene as a featured Jazz and Blues trombonist, now back to his roots and primary joy of mid-brass musicianship.

Rachel MacFarlane (Euphonium) has been intrigued by Balkan languages, folk music, and domestic arts for most of her life. She has served as the East European Folklife Center's General Manager and Program Director for many years. Rachel played baritone horn for over a decade with the Bay Area's Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band before happily joining Fanfare Zambaleta. David Fine (Euphonium) plays mid brass with FZ and trumpet with Extra Action Marching Band. He's a San Franciscan techie clown leftist weirdo. David may be one of the last normal people on Earth.
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