Cabaret Medrano

Cabaret Medrano is a characteristically budapester band, which integrates the diversity of the city into its music and lyrics. Their style is a mix of klezmer, Balkan and Hungarian folk music, making it a melting point of three cultures.

The band, along with most of Budapest’s ruin bars, was funded at wake of the new millennium by Serbian Hungarian painter György Verebes and the Budapest-based poet and actor Imre Kamody. The cultic ruin bars are featured in many of their songs (eg. Szimpla Kert in Casablanca).

Members: Imre Kamondy (lead vocal, lyrics, accordion), György Verebes (piano, vocal, composer), Andrea György (violin, vocal, composer), Tímea Grénus (clarinet), Gábor Horváth (bass guitar), Zsigmond Szert (drums). On festivals and larger stages featuring: Zsombor Dudás (percussion), Benedek Darvas (trumpet, violin, vocals).

The current members have a diverse musical background. One might find, for instance, alternative rockers and Andrea György, professional classical violist sometimes performs together with hip-hop and folk bands. Since their music relies heavily on improvisation, every concert is unique and unrepeatable.

Their lyrics show similarities to the texts of known Eastern European authors, like Hrabal and Mrożek, who also tell the tales of everyday people with playful, soft irony.

Features about us:

‘The Music of Cabaret Medrano distillates feelings into an acoustic essence that expresses thrillingly perfectly the reality of Central Europe.’
(Domonkos – Hangszer és Zene)

‘They bring to life the circus of big city life with respectable vehemence and sharp details.’
(Mihály Rácz – Lángoló Gitárok)

‘They mix individual genres and motives with such perfect sense of rhythm and musical skills than one can easily feel to be part of a movie or a play on their concerts.’
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Performed at: Faenza Mei World Music Festival (Italy), Palics Summerfest (Serbia), Poeter-Singer Fest (Presow, Slovakia).

Hungary: Sziget (Cirkus Stage, Theater Stage, Roma tent), Hungarian Film Week, POSZT – National Theater Festival (Pécs), Thealter Theater Festival (Szeged), Babelsound World Music Festival (Balatonlelle), Valley of Arts.

Special venues: Hungarian National Museum (André Kertész exhibition gala), József Katona Theater, Capital Circus of Budapest, Modem (Debrecen), Ludwig Museum (Budapest), Europe Day (Parliament Stage).

Booking / contact: E-mail:, +36 (20) 615-6243

Read a critique in English!

Listen to our new album!

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