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).
Since their music relies heavily on improvisation, every concert is unique and unrepeatable. They also like to perform with guests like Kálmán Gáspár, master of cimbalom, a typically Central European instrument and one time they hosted a Serbian ethno-jazz band.
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.’
(mmi – Koncert.hu)
Members of the band:
Former members, guests:
- Áron Tamás: clarinet, saxophone, voca
- György Verebes: piano, vocal, composer (2001–2017)
- Zsombor Dudás: drum (2001–2007)
- Benedek Darvas: violin, trumpet, melodica, piano, vocal (2001–2007)
- Kristóf Darvas: piano, harmonica
- Lili Rontó: saxophone
- Tímea Grénus: clarinet (2013–2015)
- Janó Nemes: flute, saxophone, vocal
- Áron Porteleki: drum