"The band that formed in 2001 plays uniquely complex music.
The founder and frontman, Imre Kamondy, is singer, lyric writer, actor whose characteristic play and way of performing on the stage, adds drama to the concerts. The other founder, György Verebes (painter from Vojvodina and leader of the Szolnok Art District), also lyric writer and song writer determinates the band’s image with his emotional and improvisative piano play. János Nemes, flutist, the determining soloist of the concerts plays the saxophone and the kaval, and has authored several songs. Gábor Horváth, the popular bass guitarist is well-known from underground music life, and played in productions of Balaton, Ági és a fiúk, and Jenő Menyhárt (Európa Kiadó), who occasionally visits home to Hungary. The drummer of the band is Zsigmond
Szert, known for his energetic play, and the violinist is Csongor Csipkés. Permanent guests: Bence Darvas - trumpet, Áron Porteleki and Zsombor Dudás - drums.
The bittersweet and ironic words are written by Imre Kamondy. Grotesquely sketched, big city figures’ stories in the night, our contemporary Budapest in a curved mirror. Pensioners’ march, flick of love, gangster swing, fun-fair song, envigorating ditty, homeless rock, pirate ballad.
The band is a regular performer in Budapest clubs (Gödör Klub, Pótkulcs, Jelen, Nyitott Műhely, Könyvtár Pinceklub, Sirály etc.), but have already played in Millenáris Fogadó during the Magyar Filmszemle, in the Pécsi Országos Színházi Találkozó (POSZT ), in Művészetek Völgye, in Sziget Fesztivál and in EFOTT.
In the previous years their concerts often featured guest artists e.g. Eszter Csákányi, Éva Enyedi, Zoltán Tamási, Evelyn Tóth, János Bujdosó (guitar), Kristóf Darvas (accordion), Tamás Deák (percussion), Zsombor Dudás (percussion), Kálmán Gáspár (zymbalon), Bence Gazda (violin), Hans van Vliet (trombone).
The band’s first album entitled ""Éjszakai járat"" appeared in December 2007. The band first performed the songs of the album in Szkéné theatre with the musicians of Specko Jedno’s musicians (János Bujdosó, Kristóf Darvas, Zsombor Dudás). They repeated the performance in March 2008. The band’s second album, entitled ""Ez mind nem volt"" appeared on 19th March 2010. The first performance of the album took place in the Fővárosi Nagycirkusz, and met great success.
The album’s title ""Ez mind nem volt"" (All That Hasn’t Happened) was inspired by the key phrase of the song ""Lány a buszon"" (Girl on the Bus). This album encompasses a much wider range of styles than the previous one: the theatrical elements are still present but this time with a more modern pop tone. The band invites us to an intriguing 56-minute journey across the stormy sea of life that is an excellent representation of the variety offered by Cabaret Medrano. It presents the Boban Markovic Balkan style that is well-known from Kusturica’s films and which grasps the beauty and spleen of life with such merciless honesty you can nearly smell it. It presents us the merriness in tears that is characteristic to gypsy tango; and the characteristics of Cuban music played by the veteran members of Buena Vista Social Club, an atmosphere spiced with light Havannah cigar smoke. Songs inspired by poets Endre Ady, Miklós Radnóti and Sándor Weöres also appear in the album. In a few songs we get a glimpse of the Berlin cabaret world mixed with variety show’s spicy artistic feel that invokes the 1930’s. The Marquez’s world’s sensuality, Bulgakov’s evilly grotesque humour, Tom Waits’ jazz and blues pub feeling also appear in the album.
Cabaret Medrano is impossible to determine with a single style. The album combines wild passion with innocently fragile simplicity.
Cabaret Medrano members:
Imre Kamondy: voice, words, accordion
György Verebes: piano, accordion
Csongor Csipkés: violin
János Nemes: saxophone, kaval
Gábor Horváth: bass guitar
Zsigmond Szert: drum
Hans van Vliet : posan
György Póta: double bass
Fatima Gozlán: percussion
Zsombor Dudás: percussion"