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Budapest Bar

Sunday 22 July 2012, 10.00

Europe stage, Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN 

BT River of Music features

BT River of Music is a spectacular weekend of free music from across the 205 Olympic and Paralympic nations, presented at iconic sites along the River Thames on 21 and 22 July 2012. 

BT River of Music is part of the London 2012 Festival. It is supported by National Lottery funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, Arts Council England and is produced by Serious.

A world-class gypsy band, Budapest Bar have garnered critical acclaim for their brilliantly imaginative re-invention of chanson, jazz, Brazilian music, film themes and gypsy traditions, inspired by the evocative and eccentric Budapest café culture of the 30s and 40s.

Led by virtuoso violinist Róbert Farkas, the band features cimbalom player Mihály Farkas, pianist and accordionist Károly Ökrös and double bassist Richárd Farkas, and includes international guests such as renowned vocalist Dori Behumi.

"...a couple of years ago Budapest Bar was a refreshing initiative, but by now it is a measure for quality... The two-hour concert - that we can spend in Budapest's best "bar" - is so short, we can only cure ourselves with the CD with bought. It is not the perfect medication, but the only one..." Metropol

"This production is the dream for any cultural can be recommended to anyone from the age of 0 to 100 years. " Marie Claire

Regular performers at prestigious theatres and sold-out concert halls they frequently collaborate on new and innovative projects across the globe. Their last visit to the UK saw them play the London Jazz Festival to a rapt, ecstatic audience. This year we welcome them back to BT River of Music for a special collaboration that bolsters their band to incorporate musicians from 11 countries across Europe. Amongst those included are French singer Melanie Pain of Nouvelle Vague, trumpeter Ernie Hammes of Luxembourg and Polish drummer Jacek Kochan. Together they will delve into the wild and wonderful cabaret world of the 20s and 30s.

David Yengibarian (Armenia) accordion; Melanie Pain (France) vocals; Tania Saedi (Austria) vocals;Mira Awad (Israel) vocals; Gennadij Desatnik (Ukraine) vocals, violin; Jacek Kochan (Poland)drums; Martin Noga (Slovakia) trombone; Ernie Hammes (Luxembourg) trumpet; Nina Strnad (Slovenia) vocals; Petr Kroutil (Czeh Republic) saxophone; Zaza Miminoshvili (Georgia) guitar

The event has been organised by Serious, producer of live jazz, international & contemporary music with the generous support of the Hungarian Cultural Centre and the Embassy of Hungary in London.

Tickets: £3

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