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The NOW Sound of Budapest

Cadence Arts Network, Hungarian National Trading House, Music Export Budapest, Hungarian Cultural Center and Drom present

The NOW Sound of Budapest

A fresh and modern take on Hungarian traditional music from the land of Béla Bartók, with a touch of the heritage of neighboring Eastern-European countries

David Yengibarian - 8PM
Borbély Mihály Polygon - 8:45PM
Meszecsinka - 9:30PM 

On the Budapest scene Hungarian folk music, Romani and Balkan sounds, classical and jazz, experimental method and fundamental skill come together. Hungary’s capital has harbored a striking musical underground for decades, where musicians tie together tradition and edge with mastery and wild devotion.

Music Export Budapest, together with Cadence Arts Network and NY nightlife hub Drom, are bringing a small sampling of Budapest’s best performers to New York, just in time for the international presenters conference APAP. The ethnic, feral psychedelia of Meszecsinka (“Little Moon”), the tango-inflected improvisations of Armenian-born Hungarian musician David Yengibarian and the rigorous folk-jazz beauties of Mihály Borbély’s Polygon trio. 

“Hungarians have been reframing their many traditions for generations,” explains Aron Romhanyi, Artistic Director (Music Export Budapest). “From composers like Bartók and Kodály to very contemporary, freeform experiments, there is an ongoing dialog with the past, filtered through rigorous standards of musicianship and really engaging performances. It makes Budapest’s music so full of life.”

Borbély Mihály Polygon trio
Exceptional folk, world jazz, and chamber music 

“If Bartók played not-so-straight-ahead jazz, it might sound like the Borbély Quartet.” - RootsWorld

David Yengibarian Trio

David Yengibarian - Piano accordion
István Bata - Bass guitar
Márk Badics - Drums

Ethno-folk improvisations from Argentina to Armenia 

"The art of the Armenian-born musician … pulsates, resonates, and stirs you up with it's unusual harmonies." -

Psychedelic ethnic fusion from East Europe 

“Meszecsinka entices you with sounds of magical and hypnotic quality” - Journal Frankfurt


Oct 31.
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Online Cimbalom Gala: Nicholas Tolle


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