Before launching CIMBALIBAND, BALAZS UNGER (cimbalom) had been playing with DRESCH QUARTET, FONO FOLK BAND and the HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE. He was awarded JUNIOUR MASTER OF FOLK ARTS in 2000 and is regarded as one of the most talented and virtuoso young cimbalom players after the generation of KALMAN BALOGH.
CIMBALIBAND IS NOT JUST ANOTHER BALKAN BAND FROM HUNGARY Their formation, fronted by the pairing of CIMBALOM AND ACCORDION, can be regarded as a pioneering enterprise. The harmony of these two instruments - together with vocals, violin, tambura, double bass and darbuka - helps to create A SOUND WHICH SPRINGS FROM A DEEPLY ROOTED TRADITION YET IS BORN AT THE VERY PRESENT.
*** AWARDS & FIRST INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONS (2008) ***
- Best Group of Budapest Fringe Festival 2008
- 'Oppadirida' appears on the ROUGH GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF HUNGARIAN GYPSIES (World Music Network)
- 'Ciganskolo' appears on BALKAN FEVER (Wagram)
*** In September 2008 CIMBALIBAND recorded their second studio album 'NEGRENI' ***
The concept of NEGRENI is based on the greatest flea-market of Central Europe held every October in the village of Negreni (Feketeto) in Romania. On the new album, the Babelesque variety of handicrafts, gadgets, languages and cultures of Negreni Fair revives in a bustling musical fairground, where the various folk melodies of the different regions merely stand by themselves, rather they are stepping stones towards an integrated sound which is simultaneously archaic and modern... 'NEW FOLK', as CIMBALIBAND describes it.
*** AT WOMEX 2008 CIMBALIBAND IS LOOKING FOR LABELS WITH INTEREST FOR RELEASING THEIR NEW ALBUM 'NEGRENI' ***