Tudósok / Scientist: 30 years

MMC Kibla, 26.11.2017 ob 20.00

, (it is The Scientists) is a legendary jazz punk, art rock, absurd poetry and noise funk band from Budapest made up of some of the most recognized creative musicians on the scene. They are regarded due to their identity rooted in grotesque literature and expressive music as one of the most typical East European bands. 

Founded by musician, painter and poet drMáriás in 1986 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, it was intially a free rock and dada-performance formation, that had the wildest young painters of a generation for its founding members. In some time due to the war in Yugoslavia the band had to move to Budapest where they started working with the members of the most famous Hungrian art rock band, the A. E. Bizottság. Soon they became the most unconventional band on the Budapest music and art scene that performed at the most different places from renowned contemporary art festivals through jazz clubs and art exhibitions to rock festivals.

From the late nineties they started intensive touring around Europe from London to Prague, from Amsterdam to Vienna, from Berlin to Ljubljana and started Big Ear Festival in Budapest, that was the meeting and melting point of Western and Eastern non-commercial music acts, be it free jazz, progressive rock, ethno or any other, where they played together with Peter Brötzmann, Chris Cutler, Ernő Király, Phill Niblock, N.O.M., De Kift, Blurt, Jaap Blonk, Pavel Fajt, Joseph Frusciante, Marko Brecelj, Boris Kovac, Gary Lukas and many more. 

Their meeting with Gary Lukas (ex guitarist of the Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band) was more than symbolic, since Tudósok and their story has a lot in common with that of the Captain Beefheart band. Vocalist, trumpet and saxophone player of the Tudósok, drMáriás is one of the most interesting and provoking painters today in Budapest, he is also author of numerous novels. 

Organ player Ambrus Tövisházi is the founder, singer and composer of the legendary junk-pop band Erik Sumo Band and is one of the most recognised film music authors and producers of Hungary. Bass-guitar player Dávid Endrei who has been playing in Tudósok since his age of fifteen is today also known as the top drum’n’bass player on the Hungarian scene, along with his multi-handed drummer partner Gergely Jeli, responsible for the powerful fluctuation of the Tudósok machinery for catharsys.

Tudósok are a resident band at the A38 Ship in Budapest, regarded by many the Best Club in the region (Electronic Beats, IPC, Lonely Planet), and have played all Sziget Festivals.

Tudósok line up:
drMáriás – vocals, trumpet, alto saxophone
Ambrus Tövisházi – organ, monotron, bc6
Dávid Endrei – bass-guitar
Gergely Jeli – drums

Tudósok performed:
New York – The Knitting Factory
London – The Klinker
Amsterdam - Paradiso
Paris – Instants Chavirés
Nantes – L’Olympic
Berlin – Supamolly
Bruxelles – Magasin4
Warsaw – Fabryka Trzciny
Prague – Alternativa Festival
St. Johan – Jazz Festival
Vienna – Ost Klub
Ljubljana – Cankarjev Dom
Zagreb – KSET
Belgrade – Ring Ring Festival
Moscow – DOM

Tudósok discography:
The Most Beautiful Love Songs – Playground Record, Budapest, 2013
Sorry, May I Kill You? - Playground Records, Budapest, 2011
The Secret Life of Ibolya Dávid - Playground Records, Budapest, 2009
Jedi, come home! - A38, Budapest, 2008
The Best of Disco by Tudósok - A38, Budapest, 2006
I Live Science - Bad Taste Records, Moscow, 2005
Save As - Petrys, Budapest, 2003
Superfactory - Bahia, Budapest, 2001
Live at the Knitting Factory and Paradiso - HMK Music, London, 1999
Self-Science - HMK Music, Budapest, 1998
Solar Scholars - Bahia, Budapest, 1997
Flying Science - Bahia, Budapest, 1995
Mend Ya Mind! - Bahia, Budapest, 1993
Atom Bite is My Fight! - Fekete Lyuk, Budapest, 1991

Paintings and more by drMáriás:



KiBela, space for art



Informal education

Accompanying art program


KiBar: cybernetic bar

Za:misel bookstore






Festival of Love 2008-2012

Days of Curiosity


Projects, Coproduction and International Cooperation

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