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one of my favourite music venues in Budapest


I am every second week without Filip so I take the opportunity to visit places I am not in the weeks of parenting.

Couple of weeks ago we have agreed with Radmila to go to Brody Studio on one of the Mondays – you might remember Radmila, my alterego 🙂 from my post: https://karvakg.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/women-of-budapest-choir-there-you-goooooooo/

Anyway, I chose Monday as it is the day when the venue hosts musicians for jamming and a kind of open mic on the first floor at the bar area.

I became member of the club some year ago when I  went for a performance at the place. The attached photos may not reflect so well on the place, but if you have the chance to stay at their hotel (Brody house) or visit the venue, do not miss it! The place is very cozy and with a nice ambient. They offer a great variety of programs: stand-ups, workshops, events etc.

However, as mentioned, you need a membership. Get in contact with them on: https://www.brody.land/contact/

So here we are Radmila, Martina and myself having our girls night-out in Brody!

Now, I am off to learn some lyrics so I can get up there on the stage with some next occasion and sing some song!


another moment of my life with great friends!!


Though agreed in advance, yet spontaneously we met on Wednesday with Balázs afterworks in the Gozsdu passage of Király street.

I could hardly wait that this moment arrives again, I feel stuck in my soul when I am not singing, I do not know if you have this feeling ever, when you are really eager to do something and somehow the circumstances are not allowing you.

I mean I can sing alone and practise at home, but interraction with people of the same interest and doing it together gives me lots of joy and smile on my face – which i do not lack anyway 🙂 – however those in the moments of doing music are really true sings of my happiness.

András, my ex-collegue and close friend from Raytheon – the training company I worked for – joined us as I asked him to make couple of videos with his phone, he was happy to do it, but mentioning all the time that his phone is not the best quality (András, it does not matter, I need this for my “unprofessional blog” and for fun) 😛

Anywaaaaaay, It was the 3rd time I met with Balázs ever and the 2nd rehearsal, I know him via a common Brazilian friend Marcelo, as they both are doing Capoeira. Marcelo connected us saying you both have nice voices, see if you can do something together.


On Wednesday after practising couple of songs in Gozsdu passage I proposed him to play on the Open Mic in Mika Tivadar, the next moment I caught myself singing on the stage with him (I was more stressed then him, pffffff). He kept saying: “Engedd el” (“Let it go”). He is hanging out too much with Marcelo, he uses it all the time, plus they are even saying it with the same pronunciation.

Soooorrry, guys 😛

So, András was our spontaneous phone camera guy and the admirer :D.  I will upload couple of these not pro videos these days on my Youtube channel too.

Btw. he just showed on my door at this moment with a coffee and said: “Gabi, I have a video for you” about the days we spent together. Watch it by yourself  lower under my blog post 🙂

Otherwise people, I am looking for a band that is interested in playing in majority Brazilian Portuguese songs. Contact me via karvakg@gmail.com, any nationality is welcome, be open and  reliable.

And now we are off to Szimpla for the Columbian percussion workshop!

****UPDATE! The workshop is next week!

our first common performance on Open Mic


why not to do this? I need to promote ourself…the others are busy 😉

some of the people who were on jamming on Monday in Jelen bisztró for the open Mic, met us already…we had on Monday our first meeting and rehearsal (1 hour) with the band and since we were in a mood to do some further “show” we skipped in to Jelen for a 2 song (because these are the two song we practised 😀

I was nervous like hell, my voice was shaking and I mixed the lyrics 😀

Tito (organizer or the Open Mic), thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves! 🙂


I was looking for a long time a band to sing with Latin and Brazilian music, I have the feeling we are on a good way to do it…

I watched yesterday some home made videos,  I wanted to try to do it on my own too to hear myself how I sound singing in Brazilian…so I did it..

so below a video of this morning…fully natur edition with LG camera…

I even made a mistake in the English part of the intro: I said I do not speak English, instead of saying: I do not speak Brazilian :)) forgive me for that and listen to my Brazilian song singing. Yeah, camera is confusing me!

It’s a very favourite song of mine that I am singing, song Velha Infancia from Tribalistas (amazing Brazilian artists).

The letras (lyrics) I learned in a week, I know it almost perfect and here I sing the song a bit in my version 🙂

I feel like an idiot hahahhaha

oh, and I just read the band Tribalistas was just a short-lived band for this one album in 2002.




Love related


Let me start with this. THIS WAS NOT A FULL CLICK this guy.

First, I need to write these things out of myself.

Yesterday night I was going home from an Open Mic I’ve attended in Mika Tivadar (not as performer yet unfortunately) and felt so lonely.

Sometimes when I felt lonely I used to call him and it was so hard not to press that “send” button yesterday on my phone.

I wrote and deleted the message to you 3 times. I never wanted you to be only part of my life when I was lonely. I wanted you to be next to me when I am happy, lonely, in tears…but, you were never there in those moments.

You wanted your freedom, you stated you are not ready for a relationship, I accepted, because I was longing to be loved. Who isn’t. I spent many years in a relationship without feeling loved and being accepted just as I am.

Life challenged me again, I did not learn some lesson. A lesson how to respect myself and love myself first when I am in a relationship. I still don’t know how to do it though, I failed again. I wanted to give myself fully and accept your crazy and weird way of thinking, but I realized it’s just not right for me, we have different values and views on things.

You used to be next to me when you had time. I wanted you to be present in my life.

You used to bomb me with messages: “I would like to see you”. I wanted to see you too.

“I am so down, I need you”. I ran to you.

Stay with me. I need to go home, because I live with her. (Gabi, shoot yourself!)

I told you I am so down. I will try to see you tomorrow, okay? NO…it’s not. I needed you there, on the spot, in that moment.

“I am sick, I need medicaments, can you help, please come”. I know it was just an excuse to see me, because I started avoiding you and you felt you are loosing me, but I went to you, because I cared for you as a friend too and I knew you will feel better. I wanted you to be happy. I know I was giving you good feelings.

“I miss you”. I missed you too, but I wanted more.

You sent me songs. I wanted to listen to that music with you.

I wanna see you. “I want to see you too, but I am so busy with my work and my ex, my life is so complicated, please be patient” empty words and weeks passing. After a week or two you called me, are you free to meet? I smiled, I am mom, I am working, I am arranging my documents,  finding new flat, arranging moving, new internet connection, looking for new job,  I am singing, I am taking Samba classes, I am going for castings, going for workshops for improving myself, I am doing shootings, I am meeting my friends, I am going for concerts, I am cleaning, I am cooking, volunteering, organizing programmes for my kid, trip to Serbia, etc…And I am meeting you when YOU have time. Seems like I am busy too, but i find time for important people in my life. I did care, till i got tired.

Yes, I became upset and i started avoiding you. I had no enough energy to stop with you at once. I was convincing myself it suits me, because I am busy too, but everytime you left I felt emptiness. You came back begging to see me and I let you in again, untill that one day.

That last night when we met  I gave you a good-bye kiss, but I had no energy to explain this.


You do not hate me, just as I do not hate you after all that you said and done.

You are suffering just like me, but my suffering is serving me now to understand what I should not allow next time.

I hope to be strong enough to avoid close contacts with you. I really liked you. I liked your charm and beautifull words, songs, hugs, whispering, singing, they way you played violin, the spent moments together, your enthusiasm about your arts, your childish smile while laying next to me and telling me your funny stories, the language you spoke…


well, take the same circles,

enjoy your freedom,

learn to respect a person you are with,

learn to find time for people that matter to you even when you are “busy”, life will pass and you will stay old and alone with your brilliant arts you create and noone to share with, but maybe this is what you need?!

learn to come out from your comfort zone, common, learn how to find a flat by your own and stand on your feets and not to be dependant on a women, sex etc…

I am a foreigner is not an excuse, it’s not easy...Dear, I was foreigner in this country too, I am still, but I love it and…you can always learn the language…just make an effort…if you care at all,

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT: learn that there are other life views and opinions too.

Your conviction is not my conviction. You are not me and I am not you.


I rather stay for another while lonely.

This post is not even the piece of all the things that are burning in me…