MEDEA was a torchy, sinister & dramatic electric-jazzy-folk-rock band from Philadelphia PA, featuring singer/lyricist Irene Lambrou, pianist/guitarist/producer Pat Robinson, guitarist Tony Winkler, bassist Rich Curtis & drummer Pat Domanico. Since its inception in 1999, Medea was graced by the talents of many other players, including bassist Glenn Marrazzo, drummers Bob McKeown & Shane Fogelman, and guitarists Michael Ghantt, John Gorbe & Bill Monach. Over the years, MEDEA made three well-received albums of original music. MEDEA has been on hiatus since 2013, while its last members pursue other projects.
“MEDEA IS A COMPLEX BEAST. It’s got progressive rock on its mind, a torch-song heart, and the guts of a hard-driving rock band.
Since 1999 the Philadelphia-based group’s unlikely combination of styles and tones has attracted a devoted following. At the core is the composing team of Grammy-winning producer Pat Robinson and singer Irene Lambrou. Lambrou’s voice is a force of nature, perfectly counterpoised by Robinson’s elegant, virtuoso keyboard work. It’s an alchemic mixture that brings electric guitar to ethereal folk, marries jazzy elegance to R&B, and puts singer-songwriter acoustic in the middle of a smoky, velvet-wallpapered lounge.
Medea explored this rich terrain on 1999′s Dreams and Revelations and 2003′s The Miracle Line , both released to critical acclaim. A decade later, the band has returned with Some Other Life , perhaps its most fully formed work yet. The intervening years have only sharpened Medea’s edge and extended its range. Lambrou’s lyrics reflect further travels down life’s road, and the instrumentation adds another layer of power and sophistication, with the electric guitar (and mandolin) of Tony Winkler (Countdown to Ecstasy), and airtight rhythm section of bassist Rich Curtis (Dukes of Destiny) and drummer Pat Domanico (Second Vision).
Some Other Life is light and shade, muscle and mind, comedy and tragedy. If you’re new to Medea, Some Other Life will surprise you, no matter your expectations. If you’re a longtime fan, it’ll reward you with music that’s grown as much as you have.”
—Matt Ruben, Philadelphia, September 2012