As a trained keyboard player, Szabolcs Bognar has been active in the versatile music scene of Budapest for many years. He’s been a member of several successful Hungarian acts, including Amoeba, Soulclap Budapest and the latest project - The Mabon Dawud Republic - a fourteen piece Afrobeat orchestra guest-starring Dele Sosimi. After residencies in France (Paris / Lyon), New York and Brazil (Rio, Salvador), Àbáse is now based in Berlin, where besides pursuing his solo career he’s the keyboard player and musical director for Wayne Snow.
His collaboration based solo project Àbáse is focusing on the cross-paths of afrobeat, hip hop, jazz and electronica with a heavyweight rhythm section and special guests from Africa and its diaspora. "The crossover of jazz instrumentation and trap-style beats with swaggering repetition is one that feels as relevant as ever—e.g. Kendrick's "To Pimp A Butterfly", Kamasi Washington , the flavours of Brainfeeder's output. Riding this wave of band-created groove well away from the producer's studio, Àbáse reflects a newness of modern pick-and-mix culture diverting from the specificity of genre" - YES/NO MUSIC