Àbáse / Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange
On a quest for global grooves of unity, Àbáse is the imagination of Hungarian producer and keyboardist Szabolcs Bognár. Creating an exquisite blend of jazz, West African, Brazilian, hip-hop and electronic music, he released his debut album ‘Laroyê’ on the 5th November via Oshu Records.
Having already gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, Worldwide FM, Stamp The Wax, Earmilk, Complex, Soulection, Okayplayer and KEXP, Àbáse released his long anticipated debut EP ‘Invocation’ in 2019 via HHV Records and Cosmic Compositions and early 2021, released the critically acclaimed ‘Body Mind Spirit’ EP, a collaborative electronic exploration with drummer/producer Ziggy Zeitgeist.
The word “àbáse” comes from the West African Yoruba language and stands for “collaboration” – a key element of Àbáse’s music, as he brings together versatile artists from around the world to push genre and style boundaries.
As a trained keyboard player, Bognár has been active in the versatile music scene of Budapest for many years. He’s been leading several successful acts, including Solqlap Budapest and The Mabon Dawud Republic, a fourteen piece afrobeat orchestra hosting Felabration Budapest and guest-starring the likes of Dele Sosimi and Pat Thomas. After residencies in Paris, Lyon, New York, Rio De Janeiro and Salvador, Àbáse is now based in Berlin, where besides pursuing his solo career, he is also the keyboard player for Nigerian soul singer Wayne Snow and Australian jazz drummer Ziggy Zeitgeist’s Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange.
“Certainly a producer to watch” – Gilles Peterson
“Hungarian producer Àbáse blends west African and Brazilian rhythms with a satisfying and uncluttered efficacy on Laroyê” – The Guardian
“We were instantly gripped upon hearing the work of Hungarian jazz collaborative project Àbáse” Stamp The Wax
“Cinematic harmonies over a rollicking rhythm section” Earmilk
“Impressive technical prowess without ever straying close to pretension” Complex
Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange is the meeting point of improvisation and dance music.
Headed up by drummer Ziggy Zeitgeist, a staple of the Australian music scene, most
prominently touring and recording with Melbourne Nu-Soul/ future-jazz collective ‘30/70’.
Ziggy’s music has already been championed across the breadth of the jazz and dance world,
with support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Kamaal Williams, Byron the Aquarius and
Alexander Nut just to name a few.
Growing up in Australia, with no real club culture in sight, Ziggy’s formative years were at the
‘bush doof’ – an outback rave where speakers were driven to remote lands and dance music
would blast from the wee hours in the morning to the wee hours at night. This is what Ziggy
describes as the playground of Australian Electronic Music. “This is our culture of electronic
music. It’s about exploring the spectrum of consciousness and a connection with ourselves,
one another and the land.”
Z*F*E*X is the synthesis of dance music in human form. A live band experience humanising
the extended DJ set. Heavily influenced by club culture and transcendent psychedelic
experiences – Z*F*E*X is a continuous odyssey of sound, where synths intertwine with flutes,
jazz drums are played with the raw energy of classic broken beat records, and natures call
and response is mimicked in musical form.