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Content by tag "Nik Bartsch"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Like A Jazz Machine 2017

Read "Like A Jazz Machine 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Like A Jazz Machine
Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz
Dudelange, Luxembourg
May 25-28, 2017

Size, as Like A Jazz Machine knows, isn't everything. The audience in the Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz amounts to just four seated rows downstairs, with a small standing section to the rear, and ten rows ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECM Showcase at NYC Winter Jazzfest 2017

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ECM Showcase at NYC Winter Jazzfest 2017
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
New York City
January 7, 2017

Music has been a comfort in troubling times ever since there were humans to bring about troubles to begin with. Rare, however, is that music which seeks not only to placate but also ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2016

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I always say it when recapping every year, and it's been truer than ever for me since I was fortunate to join All About Jazz at the start of 2016: there's always too much great stuff to take in. There are always too many albums we don't get around to during the year and too little ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ikarus: Chronosome

Read "Chronosome" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Drummer Ramón Oliveras is the composer and leader of Ikarus and Chronosome is this band's second release, after the powerful and stunning Echo . There is no sophomore jinx here, as this recording starts off where the earlier one begins only to fly higher and delve deeper while still creating immense physical soundspaces.

The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile at the Rubin Museum of Art

Read "Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile at the Rubin Museum of Art" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Nik Bärtsch's Mobile
Rubin Museum of Art
New York, NY
May 6, 2016

When is music a ritual?

A relevant question in regard to pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch, one of few modern musicians to live out his worldview in every thought and action. His “Ronin" project laid fresh ...

Myriad3: Moons

Read "Moons" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Someone's always trying to take a tried and true format out on a new tangent. Consider the piano trio: Bill Evans introduced deep, classically-influenced harmonics and a democracy of instrumental input in the late fifties and early sixties. The Esbjorn Svennson Trio (e.s.t.) brought in classical, rock, pop and techno elements; The Bad Plus plays with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nik Bartsch's Mobile at The Rubin Museum of Art

Read "Nik Bartsch's Mobile at The Rubin Museum of Art" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Nik Bärtsch's Mobile
Rubin Museum Of Art
New York, NY
May 6, 2016

Having seen Nik Bärtsch's Ronin live (albeit eight years ago), listened to Continuum and read the detailed review which notes the differences between the groups, did not lessen the impact of Mobile in concert.

Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Nik Bärtsch, pianista svizzero famoso ai più per le sue gesta con i Ronin, torna alla ribalta con un nuovo album che, semmai ce ne fosse ancora bisogno, ne conferma il talento e il genio creativo.

Qui è a capo dell'ensemble acustico Mobile, che per l'occasione si esibisce in una formazione allargata includendo ...

Sonar: Black Light

Read "Black Light" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Si chiamano Sonar, vengono dalla Svizzera e questo è il loro terzo lavoro.

Sveliamo subito di che si tratta, prendendo spunto dalle note di copertina redatte nientemeno che dal mirabile John Kelman. L'ispirazione di Black Light è l'album dei King Crimson del 1973 Lark's Tongues in Aspic e in particolare il lavoro di ricerca ...

Nik Bartsch's Mobile: Continuum

Read "Nik Bartsch's Mobile: Continuum" reviewed by John Kelman

Few musicians have continued to hone a concept as singularly unique and instantly recognizable, irrespective of context, as that being explored by Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch since he first formed Mobile with Don Li, Kaspar Rast and Mats Eser in 1997. First emerging on record in 2001 with Ritual Groove Music (Self-Released, reissued Ronin Rhythm, 2006), ...


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