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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Holon

Read "Holon" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

It may seem odd to begin a CD review by expressing gratitude over its length, but there you have it. Pianist Nik Bärtsch's Holon, with his Ronin group, is a shade under 56 minutes and it is to his credit that he understands that with his particular brand of music, less is more. Like a walk ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Holon

Read "Holon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

For those of us who weren't paying attention earlier, Nik Bartsch's Ronin first burst on the scene with its 2007 ECM Records debut, Stoa. But the Swiss composer-pianist had, in fact, been building a just-beneath-the-radar discography for several years on his own Ronin Rhythm Records.

Which brings us to Holon, Bartsch's second ECM set, one ...

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Holon

Read "Holon" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

“I always leave the concert hall when i start tapping my foot”. Partendo da questa frase di Morton Feldman, monito semiserio (e frase iniziale delle brevi note di copertina) sull’opposizione tra il momento dell’ascolto concentrato e quello della danza e della liberazione, il pianista svizzero Bärtsch cerca di superarne l’intima contraddizione. La chiave di volta dice di averla ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Holon

Read "Holon" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With the release of Stoa (ECM, 2006), pianist Nik Bärtsch and his band Ronin caused a tsunami of words to be written that attempted to describe what this music was and why it evoked such strong emotions. Certainly, the shock of the new had something to do with it. Upon reflection, however, the key things turned ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Holon

Read "Holon" reviewed by John Kelman

While Nik Bärtsch's 2006 ECM debut, Stoa, was a powerful first shot across the international bow, garnering a place on many journalists' “Best of" lists for the year, the Swiss pianist had, in fact, been honing his self-proclaimed “Zen Funk" since the beginning of the decade, starting with the equally descriptive Ritual Groove Music (Ronin Rhythm ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin: Holon

Read "Holon" reviewed by Chris May

Pianist/composer Nik Bartsch's wondrous synthesis of intellect and funk, of lofty cerebral abstraction and urgent physical energy, is so thrilling that it may produce in the listener an urge to scramble on top of the nearest building and start yelling “hallelujah!" and “eureka!" at everyone within earshot.



Holon is the second album Bartsch has ...