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Nik Bärtsch


With the zen-funk quintet RONIN founded in 2001, Nik Bärtsch, a composer and pianist from Zurich,- together with Kaspar Rast (drums), Björn Meyer (bass), Andi Pupato (percussion) and lately Sha (bass/contrabass clarinet), proceeds with his work on RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC. Their music consistently follows the same aesthetic vision under various instrumental guises: creating the maximum effect by minimal means. Despite the multiplicity of the band’s influences, Ronin’s music always possesses a strong individuality. They incorporate elements of disparate musical worlds, be they funk, new classical music or sounds from Japanese ritual music. However, these forms are never merely juxtaposed in a post-modernist fashion but instead amalgamated into a coherent new style


Article: Album Review

LUUM: The Guide

Read "The Guide" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Smudging the margins, rock-fisted drummer Karl-Juhan Laanesaar crashes into the symmetrical meditation of young Estonian pianist Madis Muul's “We Have Found Water" and changes the music's fate (from ballad to pensive electronica and back again) before closing on a ferocious little jam which surrenders to a quiet reprieve. That is just for openers for ...


Article: Album Review

Mannheimer Schlagwerk: The Numbers are Dancing

Read "The Numbers are Dancing" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The percussion ensemble Mannheimer Schlagwerk used Steve Reich's 2009 composition Mallet Quartet (Nonesuch Records, 2011) as a template for these commissioned compositions. Four mallet instruments form the core of all of this music (the basic instrumentation is two marimbas and two vibraphones), but each of the composers takes their own path (and in some cases expands ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Music For Ukraine

Read "Music For Ukraine" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Music For Ukraine is a benefit album whose proceeds are intended solely for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. This gargantuan compilation features artists from the roster of Finnish label We Jazz Records. The twenty-six tracks—contemporary jazz for the most part, with the odd foray into modern chamber and electronica-tinged experimentalism—amount to two-and-a-half hours of compelling music. A ...



Label: ECM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Modul 58_12; Modul 55; Modul 26; Modul 13; Modul 5; Deja-Vu Vienna.


Article: In Pictures

Jazz & Wine of Peace 2021, Part 2-2

Read "Jazz & Wine of Peace 2021, Part 2-2" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Article: In Pictures

Jazz & Wine of Peace 2021, Part 1-2

Read "Jazz & Wine of Peace 2021, Part 1-2" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

A collection of photos from the Jazz & Wine of Peace festival in Cormons from October 21-25, 2021 featuring Tim Berne Broken Shadows, Linda May Han Oh, Dave Holland & John Scofield Duo, Lakacia Benjamin Nik Bartsch Ronin, Ralph Towner, Daniel Humair, Zlatko Kaucic, Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, Emanuele Parrini, Anais Drago, Enzo Favata The Crossing and ...


Article: BackTracks

Your Eggs Scrambled, Any Way You Like

Read "Your Eggs Scrambled, Any Way You Like" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

This edition of BackTracks takes a look at a few selections that might rewire, reset, thoroughly scramble or even short-circuit the “normal" music pathways of your noodle. These five selections are each capable of this in subtle or sometimes not-so-subtle ways. Everything from stylistic jumbles and conceptual twists to abandonment of premeditated form and utter mayhem ...


Article: Album Review

Quartet Diminished: Station Three

Read "Station Three" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Modern Iran (technically the Islamic Republic of Iran) is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations. The former Persian Empire was especially noted for its artistic traditions, including Persian classical music, which is still a prominent performance style in 2021. The current government is not known for openness to Western influence, as exemplified by censorship ...

Article: Live Review

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2021

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Fano Varie sedi 23—31.7.2021 Nell'arco di nove giornate zeppe di iniziative, Fano Jazz by the Sea ha invaso vari punti della città adriatica, proponendo un cartellone ricco di progetti italiani e stranieri significativi dell'attuale ricerca musicale. Fra l'altro il festival rappresenta solo la punta dell'iceberg di un'articolata attività, estesa durante tutto l'anno ...


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