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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

Samuel Hällkvist: Epik Didaktik Pastoral

Read "Epik Didaktik  Pastoral" reviewed by Chris May

Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist's rifftastic electric trio plays an exhilarating mixture of jazz, prog rock and minimalist music. Riffs aside, the key ingredients are cross rhythms, rhythmic displacement and lavish servings of MIDI-enabled keyboards and tuned percussion. The result is heavy on the tension and light on the release. A close comparator is Swiss keyboard player ...

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ECM50 At Lincoln Center

Read "ECM50 At Lincoln Center" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

Photos from the “ECM50" celebration held in at The Lincoln Center in New York on November 1st. The special event featured among others: Andrew Cyrille, Joe Lovano, Wadada Leo Smith, Anja Lechner, Avishai Cohen, Bill Frisell, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Egberto Gismonti, Enrico Rava, Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Larry Grenadier, Vijay Iyer, Jack DeJohnette, Nik Bartsch, ...

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Blaer: Yellow

Read "Yellow" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With a whispery shifting undertow, Swiss pianist-composer Maja Nydegger constructs her vivid, musical imaginings of Yellow on the memories of melodies perceived and experienced in other lifetimes, in other dimensions, in other states of humanness. Some, like the quietly sensual title track and its immediate successor, “The Unknown," expand towards full consciousness slowly, methodically urging you ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

Read "Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

This article first appeared at italia.allaboutjazz.com. ECM 50Centre Culturel FlageyBrussels, BelgiumNovember 21-24, 2019 During the year marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German record company ECM, there have been numerous music festivals in Europe and America dedicated to the official celebration of the event. One of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles

Read "Manfred Eicher - L'uomo che fa accadere la musica: ECM 50 a Flagey, Bruxelles" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

ECM 50 Centro Culturale Flagey Bruxelles, Belgio 21-24.11.2019 Nell'anno in cui ricorre il cinquantesimo anniversario della fondazione della casa discografica tedesca ECM sono stati numerosi in Europa e America i festival musicali dedicati alla celebrazione ufficiale dell'evento. Uno dei più importanti è sicuramente stato quello svoltosi alla fine di Novembre a ...

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"ECM Records at 50" at Lincoln Center

Read ""ECM Records at 50" at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

ECM Records at 50 Rose Theater, Lincoln Center New York, NY November 2, 2019 On the 1st and 2nd of November 2019, Jazz at Lincoln Center commemorated the 50th anniversary of ECM Records with two nights of musicians—many longtime associates, some newer additions—from the label's roster. More than that, it was ...

ARTICLE: MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Nik Bärtsch e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Nik Bärtsch e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Una sensualità intelligente. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me L'ascolto. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice Quando si riesce a stare insieme in modo naturale. Come musicista, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

l'Oumigmag: Habitant

Read "Habitant" reviewed by Matt Hooke

L'Oumigmag's Habitant is an ambitious reimagining of traditional Quebecois folk, based on the environment and natural beauty of the area around the St. Lawrence River. It has a feeling of comfort that is often reminiscent of a friendly bluegrass jam. Habitant is a reference to the first French settlers of the St. Lawrence River. ...

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5x3: Piano Trios: September 2019

Read "5x3: Piano Trios: September 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Well, some months are packed too full of these goodies to cover in batches of three. We can only hang on and try to keep up. Aki Rissanen Art in Motion Edition Records 2019 Past, present and future don't collide but smash together in one happy jumble ...


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