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Nik Bärtsch

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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

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Entendre

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

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Article: Radio

Ground Breaking Sounds - Old and New

Read "Ground Breaking Sounds - Old and New" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Throughout the history of jazz innovation has been a key element of the development of the music. At key points in jazz history major changes in style, form and content have moved the music forward. Those changes have been picked up by other musicians and developed, interpreted, and enhanced leading to further change. This show is ...

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Article: Album Review

Dominik Wania: Lonely Shadows

Read "Lonely Shadows" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert (1975) may still be regarded as the undisputed milestone in ECM's rich history of solo piano recordings. But that doesn't mean that other landmark albums such as Paul Bley's Open, To Love (1973), Richie Beirach's Hubris (1973) or later releases like Stefano Bollani's Piano Solo (2005) and Marilyn Crispell's Vignettes (2007)—among ...

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Nik Bärtsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Amidst the different shifting contexts that Nik Bärtsch has used to explore his unique minimalist-groove style known as Zen funk—his counterpart Ronin and Mobile groups having gone through a few changes and sometimes expanded with extra members as Ronin Rhythm Clan—it's a rare pleasure to simply hear him on his own. His compositions are titled as ...

Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue

Read "World Dialogue" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Il chitarrista Stephan Thelen, californiano trapiantato in Svizzera dove risiede e lavora, è uno dei musicisti più interessanti tra quelli che nel corso del nuovo millennio si sono adoperati per rinnovare il linguaggio della chitarra, cercando nuove forme e tecniche espressive per esplorare le illimitate possibilità dello strumento. La sua discografia annovera diversi album da solista ...

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Nik Bärtsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Prepared, primal architecture sparks the core of pianist Nik Bartsch's rapid fire, polymetric obsessions. So he titles his works moduls (German) or modules as the are known in King's English. Each piece adaptable and transactional to the next. Each variant available to lend its unique ruminative or propulsive elements to the music preceding or succeeding it. ...

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Article: BackTracks

Five Albums From Bands That Broadened The Jazz Paradigm

Read "Five Albums From Bands That Broadened The Jazz Paradigm" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


In this installment of BackTracks we take a look at five albums that not only helped expand the jazz paradigm, but also helped establish the band as a re-merging entity (and an ethos) in jazz. Lost TribeMany Lifetimes Arabesque Jazz 1998 In 1998, a first listen to this album ...

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Nik Bärtsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Swiss keyboardist & composer Nik Bärtsch has been recording for two decades, mostly with his Ronin and Mobile groups and their overlapping musicians. A ceaseless experimenter, his early release Hishiryo: Piano Solo (Ronin Rhythm Records, 2002) was a genre-neutral project where he played piano, prepared piano, and percussion. It has been almost twenty years between solo ...

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Nik Bartsch: Entendre

Read "Entendre" reviewed by Chris May


Back in 2006, Swiss composer and keyboard player Nik Bärtsch's ECM debut, Stoa, recorded with his group Ronin, sounded like the album James Brown might have made if he'd appointed Steve Reich musical director of his backing band, The J.B.'s. Simultaneously cerebral and on the good foot, it was minimalism, Jim, but not as we knew ...


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