Nik Bärtsch

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ECSTASY THROUGH ASCETICISM

Nik Bärtschs own trademark sound, the RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC, points out to the fundamental concept of his musical thinking. The music shows a close affinity to architecturally organized space and is governed by the principles of repetition and reduction as well as by interlocking rhythms. A piece of music can be entered, inhabited like a room. It moves forward and transforms through obsessive circular movements, superimposition of different meters and micro-interplay. The listeners attention is directed toward minimal variations and phrasing.

2018 press:

New York Times
Mr Bärtsch, a Swiss pianist, makes accrual-based music of clean power and firm insistence.

Downbeat
Bärtsch’s music of delicious dread is layered, contrapuntal, hypnotic and psychologically fascinating.

Stereogum
Bärtsch’s piano shimmers, one perfectly struck note at a time; drummer Kaspar Rast sets a slow, precisely ticking beat; Haslebacher lets his notes escape slowly and cautiously; and bassist Thomy Jordi is trying his best to disguise himself as Bärtsch’s left hand.

Drownded in Sound
AWASE is the new album by Swiss pianist, composer and record producer Nik Bärtsch. And it’s an apt one. Written and recorded by Bärtsch’s ensemble Ronin, it’s a breathless, carefully-crafted release that blurs the lines between jazz, minimalism, funk and ambient electronica, and one defined by the dynamic, ever-evolving interplay between pianist Bärtsch, bassist Thomy Jordi, drummer Kaspar Rast, and Sha on bass clarinet and alto saxophone.

Guardian
Swiss pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch has been injecting electronica and minimalism with soul, jazzy hipness and danceable bounce with his Ronin Ensemble since 2001, and Awase deepens the group’s expressiveness of tone and texture.

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NIK BÄRTSCH interview 2018

NIK BÄRTSCH solo 2017

NIK BÄRTSCH RONIN 2018

NIK BÄRTSCH RONIN in Jarasum Korea

NIK BÄRTSCH’S MOBILE music video for Module 29_14 

The bands Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin & Mobile become an integral organism – like an animal, a habitat, an urban space. One must think with ears and hands.

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NIK BÄRTSCH’S MOBILE : CONTINUUM album presentation 2016

LIVE VIDEOS NIK BÄRTSCH’S MOBILE 2016

NIK BÄRTSCH RONIN in Dehli/ India Set 1

NIK BÄRTSCH RONIN in Dehli/ India Set 2

Nik Bärtsch Ronin Live (4tet) @ Band On The Wall Manchester

Nik Bärtsch Ronin Rhythm Clan (8tet) @ Exil Zürich

NIK BÄRTSCH’S MOBILE EXTENDED (with string 5tet) LIVE 2014

NIK BÄRTSCH’S MOBILE LIVE 2014

Nik Bärtsch & Sha (duo) @ Bundeskunsthalle Bonn


photo copyright Martin Möll