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.
New York Times
Mr Bärtsch, a Swiss pianist, makes accrual-based music of clean power and firm insistence.
Bärtsch’s music of delicious dread is layered, contrapuntal, hypnotic and psychologically fascinating.
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.
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.
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