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Nik Bärtsch_Ronin

26th March 2023
26th March 2023

With his quartet Ronin, Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch continues the work on his RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC series. He consistently follows the same aesthetic vision under various instrumental guises: creating 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, such as 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.

“This music draws its energy from the tension between compositional precision and the self-circumvention of improvisation. From self-implied restriction stems freedom. Ecstasy through asceticism.”

The concert opens with the Iranian/British quartet Phemo.

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin + Phemo Quartet, Kings Place, London N1 9AG, 26 March 2023, 7pm. More information.


Photography by Claude Hofer