Nik BÄrtsch’s Ronin
THURSDAY 01 JANUARY - 12:00 AM
Nik Bärtsch piano
Sha bass clarinet, alto saxophone
Thomy Jordi bass
Kaspar Rast drums
The extraordinary pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch brings his group Ronin to Turner Sims for the first time to present music from his new ECM album Awase.
A term from martial arts, Awase means ‘moving together’ in the sense of matching energies – a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin.
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.
Spidery, clockwork jazz funk … crisp Swiss perfection. The Wire