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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin


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Zurich, Switzerland (2001 – present)

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin is a Swiss -Band from Zurich. It was founded in 2001 by the Swiss pianist, composer and producer Nik Bärtsch (born 1971). All Ronin releases are part of Nik Baertsch’s RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC cycle, which combines various musical styles from funk, new classical music to elements of Japanese ritual music. The insistent rhythms also suggest the minimalism of Steve Reich. Bärtsch has called their style “Zen-Funk”.

The ZEN-FUNK quintet RONIN was founded in 2001, consisting of Nik Baertsch (composition, piano, fender rhodes), Kaspar Rast (drums), Björn Meyer (bass), Andi Pupato (percussion) and Sha (bass- and contrabass clarinet). Their RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC consistently follows the same aesthetic vision under various instrumental guises: creating the maximum effect by minimal means. Besides, Bärtsch performs as a solo artist and with the acoustic group Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile. Ronin tends to be the more flexible formation and plays the compositions more freely.

Bärtsch’s earlier projects were released on Ronin Rhythm Records. In 2006 Bärtsch was signed to ECM and has now released three albums with Ronin.

* 2010 Llyrìa, ECM
* 2008 Holon, ECM
* 2006 Stoa, ECM
* 2004 Rea, Ronin Records
* 2003 Live, Ronin Records
* 2002 Randori, Ronin Records


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  • psybot

    stunningly beautiful.

    19 Mar 6:34am Reply
  • PinkSatan

    This music is quite intriguing, but dont you think that it is all about polyrithm?

    8 Jan 10:13pm Reply
  • mandybula1995

    Обворожительно, изящно и чувственно

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JayJayD

    @dr_bun: yes, it keeps being changed to "Nik BÄrtsch's Ronin", which is really annoying. Please complain with the staff about it, as I already have!

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    is anyone else having a few problems when trying to scobble this?

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tlroche

    Au contraire, Harry Lime: "five hundred years of democracy and peace" have produced monster funk!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • anima_

    pure beauty <3

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • espoiraout

    I need to buy all their albums and the sheet music... amazing!

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • H0nky_T0nk

    Cool! Polyrhythm by Robert Fripp :-)

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kitestring

    I just don't know what to think about them, their music is pleasant to ear, but I can't fully relate to it.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • barrospablito

    New album: LIVE, ECM 2302/03!!!

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • shawnathin94

    Great music. So contemporary and exotic.

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Chaosdan

    Brilliant band

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • akbarnasr

    Amazing works, Tehran concert in last month is wonderful.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • secondplanet_

    Love this band. Just received Llyrìa on vinyl, really excellently done. Wonderful cover, wonderfully pressed, and awesome music.

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Ulmanen

    @Caedryan oh you... one of my dreams is to live in Zürich where I can see this band every monday, and you live my dream already. damn

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bartosso

    Modul 48 > Modul 47 (I made a funny there) [2] But seriously, Modul 48 is the best Ronin's track, I love it do death!

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • arglactable

    These guys are fantastic.

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Caedryan

    A great Jazz group in 20 minutes train distance every monday? Damn why did I not know that earlier?

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • due_friday

    this made me fall in love with the bass clarinet! I love sha's playing style!

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
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