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Nik Bärtsch (2016)

Nik Bärtsch (born 3 August 1971) is a Swiss pianist, composer, and record producer from Zurich.

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CareerEdit

 
The band Ronin (2016)

Bärtsch studied piano and clarinet before the age of ten, then went to the Zurich Musikhochschule. At the University of Zurich he concentrated on linguistics, musicology, and philosophy. He grew interested in the work of avant-garde composers John Cage, Steve Reich, and Morton Feldman. He formed the band Mobile, which became Ronin in 2001. Manfred Eicher signed the band to his label, ECM Records, and released Stoa (2007), then Holon (2008). During the next year, he became co-owner of a club in Zurich. Bärtsch's music has been called zen funk, but with the album Llyria, he moved toward contemporary classical music.[1] He was instructor of Practical Aesthetics at the Musikhochschule Zurich-Winterthur from 2000–2003.

AwardsEdit

  • 1999 and 2002 Career award of the UBS Cultural Foundation
  • 2002 Werkjahr, Career award from the city of Zurich
  • 2004 Culture award from the town of Zollikon
  • 2006 Priority jazz support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

DiscographyEdit

Year recorded Title Label Notes
2001 Ritual Groove Music Tonus Nik Bärtsch's Mobile with Don Li, Mats Eser and Kaspar Rast
2002 Randori Tonus Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Björn Meyer, Rast and Andy Pupato
2002 Hishiryo: Piano Solo Tonus Solo piano and percussion
2002 Live Tonus Music Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Meyer, Rast and Pupato
2003 Rea Tonus Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Meyer, Rast, Pupato and guests Sha, Thomy Geiger and Michael Gassmann
2003 Aer Tonus Nik Bärtsch's Mobile with Sha, Rast and Mats Eser
2006 Stoa ECM Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Sha, Meyer, Rast and Pupato
2007 Holon ECM Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Sha, Meyer, Rast and Pupato
2010 Llyria ECM Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Sha, Meyer, Rast and Pupato
2009–2011 Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Live ECM Nik Bärtsch's Ronin with Sha, Meyer, Rast, Pupato and Thomy Jordi
2016 Continuum ECM Nik Bärtsch's Mobile with Sha, Rast, Nicolas Stocker, string quintet with Etienne Abelin and Ola Sendecka (violin), David Schnee (viola), Ambrosius Huber and Solme Hong (Celli)

As sidemanEdit

With Menico Ferrari

  • About Roses and Thorns (Unit, 1995)

With Don Li

  • Gen (Tonus Music, 2004)

As producerEdit

  • We Need to Repeat, Ingrid Lukas (Ronin Rhythm, 2009)
  • RACE, Dee Day Dub (Ronin Rhythm, 2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Nik Bärtsch". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 

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