Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

Nik Bärtsch is a keyboardist, composer, improviser, and bandleader whose recordings showcase his highly architectural, original, “ritual groove” approach that combines elements of jazz, classical minimalism, funk, and rock — almost a genre unto itself. His music focuses on interlocking rhythmic development, in which bandmembers shift in and out as soloists and melodic leads, while the rest weave together tightly knit, percussive structures that propel the pieces forward. He described his sound in an interview saying, “…music is an art of motion, and thus akin to dancing, an ecstatic groove and an ascetic awareness of form and sound in composed music are not mutually exclusive. They can form combinations that take our senses by surprise.”