A great name at Jazz in The Park 2018: Nik Bartsch’s Ronin. The Swiss composer and pianist will perform on June 27th at /FORM Space with Ronin band: Nik Bärtsch: piano, Sha: bass clarinet, alto saxophone, Thomy Jordi: bass and Kaspar Rast: drums.
Awase, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, updates us on the progress of one of the most original bands around, as well as the present-day status of ritual groove music, Bärtsch’s all-purpose term for his self-invented idiom equidistant from jazz and funk and contemporary composition.
Bärtsch speaks of a new-found freedom and flexibility in the approach to the material, with “greater transparency, more interaction, more joy in every performance”.
Awase, a term from Aikido, means “moving together” in the sense of matching energies, a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Ronin today. In the old band, Bärtsch often chose to present Björn Meyer’s flamboyant 6-string bass as a lead instrument.