Previously at the ICA - Events
12 Mar 2010
Ritual, groove music or zen-funk, jazz or not jazz, Swiss composer and pianist Nik Bärtsch's funk quintet Ronin reaches both mind and body. Ronin was founded in 2001 with Nik Bärtsch, Kaspar Rast (drums), Björn Meyer (bass), Andi Pupato (percussion) and Sha (bass- and contrabass clarinet). Rhythm patterns are complex yet clearly connect to the dancefloor, while the melodic structure creates layer upon layer, without losing the music's essence. Described by Observer Music Monthly as "music that throbs with a pulsating dynamism that's almost hypnotic" Bärtsch draws on inspirations from John Cage to James Brown, yet creates a strongly individual sound.