Images: Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin by Jonas Holthaus
Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin will be performing live online at Kolkata Jazz Fest on 19 December 2020.
With the zen-funk quartet ‘Ronin’ founded in 2001, Nik Bärtsch explores ritual groove music together with Kaspar Rast (drums), Jeremias Keller (bass) and Sha (bass/contrabass clarinet).
Despite the multiplicity of the band’s influences, Ronin’s music always possesses a strong individuality. They incorporate elements of disparate musical worlds, be they funk, new classical music or sounds from Japanese ritual music.
However, these forms are never merely juxtaposed in a post-modernist fashion but instead amalgamated into a coherent new style. Ultimately, these sounds and rhythms are highly idiosyncratic. The music consists of very few phrases and motives, continually combined and layered in new ways. Ronin thus creates a consistent aesthetic across all levels of musical expression. Composition, phrasing, sound structure, performance, and musical form all combine to form a system of interrelated elements.
More info at jazzfest.in