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Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch is a master of reduction and rehearsal. His stripped-down 'zen-funk' initially seems to be unchanging, but if you immerse yourself in it, you’ll find that even minor shifts can have a major effect. A Japanese ronin is a samurai who no longer serves a master, a fitting symbol for the unique path that Bärtsch and his Ronin are exploring in contemporary jazz. New work by Nik Bärtsch will be released in 2021 by ECM records.
Nik Bärtsch: piano
Kaspar Rast: drums
Jeremias Keller: bass
Sha: alto sax & (contra)bass clarinet
coproduction: Jazz Brugge (KAAP and Concertgebouw Brugge), Handelsbeurs Gent & November Music 's-Hertogenbosch with thanks to Baloise Insurance organisation: Concertgebouw Brugge & KAAP