Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch was born in 1971 in Zurich, where he still lives. He took piano and percussion lessons from the age of 8 and subsequently studied at the city’s Musikhochschule and university, simultaneously freelancing in diverse bands, “playing everything from fusion to free-funk, and all kinds of extroverted jazz”.
His music shows a close affinity to architecturally organized space and is governed by the principles of repetition and reduction as well as by interlocking rhythms. The listeners attention is directed toward minimal variations and phrasing.
Ronin has released three studio albums on ECM to date, Stoa (2006), Holon (2008) and Llyrìa (2010), as well as a double CD, Live (2012).
Stefan Haslebacher aka Sha is Swiss saxophone, bass- und contrabass-clarinettist, composer and producer. Sha is student of Nik Bärtsch and has been touring with Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin through Europe, Japan, China, South Africa and the USA.
The minimal the better. The highly energetic duo outfit. by Nik Bärtsch on piano and Sha on bass-clarinet.