Swiss zen-funk jazz band to rock Southern Africa

Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN: Zen-funk jazz band to rock Southern Africa presenting their new CD “LIVE” (ECM).

Japanese ritual music, classical sounds, architectural space, improvisation, funk – are elements methodically, yet artistically and harmoniously woven together by the Swiss quartet, Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin.

Formed in 2001 and lead by Zurich composer and pianist Nik Bärtsch, Ronin has developed a strong idiosyncratic sound. With Kaspar Rast on drums, Sha on bass/ contrabass clarinet, alto sax and Thomy Jordi on bass. Each musician has great control and vision not only of the sounds he’s producing, but also of the sound layers that develop in combination with other instruments. In these layers, the instruments merge like parts in a symphonic orchestra, while following the aesthetic vision of ritual groove music.

Ronin has a compelling on stage presence and were chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the six best live shows in 2011. Supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, Ronin will take their hypnotic live performance energy to the Cape Town Jazz Festival as well as Johannesburg, Durban, Swaziland and Mozambique. They will also be offering workshops at selected venues.

“It shows the versatility and candour of so-called modern music which does not set its own boundaries but lines up to perhaps cross the existing ones.” Hans-Jurgen von Osterhausen, Jazzpodium (Germany).

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Wednesday 10 April 2013. 18h00
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music
UKZN Howard College Campus
Tickets at the door R35
Students R10
Pensioners R20

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