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Modul 5 Modul 5 8:56    
Album only
Track length:8:56
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
Jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400001
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Modul 11 Modul 11 9:21    
Album only
Track length:9:21
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
Jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400002
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Modul 4 Modul 4 3:54    
Album only
Track length:3:54
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
Jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400003
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Modul 12 Modul 12 5:41    
Album only
Track length:5:41
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
Jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400004
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Modul 4 II Modul 4 II 0:47    
Album only
Track length:0:47
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400005
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Modul 2 Modul 2 7:13    
Album only
Track length:7:13
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400006
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Modul 12 II Modul 12 II 8:02    
Album only
Track length:8:02
Artist: Nik Bärtch Mobile
Author: Nik Bärtsch
Performer: Nik Bärtsch - Piano
Mats Eser - Marimba - Percussion
Don Li - Bassclarinett - Altosax
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Genre: contemporary
jazz
Studio: Recorded direct to twotrack by Hanspeter Ehrsam at Radiostudio Zurich
ISRC: CH3100400007

Ritual Groove Music 1

The debut album from Nik Bärtsch's Mobile was a recording made after a 36 hour Music Ritual at Blauer Saal, Zurich - a circumstance which created an acute degree of focus and intensity in this album, not quite found on any other album from the Mobile or Ronin output.

Offering a greater diversity of tone and colour than subsequent albums, Ritual Groove Music gives a clear picture of the "Ritual" elements within it, while at the same time allowing the players to move a little further in their improvisations from the ritual hub than they do in later recordings. This album also features the first appearance of "Modul 11", and fans may want to trace this track (alongside another favourite, "Modul 8") and its development throughout Nik's catalogue of superb recordings. A highly recommended introduction to the Nik Bärtsch groove.

About Nik Bärtsch:

Born 1971 in Zurich. Pianist, composer and producer. Instruction in piano and percussion from the age 8. 1997 Graduation from the 'Musikhoch-schule Zürich'. 1989-2001 studies in philosophy, linguistics and musico-logy at the University of Zurich. 2003-04 stay in Japan. Ongoing work on his RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC as pianist and composer. Leader of zen-funk quintet RONIN (since 2001; with Kaspar Rast, Björn Meyer, Andi Pupato & Sha) and MOBILE (since 1997). Teacher for ‘practical aesthetics’ at the 'Musikhochschule Zürich/Winterthur' (2000-03). Numerous awards from 1999, including the jazz priority award of Swiss Arts Council in 2006.

Ecstasy through asceticism


RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC, the title of my first CD, also points to the fundamental concept of my musical thinking. The 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. A piece of music can be en...