NIK BÄRTSCH

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Keyboardist Nik Bärtsch (at times spelled "Baertsch") is a player, composer, and improviser very much in the European classical-oriented style of jazz, but has created a language that transcends these basic categories. A native and resident of Zurich, Switzerland born in 1971, he began his nine-year piano studies at age nine, and also briefly took up clarinet. Listening to blues, jazz, and string quartets, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, and ethnic musics from Japan, Greece, Romania, and Sweden have all shaped his personalized music. Initially influenced by Chick Corea, Bärtsch attended the Zurich Musikhochschule, then studied philosophy, linguistics, and musicology at the University of Zurich. It was then that he was listening to modern 20th century composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Steve Reich, thus fusing the multiplicity of disciplines. In 1980 he first met drummer Kaspar Rast, who is a rhythmic fixture in his ensembles, Mobile and Ronin. He performed read more...
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NIK BÄRTSCH Randori album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Randori
Nu Jazz 2002
NIK BÄRTSCH Rea album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Rea
Nu Jazz 2004
NIK BÄRTSCH Nik Bärtsch's Mobile : Ritual Groove Music album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Nik Bärtsch's Mobile : Ritual Groove Music
Nu Jazz 2004
NIK BÄRTSCH Aer album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Aer
Nu Jazz 2004
NIK BÄRTSCH Hishiryō album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Hishiryō
Nu Jazz 2006
NIK BÄRTSCH Stoa album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Stoa
Nu Jazz 2006
NIK BÄRTSCH Holon album cover 4.72 | 9 ratings
Holon
Nu Jazz 2008
NIK BÄRTSCH Llyria album cover 4.50 | 9 ratings
Llyria
Nu Jazz 2010
NIK BÄRTSCH Continuum album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Continuum
Nu Jazz 2016
NIK BÄRTSCH Awase album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Awase
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

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NIK BÄRTSCH Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live
Nu Jazz 2003
NIK BÄRTSCH Nik Bartsch's Ronin Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nik Bartsch's Ronin Live
Nu Jazz 2012

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