The zen funk quartet RONIN (founded in 2001), plays every
week since 2004 on Monday at theri club, since 2009 at the EXIL. Nik
Baertsch on piano together with Kaspar Rast (drums), Thomy Jordi (bass)
and Sha (bass/contrabass clarinet). Their music consistently follows the
same aesthetic vision under various instrumental guises: creating the
maximum effect by minimal means.
Despite the multiplicity of the band’s influences, RONIN’s
music always possesses a strong individuality. They incorporate elements
of disparate musical worlds, be they funk, new classical music or
sounds from Japanese ritual music.
The EXIL in Zurich offers a permanent basis for MONTAGS – a
platform for the continuous work on the RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC by Nik
Bärtsch, as well as for a wider community interested in the related
musical ideas. Workshops and concerts take place every Monday.