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Monday, April 1, 2013


Swiss zen-funk jazz band to rock Southern Africa.

Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN: Zen-funk jazz band will present their new CD, LIVE, (ECM) in a tour that includes Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Japanese ritual music, classical sounds, architectural space, improvisation, funk – are elements methodically, yet artistically and harmoniously woven together by this Swiss quartet.

Formed in 2001 and led 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 have a compelling 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 various venues, some of which will include workshops.

“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).

The Durban performance takes place on April 10 at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, UKZN Howard College Campus. Tickets R35 (R20 pensioners/R10 students)

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