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Ronin
  Founded in 2001 by the Swiss composer and pianist Nik Bärtsch which he calles their style Zen-Funk, 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, jazz or sounds from Japanese ritual music. The music consists of very few phrases and motives, continually combined and layered in new ways. Composition, phrasing, sound structure, performance, and musical form all combine to form a system of interrelated elements.
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Nik Bärtsch (1971, Zurich)
   Pianist, Composer and Producer. Lives in Zurich. Instruction in piano and percussion from the age 8. 1997 Graduation from the 'Musikhochschule Zürich'. 1998-2001 studies in philosophy, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich. 2003/04 stay in japan for half a year. Ongoing work on his RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC as pianist and composer. Leader of MOBILE (since 1997; with Kaspar Rast, Mats Eser & Sha) and the zen-funk quartet RONIN (since 2001; with Kaspar Rast, Björn Meyer - since 2011 with Thomy Jordi - and Sha. 2002 - 2012 also with Andi Pupato).
Instructor for ‘Practical Aesthetics’ at the 'Musikhochschule Zürich/Winterthur' (2000-2003)
 Co-founder of the Music club EXIL in Zurich (2009).
Kaspar.jpg Interest in the influence and the combination of music and movement, specially in the following Bodytechniques: Aikido, Feldenkrais and Gyrotonic www.nikbaertsch.com

Kaspar Rast (1972, Zurich)
    He has been playing drums since the age of 6. Education as violinmaker. Trained at the JMS in Zurich and the Drummers Collective in New York. Kaspar’s list
of concerts and tours covers Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. He works in various Swiss musical formations (also in Sha's band 'Sha's Feckel') and projects, plays sessions and acts as a studio musician.

Andi Pupato (1971, Zurich)
  Andi was a RONIN band member between 2002 - 2012. He studied percussion in Zurich, later at the Es
Andi.jpgcuela de superación profesional de musica Ignacio Cervantes in Havana, Cuba and with José Luis “Changuito” in Quintana. In 1994, Andi went to Senegal with the Senegalese master drummer Kounta’s band 'Dougou-Fana', where he studied traditional African percussion. At present, he works as a percussionist for various national and international bands (with Andreas Vollenweider among others) and is an active studio musician.
www.andipupato.com

Stephan Hasslebacher -Sha - (1983, Bern)
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    He is a composer and plays the saxophone and the bass clarinet. Among his teachers are Don Li, Nik Bärtsch, Sujay
Bobade and Bänz Oester. Sha studied at the Jazz School in Lucerne and graduated with a double master with distinction. He is the leader of his own band 'Sha's Feckel' (till 2011 of 'Sha's Banryu').
Sha has worked with Walter Grimmer, Michael Gassmann, Philipp Schaufelberger, Anja Losinger and Claudio Puntin.
www.s-ha.ch


Björn Meyer (1965, Stockholm)
Raised in Stockholm, his journey as freelance musician started 1989 with a wide spectrum of musical
Bjoern.jpgadventures. Traditional music, soundscapes, grooves and playing-techniques from all over the world have always been major influences on his music and also challenged him to develop a very personal style; always searching for new ways of expressing ideas on the bass. As a composer he also combines styles, traditions and moods to a unique form - a concept he calles “Tripfolk” or Bazaarmusic”.
   In 1996 Björn moved to Switzerland and since then works as a musician and producer in many national and international projects. Together with late harp player Asita Hamidi he lead Bazaarpool- a world open musicians-community and record label. The pool offers a platform for collaborations with artists from all over the world sharing a common vision of traditions and development. Except being a member of Nik Bärstsch’s RONIN (left the band in 2011) he also plays with the Anouar Brahem Quartet, late Asita Hamidi’s Bazaar and the swedish trio Bazar Blå a.o. as a teacher he leads workshops about bassplaying and modern aproaches to “folkmusic” and has taught at the conservatories in Stockholm, Zürich and Luzern.
www.bazaarpool.com

Thomy Jordi (1963, Zurich)Thmoy.jpg
   He studied double bass at the Swiss Jazz School and electric bass at the MIT Hollywood with Jeff Berlin. He was part of the swiss punkjazz-movement in the early 80's and toured Europe with freefunk-bands like Donkey Kongs Multiscream and The Intergalactic Maidenballet. In 1988 Thomy moved to Berlin, where he had the chance to perform and record with local and international Worldmusic artists. He also got involved with the german pop-scene. Zurich-based songwriter Adrian Weyermann invited Thomy to join his band in 2006.
   Nik Baertsch met Thomy in 2004 in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied Japanese. Back in his hometown, Thomy started to frequently sit in with Nik Baertsch's RONIN on Mondays. In sommer 2011 bassist RONIN's original bass player Björn Meyer left the band on friendly terms and Thomy replaced him.
Except being a member of RONIN, he is working with Adrian Stern and teaching at the conservatories in Luzern and Basel.
www.thomyjordi.com


Released works (Hermes Records):

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