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freejazzy Clarity is essential and a rare and beautiful treat. One may discover it listening.
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AW Contemporary jazz with tastes of math rock and Glass-like Minimalism. This album was written in the year 3018 and we are lucky to see what the future looks like today.
Hobie Anthony
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Hobie Anthony Regret missing them *again* in Portland, but at least I have a new recording to assuage my sore feelings. These guys are doing so much to bridge the jazz and contemp-classical worlds, imho.
Ultimately, Ronin defies genre classification. If you like Tortoise, but also instrumental hip hop, Steven Reich, and Philip Glass, then you need to give this a spin. Then collect all their albums.
Joseph Karol Smith
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Joseph Karol Smith Regrets for a future bodily death include not being able to go mental in my kitchen listening to wonderful music like this. That wonderful moment when brutal repetition becomes subtle development, sameness becomes a deep and very satisfying variation. Fantastic album. If this is the future I am no longer afraid!
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DomPython Monotone, la musique de Ronin?
Cet album vient - sans surprise - prouver que non.
Nik Bärtsch et sa tribu évoluent, découvrent, tout en restant fidèle à leur ADN. En découvrant ces pistes, je me suis senti comme un explorateur qui, dans une région qu'il croyait connaître, découvre de nouvelles plantes, de nouvelles couleurs, sursaute à cause de bruits inconnus...
Carlos Romeo
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Carlos Romeo A Classic One! I recommend all Nik Bärtsch's discography.
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Modul 60 05:08
Modul 58 18:19
A 08:23
Modul 36 13:37
Modul 34 08:51
Modul 59 11:01


“Awase”, a term from martial arts, means “moving together” in the sense of matching energies, a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. Six years have passed since the last release from the Swiss group. In the interim, trimmed from quintet to quartet size and with new bassist Thomy Jordi fully integrated, Ronin has become a subtly different band. Bärtsch speaks of a new-found freedom and flexibility in the approach to the material, with “greater transparency, more interaction, more joy in every performance”. The freedom here extends to revisiting early Bärtsch modules alongside new compositions including, for the first time on a Ronin record, a piece by reedman Sha. Awase was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.


released May 4, 2018


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Ronin Rhythm Records Switzerland

Ronin Rhythm Records is a label for artists and their creative music between new minimal, funk und ritual groove music. Founded in 2006 by Nik Bärtsch, it supports community oriented independent music production without restrictions. Ronin Rhythm Records supports as a platform new and advanced artists in their long term development. ... more

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