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SOLO

by Nicolas Stocker

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"The drum set is the core of every band but also an orchestra in itself. It is a band within the band: with various sounds and resonances, often hidden and unheard behind its rhythms, patterns and structures. Nicolas Stocker is on a mission to open our ears for these sounds, shapes and spaces. As band member of Kali, Nik Bärtsch’s MOBILE and in collaboration with Marena Whitcher, Nicolas Stocker has already built his reputation internationally as a differentiated and highly skilled drummer. On this album he distills his wide interest and knowledge of styles, genres and drum techniques to a personal essence and message. Good drummers tune their drum before playing to let it resonate with the room, the music and their own taste. The old joke that a band consists of some musicians and a drummer means actually the opposite of its original negative irony: a drummer is not less but more than a musician. Drummers need to embody the ancient and mystic direct power of the drums combined with a sensibility for abstraction, space and structural consciousness. And they need to feel the musical time naturally in the now but also direct it into the future. The music you hear on this album shows exactly these qualities—a journey between sophisticated grooves and soundscapes of beautiful emptiness. Nicolas Stocker puts his whole mind, soul, heart and spirit into his playing to let his drum set speak by itself. Listen to it as if it was a fabulous living being—moving, waiting, dancing." - Nik Bärtsch

The press about Nicolas Stocker:
"The music is really enhanced by Stocker's outstanding work on drums."
(Jazzwise magazine about Nik Bärtsch’s MOBILE, 2018)

Album documentary: youtu.be/P2i1w8hJxPA
Solo teaser: youtu.be/ptwS2Ir93pY

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released December 14, 2018

Nicolas Stocker: drums, tuned percussion unturned percussion

No loops, no click track, no overdubs were used on this recording.

Music written and arranged by Nicolas Stocker

Album produced by Nicolas Stocker

Recorded 2017 at die Wache, Berlin.
Mixed by Martin Ruch and Nicolas Stocker at Control Room Berlin

Mastered by Martin Ruch at at Control Room Berlin

Photography by Andrea Ebener, graphic by Mia Meier, illustration by Poppi Veale

Songs published by Ronin Rhythm Productions & Neonstars Publishing.

Supported by Popkredit Stadt Zürich, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur,
Cassinelli-Vogel Stiftung

℗ & © 2018 RONIN RHYTHM RECORDS

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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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