Seven titles are being released digitally on the June 1, 2009 via most major download stores such as iTunes, emusic, Amazon, etc.
Ronin Rhythm Records is a platform for new creative music covering New Minimal, Funk and Ritual Groove Music. The label was founded in 2006 on the base of pianist and composer Nik Bartsch's pre-ECM albums and is dedicated to releasing music from stylistically-related young musical acts, such as Sha’s Banryu and more artists to be announced.
Swiss pianist, composer and producer Brtsch is known for his solo work as well as his ensembles Mobile and Ronin.
“RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC, the title of my first CD, also points to the fundamental concept of my musical thinking,” explains Bartsch. “The music shows a close affinity to architecturally organized space and is governed by the principles of repetition and reduction as well as by interlocking rhythms. A piece of music can be entered, inhabited like a room. It moves forward and transforms through obsessive circular movements, superimposition of different meters and micro-interplay. The listeners attention is directed toward minimal variations and phrasing. The band becomes an integral organism - like an animal, a habitat, an urban space. One must think with ears and hands.”
“Repetitive rhythms are so fundamental to Bartsch's aesthetic that he even overdubs his Piano Solo album, one of six albums of ‘Ritual Groove Music’… the fifth [Rea], is sublime, its simple, shifting rhythmic figures building imperceptibly to gratifying climaxes.” Tom Hull, The Village Voice
The following titles will be digitally released on June 1:
Sha's BANRYU, Chess Boxing Vol. 1
Nik Bartsch's MOBILE, AER
Nik Bartsch's RONIN, REA
Nik Bartsch's RONIN, LIVE
Nik Bartsch, HISHIRYO, Piano Solo
Nik Bartsch's RONIN, RANDORI
Nik Bartsch's MOBILE, RITUAL GROOVE
More label releases to be announced later in the year.