Friday, May 29, 2009

Ronin Rhythm Records announces June 1 Digital Releases

Ronin Rhythm Records brings its complete back catalog to the digital download platform in collaboration with Iapetus Distribution/Unsung Records.

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 Bärtsch’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 Bärtsch 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 Bärtsch. “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 Bärtsch'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 Bärtsch's MOBILE, AER

Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, REA

Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, LIVE

Nik Bärtsch, HISHIRYO, Piano Solo

Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, RANDORI


More label releases to be announced later in the year.


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For further information or to request a digital download for review, please contact Lori Hehr at LHPR  at

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