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March 20 , 2006

Nik Bärtsch on tour; Munich gig imminent

Swiss composer/pianist Nik Bärtsch and his young band Ronin are on tour, playing music from their ECM debut album, “Stoa” .

“Stoa” was introduced to the world with a CD launch concert at Zürich’s Kaufleutensaal on March 10, where more than 500 local Ronin enthusiasts, augmented by international visitors from France, Norway, Japan, Germany, Austria, and England, responded passionately to Bärtch’s ‘Zen-funk’ compositions
and the band’s concentrated energy and tight interplay, and called for encores.

Swiss press on the band and the album has already been extensive; in Zürich, Bärtsch also taped interviews with reporters from Paris and London.

Following subsequent concerts in Bern, Cologne, and Berlin,
Nik Bärtsch and Ronin arrive in Munich, ECM’s hometown,
for a concert at the Muffathalle on Wednesday, March 22 (www.muffathalle.de - concert starts at 20.30).

Last date of the tour is in Lugano on Thursday, March 23.
On May 4, Ronin plays the Novara Jazz Festival in Italy.

For more information, visit Bärtsch’s home page, www.nikbaertsch.com