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If I have a gripe about Holon and Stoa it is that I feel there is more potential that consistently remains underexploited. Tracks (all of which are titled as abstract 'Modules') last typically less than 10 minutes, never more than 15 minutes. This is the kind of music, it seems, that would benefit from longer tracks allowing the band to explore the material in more diversified ways, building in more and longer waves of rhythmic contraction and expansion. So I was disappointed to see that Modules on the present recording are even shorter, all between 7 and 9 minutes.
Llyria a different record from the previous two ECM productions in the sense that it is more lyrical (as the title maybe suggests; on the other hand it also may refer to a recently discovered luminescent underwater creature). They are beautiful, mellow tracks, superbly played and very well recorded. A marvelous disc to chill out. But it's not quite why I'm listening to a Bärtsch gig.Read more ›
The music is hard to define, having the instruments and qualities of jazz (all in the superior hallmark production values of an ECM album) but with the fast repetitive structures common in electronic music.
There's a philosophy behind the music, one you can read all about at the artists' website. But who cares, when the music is so exciting, meditative and unique, all at the same time?
My only concern is being this the third album, the group might start treading the same ground. The problem with minimalism, is that... well, its minimalistic. In the sense that there's not much room for growth- artistic and stylistic growth. they'll need to start reinventing themselves for the next album.
Still, Nik Bartsch's Ronin's journey is one you should come along with.
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Another fine offering from Nik Bartsch and his "zen funk" group Ronin. Echoes of Weather Report, Spyro Gyra, Passport around the edges. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Stephen T. Vessels
Nik Bartsch e seu Ronin é uma das melhores coisas que aconteceram em anos no cenário musical. Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by nazarevox
Listen to Ronin's older, pre-ECM CDs. You will be surprised how tight & groovy this collective can get. Ronin Live, Randori, just to name two of them. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Huldrych Schmid