Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – Llyria

December 7, 2010 / No Comments / Tags: ecm, llyria, nik bartsch, ronin

(ECM Records)

Lyria is the free-ranging new album from the Swedish band Ronin, helmed by pianist Nik Bärtsch. The compositions are explorations of grooves and musical lyricism It’s a free-ranging expedition of piano, clarinet and saxophone over metronomic grooves. But far from being The music here is quite expansive and contempelative at the same time. Bärtsch, the project’s composer, is complemented greatly by Sha, whose bass clarinet and saxophone work on the project adds color to the music. Also adding breadth to the sound are Bjorn Meyer on bass, Kaspar Rast on drums and Andi Pupato on percussion. Llyria is a recording that goes well beyond merely entertaining to become truly immersive listening.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Modul 51”.

Tracks: Modul 48, Modul 52, Modul 55, Modul 47, Modul 53, Modul 51, Modul 49_44.