(Tonus-Music)

Bärtsch’s approach to solo piano pieces is somehow reminiscent – not only for the Japanese title – of an oriental ceremony, such is the seriousness and the utter avoidance of embellishments and gratuitous effects during the continuing proficiency of his music. Nik is grasping concepts and mathematics to transform them into beautiful harmonic creatures intersected by obsessive moods and reiterative phrases. He’s an observer of tides, an intelligently poised rider of an artistic currency he himself invented; his compositional method is at the same time familiar and completely new to my ears, its staying power pretty high in memory. In the parched world of new music this Swiss musician is surely going to soar to well deserved high consideration.

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