Nik Bärtsch’s Solo Piano “Modular Movements” in Egypt
Swiss pianist, composer and producer Nik Bärtsch will be in Egypt this September to perform solo in Cairo and Alexandria.
The first concert will be at Cairo Opera House, on September 19, 2019, while the second will take place at Bibliotheca Alexandria, on September 21. The two concerts are part of Bärtsch tour in the MENA region and the Indian subcontinent.
Bärtsch normally work in three distinct formations: The group MOBILE plays purely acoustic music, performed in rituals of up to 36 hours, including light- and room design. The Zen-funk quartet RONIN, by contrast, is more flexible and plays the compositions more freely. As a solo performer Bartsch performs his compositions on prepared piano with percussion.
Bärtsch’s thinking and music are based on the tradition of urban spaces. They are not distilled from a national or stylistic tradition but from the universal sound of cities. His music draws its energy from the tension between compositional precision and the self-circumvention of improvisation. From self-implied restriction stems freedom. Ecstasy through asceticism.