Nik Bartsch

Born 1971 in Zurich. Pianist, Composer and Producer. Lives in Zurich. Instruction in piano and percussion from the age 8. 1997 Graduation from the ‘Musikhochschule Zürich’. 1989-2001 studies in philosophy, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich. 2003/04 stay in japan for half a year.

Ongoing work on his RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC as pianist and composer. Leader of MOBILE (since 1997; with Kaspar Rast, Mats Eser & Sha) and the zen-funk quintet RONIN (since 2001; with Kaspar Rast, Björn Meyer, Andi Pupato & Sha). Instructor for ‘Practical Aesthetics’ at the ‘Musikhochschule Zürich/Winterthur’ (2000-2003).

Co-founder of the Music club EXIL in Zurich (2009).

 Interest in the influence and the combination of music and movement, specially in the following Bodytechniques: Aikido, Feldenkrais, Gyrotonic

1999 and 2002 career award of the ‘UBS Cultural Foundation’

2002 ‘Werkjahr’ (career award) from the city of Zurich

2004 culture-award from the town of Zollikon (appreciation-award)

2006 priority jazz support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

2007 composition mandate from the Swiss Arts Council