Nik Bärtsch´s Ronin Llyrìa | ECM 2178 | ECM Records



Nik Bärtsch was born 1971 in Zurich and works as a pianist, composer and producer. He started playing piano and percussion by the age of 8, 1997 he graduated from the 'Musikhochschule Zürich'. From 1989 to 2001 he studied philosophy, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich. He continuously works on his ritual groove music as pianist and composer and is the 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). Furthermore he works as an instructor for ‘Practical Aesthetics’ at the 'Musikhochschule Zürich/Winterthur' (2000-2003). 2009 he co-founded the Music club Exil in Zurich.

Sha was born in 1983 and he plays the saxophone and the bass clarinet. Among his teachers are Don Li, Nik Bärtsch, Sujay Bobade and Bänz Oester. Sha is presently studying at the Jazz School in Lucerne.

He is also a member of Mik Keusen’s Blau and the leader and composer for his own band Banryu. Sha has worked with Anja Losinger, Walter Grimmer, Michael Gassmann, Philipp Schaufelberger and Claudio Puntin.

Björn Meyer was born and raised in Stockholm. His journey as freelance musician started 1989 with a wide spectrum of musical adventures. Traditional music, soundscapes, grooves and playing-techniques from all over the world have always been major influences on his music and also challanged him to develop a very personal style; always searching for new ways of expressing ideas on the bass. As a composer he also combines styles, traditions and moods to a unique form - a concept he calles 'Tripfolk or Bazaarmusic'. In 1996 Björn moved to Switzerland and since then works as a musician and producer in many national and international projects. Except being a member of Nik Bärstsch’s Ronin, he also plays with Asita Hamidi’s Bazaar and the swedish trio Bazar Blå a.o.


Kaspar Rast was born in 1972 in Zurich. He has been playing drums since the age of 6. He studied at the JMS in Zurich and the Drummers Collective in New York. Furthermore he made an education as a violinmaker. Kaspar’s list of concerts and tours covers Europe, Africa and South America. He works in various Swiss musical formations and projects, plays sessions and acts as a studio musician.

Andi Pupato was born in 1971 in Zurich. He studied percussion in Zurich, later at the Escuela de superación profesional de musica Ignacio Cervantes in Havana, Cuba and with José Luis “Changuito” Quintana. In 1994, Andi went to Senegal with the Senegalese master drummer Kounta’s band Dougou-Fana, where he studied traditional African percussion. At present, he works as a percussionist for various national and international bands (with Andreas Vollenweider among others) and is an active studio musician.