Nik Bärtsch is writing a piece for the opening concert of the 2017-18 At Lunch series. He will also mentor the winning composer of the OPUS 2017 scheme, whose work will also be premiered during these concerts.
Nik is a Swiss pianist, composer and producer. Described by Observer Music Monthly as “music that throbs with a pulsating dynamism that’s almost hypnotic” Nik Bärtsch draws on inspirations from John Cage to James Brown, yet creates a strongly individual sound. He currently works in three parallel musical settings: as a solo artist, with the acoustic group Mobile and with the ‘zen-funk’ group Ronin. As a solo artist he performs his own compositions on prepared piano with percussion. Mobile plays purely acoustic music, performed in rituals of up to 36 hours, which include lighting- and room design.
Britten Sinfonia’s collaboration with Nik Bärtsch has been generously supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.