Nik Bärtsch teaches at Trinity

Swiss pianist, composer and ECM recording artist Nik Bärtsch is to teach extensively at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich

Pianist, composer and ECM recording artist Nik Bärtsch (pictured right), whom the Trinity Laban Conservatoire describe as “fearlessly creative”, begins a long­-term residency at Trinity Laban in Greenwich with a masterclass. For 18 months Bärtsch will be giving workshops and masterclasses at the conservatoire. He will also be leading a project with dancers and musicians for Co­Lab 2016, Trinity Laban’s annual festival of collaboration.

Delighted by this new development Simon Purcell, Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban, said: “Nik Bärtsch is a force of curiosity and progressivism, and these are qualities which complement the core skills we teach here at Trinity Laban. I think he embodies where we’re going.”

Trinity say Bärtsch is an influential figure in the contemporary music world and that his music is progressive, often exploring complex polyrhythms and textures as exemplified by his group Ronin. A video interview with Nik Bärtsch and Simon Purcell can be seen here.

Text by Mark Gilbert, photo by Marc Wetli

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