A new book by the pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch is to be issued by Swiss publisher Lars Müller in May.
Based on Bärtsch and his wife Andrea Pfisterer-Bärtsch's background as performers in live music and as aikido practitioners, Bärtsch, quoted by the publisher, comments: “Imagine a composer as an engineer, listen with all your senses like a martial artist, train your sense of tempo, time and timing like a drummer, act with a partner like a unit.”
Listening: Music Movement Mind, a series of illustrated essays, interviews, exercises and games Müller note also ''documents the stages of Bärtsch’s musical development.''
Ahead of publication Bärtsch solo piano album Entendre is to be released by the ECM label on 19 March.
Enter and throw: Nik Bärtsch, top. Photo: nikbaertsch.com