Nik Bärtsch (*1971 in Zürich) is an internationally renowned composer, pianist and teacher. Bärtsch received lessons in jazz piano and drums from the age of eight; in 1997, he graduated with a classical piano diploma from the Zurich Academy of Music (now Zurich University of the Arts). Bärtsch is known as the founder of the so-called Ritual Groove Music. Either solo or with his groups Mobile and Ronin, Bärtsch plays textures between jazz, funk, new music, minimal, ritual and sacred music. His work is inspired by the Japanese culture, especially the martial art Aikido.