Josef Van Wissem

Josef Van Wissem

Josef Van Wissem is a Dutch minimalist composer and lute player based in Brooklyn. His soundtrack to the film Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch won the Cannes Soundtrack Award in 2013

To get into Jozef Van Wissem’s world is to surrender to the inevitability—and timelessness—of a strange music created at its own pace, in a manner wholly of its creator’s making. He sets the listener into a private world, looking out through a glass darkly, such is the intense quality of the music. Brevity, simplicity, directness is the key. (Quietus)

Van Wissem is ‘both an avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist, and thus no stranger to dichotomy,’ (New York Times). He has been ‘pushing the lute’s agenda out of the academy and into more accessible circles’ (Pitchfork). ‘He's performed over 800 solo lute concerts in churches and at concert venues around the world, including prestigious rock festivals like ATP and Primavera Sound, playing his all black, one-of-a-kind baroque lute custom built for him. Van Wissem has played live and recorded with Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton and Zola Jesus. On his latest record entitled When “Shall This Bright Day Begin” he also sings. The baroque sharp-tuned dances he weaves under his vocal line possess an occult delicate beauty’.(Mojo)

Via jozefvanwissem.com

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