jozef van wissem is a Dutch lute player who vamps the instrument into the now. His spellbinding atmospheric music has the same sort of haunting resonance of Swans or Sunn O))) and his new album ‘Behold! I Make All Things New’ further explores this…

Jozef Van Wissem- Lute, Electronics

“Behold! I Make All Things New “ is all instrumental and consists of sparse works for lute and electronics. There are no vocals this time. It is more a return to the minimal neo-classical style of his early work. It was written and recorded in lockdown in Warsaw and Rotterdam between 2019 and 2021.

Jozef van Wissem is an avant-garde composer and lutenist playing his all black, one-of-a-kind custom-made baroque lute all around the world. The titles and the nature of his works often have a Christian-mystical appeal and the music he creates is simply timeless. In 2013 van Wissem won the Cannes Soundtrack Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive “. In December 2017 Jozef van Wissem was invited to perform the madrigal depicted in Caravaggio’s painting The Lute Player (1596) at the Hermitage museum of Saint Petersburg.

An autodidactic author, a Renaissance talent in the cruelty of the 21st century, who switched the intense lifestyle of a new wave artist and bar owner from Groningen to a modern-age thinker who studied lute in New York, and later became one of the most influential contemporary songwriters, known for his solo and cinematic works.

Van Wissem has earned much critical acclaim for his work, the ‘ liberation of the lute’ as he calls it. According to the New York times “Van Wissem is ‘both an avant- garde composer and a baroque lutenist, and thus no stranger to dichotomy”. According to The Quietus “Van Wissem is possibly the best know lute player in the western world. To get into van 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. (The Quietus)

His completely unique musical world can be easily verified by his collaborations, especially that these relationships are also strengthening his own musical character. He worked together with Zola Jesus, Tilda Swinton, Jarboe as well as with his long-time collaborative partner, also his friend, Jim Jarmusch. The timeless value of his work can be described by one of his previous interviews: “… the lute goes against all technology and against all computers and against all the shit you don’t need.”

DATES

Apr 1st: KINO MURANOW, WARSAW
Apr 2nd: KINO MURANOW, WARSAW
Apr 3rd: ARKAODA, BERLIN
Apr 18th: KOEPELKERK, ARNHEM
Apr 19th: MINARDSCHOUWBURG, GHENT
Apr 22nd: LAS PALMAS FILM FESTIVAL, GRAN CANARIA
May 5th: PEPPER CANISTER CHURCH, DUBLIN
May 6th: ST PATRICKS CHURCH, BELFAST
May 7th: ALL SOULS CHURCH, BELFAST
May 8th: VOODOO ROOM SPEAKEASY, EDINBURGH
May 10th: ST JOHN ON BETHNAL GREEN CHURCH, LONDON
May 13th: ERSBODA FOLKETS HUS, UMEA
May 14th: KATARINA KIRK, TALINN
May 15th: NOASS ART CENTER, RIGA
May 25th: BARRIO”S, MILANO
May 26th: DONG, MACERATA
May 27th: 30 FORMICHE, ROMA
May 28th: AUDITORIUM NOVECENTO, NAPOLI
May 29th: FREAK OUT, BOLOGNA
May 30th: CEMETARY, BUJE
Jul 23rd: NEW HORIZONS FILM FESTIVAL, WROCLAW

Previous articleNew and unseen photos of The Fall by Kevin Cummins out in October
Next articleGavin Martin RIP : music journalist legend dies
Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here