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Jozef Van Wissem (nl)

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 learned to play lute in New York, and then he became one of the most influential contemporary songwriters, the Dutch minimalist composer and lute player Jozef van Wissem. With the repetitive fingerpicking of Van Wissem, the magic of his dark melodic universe in avant-garde shapes with the influence of minimal drones is created and even evokes comparisons with Swans and the related side project Angels Of Light. The last two collaborative albums appeared with the always exciting Sacred Bones. The label for the sharp side of release-land, the label of Blanck Mass, Föllakzoid, Marissa Nadler, The Men and many others. Van Wissem made the soundtrack for the ‘Jarmusch’ film “Only Lover Left Alive”. With this remarkable work Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch earned the award for the best soundtrack at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Especially the ones that can listen in real silence to what the lute has to say and who can immerse themselves in beautiful soundscapes, are going to experience a special evening. Jozef van Wissem worked together with Zola Jesus, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), multi-instrumentalist Tetuzi Akiyama, industrial pioneer Maurizio Bianchi, and his long-time collaborative partner, also his friend, Jim Jarmusch. Their latest collaborative album, 'An Attempt to Draw Aside The Veil' has been released in early 2019. 'We Adore You, You Have No Name' has a typical Van Wissem signature; repetitive fingerpicking, a lot of atmosphere, the baroque sound and every now and then some fragments of lyrics. It is the magic of drones, the intriguing ambient which you can’t get enough of in one way or another.


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