rhiz. Permanent Underground Festival
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 1200 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 build for him. The titles of his works often have a Christian-mystical appeal. Van Wissem moved to New York in 1993 and studied lute with Pat O’Brien.
In 2013 he won the Cannes Soundtrack Award for best score at the Cannes Film Festival for “Only Lovers Left Alive”. Van Wissem has released four records with the film director Jim Jarmusch. He was commissioned to compose a sound piece for Hans Holbein’s painting ‘The Ambassadors” (1533) by the National Gallery. In December 2017 he was invited to perform the madrigal depicted in Caravaggio’s painting ‘the Lute Player ‘(1596) at the Hermitage museum.
His new record, features this Renaissance work, entitled “ You Know That I Love You”. The record’s title ” We Adore You, You Have No Name” comes ” from the Secret of Secrets book, a description of worship of the nameless all-inclusive God.””
support: Lukas Glanz
The simple fullness of his melodies allows one to linger in the melancholy and yet move onwards in the search for fulfillment of longing and inner peace. It’s about a journey into solidarity, into a place that lies in all of us. A place with burning rivers, relentless rain and silent, symbolic words.
Floating chords in which there are a natural depth, pervading the darkness surrounding us, like the unconditionally shining moon. A story of passion is told arising from the lack of understanding a world in which it is not about joy.
supported by MA7 – Stadt Wien