Dear all,

I’m arranging some concerts for JOZEF VAN WISSEM.
He’s available in April and May 2012.

Please read here a biography + a Soundcloud link:

Composer and lutenist Jozef van Wissem is devoted to what he terms “The
Liberation of the Lute”. Taking an experimental approach to Renaissance
and Baroque forms of lute music, his compositions for the instrument have
involved a dynamic mix of conceptual, minimalist, classical and
improvisational strategies, seamlessly bridging the language of 17th
century music with that of the 21st, without compromising the timbre and
resonance of traditional lute playing techniques. Over the last two
decades, van Wissem has variously used cut-and-paste tactics, field
recordings, free improvisation, and created palindromic compositions by
playing pieces forwards and then backwards. The resulting sound world is
at once meditative and surprising, new and arcane. Mirror image melodies
are formed that step up and then back down seemingly without end, thus
eschewing traditional linear progression and climax, instead maintaining a
constant level of intensity. This music doesn’t demand concentrated
listening, but rather brings the listener into a state of concentrated
listening. His music is uncluttered and direct, with a viscerally hypnotic
and emotional impact,delivered with an ascetic intensity reflected both in
his Biblical titles and his No Wave influences. An incessantly touring
musician, van Wissem’s hypnotic live shows have taken him all over the
world. He has records out on Important Records and his own Incunabulum
label and has collaborated with James Blackshaw, Keiji Haino and Jim
Jarmusch amongst others. Van Wissem studied lute in New york with Pat
O’Brien and released a classical lute CD A Rose By Any Other Name
consisting of anonymous lute pieces. He lectures on “The Liberation of the
Lute” (at Harvard, Wesleyan University, Mills College amongst others) and
was commissioned by The National Gallery of London to compose a sound
piece to Hans Holbein’s painting The Ambassadors. His work is featured
more and more in documentaries and feature films and he recently composed
pieces for lute and voice for the new Sims Medieval video game’.

I hope to hear from you ASAP.



Some Noise asbl
C/O Alain Bolle
1050 Brussels 5


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