Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jim Jarmusch & Jozef Van Wissem Share Album Details, New Song, & Tour Dates



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photo courtesy of sara driver

Acclaimed lutist Jozef Van Wissem & American Auteur Jim Jarmusch have already announced their 2nd LP for this year, The Mystery of Heaven. Today, they share the album artwork, track-list & single from the album. Etimasia the 1st single from the album, features Van Wissem's incredible & fragile lute playing, while Jarmusch provides dissonance with his guitar. Together the two paint a beautiful sonic landscape, all while pondering mortality. Hear the track now at NPR.

About Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem met on the streets of New York in 2006. They shared a lot of interest and background so a collaboration and a friendship was born. Jarmusch was looking to have Van Wissem compose a score for a film he had been trying to make for years, what he described as a “crypto-vampire film” about two lovers, outsider types who have been in love for hundreds of years. Van Wissem's work comes from a tradition of avant-garde minimalism and lends itself well to the director's stark cinematic works. Jarmusch has played guitar in bands on and off since the late '70's. Van Wissem's compositional style involves hypnotic circular musical phrases that allow for a lot of contemplative space between the notes.

Their first live performance was in Issue Project Room in Brooklyn in October 2011, where they appeared together for a Van Wissem curated concert program called New Music for Early Instruments. The idea for their first album, Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity (Important Records) developed from their live performance. Jarmusch has said that he considers these songs as Van Wissem's compositions, and sees himself as someone filling in the background to Jozef's foreground, like the “scenic” on a film shoot, the one who paints the backdrops. “The sound of the lute is as bright as the sun, a beautiful red color and my stuff sounds sort of like the moon, more like blue, like mercury.”

Listen to the MP3 of Etimasia on SoundCloud

Watch the video for The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire below:

Tour Dates:

  • 09/30 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out Festival (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
  • 10/04 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
  • 10/07 - Chicago, IL - Wire Magazine Adventures in Modern Music Festival (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
  • 10/20 - New York, NY - Life or Death CMJ Showcase 92Y Tibeca
  • 11/28 - New York, NY - TBA (Record Release Show w/ Jim Jarmusch)

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