Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch w/ SQÃRL

Late Show

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch w/ SQÜRL


Tue, May 7, 2013

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch w/ SQÜRL - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch w/ SQÃRL
Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem met on the streets of New York in 2006.
They shared a lot of interests 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 ‘70s. 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.

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, Sacred Bones, 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.
Mr Van Wissem makes his home in Brooklyn.
Noveller - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based sound artist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. She has performed in Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, and as a member of Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble. In March 2008, Lipstate joined Parts & Labor as their new guitarist and completed several U.S. and European tours before leaving the band in July 2009. Noveller has toured supporting Xiu Xiu, The Jesus Lizard, and Emeralds.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002