Monday, March 19, 2012
Short Notice.......JOZEF VAN WISSEM ...ShowThis Thursday, March 22nd
A Deep Listening Experience
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Mercury Lounge
56 Byward Market Square
8PM / $10
"Fresh off a fantastic new album with Jim Jarmusch, composer and
lutenist Jozef van Wissem continues his "Liberation of the Lute”.
Simultaneously austere and lush, Van Wissem's music draws inspiration
from the repeating patterns of minimalism, provoking for listener and
performer alike a transcendental state — meditative, but exciting,
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 brings the listener into a
state of concentrated listening."