In 2013 composer/lutenist Jozef van Wissem won the Cannes Soundtrack Award for best score at the Cannes Film Festival for “Only Lovers Left Alive” a vampire film by Jim Jarmusch. The soundtrack was released by ATP records in 2014 and skyrocketed into the charts. Jozef Van Wissem is ‘both an avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist, and thus no stranger to dichotomy,’ according to the New York Times. He scored several award winning soundtracks and is also acting in film. He’s performed over 800 solo lute concerts 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. He collaborates with Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton and Zola Jesus amongst others. ” He makes music which is hypnotic, in a way that’s just as challenging as more confrontational music. Van Wissem has been ‘pushing the lute’s agenda out of the academy and into more accessible circles’(Pitchfork). ’You don’t need to understand [his] compositional idiom to be mesmerised by his hall-of-mirrors instrumentals’ (MOJO), ‘ his compositions are mystic and set in hypnotic darkness” ( NPR”s All Things Considered). Wire Magazine described one of his albums as a masterpiece. On his latest record ‘ when shall this bright day begin” he also sings.
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Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch “Etimasia” (Official Music Video)
When Shall This Bright Day Begin (Trailer)
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