Jozef Van Wissem will be back in Berlin in march! Highest Sea from Berlin will open the show!
Tickets will be available at the door.
An autodidactic author, a Renaissance talent in the cruelty of the 21st century, who switched the intense lifestyle of a new wave artist and bar owner from Groningen to a modern-age thinker who learned to play lute in New York, and then he became one of the most influental contemporary songwriters, known for his solo and cinematic works.
The background story of Jozef van Wissem led him to become a blooming, always inspired solo artist, who unfolds his dark, melancholic universe in avantgarde shapes, influenced by the sensitivity of minimalism, the timeless might of sacred music, and his roots from blues and his previous relationship with rock and roll and the noisy attitude from his new-wave experiments, orchestrated on his characteristic instrument, the lute.
His completely unique musical world can be easily verified by his collaborations, especially that these relationships are also strengthening his own musical character. He worked together with Zola Jesus, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), multi-instrumentalist Tetuzi Akiyama, industrial pioneer Maurizio Bianchi, and his long-time collaborative partner, also his friend, Jim Jarmusch. Their remarkable work for ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ earned the award for the best soundtrack at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, and their latest collaborative album, ‘An Attempt to Draw Aside The Veil’ has been released in early 2019 through Sacred Bones Records.
The timeless value of his work can be described by one of his previous interviews: “…the lute goes against all technology and against all computers and against all the shit you don’t need.” While, at the same time, no matter if we’re talking about his cinematic works, remarkable collaborations or his own full-lengths, the honest, pure, yet frightfully peccable sound of Jozef van Wissem can always remind us to our true selves, and also our deepest fears.