I owned a bar/coffeshop in Groningen, Netherlands, and lived the rock and roll lifestyle in the early nineties: I played electric guitar in new wave (Desert Corbusier) and experimental bands. I eventually got tired of this extravert lifestyle and noise, sold the bar and moved to New York in 1993. I then remembered some of the lute repertoire I had got acquainted with as a classical guitarist, and started to study lute with a teacher, Pat O’Brien (who was a guitarist himself and a student of Reverend Gary Davis). It was part of a period of deep introspection, I lived like a monk during my first years in New York. My first lute ...


Composer/lutenist Jozef Van Wissem to release new album on Crammed's Made To Measure series

The New York-based Dutchman's very personal work was recently showcased in his award-winning soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive". Both Jarmusch & Yasmine Hamdan are guesting on the new album.

The entrancing "It Is Time For You To Return" is Jozef Van Wissem's brand-new album (his first for Crammed Discs' revived Made To Measure series), and functions as a perfect introduction to his music which, this time around, is enhanced by a new feature, as Jozef wrote and performed hypnotic vocals for some of the nine pieces.

The album also benefits from the presence of young Chilean filmmaker Domingo Garcia-Huidobro, who contributed electronic programming on a couple of tracks. And Jim Jarmusch (on guitar) & Yasmine Hamdan (on vocales) appear on one of the songs.

"It Is Time For You To Return" will be coming out on November 10, 2014.
Jozef Van Wissem will be extensively touring around Europe and the USA, check the dates here.

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JOZEF VAN WISSEM - It Is Time For You To Return
It Is Time For You To Return

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