Advance ticket price till 16 October 2019
Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus and Tetuzi Akiyama's collaborator Dutch Jozef van Wissem returns with his exclusive film music written for Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive.
’The best known lute player of the Western world’ – states Quietus magazine about Jozef van Wissem. This unusual and introverted self-taught artist started off his career in Groningen basements, moved to New York, then to Prague and finally settled in Rotterdam to dedicate his life to his beloved instrument. Previously playing guitar in new-wave and experiemntal bands, Wissem broke up with rock and roll in 1993, sold everything he had and moved to the United States. For years, he didn’t give a sign to the external world, but practised with his special, giant-sized two-neck lute day and night instead.
’I spent my first years in New York like a monk’ – states Wissem about his early US time. Later on, he opened up and participated in various music projects. His most famous collaborator is not a musician though: he met Jim Jarmusch in the mid-00’s, and became close friends with the director. The duo even released a co-produced album in 2019 with the remakes of Wissem’s early work. The peak of their collaboration though was indoubtedly the 2013 movie Only Lovers Left Alive, with a soundtrack written by Wissem that even led him to receive an award in Cannes. This dark, melancholic and unique film music will be presented at the Budapest concert – serving as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the local fans, as the soundtrack is rarely played during Josef Wissem’s late shows.