JOZEF VAN WISSEM at the Mills Gallery
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Non-Event and the Mills Gallery present

JOZEF VAN WISSEM
w/Jay Sullivan

The Mills Gallery
at The Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston (South End)
617.426.8835
Doors 7:30 p.m., Show starts promptly at 7:45 p.m. / $10

Composer and lute player, JOZEF VAN WISSEM, is renowned for his unusual approach of the Renaissance and Baroque lute, probably the most unlikely instruments in the world of contemporary music. He cuts and pastes classical pieces, reverses melodies, adds electronics and processed field recordings. This unusual marriage of composition and improvisation creates an unheard amalgam of contemporary, folk, and early music. Although he uses subtle electronic sound manipulation, he has largely stayed faithful to the particular timbre, resonance and playing technique of the lute. Van Wissem first came to be noticed a few years ago because of his radical conceptual approach to Renaissance lute music, deconstructing traditional pieces. He also composed his own pieces for lute, using palindromes and mirrored structures. His music has neither a traditional linear progression, it rather stays on the same level of intensity. Van Wissem runs the Incunabulum label, and performs extensively around the world. He also has ongoing collaborations with M.B./Maurizio Bianchi, James Blackshaw, and Tetuzi Akiyama.

Turntablist JAY SULLIVAN has been a mainstay of the New England noise and experimental music scene for the past nine years or so. Working with distressed vinyl, vintage record players, and a variety of electronic ephemera, he creates his richly crackling music out of dense fields of hiss and hum. In addition to his solo work, he has a longstanding duo project with cassette tape maestro, Howard Stelzer, called Skeletons Out and a newer trio called Ouest with Stelzer and sound artist, Brendan Murray. His collaborators range from local legend Vic Rawlings to Jeph Jerman and Richard Francis. He has releases forthcoming on Little Enjoyer, Banned Productions, and Semata.