Jozef Van Wissem is proof positive, beyond a shadow of a fucking doubt, that there is room for any voice in the modern pop landscape. The Dutch lutenist — who’s collaborated most notably with the filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, cf. e.g. i.e. on their 2012 The Mystery of Heaven album on Sacred Bones, as well as Van Wissem’s dizzying and stark soundtrack for Jarmusch’s vampire opus Only Lovers Left Alive — is also a tireless composer, pulsing out album after album almost yearly for the past two decades. Think of it: you are going tonight to see a man play a musical instrument the heyday of which was in the Renaissance. Maybe the lute itself will enjoy a renaissance for your being there tonight. You have only yourself to blame — and Van Wissem to thank — if that particular beautiful surreality comes to pass.
Jozef Van Wissem plays with Rocco Deluca at 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 24 at Zebulon.
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