The single from Dutch-born, New York-based lutenist, Jozef Van Wissem “Where You Lived and What You Lived For” is just shy of a couple weeks from its introduction on NPR (listen + read, here) and is already building mystery upon initial mystery. Nihil Obstat, Van Wissem’s newest, comes out April 23rd on Important Records and is one of several deeply and oddly-colored pearls on a long string of releases and collaborations, including that with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.
Van Wissem’s take on the lute works his experimental tendencies with the groundwork of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, creating intricate storylines that evoke classical, black metal, folk and avant garde, in spacious and thoughtful finger-pickings. Van Wissem has only a handful of US tour dates before he heads off to Europe and Milwaukee’s Sunday date (2/17) is one of them. Find information on that upcoming Milwaukee date, here.