Jozef Van Wissem 2/11 @ Melwood Screening Room
New music for the medieval lute? Not only that, but Dutch minimalist composer and lutenist Jozef Van Wissem has been recording for both hipster label Sacred Bones and experimental bastion Important Records. About his second collaboration with filmmaker/guitarist Jim Jarmusch, “The Mystery of Heaven,” the influential Pitchfork Media said, “Even when they reach peak noise… it’s more hypnotic than aggressive.” Dusted praised his 2010 solo album “Ex Partis” as “elegant, spare, haunting, beautiful and at the same time brimming with prickly attitude.” Van Wissem is also one-half of the duo Brethren of the Free Spirit (with James Blackshaw) and has collaborated with UK actress Tilda Swinton, guitarist Gary Lucas (of Captain Beefheart fame), Italian harsh-noise icon Maurizio Bianchi
and Japanese avant-guitarists Keiji Haino and Tetuzi Akiyama.
For his fourth appearance in Pittsburgh (he previously appeared at Wood Street Gallery, Garfield Artworks and a now-defunct Morningside coffeehouse), Van Wissem will perform with a program of videos by New York-based Diego Barrera.
He’ll be at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Screening Room at 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland on Monday, February 11 for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 door available at Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield) and Caliban Books (Oakland), and for more info call
Pittsburgh Filmmakers at 412-681-5449.