Jozef Van Wissem + Provincials + Nathaniel Mann + Lee Ashcroft

Jozef Van Wissem + Provincials + Nathaniel Mann + Lee Ashcroft

20th February 2014

“As both an avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist, the Dutch musician Mr van Wissem is no stranger to dichotomy.” The New York Times

Jozef Van Wissem's music is uncluttered and direct, with a viscerally hypnotic and emotional impact and delivered with an ascetic intensity reflected in his catholic titles. Long form graceful melodies create a transcendental pastoral world.

An incessantly touring musician, his intense live shows have taken him all over the world, and he has performed at prestigious festivals like All Tomorrow’s Parties and Primavera Sound.

Van Wissem studied lute in New York City with Pat O’Brien and he gives lectures on “The Liberation of the Lute”. He was commissioned by London’s National Gallery to compose a sound piece to Hans Holbein’s painting The Ambassadors, and he performed lute and voice pieces for the Sims Medieval video game. In 2013 he won the Cannes Soundtrack award for Only Lovers Left Alive. He collaborates with Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton and Zola Jesus. Currently he is composing several soundtracks for cinema. An all black, one-of-a-kind baroque lute was custom built for him and according to NPR’s All Songs Considered, “his compositions are heavy and set in hypnotic darkness”.

He lives in New York City.

SUPPORT: Provincials
Polly Perry (of Polly & the Billets Doux), Steve Gibson and Seb Hunter (both of Crater) formed Provincials in March 2013. They improvise within loose song structures. And that's about it really.

"South England's Provincials charm their spontaneous songforms from the ether, conjuring a sound that recalls Charalambides at their most enchanted. Piano, guitar and vocals coalesce and disperse, not in some academic exercise but in melodic/emotive passages of channelled verse, hum, strum and chime. If it feels like spiritual music it probably is."

SUPPORT: Nathaniel Mann
Nathaniel Mann is best known as one third of Colchester's finest rough folk troupe Dead Rat Orchestra. He is currently Embedded composer in residence at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford & Oxford Contemporary Music. This has seen him touring the country with flying musical pigeons and casting tuned bronze meat cleavers in the relentless pursuit of new music. Expect stark unaccompanied folk, ukelele warmth and a smattering of the unexpected.

SUPPORT: Lee Ashcroft
Having spent ten years making an aural electro-nuisance of himself (The Nearly, Mixomatosis, Za Ginipiggu), Lee Ashcroft, with the help of a string quartet that may be obscured by darkness, or may not be there at all, wants to create something beautiful.

Tickets £6 / £5 concs.
Doors open 8pm.
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