EX MORTIS

by jozefvanwissem

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The title of the album is inscribed in the neck of the lute used on this recording and depicted on the cover. “ EX MORTIS“- meaning from death - refers to the Renaissance of the Baroque Lute which disappeared for 200 years and first made a come back during the German Wandervogel movement in the 1920’s. Van Wissem has fully emancipated the Lute in a non- classical setting and used it in film soundtracks, video games, contemporary dance etc. The record is inspired by “ The Booke of Gostlye Grace” by the German nun Mechthild of Hackeborn and her sisters, written at the convent of Helfta in the 1290s. The book consists of her visions and the dialogue between Mechtild and God, an intensely religious but also erotic relation. On ‘ Vox Populi, Vox Dei “ Jarboe (of Swans) sings with Van Wissem. ‘ Cold Corpse “ includes vocals by Nikolaj Komiagin (of Shortparis). On ‘ Consume the Sacrifice’ Thor ( of Swans) plays percussion.

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released February 7, 2020

Jozef Van Wissem Voice, Lutes , Electronics, Beats
Dutch Lute build by Lauri Niskanen, after Laux Mahler ( 1550)
Artwork by Sergey Marinichev
All compositions by Jozef Van Wissem


With Guests :
Jarboe
Thor ( Swans)
Nikolaj Komiagin (Shortparis )

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Van Wissem is ‘both an avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist, and thus no stranger to dichotomy,’ (New York Times). He has been ‘pushing the lute’s agenda out of the academy and into more accessible circles’ (Pitchfork).

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