Film director and screenwriter Jim Jarmusch is also a musician — not surprisingly, a very cinematic musician. His tastes in music are so much a part of his films: He often casts musicians in key roles and music as part of the storyline. Think about his film Down by Law, with saxophonist John Lurie and singer Tom Waits. Or Stranger Than Paradise, in which “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is a key character. The list is pretty long.
In 2010, Jarmusch curated the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties and joined us as a guest DJ on All Songs Considered to talk about his picks including Sunn 0)))/Boris, Raekwon, Hope Sandoval and T-Model Ford, who all make music with a rather dark veneer. In his own music, Jarmusch can usually be found playing dense, languid guitar textures — this recording with Jozef Van Wissem is a fine example. Van Wissem plays the lute with his heart equally in the 17th and 21st century. His love for the Baroque seems equal to his love for cut and paste techniques and finding adventure in the antique.
Together the two musicians have made a record called The Mystery of Heaven and it’s out Nov 13th. Here’s a song from the record, called “Etimasia.”
-Bob Boilen via NPR