THE EX + SPECIAL GUESTS

Wharf Chambers, Leeds.

THE EX + SPECIAL GUESTS

INTERIOR + TALLY HO PRESENTS: THE EX (NL) AT WHARF CHAMBERS

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INTERIOR + TALLY HO PRESENTS: THE EX (NL) AT WHARF CHAMBERS

The Ex has defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the
punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to
retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as
their starting point, The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right
up to the present day.


Already the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band.
In the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical
backgrounds like Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder and
Shellac. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, organized many
projects over there and invited several Ethiopian musicians to Europe. Most striking was
the collaboration with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria, which eventually led
to two CD recordings and more than a hundred concerts.


The band also started organizing the ‘Ex Festivals’, where they invited their favorite
musicians. A mix of jazz improvisers, musicians from all over the world and local treasures
they came across on tour. The last few years saw collaborations with Brass Unbound
(Wolter Wierbos, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark and Roy Paci), Circus Debre Berhan
and Fendika, both from Ethiopia, and many, many more.


After all these years, more than 25 albums and around 1900 concerts the band continues to
work as they did in when they began, completely independent of record companies,
managers or roadies. Because of this ‘do it yourself’ work ethic The Ex is still a great
example for other forward-thinking bands and musicians.