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Newsletter #22 : January 2009
30 Years Of The Ex!
This year (2009) is the 30th anniversary of The Ex. After having played 1371 concerts all over the planet, The Ex, sometimes described as 'experimental trance-dance avant-afro-punk improv music', appears again with a change of lineup and a completely new program for the coming tour in march.
G.W. Sok decides to stop.
After 29 years G.W. Sok has decided to call it a day and not sing or tour with us anymore. After a long period of doubt and lengthy discussions he came to the conclusion that he had no longer enough enthusiasm for the complete Ex-undertaking. He wants to spend more time on writing and graphic design. He will continue to participate in Ex activities, one way or another.
Arnold de Boer of Zea new Ex band member.
For the coming tour in march we have invited Zea frontman Arnold de Boer to join us. One of our favourite musicians for many years now. We have worked together on The Ex 25-year Anniversary party 'The Convoy Tour'. Andy and Terrie also played with him last year may in Ethiopia and it worked a treat!. Arnold will play samples, beats, guitar, vocals and anything he can get his hands on. Terrie and Andy will continue to explore their baritone guitars which appeared in the last set and Katherina will find some more inventive rhythms and hopefully sing some more beautiful tunes.
The Ex + Ililta Band (Ethiopia) - Tour In March.
The Ililta Band (Ethiopia)
Singer and masinqo (one-string fiddle) player Chalachew Ashenafi was born 41 years ago in Debre Tabor, close to the city of Gondar in Ethiopia where most of the famous Azmaris originate from. He has played in Europe before, for the Ethiopian communities in Italy and Germany, but this will be his first time playing in front of a European audience. With the The Ililta Band, in traditional line-up, he joins forces with krar player Mesele Asmamaw and kebero (traditional drum) player Asnake Gebreyes. Both are well-known musicians from the Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed trio, who made a big impact in Europe until the untimely death of Jimmy in December 2006.
Getatchew + The Ex - tour in May.
One of the highlights in our history was the concert at the Lincoln Center in New York, in August last year. 5000 people came and we had incredible feedback - reviews in the New York Times and Downbeat - iisted in the top concerts of the year by All-that-Jazz magazine etc. Getatchew is coming back to tour with us this May in Italy and Spain.
The Convoy Tour (Ex Records)
The adventures of 35 of our favourite, very different musicians in a bus on tour in France. It was the first time Getatchew Mekuria was in Europe, there is Zu from Italy, Silent Block from France, Hisako Horikawa, a dancer from Japan, John Butcher (GB), The Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed trio (Ethiopia) with Han Bennink, Zea, Anne-James Chaton (F), The Evens (Ian MacKaye's new band), a living Ex jukebox, and much more. A film about far too long drives, amazing combinations and incredible musical adventures. Filmed by Emma Fischer and Jem Cohen and edited by Emma and Andy.
The Ex - "30" (Ex Records)
A special compilation of 30 years of The Ex's recorded history. A double LP and double CD of some of our favourite tracks, all remastered from the original recordings.
The Ex + Tom Cora - "Scrabbling At The Lock." (Ex Records)
Vinyl-only re-issue of The Ex + Tom Cora's first release from 1991, remastered from the original recordings.
Getatchew Mekuria + The Ex - "Moa Anbessa" (Terp Records)
Vinyl-only release of recordings first released on CD in 2006, to coincide with Getatchew Mekuria + The Ex tour in May.
Anne James Chaton+ Andy Moor - "Le Journaliste" (Unsounds 16U)
Andy's collaboration with French sound poet based around Chaton's portrait of a journalist - part of his series of a 100 portraits.
DJ Rupture + Andy Moor - "Patches" (Unsu01)
KatJon Band - "Duo" (Carrot Top, Saki-042)
Songs for guitar, drums and two vocals by Jon Langford (Mekons) + Katherina Ex.
Original Silence - "The Second Original Silence" (SMJZ 144)
Terrie, Mats Gustafsson, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore, Massimo Pupillo + Paal Nilssen-Love recorded live in Rome.
Lean Left - 2CD "Live At The Bimhuis" (Smalltown Superjazz)
Colin McLean + Andy Moor - "Everything But The Beginning" (Unsounds 17U)
Andy Moor + Yannis Kyriakides - "Rembetika" (7Things)
Andy Moor + Mia Clarke - Guitarguments (file 13)
Improvised guitar duo with ex-Electrelane guitarist Mia Clarke. A download only release. Release date February 2009.
Offonoff - Live in Kongsberg (Smalltownsuperjazz)
Terrie with Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) + Massimo Pupillo (bass). Second release on Smalltownsuperjazz. Release date March 2009.
Asi Foecker, Andy Moor, Tony Buck + Clayton Thomas
A collection of songs written by Asi. Release date summer 2009)
Dog Faced Hermans - "Hum Of Life" (Mississippi Records).
LP re-issue of the 1993 release, remastered from the original recordings.