4 Jan 2016, by KristyVan Beek
starts on 13 Jan 2016,
ends on 15 Jan 2016
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On 13 and 15 January, Dutch innovative band The Ex is part of NYC Winter Jazz Festival. On January 13 they play at Le Poisson Rouge at 8 PM. On January 15 they play WNYC's Greene Space. You can purchase tickets for NYC Winter Jazz Festival HERE.
“Staying a bird, staying independent, free if you will, for three decades, that takes skill and something else, something more like heart.” -Music journalist John Corbett on The Ex.
The Ex have 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 ther starting point The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: 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 including Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, which eventually led to two CD recordings and hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria.
After 33⅓ years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances 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.
In 2005 the Winter Jazzfest is established to give greater exposure to jazz in New York and beyond. What started as a one-night festival featuring 19 groups has grown into four-day festival that lights up 10 venues with 100+ acts. The audience support grows year by year, as well as the constantly impressive artist pool who are able to blow everyone away and set the bar so high.
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