Adventurous and innovative Dutch band 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 their 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, and 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, organizing many projects, most striking perhaps was their collaboration with legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria.
The Ex also organizes the ‘Ex Festivals’, inviting a mix of jazz improvisers to collaborate, including Brass Unbound (Wolter Wierbos, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark and Roy Paci), Circus Debre Berhan and Fendika.