Dutch post-punk legends The Ex make a welcome Berlin appearance this April. Over their lengthy career the band have worked amongst many others with D/B favourites Tortoise for the In The Salt Tank series and are well loved for their explosive live shows.
[audio:Tortoise & The Ex Track 2.mp3]Local support comes in the form of Axel Dörner’s compositions on trumpet and electronics making for another supremely recommended double-bill at Marie Antoinette.
Formed in 1979, The Ex has developed over the years into a melting-pot of diverse musical styles: noise, rock, jazz, improvisation, and ethnic musics have been interweaved under one unique umbrella: “Ex-music”. Discordant, highly rhythmic guitars, the rolling, almost African drumming style, and the intense delivery of the often ironic lyrics give the music of The Ex its special character.
The Ex | Live in Regensburg 2009
So far, in almost 30 years, The Ex has played 1371 concerts all over Europe, North America and Africa, and released over 20 albums. Never pigeon-holed into one of pop music’s corny corners, The Ex is continuously in development, and always open for new ideas and collaborations with people of all kinds, people whose spirit inspires and appeals to the group. The main principle remains; to make music with heart and soul, out of reach of commercial trends or expectations.
The consequent independent approach of the group and the manner in which they organize their concerts and release and distribute their records themselves, has set a significant example for the alternative music circuit.
21-inch feat. Axel Dörner
Born in Cologne,1964. Studied piano and trumpet (with Malte Burba) at the Musikhochschule, Cologne. Moved to Berlin in 1994. He has worked together with numerous internationally respected figures in the fields of “Improvised Music”, “Composed Contemporary Music”, “Jazz” and “Electronic Music”.
He has developed a unique style of trumpet playing based in part on unusual, often self-invented techniques. He has toured in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and Asia (Hongkong) and appeared on numerous CD and record releases.
The Ex & Axel Dörner LIVE
Wednesday, 13th April 2011 | 20:00 CET
Marie Antoinett | Bogen 47, Holzmarktstr. 15-18| 10179 Berlin
www.theex.nl | www.myspace.com/axeldorner