Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends
"Y'Anbessaw Tezeta is the second studio album by Ethiopian tenor saxophone player Getatchew Mekuria in collaboration with Dutch punk rock band The Ex and several other musicians."
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests
"it is a magnificent melding of cultures. [...] Moa Anbessa is a great introduction to Mekurya for rock fans. The Ex doesn’t cut their intensity a bit – heck, they need it all to keep up with Mekurya, still going strong in his seventies. This is a powerful, rocking record that will thrill even listeners who’ve never bought a “world music” album in their lives."
Gustafsson / Vandermark / Baars / Nilssen-Love
"Recently unearthed, 7", 45 RPM, single, recorded during two 'Saxophone' projects of The Ex in Ethiopia. Features a trio of Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, and Paal Nilssen-Love, and Mats Gustafsson solo on the B-side. "
Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex
"From 2007 Jaap Blonk started occasionally playing duo with Terrie Ex. In 2012 The Ex brought Jaap to Ethiopia for a ‘Soundpoetry’ series of concerts and workshops, together with French soundpoet Anne James Chaton."
Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex
""...Terrie was already bouncing towards Vandermark with a drumstick and too much energy that he needed to get rid of urgently. It was only a matter of seconds before the two gave their all, in that strange combination of seemingly incompatible tactics that somehow fit together. The rhythmic accents of Vandermark were razor-sharp and turbulent, and were executed with the same crackling energy that Hessels treated the strings with. The interaction was jumpy, constantly on the move, with a strong dash of humor (especially by an unleashed Hessels, who treated his guitar and the stage with a hammer (!)), but also an instinctive one; interaction that, despite enormous freedom, also led to a set that was as short as it was consistent.” (Guy Peters). "
"Konono No.1, Orchestre Tout Puissant Likembe, from Kinshasa, Congo, was founded more than 25 years ago by likembe (thumb-piano) virtuoso Mingiedi Mawangu. The band was one of the first groups to use electric amplified likembes. They built everything themselves. The pick-ups were made from hammered bits of car starter-motors, handwound with copper-wire; they made wooden microphones and jack-plugs from bits of copper-wire and branches. With a 25 watt amplifier on a car battery and the typical "lance voix" field speakers they play fast, powerful, distorted music with the energy and rawness of a punk band. Konono No.1 plays music based on the tradition of the Bazombe, a tribe living on the border of Angola and Congo. Their style is also the basis of modern Congolese music like Zaiko Langa Langa. They have three likembes (solo, accompaniment, and bass), three drummers (congas [ngoma], cowbells, and a kind of hi-hat from metal plates), two singers, three women dancers and the mysteriously moving "president". It is a rough type of urban Congolese music. The lyrics are a bitter comment on the social situation in the Congo. This CD is a tribute to Konono No.1, to that first ever gig in Holland. It's a rough recording, recorded in stereo directly from the mixing-desk. But the music speaks for itself. PLAY LOUD!"
Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Mesele Asmamaw
"The Ex were in Ethopia in 2010 for their "Free the Jazz" saxophone project, here presenting Mats Gustafsson on baritone saxophone, Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, and Mesele Asmamaw on krar, a stringed bowl-shaped lyre."
"A wide range of singers were invited to perform Tlahoun's songs, with the master himself sitting at the front surrounded by his family. All of the singers were very strong. It seems Tlahoun has no reason to worry about his heritage surviving! Amongst the many performers there that evening, some in particular stood out. There was Betsat Seyoum, a well known Asmari singer. Her background is based in the world of bar musicians, renowned for their use of double meanings in their choice of words in songs; by a subtle play on words she could make people crack up with laughter, even in the most serious context."
"Jimmy specialized in the songs of Tlahoun Gessesse, the greatest singer ever of Ethiopia. Still, Jimmy always remained true to himself and sang with both depth and passion, but his style was also improvised and swinging. He was physically always really frail, his spirit and mind though, were incredible. He could sleep whole days, almost disappearing. But, when he was singing and performing, he was strong and fit like nothing on earth. The larger the audience, the stronger he seemed to be. We will never forget the classic concerts at the Moers Jazz Festival, the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Grand Mix in Tourcoing and almost any other performance he did."
ozemarie Heggen & Terrie Ex
"Two musicians from very different musical backgrounds. Terrie as electric guitarist of The Ex and improviser, and Rozemarie, double bassist, as a performer of contemporary music and improviser. After a shared experience in the Ex Orkest, a further cooperation seemed clear and resulted in this CD. Openness, intuition, intensity, joy are a few of the basic elements which made the special connection that have taken them both to a different level of music-making. Exploring new territory can definitely be heard in their playing. The eleven improvisations on "Fiets" are little stories, experiences you might have while doing a very Dutch thing; making a ride on your bicycle (fiets). Have a good listen!..."