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Venue:
Boot & Saddle1131 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $14 General Admission, 21 and over
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 9:00pm

The Ex and Ken Vandermark

Terrie Hessels, guitar + baritone guitar
Arnold De Boer, vocals + guitar + sampler
Andy Moor, guitar + baritone guitar
Katherina Bornefeld, drums + vocals
Ken Vandermark, reeds

Ars Nova Workshop and R5 Productions are pleased to present The Ex and Ken Vandermark.

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 interwoven 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. In over 30 years, The Ex has played 1500 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. 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.

Since the spring of 1986, Ken Vandermark has worked to expand the possibilities of improvised and composed music. He has worked continuously from the middle 1990's onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, and his primary creative focus has been contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. Vandermark moved to Chicago from Boston in 1989. Since then he's performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians, touring on a regular basis in North America, Europe, and Japan for more than half of each year. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In 1999, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.