The Ex celebrates its 40th anniversary! As you can expect from Andy, Arnold, Katherina and Terrie will hardly look back and rather explore new roads; for example, this anniversary at the BIMHUIS will be co-organized by the adventuorous concert series An Interplanetary Night. The Ex welcomes many special guests, including Thurston Moore and Zewditu Yohannes. Thurston Moore is mainly known from Sonic Youth, and his current band is gaining recognition. The American singer and guitar innovator has been playing improv sets with members of The Ex for years. Zewditu Yohannes is an Azmari singer from Ethiopia. Azmari’s are travelling singers who celebrate the freedom of words. Zewditu is one of the strongest in that tradition that The Ex has encountered on their many journeys through Ethiopia: poetic and refined, but also straightforward and with an incredibly powerful voice. The Ex have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Departing from a line-up with guitars, bass, drums and voice The Ex continue to musically explore undiscovered areas. In doing so, they have influenced countless international bands. They have collaborated with the likes of Tom Cora, Instant Composers Pool, Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia. To this day the band has worked completely independent of record companies, managers or roadies.