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Ex Orkest is a special project, contrived, compiled and arranged by The Ex, at the request of the Holland Festival 2000. This record is a co-production of The Ex, Holland Festival, NPS Radio & TV, and Paradisolife.
"The Ex, one of truly the best live bands EVER, explodes on this CD, which is both a great departure from their own work and an expansion of their urgent, suspenseful, driving sound. With 20 musicians at their disposal, the work is like John Williams scoring and conducting Ex songs played by a marching band, huge, chaotically rhythmic but pitched forward w/ clarity. Weird chanting and whispering in the corners only adds to the mystery, while horns and drums reveal everything. If it's possible, this is 10x better than their records with Tom Cora from a number of years ago. "Een Rondje Holland" is a New Orleans street band meeting up with poetry, punk, Eastern- European folk and orchestral jazz: mournful and powerful, angry and crashing. One of the records of the year, in my book."
Ex Records, 2001
CD at The Ex shop - exmailorder.nl/shop/catalogue/een-rondje-holland
released January 1, 2001
Terrie (guitar), G.W. Sok (vocals), Luc (acoustic bass), Andy (guitar), Katrin (drums, vocals), Jaap Blonk (vocals), Han Buhrs (vocals), Jan Mulder (vocals), Roy Paci (trumpet), Felicity Provan (trumpet), Wilf Plum (drums), Michael Vatcher (drums, percussion), Ferry Heyne (valve trombone, trumpet, tuba), Wolter Wierbos (trombone), Joost Buis (trombone), Michael Moore (saxophone, clarinet), Wilbert de Joode (double-bass), Ernst Glerum (double-bass), Gert-Jan Blom (singing saw, groove-box), Hamish McKeich (director, electric bassoon).
"Symfonie Voor Machines" (track 3) is based on the piece "Zavod" (The Iron Foundry) by Alexander Mossolov (1900-1973), a suite from the ballet "Stal" (Steel, Opus 19, 1926), arranged by The Ex for Ex Orkest.
Recorded live on 8th (Paradiso, Amsterdam), 9th (Vooruit, Gent), 10th (Moers Festival, Germany) and 11th June (NPS/Paradisolife, Amsterdam).
Produced by Dolf Planteijdt, Zlaya and The Ex.
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