The Sugar Maple continues it's OPTION Milwaukee music series with independent Dutch music group, THE EX and Ken Vandermark. The show, sponsored by WMSE, is their first stop on their American tour.

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".
So far, in almost 31 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, 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.

TERRIE HESSELS - guitar, baritone guitar
ARNOLD DE BOER - vocals, guitar, sampler
ANDY MOOR - guitar, baritone guitar

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.
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