Oct 5th 2020
October 5, 2020 at 1pm CT / Rebroadcast at 8pm CT
Option presents Terrie Ex
Option presents Terrie Ex
Terrie Hessels, guitarist, label owner and founding member of the seminal post-punk band ‘The Ex’ performs a set of solo music and discusses his work with Option programmer Ken Vandermark.
“I’ve been lucky to have heard Terrie Ex perform in a number of contexts over the past two decades. His creative energy on and off the stage is quite remarkable and his original and tireless contributions to adventurous music in the 20th and 21st centuries both as a performer and organizer are awe inspiring to say the least.” – Tim Daisy // Option Programmer
Terrie Ex Aka Terrie Hessels, born in Westzaan, 12 October 1954. Mother Atie (housewife-antropologist) played piano; father Wim (illustrator, poet, painter) double bass, ukelele, banjo and was a jazz guitar and vibes fanatic. Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Terry (!) Gibbs. Primary-school Westzaan, Atheneum-A, St. Michael College, Zaandam 1975, School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht 1979. Started playing guitar when he co-founded the Ex in 1979. Kind of coincidence; it was the instrument no-one wanted to play. Some 1900 concerts with The Ex ever since. More than 2000 in total. Next to all The Ex releases, he started free-improvising from the very start. From a little guitar solo on the Awara/Ex 7″ in 1981, till recent tours with Han Bennink or impro-groups Offonoff or LeanLeft (with Ken Vandermark, Andy and Paal Nilssen-Love). Drives a year along 21 African countries, with Emma Fischer in 1996. Starts in 2000 the TERP label, for his own impro-projects and African Music. Produced Cd’s with ao Tsehaytu Beraki, Getatchew Mekuria, Konono No.1 and Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed. 29 releases thus far. Lives with Emma Fischer and daughter Lena (17) in the Witte Villa in Wormer. Played with: Sonic Youth, John Cale, Getatchew Mekuria, Herman Brood, Herr Seele, Kamagurka, Jan Mulder, Mekons, Chumbawamba, Tsehaytu Beraki, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Jan Akkerman, Djibril Diabate, Butch Morris, Mats Gustafsson, ICP, Wolter Wierbos, Wilbert de Joode, Zu, Guy Picciotto, Roy Paci, Cactus Truck, Christine Senaoui, Ig Henneman, Tim Hodgekinson, Michael Vatcher, Magpie Dancecompany, Alex d’ Electrique, Ferrie Heyne, Saadet Turkoz, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Melaku Belay, Endris Hassen, Misale Legesse, Noel Akchote, Akira Sakata, Ada Rave, Jamie Breezy Branch, Large Unit, Fendika, Ayalew Mesfin, Konono No.1, Carlos Zingaro, Frank Rosaly, Played duo gigs/tours with: Andy Moor, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, John Butcher, Rozemarie Heggen, Jaap Blonk, Paul Lovens, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joost Buis, Xavier Charles, Thurston Moore, Steve Beresford, Moe! Staiano, Katherina ‘Ex’ Bornefeld, Tony Buck, Tom Cora, Lasse Marhaug, Ken Vandermark, Steve Albini, Wim Janzen (accordion), Rene van Barneveld, Onno Govaert, George Hadow, Colin Stetson, Romeo Mayor, Peter Zegveld, Kaja Draksler, Mary Oliver Played solo.
Photo by Tim Ditzel