Live recordings of this European improvising quartet with Mark Sanders and Luc Ex, recorded for Le Pole Sud in Strasbourg
Label: Red Note
Released in: The Netherlands
"SPEEQ is a quartet of European improvisers which came together for the first time in March 2006 at the Banlieues Bleues festival North of Paris. Other concerts followed on different jazz festivals like: Luz Saint Sauveur, 'Jazz d'Or' in Strasbourg 'Cheltenham Jazz festival' and 'Europa Jazz' in LeMans. Other festivals will follow later this year (Pori, Nantes, Bordeaux). One of those concerts (Stasbourg) was very well recorded. This was lucky because not always a good concert also means a good recording (or the other way around) but this time everything fell on it's place: 58 minutes of intense, sharp and beautiful free improvised music. Sometimes the pieces sound more like songs than the more usual abstract improvising. The beauty also lies in the different backgrounds of the musicians. Sidsel Endresen, with her very beautifull voice and her special 'sidsel-language', comes from world of contempory music and music around the 'ECM'-label. Mark plays with a wide range of jazz musicians (Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Bill Laswell) but also with more 'rock' groups like Jah Wobble. Hasse plays in the group of Louis Sclavis and his acoustic guitar can easely combine almost classical jazz with pure noise. Luc Ex acoustic bass brings along his 'punk background' of The Ex and later 4Walls."-Red Note
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"Born as Luc Klaasen in 1958 in Holland. After being a taxi-driver in Amsterdam he started his activities as musician (The Ex), making films (Mal Films) and was also one of the founders of the CD distribution and production company 'Konkurrent Onafhankelijk Muziekbedrijf BV'. In 2015 he stopped with his work @ Konkurrent.
For many years he was one of the driving forces behind the band THE EX.The Ex received large international recognition for there unconventional and fresh interpretation of music and its different styles, their consistent political attitude, their 'organic way' of making music and the fact they kept their independancy from the big commercial musicbusiness. After they won the national dutch pop-price 'BV POP' price in 1991 this appreciation only got bigger.
The Ex always worked with a diverge variety of artists and musicians like Han Bennink, Ab Baars, american avantgarde cellist Tom Cora (The Ex & Tom Cora 1991-1995), kurdish singer Brader, the Malian group Lanaya and toured with popgroups like Sonic Youth, Shellac, Chumbawamba, Tortoise & Fugazi.
One of his last projects within The Ex was the spectacular orchestra 'EX ORKEST': a 20 piece bigband with an enormous sound, dynamics and energy. Lyrics were written by the dutch writer and ex-soccer player Jan Mulder (Ajax, Anderlecht)."-Luc Ex Website (https://www.lucex.nl/bio-discography/)
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"Mark Sanders has played with many renowned musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jah Wobble, Sidsel Endresen , Charles Gayle, Peter Evans and William Parker. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including Evan Parker, `Foils` with Frank Paul Schubert and Matthius Muller and groups with Veryan Weston, John Tilbury, Agusti Fernandez and Mathew Shipp. Mark works in a regular improvising duo with John Butcher and also performing John`s composition `Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Rio de Janiero, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Glasgow, Bristol and London. In a trio with cellist Okkyung Lee, John and Mark have played in Belgium, France, England and Scotland. He also has a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`.
He has performed solo for a Christian Marclay exhibition at The White Cube Gallery in London, Evan Parker`s festival`Unwhitstable` in Wroclaw, Poland for `Solos Festival` The 100 Years Gallery London, an improvised music series in Derby and Cafe Oto in London. Working with Christian Marclay in his `Everyday` piece for film and live music, he has performed in Aldeburgh, Ruhr Trienalle, Vienna Bienalle, Holland festival and London`s QEH and has also collaborated with him playing for the film `Screenplay`in London and Lisbon. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Brian Irvine/Jennifer Walshe, Alex Hawkins Ensemble featuring Peter Evans, Simon Fell Ensembe, groups with Hasse Poulsen and Luc Ex , Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Mitchener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in the groups of Shabaka Hutchings including`Sons of Kemet` Conceptual Artist Sam Belinfante collaborated with Mark in his piece `On the One Hand, and the Other` in two exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist with orchestras conductedd by Jessica Cottis, playing the music of John Coxon in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.
Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , and the ensembles of Mikolaj Trzaska, Uwe Oberg and Peter Jaquemyn. He has performed in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Morrocco, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Turkey, playing at many major festivals including Nickelsdorf, Riga, Ulrichsburg, Glastonbury, Womad, Vancouver, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Berlin Jazz days, FMP, Mulhouse, Luz, Minniapolis, Banlieue Bleues, Son D`hiver and Hurta Cordel."-Mark Sanders Website (http://www.marksanders.me.uk/biography.html)
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Country: The Netherlands
Recorded live at Le Pole Sud / Strasbourg for Jazz d'Or on November 12, 2006.
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1. Clean 5:31
2. Young 2:32
3. Money 4:05
4. Never 3:41
5. Heard 4.24
6. Small 4:20
7. Sound 3:53
8. Could 1:38
9. Break 5:12
10. Their 7:54
11. Stone 5:12
12. Faces 4:28
13. Apart 3:05