Jaap Blonk (born in Woerden in 1953) is most widely known as sound poet, but is also a composer, literary poet and visual artist. In addition to performing together with The Ex at Explore the North, he will also be taking the stage on his own as a poet. Blonk taught himself extreme vocal techniques, which have had him invited to perform across the world. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unparalleled, with his special stage persona and candid improvisations combined with a strong sense of structure.