FUNDAMENT

(Belgium)

Fundament photo by Geert Vandepoele
Fundament photo by Hazzepoes

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FUNDAMENT describe themselves as a “small army of bass instruments” and their roll call bears this out: five double-bass players, seven low brass including a tubax (a tuba-saxophone hybrid), and low-register voices for good measure. In contrast to low-end legends like Sunn O))) and Boris, however, FUNDAMENT are all acoustic, shaking and rattling and growling without amplification.

FUNDAMENT were founded by Peter Jacquemyn, a double-bass player, draftsman and sculptor. Jacquemyn wanted FUNDAMENT shows to be living, breathing entities. To that end, the group’s musicians aren’t static; they march forward, back and across like pieces on a chessboard, menacing the audience with blasts of sound like a dive-bar punk show. The music constantly changes: improvisation is the beating heart of every FUNDAMENT performance. It is visual spectacle fused with otherworldly music, what Jacquemyn characterises as an “exploration and celebration of the underflow.”

Peter Jacquemyn, double bass, vocals and concept
Eric Sleichim, tubax, vocals
Yannick Peeters, double bass, vocals
Kristof Roseeuw, double bass, vocals
Lode Leire, double bass, vocals
Pieter Lenaerts, double bass, vocals
Jan Pillaert, tuba, vocals
Carl-Ludwich Hübsch, tuba, vocals
Matthias Muche, trombone, vocals
Gregoire Tirtiaux, baritone saxophone, vocals
Mathieu Lilin, baritone saxophone, vocals
Peter Verdonck, bass saxophone, vocals