by Cees van de Ven
Geert Vandepoele
Geert Vandepoele
Geert Vandepoele
  • country:Belgium
  • label:el NEGOCITO Records
  • type:Large Ensemble
  • artist submitted by:Q'Onda? vzw

Line up

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


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.”