Denton, Texas-based Fundamental blends collective-minded
improvisational music with rhythmic forms and structures.
The accessible yet cerebral music combines jazz, indie rock, Indian
classical, and groove-oriented music. Fundamental’s releases
HEMANDHERE (Armored Records, 2015) f. (self-released, 2013),
Development (Armored Records, 2012) and bandcamp only release
Root: Live at Rasoi (2013) make wide use of complicated rhythmic
structures, odd meters and extended improvisations while managing
to maintain a sense of accessibility to the average listener.
Fundamental’s origins lie in a Spring 2011 Texas tour with New York
based guitarist Miles Okazaki. The and learned and performed the
music of Okazaki who acted as a mentor to the young musicians (all
recent graduates or current students in the world-renowned
University of North Texas Jazz Studies program). After working with
Okazaki, Fundamental began focusing on original compositions by
guitarist Lane Garner which were developed through a sense
of collective arrangement by the band. Through a great deal of
performance around the Dallas – Fort Worth area this music evolved
into Fundamental’s distinctive sound.