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Maximalist! (band)

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Maximalist! was an ensemble formed to perform the compositions that Thierry De Mey and Peter Vermeersch wrote for the dance choreographies of Wim Vandekeybus. The music they performed mixed avant-garde jazz with minimal music; hence (by contrast) the name of the band.


De Mey and Vermeersch had met each other in their previous band Union, an avant-garde punk jazz/classical music ensemble. When the constraints of writing and playing from music scores became too much of a restraint for Peter Vermeersch, he and De Mey split ways in 1989. Maximalist! became a direct precursor to the later band X-Legged Sally, with three early members already present: Peter Vermeersch, Jean-Luc Plouvier and Eric Sleichim.


  • Thierry De Mey (percussions)
  • Dirk Descheemaeker (bass clarinet)
  • Jean-Paul Dessy (cello)
  • Walter Hus (piano)
  • Jean-Luc Plouvier (piano)
  • Eric Sleichim (saxes)
  • Peter Vermeersch (clarinet)
  • Discography

  • Rosas danst Rosas (1983)
  • Maximalist! (1984)
  • What the body does not remember (1989)
  • References

    Maximalist! (band) Wikipedia

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