Frontman of FES is Peter Vermeersch, composer, saxophonist and producer (eg from the first dEUS CD, Raymond het Groenewoud, Mad Dog and Het Zesde Metaal). He created music for numerous own bands, he composed for theater and dance productions of a.o. Wim Vandekeybus Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Dito'Dito, Walpurgis, Radeis, Peter De Bie and Josse De Pauw. In addition he wrote for the Arditti Quartet, Prima La Musica, Spectra Ensemble, Mirror Quartet, Laika, Het Paleis and the Smith Quartet and performed with groups like Fred Frith, The Simpletones and Jazz Work from Berlin. From 2004 to 2006 he was city composer of the city Ghent. In 2005 he was hired as curator of the biennial Time Festival. In 2009 he composed the soundtrack for the film "My Queen Karo” by Dorothée van den Berghe and in 2014 he wrote for the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège 'Zwerk', a composition commissioned by Ars Musica.
He is the artistic director of this fourteen piece orchestra, which, beside himself consists of: Benjamin Boutreur (alto sax), Peter Delannoye (trombone), Berlinde Deman (tuba), Luc van Lieshout (trumpet), Bart Maris (trumpet), Michel Mast (tenor sax), Marc Meeuwissen (trombone), Kristof Roseeuw (double bass), Peter Vandenberghe (piano & keyboards), Bruno Vansina (baritone sax and flute), Teun Verbruggen (drums), Pierre Vervloesem (guitar) and Tom Wouters (clarinet and vibraphone). Depending on the production, guest musicians are invited. In the past FES collaborated with, a.o. Uri Caine, Toots Thielemans, Jimi Tenor, John Watts, Esther Lybeert, Ernst Reijseger and Mauro Pawlowski
FES musicians get selected for their personality and creativity, rather than for their technical skills (though obviously not unimportant), resulting in a broad spectrum of talents.