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Description: Maurice was born in Harlem, New York City. It is said his appreciation of music began with the Apollo Theatre, where his mother would often catch a matinee while still pregnant with him. He grew up

Maurice was born in Harlem, New York City. It is said his appreciation of music began with the Apollo Theatre, where his mother would often catch a matinee while still pregnant with him. He grew up on Staten Island in a musical neighborhood where inspiration was everywhere. There were the sounds of conga drums in the parks in summer and gospel music at church on Sundays. He learned to love jazz from his dad, Elliot Oliver. Through junior high and high school Maurice played drums and orchestral percussion and began to perform with professional musicians. For many years he lead rock, blues and jazz bands, performing around the East Coast in clubs, festivals & cultural events.

At The Julliard School of Music In Manhattan, Maurice studied orchestral percussion, majoring in tympani. At The New School of Social Research he studied with such great artists as Oliver Lake, Sam Rivers, Karl Berger and Jimmy Guiffre. He studied electronic composition with John Watts, founder of The Composers Theatre in NYC. In the 1980’s Maurice received grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, and The New York Urban League, as well as The Composer’s Award and the New York City Council for the Arts Grant for percussion workshops in public schools.

Living in Amsterdam for a few years provided Maurice an opportunity to perform and write music in other genre and collaborate with musicians from around the world. He learned to play West African drums, such as talking drum, djembe and baliphone with master drummer Babatundi Olatunji, and studied Afro-Brazilian rhythms with Airto, Ciro Baptista and Nana Vasconcelos on traditional instruments such as the quica, agogo, caxixi and berimbau. Jo Papo Dadiego brought expertise in Afro-Cuban music as well.

Maurice founded the band, Rhythm Method, with his brother Steve The band featured live percussion, keyboards and guitar and performed in such renowned venues as the Melkweg/Milky Way in Amsterdam and Exit and Tressor in Berlin. Rhythm Method was one of the first American bands to perform live at the Love Parade in Berlin. In New York City the band performed regularly at The Limelight, The Shelter, The Ritz and The Roxy. Under Maurice’s leadership, Rhythm Method released “The Future EP” on Adrenalin Records in 1993. In 1996, the album “Dream Wanderers” was released with C&S Records. He wrote the song, “But You Must” for the Killing Zoe soundtrack, Milan Records/BMG.

Their most acclaimed song, “Goa Season of the Monsoon” was included on the compilations, “United State of Ambience” on Moonshine Records and Trance Masters 2 on Vision Sound Carrier Records. In 2005 Maurice founded Chill Factor-5, and Electronfarm Records Ltd. As vehicles to express his new musical direction, and independence from the traditional music business machine. The first release 2005’s “A Heartbeat Away” was widely acclaimed in the electronic, pop, and jazz circles. Chill Factor’s groundbreaking “Sun Flower Jazz” garnered a Grammy© nomination for album of the year

I'm a Grammy nominated artist/producer owner of Electronfarm Records and leader of the project Chill Factor-5 nominated for album of the year dance/electronic album for Sun Flower Jazz 2008.

Clive Stevens saxes, flutes, percussion. Clotilde Rullaud vocals, and beat boxing. Stefan Haake trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics






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