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Maurice Oliver/Chill Factor-5 As the lines between electronica, soul, jazz and funk become increasingly blurred, a new generation of recording artist is emerging. Neither exclusively organic nor exclusively electronic, these artists are redefining the parameters of modern music. Maurice Oliver finds himself at the helm of this burgeoning movement, oozing with texture, crafting a unique aesthetic out of experimentation with both live and acoustic elements. Maurice’s hybrid sound spans across genres, encompassing elements of electronica, downtempo, jazz, funk and soul. The result is a stunning selection of blissed-out, harmonious tracks that appeal to fans across the board. This unconventional approach to music making is what sets Maurice Oliver apart. Crisp, warm and highly original, each track brings a breath of fresh air.
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. 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 Rozy. 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. The advent of low-cost home computers and music software has given Maurice his own path to creative freedom and he can now realize an entire musical composition on his own. And it is from all the varied cultural traditions he has studied that Maurice Oliver composes his unique style of world rhythms, electronica and jazz. Presently living in the Chicago area he is booking tours for the 2007-8 season in the U.S. and abroad, as Chill Factor 5 .