PEOPLE/maurizio ravalico

Born and raised in Trieste, Italy, percussionist/vocalist Maurizio has been living and working in London since 1991. An active presence in the British Funk scene during the early nineties, he was the percussionist of Jamiroquai during their "Emergency" and "Space Cowboy" period, and of the James Taylor Quartet from 1994 to 1998. During the same decade, in different stages, he was involved in most of the London based Salsa and Cuban related projects. His collaborations in that field include, amongst others, Jesus Alemani, Snowboy, Alex Wilson.

In 1998, as Afroshock (in duo with drummer/vocalist Davide Giovannini), he independently released the album "Accommodating Gods", a creative exploration into the music of Cuban Santeria. Over the years the Afroshock album has become a cult among percussionists and lovers of Cuban music, and it is still talked about as one of the most important works for percussion music to come out of the UK in the nineties.


Between 2000 and 2004 he has split his time between London and Italy, where he was a core member of Ezzthetic, a collective of experimental musicians, visual artists and actors, with whom he recently released a cd, the "ezzthetic_ep", out on the F-ire Label.

Back again as a full-time Londoner, Maurizio Ravalico is now pursuing some of the avenues opened during his years with Ezzthetic, and he is developing a focused interest, and a personal language, in free-form musical improvisation. Later this year he is planning to release "Five Loose Plans", an album recorded with Isambard Kroustaliov, aka Sam Britton, from laptop duo Icarus, and has recently started a collaboration with Oren Marshall, the world-class tuba player who recently released the solo album "Introduction to the Story of Speedy Sponda". Maurizio and Orenís duo performs regularly around Londonís improvised music venues.
Other bands Maurizio is presently a regular member of are Barak Shmoolís sextet Meta Meta (as percussionist and lead singer) and Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat ensemble.