Ms Maurice

 
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Ms Maurice is a London based trumpeter, vocalist and visual artist

Ms Maurice brings her melange of influences from organic grooves infused with 70s jazz and a touch of West African sonic seasoning. These sounds are heavily influenced by her London upbringing.

Central to Ms Maurice's music, is stimulated by her visual art practice where she aims to question her 'identity' as well as what it means 'to misrepresent vs to be misrepresented.' Her art provocatively explores the notion of ‘blackness’ and the hyper sexualisation of the black female body throughout history since the early 1800’s. In particular she is interested in the visual history and facts known about ‘Blackface Minstrelsy’ and ‘The Hottentot Venus - Sarah Bartmann.’

Ms Maurice is also bandleader of KOKOROKO and plays with jazz septet Nérija, who were nominated for Jazz Fm Breakthrough Act 2016 and Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of Year 2017 winner. She has performed with the likes of SOLANGE, KANO on the ‘Jool’s Holland Show’ and ‘The Mercury Prize 2016,’ and features on Little SIMZ’s album ‘Stillness in Wonderland.’


What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

That's a difficult question because currently I don't really read that much, but growing up I read a lot of books. I haven't finished it though, the book I've read recently is Becoming by Michelle Obama. There is another book that I really like called The Shack by William P. Young.

Most visited blogs, websites?

I've been watching quite a few films and I've been looking at film review websites.

I've recently been involved in The John Blanke Project, and it's a website that is exploring a guy, a Black Tudor called John Blanke.

Then there’s any music blogs as well, like okayafrica. I kind of look through all the typical ones from time to time, like Guardian. There's a great website as well, which doesn't really have anything to do with music but it's just a project I'm quite interested in called Abuko Youth Association.

What apps do you use the most and why?

Facebook and Instagram, WhatsApp, definitely my Gmail account. Prime video, because I do like to download videos and watch videos on the way, on the road when I'm travelling. And Spotify, because I sometimes listen to podcasts on Spotify.

Whats currently on your playlist?

What records would you recommend to hear?

I listen to quite a variety of music. At the moment I have been listening to Herbie Hancock's Sunlight album.

Some other great albums:

Now by Patrice Rushen
When I Get Home by Solange
A Brazilian Love Affair by George Duke
No Doubt by Braxton Cook

Recently I've been re-listening to Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Saviour Is Far Easier To Paint. I listen to a lot of Prince - Purple Rain.

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

I recently watched Avengers: The Endgame. I think that was okay. It's not in 'must see' pot, but if you're really into Avengers or like Marvel, I would suggest watching that. A film that I really liked actually, that I watched recently is Us.
Sorry To Bother You came out last year, and it's actually quite a good film, too.

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Which artists working today do you admire most?

Music-wise, I feel like I really, really, really like Kamasi Washington and I absolutely enjoy what he does. I'm really into, also, Ambrose Akinmusire. I think he's also great and they just are both lovely people as well.

Solange
Nubya Garcia.
I'm in love with Ebo Taylor.
SZA
Chaka Khan, she's a hero
Patrice Rushen.

Music-wise, I feel like I really, really, really like Kamasi Washington and I absolutely enjoy what he does.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

Best TV Show at the moment - I'm bingeing on the Black-ish. I'm also going to start bingeing again on Game of Thrones. I'm rewatching all the other series, because I just want to make sure I'm really locked in. Another things I like to watch are How to Get Away With Murder on Netflix and Suits. Suits is so great.

Another good ones are The Last Kingdom and Peaky Blinders.

Who are you following?

I follow a couple of people on Instagram.
Tracee Ross (Diana Ross's daughter, I really dig her)
Beyoncé (I love her, she's great)
Paola Mathe (She's an Instagram blogger)
Yvonne Orji (She's incredible)
Beleaf In Fatherhood. (I'm a big follower of his. I just love what he stands for. )

What tools do you use in your work?

I've got my trumpet, my flugelhorn and a standard SM57 microphone, that you can use for everything. I use GarageBand a lot to track out music and I'm not actually using Logic at the moment.

I have a midi-keyboard, where I write down my bases and stuff like that. I also have an old vintage keyboard from the 80s and I had to stack it away in my room because it's massive.

Of course my paintings. I normally use canvas, oil and spray paints. Also, I've got a hot air gun with acrylic paints to make some interesting paints. And then I use that standard drawing paper and various pencils. I do like the darker shade of pencils, which is like a 6B.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

For my artwork I just collect some magazines like the Evening Standard Magazine. There's also The Stylist, I normally pick up from the station. Only because I like to collect pictures/images, references in fashion.

What are your favorite gadgets?

I'm in love with my phone. Actually no, I have a love/hate relationship with my phone.
I have a Bose Bluetooth speaker that I use on a regular.
I also have this handheld brush/hairdryer, I love to use.
My Mac.
I have three cameras, but two that I use. So I've got a Canon SLR camera, I think it's a 600D. Then I've got an Olympus AF10 phone camera, that I can use as well.
I also like my suitcase because it is quite efficient in terms of how I pack it, if that makes sense.