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Maurice de Martin

is a master drummer — educated in Munich (Germany) and New York (1991-95)—who started out as an avant-garde jazz musician. After his studies in Eastern European Folklore in Romania and Bulgaria as a DAAD fellow (1998-2001), Maurice joined zeitkratzer in 2000. Since then his openness to all new music and art led him to do a master’s in contemporary arts practice at the Academy of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland (2009-11). Maurice studied traditional Korean Samulnori percussion in Seoul, South Korea as a fellow of the Berlin Senate (2009-11) and also worked as musical director at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin (2006-'09). He tours worldwide and has been featured on more than 70 released albums. His newest project (2018) is the avant-garde dance band “Girls” with Susanne Sachsse.

Photo: Udo Siegfriedt

Besides his work with music, Maurice has earned an international reputation in the field of social participatory art. He was an artist in residence at the United Nations at their headquarters in New York, Vienna, Nairobi, and Geneva as part of the research project UNKNOWN SPACES (2011-16). Maurice has had solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions, e.g. Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Guggenheim LAB, Berlin Art Week/Galerie M, Museumsquartier Wien /Freiraum INTERNATIONAL Vienna, Tonspurpassage Vienna, teaches in music and art universities worldwide, and has been a permanent lecturer at the “Y- Institute for Transdisciplinarity” at University of the Arts in Bern (Switzerland) since 2009.

Maurice’s unorthodox and eclectic percussion line-up mirrors the zeitkratzer repertoire: the special drum set with heavy fells and a double bass drum is juxtaposed with a gran cassa, pedal timpani, tam-tams, glockenspiel, and if needed, bowed marimba with a lower octave. Industrial and noise music versus sound fetishism and James Tenney; a precise selection of smaller percussion instruments, including a concert triangle, small quarter-tone tubular bells, textural noise makers, a siren.