Born in 1963, Maurizio was an amateur musician throughout his childhood and adolescence; he played drumkit, flute, quickly learned about the evolutionary advantages of knowing how to play a song on guitar, and seconded his congenital obsession for percussion music by building his own instruments, collecting resonating object of any sort, and hitting pretty much anything that was catching his attention, while carrying his studies in
architecture and interior design in his hometown Trieste, Italy.
He turned full attention to music at 21, when he
began studying conga drums with a local teacher. By 1986 he had abandoned any other form
of livelihood, and officially started his full-time career as a musician,
playing for theatre, and local jazz, salsa and rock bands.
Between 1989 and 1991 he went through an intensive period of study
of Congas and Afro Cuban Percussion, frequently visiting La Havana,
Cuba, and learning from Tomàs “El Panga” Ramos,
Changuito, Los Chinos, amongst others.
He moved to London in 1991, and quickly established
himself as a session musician.
Quite an active presence in the British Funk scene throughout the
nineties, he was the percussionist of Jamiroquai
during their “Emergency” and “Space Cowboy” period, and of the James Taylor Quartet from 1994 to 1998; plus a number of less notorious acts with some
of the most important artists involved in that scene, such as Dennis Rollins, Mike
Smith's The Whole Thing, Jessica Lauren and many others.
During the same decade, in different stages, he was involved in most
of the Salsa and Cuban related project to originate from London. His
collaborations in that field include, amongst others, Jesus
Alemani, Snowboy, Alex Wilson, Tumbaito, Herman Oliveira.
With drummer Davide
Giovannini he co-founded the duo Afroshock,
whose activity spanned from 1989 to 2000. Afroshock released only
one album, in 1998: “Accommodating Gods”, a creative tribute to the music of
Cuban Santeria, still talked about as one of the most important works for percussion music to come
out of the UK in the nineties.
In 2000, during a period of long and frequent sojourns in native Italy, Maurizio joined Ezzthetic, a community of visual artists, actors, djs, musicians and artists
from other disciplines based in Italy, with whom he collaborated on
a number of productions in the fields of visual and installation art, theatre and cinema.
In October 2005 Ezzthetic released their only commercially available
CD, called simply “ezzthetic_ep”,
out in UK with the F-IRE Label. After the release of the EP, with
an abrupt braking, Ezzthetic ceased its activities as a collective.
After this experience, back as a full-time Londoner
and eager to pursue the paths of research and experimentation opened
during the Ezzthetic years, Maurizio started a collaboration with
the tuba player Oren
Marshall, and began developing a personal approach to improvised
During the same period he started working with the
electronic musician Sam Britton (aka Isambard
Khroustaliov), from the laptop duo Icarus.
Isambard and Maurizio's first album “Five
Loose Plans” was released in 2006 with the label Not
Applicable, and marked the beginning of a friendship and artistic partnership which was to give many fruits, and still continues fertile to these days. Together with other discographic collaborations of
Sam and Ollie Bown, the other half of Icarus, Five Loose Plans contributed in enlarging the catalogue and broadening the scopes of the label, originally intended solely
as an independent outlet for the Icarus recordings.
Not Applicable eventually consolidated into a team of like minded video and music
artists, which toured UK and Europe in 2006 as The
Not Applicable Artists Project and started, in 2007,
a series of regular evenings of music in London, called Appliances.
Many of the performances recorded during the Appliances
nights have been included in the mammoth-size release “An
Introduction to Not Applicable” (2008), which is freely
downloadable from the Not Applicable website.
The first and only album of the Oren
Marshall / Maurizio Ravalico duo, In
Thunder Rise, was released in October 2010
with the Not Applicable label.
Maurizio's other collaborations over the years include Paul McCartney, Paul Young, Greg Osby, Kaidi Tatham, Dego McFarland, Finn Peters, Barak Shmool, John Edwards, Steve Beresford, Pat Thomas, Shabaka Huchkins, Andrea Parkins, and the choreographers Lea Anderson, Bill T.Jones, Maja Garcìa and Jane Turner.
He's been a member of the Dele
Sosimi's Afrobeat Ensemble for about ten years, collaboration which granted him, amongst other things, the conga chair at the European runs of Fela!, the musical about the life and music of Fela Kuti. This also led to the formation of The Fontanelles, offspring of the Fela! musical house band, whose debut album Horns of Freedom was released in November 2013.
For several years he's been playing percussion in many contemporary dance schools around London.
He is nowadays a frequent presence in
Berlin, where he's been consolidating his collaborations with the
German faction of Not Applicable and organised, in Summer 2010, the Not
Applicable Artists Festival 2010.
One of his leading projects is the trio Fiium
Shaarrk, with Isambard Khroustaliov and the Berlin-based drummer Rudi Fischerlehner. Fiium Shaarrk's debut album No Fiction Now! was released in November 2012, while their latest We Are Astonishingly Lifelike came out in March 2017.
Maurizio has also collaborated in the making of the last two albums of Tamar Osborn's Collocutor, and more recently with the Phaedra Ensemble.
This year, Maurizio is concentrating on his solo percussion project, which he's been playing live in venues and festival across Berlin, London and Italy. An album of that material is currently on the make. Some recent live snippets on Maurizio's Youtube channel.