by Becca Kidwell
To close out our look into the artists of The Cabaret Series, the pianist/composer for the shows shares some shares some of his interests and passions.
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Name: Tim Maurice
Where were you born and raised? Born and raised in Maine. I lived in North Waterford for a couple years, then at age 2, my family moved into a new house in Oxford, ME.
Who inspired you to pursue your dreams? My parents
What was your first musical experience? When I was 2 or 3 years old, according to my mom, I would get sad and cry every time the theme from “Lassie” came on the television, even if I wasn’t looking at it. Just hearing it touched me at a very young age. Then, when we moved into our new house, we found they left behind an old piano, so I started playing the keys one by one and loved it.
What was the last book you read? Sherlock Holmes- The Hound of the Baskervilles (more of a short story, but I love that series!)
Do you have any pre-show rituals/warm-ups? If possible, I like taking time to forget everything completely and be present, usually while taking a short walk. I start to reflect on the big picture of my life and become aware that I’m about to play in this show- so that I can enjoy it and have fun! Also, I’ve started bringing a pencil with me to put on the piano, just like in rehearsal.
What is your “day job?” I’m a full-time free-lancing musician. Right now, I’m arranging, orchestrating, writing/composing, sequencing, and playing piano.
How often do you prepare your own meals? Not as often as I should these days!
What is the sound you love? Many good ones, but I love low, finger-muted piano notes with the sustain pedal down.
What is the sound you hate? Every time the MBTA announcer says “S.” For example: “Park SSSStreet.” It’s so loud!
What profession, other than your own would you like to attempt? Photography
What is your quest? To be curious, regardless of what I do.