Ciré’s new EP, “Integrated Compositions” is truly a musical work of art. Appropriately named, Integrated Compositions is a combination of Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Classical music genres, carefully blended with the world renown sound of New Orleans unique musical style, to produce the most colorful musical tapestry ever created.

The EP incorporates some of the greatest musicians of the century as you have never heard them. Featuring the provocative, genre-defying, pitch-bending trumpet solo of Academy Award Winner, multi-instrumentalist, Nicholas Payton, the incredible Donald Ramsey on Bass, the captivating vocals of Rashaad Carlton, and the smooth dynamic vocals of Michael Brown.

Integrated Compositions features Ciré on Piano, Rhodes Piano, Clavinet, Organ, Synthesizers, Vocorder, Melodica, Bass Synthesizer, Drum Programming, and String Arrangements.

Participating Musicians:

Drums: Russell Batiste, Joe Dyson, Jason Carpenter
Guitar: Andrew Block, Adam Hawley
Bass: Donald Ramsey
Percussion: Ricky “Bongo” Carthen
Vocals: Rashaad Carlton, Michael Brown
Background Vocals: Felicia Bossier, Rashaad Carlton, Michael Brown
Alto Saxophone: Jamil Ford
Trumpet: Nicholas Payton, Darryl Williams
Flute: Scott Mayo
Vocal Samples: Ciré, Gerard Baptiste
Spoken Word Narration: Eric “Breeze” Dunbar, Damian “Dino V–Flyy Guy” Duplessis

Produced by Ciré
Executive Producer: Eric “Breeze” Dunbar
Recorded at Archetype Recording Studio
Mixed and Mastered at Panoramic Sound Lab Studio by Wayne Stalling

Copyright © 2018 by Chikelu Music, a division of Sea Breeze Records. All rights reserved.

I totally understand Snoop Dogg’s philosophy on establishing a tight team. I am learning daily how to separate the real from the fake. Check out what I’m sayin’. Everybody starts on the ground, both me and my crew.

When you start rising above the ground, the gap between you and your crew on the ground gets wider. Do you fix the problem by going back down to the ground to get your crew? Absolutely not! If your crew is hungry they will work to catch up. If not, you have a responsibility to yourself and a duty to your craft to rise above the circumstances and deliver the best music that anyone has ever heard. Ya’ heard me!

–Cire the Maestro

Ciré the Maestro was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife. Ciré the Maestro’s birth name is Eric Nicholas. As Eric Nicholas developed into the ultimate Renaissance artist, he became known among fellow musicians as “Ciré the Maestro.”

The son of a musician, Ciré the Maestro caught the music bug early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Ciré the Maestro developed a passionate love for music at a very young age. At the age of five, he performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first recording “Disco Claus” by the Bionic I.

At age 9, Ciré the Maestro was introduced to The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research (IDMR), where he met Richard Amos, former bass player of the funk group Sam and the Soul Machine. Amos began teaching Ciré the Maestro scales and music theory. By the time Ciré reached age twelve, he was performing in his Bible School Choir, which gave him the tools to grow into a seasoned musician.

Ciré the Maestro studied music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South America. When Ciré the Maestro saw the legendary Herbie Hancock perform, at that moment he knew that he was destined to do something extraordinary with his talent. Thus, his destiny was set.

With over 25 years as a keyboardist in the music industry, Ciré the Maestro is also a Music Producer. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of the techniques of acoustic designing and sound recording, Ciré the Maestro produces music in a plethora of genres: Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Classical, Orchestral, as well as his own original music style. Passionate about presenting real quality music that comes from his heart to his listening audience, Ciré the Maestro is truly an inspiration to the Music Industry. His personal musical inspirations extend from Bill Evans, Kenny Kirkland, and Joe Sample, to Miles Davis, George Duke, and Chic Corea.

Ciré is signed with Sea Breeze Records, where he is currently Chief Staff Producer, Recording Artist, Songwriter, and Arranger at Sea Breeze Records. His desire is to share his musical passion with people of all ages, and inspire the younger generation to express themselves musically with their own style, free from any previous rules.

–Courtesy of Sea Breeze Records