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Mike Pride

Percussionist/vocalist Mike Pride (b. 1979) grew up in Southern Maine, performing with third-stream jazz composer & educator David Baker, and the experimental noise, shock-rockers Ned Muffleburger Band. Moving to New York City in 2000, Mike began studying with percussionist Milford Graves. Since then Mike has performed and recorded throughout North America, Europe, Asia, & Australia with such varied musicians as: Aarktica, Tyondai Braxton, Anthony Braxton, Califone, Eugene Chadbourne, Nels Cline, Andrew d'Angelo, Trevor Dunn, Brandon Evans, Milford Graves, Mark Helias, Vijay Iyer, Haino Keiji's FUSHITSUSHA, Frank Lowe, Mat Maneri, punk-rock legends MDC (Millions Of Dead Cops), Tony Malaby, Butch Morris, Pale Horse & Rider, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Sonny Simmons, Chris Speed, Steve Swell, Cuong Vu, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright & Otomo Yoshihide. Since his move in 2000, Mike Pride has been featured on over 50 recordings.Mike has composed many chamber works and leads many bands including: Dynamite Club, Big Fucking Sellout (Big Band), the MPTHREE, From Bacteria To Boys, Period & Scrambler.


Marcos Fernandes, Mike Pride: a mountain is a mammal
CAT. #: ALP042
Marcos Fernandes (California) and Mike Pride (New York) are two drummers. They met one rainy night in Tokyo and days upon days later recorded their percussive dialogues one sunny afternoon in New York City.

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"Local hero Mike Pride is no doubt the only musician to ever play with Anthony Braxton and tour with punk legends MDC (Millions of Dead Cops)."
- Bruce Lee Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery

"Drummer Mike Pride stokes the furnace with fire, while never stinting on finesse."
- Time Out NY

"The drumming, courtesy of Mike Pride, was particularly ferocious and at times bordered on a death metal intensity; it was amazing that the rest of the band [MDC] even managed to keep up with him."

"Mike Pride is the kind of musician that makes the current NYC improv underground so vital. He's always challenging himself with new situations and breaking down barriers between different scenes, intermingling avant-rock, avant-jazz, free improv, and miscellaneous wackiness in a countless stream of projects."
- Michael Anton Parker

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