Percussionist/composer Mike Pride was born and raised in the Portland, Maine area. He has been playing & composing music since he was a child.
While living in Maine, Mike studied with Les Harris, Jr., Bill Street and Matt Wilson, performed with legendary composer & jazz educator David Baker, was involved with experimental, shock-rockers Ned Muffleburger & the DSL's, and co-lead the new music ensemble IMAGINARY QUARTET with guitarist/composer Stik Fortier.
Mike moved to New York City in the year 2000 where he studied briefly with drum & bass master, Amir Ziv. Mike then began studying with the legendary percussionist/healer/teacher, Professor, Milford Graves.
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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.
Pride hits both sides of the kit - being the backbone to an ensemble.
-- All About Jazz
Mike Pride is the kind of musician that makes the current NYC improv underground so vital