Jim Pugliese is a drummer, percussionist and composer. His performing experience is diverse. As a freelance percussionist he is in much demand and has performed with The New York Philharmonic Horizon Series (guest artist), New York City Ballet and soloist or performer on numerous new music and jazz festivals in Europe, Japan and the USA
Jim grew up listening to and playing soul music and rhythm and blues. He went on to study percussion with Raymond Des Roches and by the age of eighteen he had recorded the music of Edgar Varese and Charles Wuorinen for Nonsuch Records. He continued performing and or recording new music with John Cage, Lukas Foss, Kent Nagano and Philip Glass. He spent twelve years as a member of Dean Drummond’s Newband and The Harry Partch Ensemble, studying and performing microtonal music. During this same period he developed an interest in Afro-Cuban music and studied drumming and rhythm with Master Drummer Pablo Landrum.
For the last twenty years, while living in the east village of New York City, Jim has been improvising recording and touring with many of downtowns most prominent composer/improvisers including John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Bobby Previte and Anthony Coleman. He has recorded on over ninety CDs of new music, jazz, rock and movie soundtracks. In 1993 the new music group Newband recorded his composition FREEZE for the Mode recording label. In 1998 Jim was selected as Artist In Residence at Harvestworks in NYC where he recorded his solo CD Sonic Soul. On November 23rd, 1997 Avant released the first cd for his collaborative trio Easside Percussion with Christine Bard and Michael Evans.
One of his latest projects, Phase III, is a continuation of his ongoing quest to combine his diverse performing experiences into a single new sound with its base in rhythm. The music skirts and shifts along the edges of free improvisation, deep groove and New Music. The music reflects Jims ongoing quest to explore the powerful, enlightening and spiritual secrets of drumming and is inspired by his recent association and work with Nii Tettey Tetteh, master musician from Ghana, with Milford Graves, learning drumming and healing through the heartbeat and his study of the spiritual songs of the Mbira Dzavadzimu from Zimbabwe.
Jims latest CD, Live @ Issue Project Room NYC, just won Best New Release of 2008 in All About Jazz NY. His other current projects include a collaborative band IDR with Marco Cappelli, exploring the relationship between Southern Italian Folk Music and Improvisation and his newest project, Big Easy.