Drummer, Musical Artist
Who is Tristan Fry?
Tristan Fry is a British drummer and percussionist. Fry began his career by joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 17. He was a founder member of a number of ensembles, such as the Nash, Fires of London and the London Sinfonietta. He also worked as a session musician with various rock and pop artists such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, John Martyn, Elton John and David Essex, among others. Fry was percussionist on The Beatles' "A Day In The Life", contributing timpani to the song's two orchestral climaxes. He also played in various other recordings including TV and movie soundtracks, and as Tristan was the timpanist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra he has performed on many of their recorded works and concerts.
From 1979 - 1995 he was the drummer with the classical/rock fusion group Sky. with John Williams, Kevin Peek, Francis Monkman, Herbie Flowers and later Steve Grey when Monkman left to pursue other projects. It was during this period that he attained a reputation as a live drummer, with a revolving double 'Premier' Kit, long drum solos in tracks such as "Hotta", "Meheeco" and "Son of Hotta". The appropriately named track "Tristan's Magic Garden" was arguably the most vibrant showcase of Tristan's talent as a percussionist, recorded almost entirely with percussion instruments played by Fry himself.