Biography

Will Fry is a multi-percussionist based in Peckham, London. 


Currently Will is enjoying playing for Motown The Musical at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London, having previously held chairs on several other West End Shows and tours. He is a band member in original groups led by Ola OnabuleEdwin SanzJulian BlissSola AkingbolaSenegalese master-percussionist Mohammed Gueye's Mbolo Percussion and accomplished Latin Jazz pianist/composer Eliane Correa's En El Aire Project

Will has performed in over thirty countries across six continents and is fortunate to have taken classes in Cuba, The USA, Brazil and Senegal with many of the greatest names in Latin American and West African percussion, including Changuito, Marcos Suzano, Massamba Diop, Roberto Quintero, George Delgado, Sidiki Dembele, Rumberos de Cuba and many more. 

Growing up in Brighton, Will's diverse musical upbringing included the violin (ABRSM grade 8), classical piano, West-African djembe, Indian tabla, as well as orchestral percussion and drum kit. Eventually, he found an affinity for Latin American percussion and following some invaluable lessons with David Pattman, he was invited by Alex Wilson to join his Salsa Orchestra in his late teens. 

Relocating to London at 20, Will quickly began working with an eclectic group of influential artists including Son VenenoJamiroquaiRoy AyersSnowboyRoberto PlaDuffy and Nathan Haines, whose performances included the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia and Ronnie Scott’s in London

Will toured extensively in 2011/12 with Trinidadian poet and bandleader Anthony Joseph  including a performance at The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and at Jazz à Porquerolles where he collaborated with the prominent saxophonist Archie Shepp. He has the pleasure of performing and recoding in Podor, Sengegal with Baaba Maal and The Very Best at Maal's own music festival, Blues du Fleuve in 2013 and in Nigeria with Ola Onabule, headlining The Lagos Jazz Festival in 2014. 

As an educator, Will has been a regular contributor to the tuition pages of Drummer and idrum magazines. he teaches privately from his studio in SE London and has given percussion masterclasses in the UK, New Zealand and Estonia.

Will continues to develop his own musical knowledge and various playing techniques for his unique and ever-growing arsenal of percussion instruments from around the world.

Will proudly endorses Sabian Cymbals, Gon Bops Percussion, ROLAND electronic percussion instruments, Vater Drumsticks, Porter and Davies tactile monitoring systems and Protection Racket cases. 

 

Testimonials:

“One of the UK’s most outstanding and knowledgeable percussionists, with technique and feel to die for.” 
Snowboy 

"Will brings a unique creativity and originality to everything he plays." 
Ola Onabule

“Will Fry is one of my favourite percussionists in the UK - great musician and human being. He'll always be my first call. NGUENDEM!”
Ernesto Simpson (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Richard Bona...) 

 

Recording credits include:

Baaba MaalBen Lamden (Nostalgia77)Duffy, Eliane CorreaHannah Scott, Janette Mason, Julian BlissLizzy Parks, Natural SelfOla OnabuleSola AkingbolaThe Very BestUtada Hikaru, and more.

West End shows include: 

Motown the Musical - Shaftesbury Theatre (Feb 2016 - current)
The Lion KingLyceum Theatre (deputy during 2012) before international tour Aug 2012 - Oct 2015.
Burn The FloorShaftesbury Theatre (2010 and 2013).
Dirty Dancing - Aldywych Theatre (deputy) 2012
Thriller Live (Percussion/Keys 3) - Lyric Theatre (deputy) and UK Arena/Worldwide Tours.



TV and radio appearances include: 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 
Later Live with Jools Holland, 
The Ellen DeGenerous Show, 
BBC Radio 2 live session at Maida Vale, 
BBC Radio 3 live session at Pizza Express, 
Brixton NMEAwards Show 2009. 

Film Sountracks include:

Nowhere Boy (2009) - Sam Taylor-Johnson


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