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About Fred Begun
Fred Begun is that rare sort of percussionist whose musicianship parallels that of a fine concert violinist. He possesses the ability to translate into complete music the rough and primitive instincts of aggression which a less sensitive person may bring untempered to that most easily abused of instruments, the drum. In the world of classical music, rich with tradition, where a player’s cultivation of superb technique, tone. and historical understanding is by necessity regarded as a given factor. Fred stands out as uniquely total master of his instrument.
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Another facet of drumming is explored in this interview with Fred Begun, timpanist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. Begun discusses his approach to classical music and the influences of his mentor, Saul Goodman.
The first thing you notice when entering Robby Ameen’s Manhattan apartment is the rich aroma of Cuban cigars, stroking your nose hairs like a dark breeze from an illicit island. Ameen’s walls are covered with cigar-box covers from Habana’s finest: Cohiba, Montecristo, and Bolivar….