Pairings: Live duet with Carl Dixon & Derek Wright

June 10, 2022

The Arlene Francis Center presents: Pairings

  • Carl Dixon: percussion
  • Derek Wright: oud

The duo plays original, improvisational, and traditional music from around the world, with elements of Middle Eastern, North Indian classical, Afro-Brazilian, and more. Folk, funk, sacred, devotional, virtuosic. Both musicians, deeply versed in their art-forms, use their virtuosity in service of expression and musicality.

$20-$40 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm
The Arlene Francis Center Theater
Tickets through EventBrite or at the door
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Carl Dixon is a versatile percussionist at home with music spanning multiple genres, continents, and instruments. Carl teaches percussion and directs the Brazilian Bateria and Latin Jazz percussion ensembles at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the Musical Director of the Boulder Samba School and Bateria Alegria, a community based Brazilian drumming ensemble.

He has performed/recorded with Ginga, Pink Martini, Casuarina, Paula Santoro, Moyseis Marques, Alessandro Penezzi, Ronaldo Andrade, Kailin Yong, Jake Schepps, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Dexter Payne, and Doug Walter. Additionally, Carl is the Principal Percussionist of the Central City Opera and Fort Collins Symphony, percussionist with Opera Colorado, and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Greeley Philharmonic orchestras.

Derek Wright is a passionate multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, dance accompanist, and performer. He studied North Indian classical music for 10 years with legendary sarod player Maestro Ali Ahkbar Khan, and later with his son, Alam Khan. Additionally, Derek has a love for Brazilian music and has lived and toured in Brazil and around the U.S. studying, performing and teaching maracatú, other rhythms from Pernambuco, and various forms of samba. Derek specializes on the oud, saz, other Middle Eastern string instruments, and on Brazilian percussion. A true fusion artist with classical training and a background in jazz from his years of study at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Derek's passion for the culture, complex rhythms, time signatures, and history of this music creates a truly unique and tantalizing sound.

Salaam Axé

Derek's debut album combines his love and studies of Brazilian, North Indian classical, Middle Eastern and Central Asian music with funk and jazz. Infectious groves and beautiful melodies bring you on a journey through wondrous places and times.


Multi-instrumentalist: oud, saz, Brazilian percussion (maracatú, other rhythms from Pernambuco, various forms of samba), body music, bass, Middle Eastern percussion, and more. 10 years studying North Indian classical music on the oud and voice interwoven with 15 years studying Brazilian music and dance (including 5 trips to Brazil for a total of 1 year of training) have given Derek a unique approach to music, rhythm, dance accompaniment, improvisation, movement, teaching, and life.

Derek is available for performances, dance collaborations, recording sessions, teaching, licensing, live accompaniment (films, plays, classes, etc), acting, and many other creative possibilities. He is also a certified practitioner and instructor of BREEMA (a bodywork method bringing body and mind together in harmony) and incorporates embodied mindfulness into his teaching and playing.