Carl Dixon and Derek Wright met and began playing improvisational music together as dance accompanists. 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. Their debut album "Pairings" is now released.

Digital downloads available through Virada Drums.
Coming soon to all the streaming platforms.

Tracks 1, 3, 5 and 6 by Carl Dixon and Derek Wright.
Tracks 2 and 4 by Derek Wright.
Tracks 7 and 8 Traditional (Candomblê songs from Brasil).

Produced by Carl Dixon and Derek Wright.

Recorded by Jesse Manno in Boulder, CO.

Mixed and Mastered by David Bergeaud (Sky Oaks Ranch Studio).

Cover art by Naomi Kimmelman.

All tracks copyright ℗ 2020 by Carl Dixon and Derek Wright. All rights reserved.
Ask about collaborations, remixes and other uses. Please share.

Additional details and credits will be available on the pages for each track.

Here's a sampler of each song:

You can also hear us perform "Hunting Knowledge" live in Boulder, CO:

For more, you can see the playlist of videos from Carl and Derek.


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.