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" will be released in Fall 2019.

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.

All tracks copyright ℗ 2019 by Carl Dixon and Derek Wright. All rights reserved.

Cover art is a placeholder for now. An original painting by Naomi Kimmelman is forthcoming.

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

Watch us play "Rise With the Ranks" as a live duet. This track is one of Derek's compositions on Salaam Axé, but it gives you a flavor of what we do together.

We have some video from a show we did in Boulder, stay tuned for more links and videos.


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.