Kabuli Zumbi


Originally recorded as a live duet with Derek on oud and Javad Butah on tabla by Hussain Jiffry at his studio in Tarzana, CA on 2014-05-02. Brazilian percussion parts were overdubbed by Derek in Goleta, CA on 2014-09-22.

As with Life Always Moving, this piece was taught as part of an Afghan Orchestra class at Lark in the Morning music and dance camp by Ernie Fischbach, David Brown, and Brian Steeger, and again there was no title given. This arrangement with tabla and the 12/8 Brazilian percussion (a blend of the rhythms vassi, bembé, and a fully-triplet version of maracatú) is Derek's creation.

Javad Butah: tabla / Derek Wright: oud, agbê, gonguê [x2], caixa (snare), repinique, alfaia [x3]
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Release date:  
August 2, 2016


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.