Versatile percussionist Carl Dixon is at home with music spanning multiple genres, continents, and instruments. He can be found performing in concert halls, jazz clubs, dance parties, festival stages, and street parades.
Carl plays with the Brazilian music band Ginga. As a drumset player and percussionist, he has performed/recorded with the Kailin Yong Peace Project, NuMundo, Swing Je T’aime, Casuarina, Alessandro Penezzi, Paula Santoro, Sambadende, Elevations Jazz Orchestra, Jake Schepps, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Dexter Payne, many musical theater productions, and the Rio de Janeiro bloco Bangalafumenga.
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.
Carl teaches drumset and world percussion and directs the percussion ensemble at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the Musical Director of the Boulder Samba School and Bateria Alegria, a 20-30 member Brazilian drumming ensemble. He teaches private lessons in all areas of percussion and has presented workshops at Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Naropa University, Colorado College, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the Colorado and Wyoming PAS Days of Percussion.
Carl received a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he studied with Dr. Douglas Walter and Paul Romaine, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Anthony Di Sanza. Other important teachers include Michael Spiro, Mark Lamson, Jorge Alabe, and Mestre Marcão of Salgueiro.
A Wisconsin native, Carl spends his free time in the mountains rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and road biking. In 2018, Carl founded Virada Drums, a company that imports and distributes authentic quality percussion instruments from Brazil.