Carl Dixon Derek Wright Duo

Derek and I met and began playing improvisational music together as dance accompanists at California Brazil Camp. We play original, improvisational, and traditional music from around the world, with elements of Middle Eastern, North Indian classical, Afro-Brazilian folk and sacred music, and more. Our debut album Pairings was release in 2020 and is available for download and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and other services.


Ginga is a seven-piece band that plays high energy Brazilian samba, pagode, MPB, and forro music. I play pandeiro, congas, rebolo, repique, zabumba, and sing. Ginga has been playing throughout Colorado for over a decade, including at the annual Colorado Brazil Festival, where the band has performed together with Moyseis Marques, Alesandro Penezzi, Paula Santoro, Ronaldo Andrade, Dandha da Hora, Mitchel Long, and Bateria Alegria.


  • Central City Opera – Principal percussionist
  • Fort Collins Symphony – Principal percussionist
  • Opera Colorado – Percussionist

I have also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras.

World Music & Jazz

I have played drumset and percussion for performances and recordings with Kailin Yong Peace Project, Jake Shepps, Michele Castro, Pink Martini, Casuarina, Paula Santoro, Moyseis Marques, Alessandro Penezzi, Paula Santoro, Ronaldo Andrade, Kailin Yong, Jake Schepps, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Dexter Payne, Doug Walter, Steve Mullins, and nationally touring Broadway musicals. While studying music in Rio de Janeiro, I played with the samba school Salguerio and the bloco Bangalafumenga.

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