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 will be released later in 2019.


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 for Kailin Yong Peace Project, Jake Shepps, Michele Castro, NuMundo, Swing Je T’aime, Casuarina, Alessandro Penezzi, Paula Santoro, Moyseis Marques, Sambadende, Elevations Jazz Orchestra, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Dexter Payne, many musical theater productions, and the Rio de Janeiro bloco Bangalafumenga.

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