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Derek Wright
Attends Ali Akbar College of Music
Lived in Oakland, CA
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Musician, Teacher, Breema Instructor, Body Percussionist
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Oakland, CA - Madison, WI - New Orleans, LA - Amherst, MA - Olinda, PE, Brasil - Salvador, BA, Brasil - Cazadero, CA - Auberry, CA - Mendocino, CA - New York, NY
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Musician (oud, percussion, voice, body, saz, other strings), dancer, Breema instructor, and lover of music, dance and improvisation woven together to bring us to the present moment.
Introduction
I have been a musician all my life. Growing up in New Orleans, I was a jazz bassist, saxophonist, and percussionist. In the mid 1990s I began learning Middle Eastern and Afghan music, and started playing the oud. In 2002 I moved to the Bay Area and began studying North Indian classical music (both vocal and instrumental) with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. I've continued to study at the Ali Akbar College of Music, using the oud in the style of the sarode.

Since 1995 I've also been a passionate student, performer, and teacher of Brazilian music (mostly percussion and vocal) and dance. I've traveled to Brazil many times and attended California Brazil Camp every year since 2002 (where I have been on staff as a dance accompanist and teacher since 2006).
Education
  • Ali Akbar College of Music
    Hindustani classical music (instrumental and vocal), 2002 - present
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Computer Science, Physics and Music, 1993 - 1997
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
    Instrumental jazz, 1991 - 1993
  • Isidore Newman, New Orleans, LA
    8th-12th grades, 1988 - 1993
  • Amherst Regional Junior High School
    7th grade, 1987 - 1988
  • Wildwood Elementary School, Amherst, MA
    Kindergarten through 6th grade, 1980 - 1987
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