Rik Wright


Like jazz, but not. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an innovative collective of musicians who are known for their genre-bending performances - world beat one minute, rock the next, a touch of jam band and back to the core of jazz. Blending forward thinking arrangements with a groove that listeners can tap their toe to, their music allures at every turn. That allure has helped them land multiple albums in the Top 10 of the Jazz and Roots Music radio charts.

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Key points of interest

  • Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces has placed four full-length recordings on a variety of radio charts, including three albums in the Top 10 of the CMJ Jazz charts:

Subtle Energy (2016) - #4 Roots Music Jazz Album chart
Subtle Energy (2016) - #9 CMJ Jazz chart
Green (2015) - #3 CMJ Jazz chart
Green (2015) - #65 JazzWeek Top 100 Jazz Album chart
Red (2014) - #1 CMJ Jazz chart
Blue (2013) - #21 CMJ Jazz chart

  • Rik Wright was nominated for Seattle Weekly's "Best of Seattle" in the category of "Best Jazz Act" for 2017.
  • Fundamental Forces has been nominated in several award categories by Earshot Jazz magazine:

2017 "Alternative Jazz Group of the Year"
2016 "Northwest Recording of the Year"
2016 "Alternative Jazz Group of the Year"
2015 "Northwest Recording of the Year"

  • Wright’s efforts have been generously supported by funding grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack program, and the Jack Straw Foundation.
  • Group leader Rik Wright has been awarded placement on regional touring rosters (4Culture Touring Arts and Northwest on Tour) and event booking agencies such as Gigs4U. His groups have become a mainstay on the summer festival circuit, having performed at Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife, Bite of Seattle, West Seattle Jazz Festival, Anacortes Jazz Festival, Jackson Street Jazz Walk, etc.  A full list of festival performances can be found on the "Calendar" page.

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Selected Press Quotes

“Wright’s music is innovative, paving a path of his own making through the jazz kaleidoscope. Eclectic sounding with a flair for the exotic, Fundamental Forces is artistically imaginative and ventures into synthesizing a breed of blues, bebop, and rock that expands the public’s perception of jazz.” - AXS.com

“The sweet sound of a walk through life’s landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes… exquisite displays of precise melody, lush harmony and lockstep rhythm.” – Jazz Times

“Wright can fool you into thinking world one minute, rock the next, a touch of new age and back to the core of jazz… Nicely done.” – Midwest Record Review

“Here we have a rare intersection of very accessible and very original jazz. Melodic, a bit funky, often beautiful.” – KFJC 89.7 FM

“Rik Wright takes classic jazz and heaps on piles of influences from across the musical spectrum, helping to perk up the ears of those tired of the same old swing.” – The Oregonian

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