Originally a native of South Brazil, Gaia Wilmer is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer who has been carving herself a niche both in the New York and Boston jazz community and in Brazil. As a leader, between Brazil and the USA, Gaia’s groups include the Gaia Wilmer Octet (performing her original music and some arrangements of Brazilian music), the Rama Trio (a saxophone, classical guitar, upright bass trio walking freely between the classical and the popular repertoire of Latin American music), Tungo (a seven piece group dedicated to playing choro and other Brazilian genres) and the Gaia Wilmer Large Ensemble (performing originals as well as arrangements and re-compositions of standards and folk materials). Her own bands aside, Gaia has been involved in many crossover projects throughout the years. Some of her most notable collaborations have included performances and recordings with the likes of drummer and composer Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, saxophonist Allan Chase and composer Jihye Lee. She has been commissioned to write music for big bands, small ensembles as well as visual art artists. In addition to her playing and composing activities Wilmer also serves as producer and music director for several musicians and music projects. Gaia Wilmer has a bachelor degree in International Relations and graduated in jazz composition at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.