A native of Brazil, Carmen Sandim has a rich and eclectic musical background. By the time she moved to the US in 1996, she had already performed both as a pianist and a violist with the Sao Paulo Youth Orchestra, and had won national competitions in both Brazilian jazz and classical piano. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2000, Carmen moved to Washington DC, where she was employed as a music composer and producer for radio and television. During her time there, she won several Addy Awards for her compositional excellence, co-wrote and arranged an original piano quintet album, and ran her own music production company, JAM - JustAddMusic. In 2001, her orchestral composition, We The People, was released internationally by the German publisher SONOTON. In 2011, Dazzle Records released an album of her original compositions, entitled Brand New, which featured the stellar trumpet playing of Ron Miles and was produced by the equally talented Art Lande. Carmen is a prominent performer and music educator, teaching at Naropa University, University of Colorado Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Carmen holds a Bachelor's degree in film scoring from Berklee, a Master's degree in jazz performance and pedagogy from CU Boulder.