Gaia Wilmer

Gaia Wilmer is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and photographer from south Brazil. With a degree in International Relations, Gaia started playing saxophone with Silvia Beraldo when studying the relationship between reason and passion in the International Relations and the connection of this balance with art.

In 2010, Gaia moved to Rio de Janeiro to expand her musical experiences. During the years she lived in Rio she studied with acclaimed musicians such as Edu Neves, Bia Paes Leme, Jayme Vignoli and Itiberê Zwarg, played in different projects, created and served as a producer for different groups and had the opportunity to playing with musicians such as Guinga, Egberto Gismonti, Gilberto Gil, Nailor Proveta, Maurício Carrilho, among others. During this period, in collaboration with great musicians, she created and worked as a producer for two of the groups she plays with until today, Tungo and Rama Trio.

Photography has always being part of Gaia's life. She started taking photographs when she was a kid with her mother, the photographer Luciana Petrelli, and both in Rio and Florianopolis she worked for many projects, most of them related to music. While in Rio de Janeiro, she studied in two well-known institutions for visual arts: EAV Parque Lage and Atelie da Imagem.

In 2013, Gaia made her move to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where she studied saxophone, improvisation, composition and arranging with great musicians and professors such as George Garzone, Ayn Inserto, Greg Hopkins, Mitch Haupers and Ed Tomassi, among others.

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”Gaia Petrelli Wilmer is a highly original, visionary composer/instrumentalist. Her music is unique, soulful, plaintive, mysterious, organic, and flat out beautiful. She also makes use of drums and percussion in a very unusual, creative way, which I appreciate. Many young musicians I hear are impressive, few really move me and touch my heart like Gaia's music does. Bravo.” —Ra-Kalam Bob Moses

“Gaia's music is beautiful, free flowing, and has all the resonance of her Brazilian background. I know that you will enjoy what her music has to offer, as a listener

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