Carmen graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a dual major in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition. Formally a pianist, he also studied voice and taught himself accordion while at Berklee and is in demand today in the jazz, pop and world genres for his complete range of performance and composition abilities. Inspired by advice he received from an impromptu meet-and-greet with Harry Connick Jr., Carmen slowly ventured into songwriting and won the 2010 Rose Theatre Songwriting competition for his original song “Why You Make Me Fall In Love With You”. In 2011 he received a creation grant from the Ontario Arts Council to compose original music, which was subsequently featured on his 2013 release, Buona Sera, an EP featuring original compositions and jazz arrangements of Italian folk songs. Produced by Marc Rogers (Emma Lee, Ash and Bloom), this release features Carmen’s complete musical skill set, including pianist, accordionist, vocalist, composer (2 tracks), arranger and orchestrator (all tracks). He is backed by some of Canada’s finest horn players as well as an internationally acclaimed rhythm section of Marc Rogers on bass (The Philosopher Kings, Michael Kaeshammer) and Mark McLean on drums (George Michael, Peter Cincotti).
Carmen is infatuated with Roland V-Accordions and has been a featured guest artist at their annual V-Accordion Championships. He currently shares his time between Toronto and Boston, and has recently started touring as a member of New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith’s band and with Juno award winning guitarist, Robert Michaels.
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