Carmen started out as a performer and as a published song writer. His career led him from piano bars to fronting his own band (at one time or another throughout his career) to sound tech, songwriter, music producer; including celebrity talent booker. Carmen has touched nearly every part of the entertainment business in one way or another.
Over the years, he has acquired a knack for understanding the dynamics of creating the ultimate party, or as we call it “The Art of The Party”. Having personally produced, attended to, or performed for well over 1000 events, Carmen’s passion for his clients & artists remains paramount in his tireless pursuit of an even better way to produce an affair. Now, CTO as a whole has more than 8000 to its credit, and we are still counting!
From 2005-2006, Carmen proudly served as the President of the NY Metro chapter for ISES (International Special Events Society.) He first became a member of ISES in 1994 and during that time has held a variety of leadership positions in the ISES NY Metro chapter including Director, Secretary, Treasurer and President-Elect. In addition to his efforts with ISES, from 2008-2010 Carmen was on the board of IACEP (International Association of Corporate Entertainment Producers). At present, Carmen is now on the board of the Philly Pops.
Carmen is the CEO of World Entertainment Productions a.k.a. CTO ARTISTS; an entertainment production and management company that selects and manages musical artists. The mission of CTO Artists is to serve its clients, employees and subcontractors with elegance, integrity, respect and professionalism. CTO ARTISTS is dedicated to earning the trust and respect of its clients by providing perfectly matched, high-quality entertainment for their events.
Carmen's passion and energy also goes into his self created and programmed enterprise management cloud based software program called Oz. OZ is responsible for the daily operations of scheduling resources, accounts receivable & payable as well as a total sales management. Oz connects all users virtually via computer, any smart phone as well as tablets. Currently Oz manages a score of other companies spread over US. Carmen hopes one day that Oz will be the industry standard program for entertainment booking and management.
With the resources and knowledge garnered over 20 years in the business, together with his team at CTO Artists, Carmen Tomassetti continues to exceed his clients expectations.
Carmen is derived from the root canere (meaning "to sing") with the passive nominal ending -men(therefore "a thing sung," cf. flumen from fluere or numen from nuere.
In classical Latin, carmen usually means "song, poem, ode." In magico-religious usage, a carmen(plural carmina) is a chant, hymn, spell, or charm. In essence "a verbal utterance sung for ritualistic purposes", the carmen is characterized by formulaic expression, redundancy, and rhythm. Fragments from two archaic priestly hymns are preserved, the Carmen Arvale of the Arval Brethren and the Carmina Saliaria of the Salii. The Carmen Saeculare of Horace, though self-consciously literary in technique, was also a hymn, performed by a chorus at the Saecular Games of 17 BC and expressing the Apollonian ideology of Augustus.