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Since childhood Nadia was drawn to the traditional music of her native Ticino, Switzerland and the neighboring and culturally equivalent region of Lombardy, Italy. From her mother, at scouting camps, at local festivals and on the radio she learned traditional songs usually accompanied by guitar and sung for generations in the Swiss and Italian Alps. Later Nadia’s passions extended to songs from different linguistic areas (various dialects and languages of Italy, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Latin America).
In the 1970s, Nadia studied at the University of Bologna earning her degree in the Discipline of Art, Music and Performance. While studying she also recorded a feminist album Alle Sorelle Ritrovate (“To the Rediscovered Sisters”) and learned and played the traditional music of the Emila-Romagna region of Bologna.
Back in Ticino in the 1980s, Nadia played in a group called Veranda with whom she recorded Milano Stazione Centrale, a collaboration with composer and accordionist Peter Zemp. Later, while living in Geneva, Switzerland, Nadia created and performed a solo musical show called Ballad of the Bristly Goat.
Nadia reunited with Peter Zemp in a group called the Trio in Carpione with whom she recorded A Volte I Pesci Cantano (“Sometimes Fish Sing”), again with Peter Zemp as composer and accordionist as well as with bass clarinetist Simone Mauri and jazz guitarist Moreno Pellerito.
Upon re-locating to the United States and inspired by her years in Geneva, Nadia also composed and recorded a solo CD called Mais où vit le silence? on lyrics by Swiss French poet Claudine, a collection of original instrumental pieces and songs sung in French.
Nadia returned to Ticino from the United States with a concert she created of both American folk and rock songs and original compositions entitled From America with Fury performed on the eve of the 2016 U.S. election of President Trump at the Teatro Sociale in Bellinzona accompanied by Peter Zemp, Simone Mauri and Clara Zucchetti.