Welcome to this website and thank you for visiting.
The various site's pages reflect my interests, training, and teaching experiences. In the end, the work I am blessed to share is wholistic, and all the different fields inform and eanrich each other.
Originally from Siena, Italy, I developed an interes in sounds and languages from an early age. This brought me to study tones and tongues. I earned a B.A. with honors from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Siena in 1998.
The previous year, I spent a year at Vassar College, in New York, working as a Language Fellow in the Department of Italian Studies. While in New York, I had the blessing to study voice and composition with performance artist Meredith Monk. Her work became the source of inspiration for my B.A. thesis, "The Performance Art of Meredity Monk."
In 1998, I moved to New York City with a scholarship from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University where I earned a Master of Arts in 1999, and a Ph.D. in 2004. My dissertation, on music, dance and healing in the Southern Italian ritual of tarantismo, was written under the supervision and thanks to the guidance of my advisor, Professor Richard Schechner.
My interest in music and healing has since being academic, and also artistic. I have performed as a singer of devotional world music in Italy, France, the United States and India. My first album, Aria, a collection of folk songs from Italy and the U.S. was released in 2005. In 2009, I earned a certification as Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner from the New York Open Center Sound and Music Institute.
Between 2007 and 2013, I served as a Visiting Professor at New York University and Vassar College. At Vassar College, I was the recipient of the Carolyn Fae Grant grant in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to bring contemplative and yogic-based practices into academia. In the fall of 2012, through the support of this grant, I was able lectured on the topic of sound studies and the embodied imagination in the departments of Music, Drama, Dance, Religion, English, Italian and Psychology at Vassar College.
Between 2009 and 2011 I lived and trained at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram (Tamil Nadu, India) earning Senior Yoga
Teacher Diploma in Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga, in the paramparai of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj.
In the United States I have performed, taught and presented lectures and workshops at New York University, Vassar College, La MaMA theatre, Judson Church, the
Gallery at Deep Listening Space and CBGBs in New York; in India at ICYER, at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi, and at the J. Nehru Medical College in Wardha; in Italy at
the Associazione Culturale Centro Yoga Artè in Milan; and in Germany at the Gitananda Yoga Association in Berlin.
I became a certified tour guide for the city of Florence in 2007 and have, since, developed tailored tours, specializing in wellness and art travel.
In the fall of 2013 I was a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in Taos, where she completed my memoir "Trusting Spirit: A Memoir of my Journey with Spider Medicine" (forthcoming).
Since 2014, I committed to learning more about sustainable living. I trained at Cal-Earth in Hesperia, CA, and at the Earthship Headquarters in Taos, NM.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, I will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Italian Studies Department at Vassar College, New York.