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     Bidi grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. Her father, with his busy pediatric practice, additionally performed as a jazz musician and bandleader. At an early age, she was exposed to and inspired by, The Great American Songbook, heard during her dad’s living room jam sessions.

     She studied piano at age 5 and at age eleven began to play the guitar and perform as a folk singer. From middle school, to high school, and through college she sang at festivals and in coffee houses. A few of her influences were Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Buffy St Marie, and Neil Young.

     Bound to an existence largely revolving around musical expression, Bidi lived in New York City, working as a modern dancer. She performed primarily with the Nancy Meehan Dance Company, and completed her Masters Degree in Dance from NYU.

     Eventually Bidi moved to southern Vermont, where she developed “Chorus for Kids” in the local school. In 1996, she was invited to be an interim cantor, a position which  she continues to welcome annually.

     As a trained yoga teacher. Bidi integrated singing and chanting into her classes. She always identified the chants as key to the mastery of breath, as well as a great strengthener for present listening. Through this vocal exploration, she re-connected with her deep jazz roots, reigniting her desire to share as a vocalist.

      Bidi has studied jazz vocals with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, Theo Bleckmann, Laurie Antonioli, Jay Clayton, Jamie Leonhart, Sheila Jordan, Dominique Eade, John Proulx, Madeline Kole, Rich Iacona, Jamie MacDonald, Peter Eldridge, Amy London, Dylan Pramuk, Rhiannon, Jocelyn Medina, Fay Victor and others.