Eva y Nadia, grew up in Salta and have known each other since they were 13. They soon began singing together and quickly discovered the world of the copla, the vidala and singing with tambourin accompaniment.

The vidala is a song genre typical of northeastern Argentina. It is the evident result of the merging of Spanish traditions, from which it retains the language, and the form of the 'copla', with the local pre- and post- Columbian world, which colors it with its own poetic turns and gives the music its characteristic rhythm. Vidala is a Quechuan word, which with the suffix 'la', means Oh Life!

Though word of mouth, from the collections of Leda Valladares, by listening to music in the villages of the Quebrada, on their travels into the valleys, in the numerous carnivals - this how they encountered and nourished the repertoire that they now sing today.

They both had a very different musical training however - Nadia is a choral and classical solo soprano, Eva a baroque cellist - but, as Juán Falú said of them: "…their musical aspirations and intentions, tied as they are to musical languages far from those of their native Salta, don't, however, clash with them, but merge and intertwine, enriching the drama of the song"

In 2011, with the support of the Universidad de Corgreso de Mendoza, they recorded the cd VIDALA, receiving three important nominations for the awards Premios Gardel 2012 (including the Gardel de Oro), wining the award for Best Album New Artists for Folk Music 2012.

Yo canto por ser antiguos
cantos que ya son eternos,
y hasta parecen modernos
por lo que en ellos vichamos
con el canto nos tapamos
para entibiar los inviernos

Atahualpa Yupanqui

Eva Sola

Born in Argentina she spent her childhood in the province of Salta.

A classical cellist by training, singing has always been an important part of her life too, entirely self-taught with a special love for folk music. As a cellist she is a baroque specialist with an established international career, performing principally in Europe where she now lives.

She began cello with Juan Ramòn Jimenez before moving to Buenos Aires to complete her studies with Claudio Baraviera and Pablo Romero.

Whilst in Buenos Aires she also played with the Orquesta Académica del Teatro Argentino de La Plata. An interest in early music came through contact with such specialists in the field as Gabriel Garrido, Manfredo Kraemer, Nina Dhiel, Ricardo Masun, Juan Manuel Quintana and Gaetano Nasillo.

She was member of the Orquesta Barroca del Plata, directed by Juan Manuel Quintana as well as playing in numerous baroque music ensembles.

In 2003 she moved to Italy to study baroque cello with Gaetano Nasillo at the International Music Academy in Milan, graduating with the highest honours in 2008.

In Europe she has performed with ensembles including : LA CAPPELLA DELLA PIETA DEI TURCHINI, (Antonio Florio) ENSAMBLE ELYMA (Gabriel Garrido), LA RISONANZA (Fabio Bonizzoni) EUROPA GALANTE (Fabio Biondi) IL COMPLESSO BAROCCO (Alan Curtis) L’ACCADEMIA DEGLI INVAGHITI , LA REAL COMPAŇIA DE OPERA DE CAMARA, L'ECLISSE, LE TENDRE AMOUR, IL DOLCE SUON, BARROKKANERNE, and more.

Cellist of the Quartetto Locatelli, with harpsichordist Francesco Corti, recorder player Andres Locatelli and violinist Nicholas Robinson, group specialising in the interpretation of 18th century chamber music.

Eva performs and records regularly with the ensembles Estro Cromatico and L’Aura Soave. Under the direction of bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, L’Aura Soave has made 3 recordings of Vivaldi for the label Naïve. Eva is principal cello of the OBA, Orquesta Barroca Argentina, orchestra founded by the Argentine soprano Veronica Cangemi.

She has also performed in Festival Monteverdi de Cremona, Festival Internacional de Música Sacra de Tortosa, Festival de Sable, XVIII.Berliner Tage Für Alte Musik, Musikfestpiele Potsdam Sanssouci.

She has performed concerts in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, China and Hungary.

In 2011 she recorded the cd Vidalas with Nadia Szachniuk, recently awarded the Premio Gardel for Best Album New Artists of Folk Music.

Nadia Szachniuk

Born in Salta, Argentina, she has been living in Buenos Aires since 2001. Singer and music therapist (Universidad del Salvador, 2004).

Her vast experience of choral singing begins in Salta (Coro de Niños and Jóvenes Ars Nova Salta), and continues through to Buenos Aires (Coro rentado de la UCA, Coro Trilce, Orfeón de Buenos Aires, Coral Ars Subtilis) where she has been now a member of the Coro Nacional de Jóvenes since 2004.

She has been interested in all kinds of popular music from when she was very young, exploring different styles within folk music, jazz, and world music. In 2011 she recorded the cd Vidala with Eva Sola, recording that received the award Premio Gardel 2012, Best New Artists in the category folk music.

She is the singer of the group Balkan Spice, committed to the interpretation of Balkan, Mediterranean, Sephardic and Oriental music.

As a soloist, she has worked alongside Juan Falú , Facundo Guevara, Diego Rolón, Mariano Cantero, Marcos O Farrell, Daniel Talevi, Daniel Callejas, Lucas Torres, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta and with her sister Mara Szachniuk.

She has been invited to work with the likes of Marcelo Moguilevsky, Juan Falú, La Bomba de tiempo, Nuria Martínez, Tonolec, Cuti and Roberto Carabajal, María Paula Godoy.

As a classical soprano, her wide musical interests have allowed her to continually explore a broad range of repertoire, studying with Horacio Amauri, Marta Blanco, Victor Torres, Graciela Oddone and Silvina Sadoly. She received a scholarship for further advanced study from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes in 2006.

She studied baroque technique and early music at the Conservatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla.

She has appeared as soloist in numerous opera productions: Traviata (Buenos Aires Lírica 2009, Mtro. Vieu), “ll Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria di Monteverdi (BAL 2009, Mtro J. M. Quintana), El gran teatro de Oklahoma (Teatro Argentino de la Plata, 2010, Mtra. Martinelli), Historia de Mujeres Intensas - Martinelli (Teatro Nacional Cervantes, Agosto 2011), Hipolyte et Aricie – Rameau – (Compañía de Las Luces, Dir: Birman, September 2011), “La Casa sin Sosiego” . G. Gandini Dir: Marcelo Delgado (CONTI 2012), as well as many other independent productions.

Since 2008 she has been part of the ensemble of soloists “Nonsense”, dedicated to contemporary music, with whom she recorded the cd NONSENSE in 2011.

Nadia is a graduate from the composition workshop of the Music Conservatory M. De. Falla (Ricardo Capellano), and she took improvisation and composition classes with Marcelo Moguilevsky in 2011.

She performed the original score for the play Urdinarrain, by Hernan Moràn, which opened July 2009 at the Teatro La Carbonera and in which she appeared as singer and actress.

She also performed on the soundtrack for the play Tu Ausencia Animal, by Ezequiel Matzquin, august 2011.

She teaches singing privately.

“With a clear voice in tune with a clear artistic attitude, Nadia and Eva give voice to a song that comes from within. Their artistic destinies, linked to musical languages that diverge from those of their native Salta, do not rival with their origins but merge harmoniously and enrich the weave of the song.

They gave to this album a character that is simple but not easy, showing deep respect for the origins and words of each of the selected songs and giving more expressive power to subtleties rather than to stridencies.

I’ve had the chance to feel this personally, in a wide variety of songs that ranged from a strictly traditional approach to an ‘unscheduled’ version of the vidala “Sois una preciosa flor”. It was clear then that past and future horizons can be endless. Eva and Nadia know this well."