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Born in Locarno, Switzerland, an eclectic cultural environment with a strong Italian heritage, Fabio Mignola's first love was the accordion. This young man who grew to learn four languages, was fascinated by the intricate harmonies and rhythms of the various forms of folk and classical music that surrounded him.  However, it was the simplistic beauty of the acoustic guitar that quickly became the voice of this passionate musician.

After studying for several years with professor Dante Brenna, he graduated from Conservatory Donizetti in Bergamo in 1991. Mignola immersed himself in guitar studies and master classes with virtuosos like Alberto Ponce, Alexandre Rodrigues, Ralph Towner and
Nishat Khan.  An eager student, Mignola was inspired by the spontaneity of jazz and the visual complexities of impressionism. As he also continued to master the classical and folk  repertoire, Mignola found himself incorporating his diverse artistic experiences into a soundscape rich in textures.  This pursuit of music without boundaries led to three solo recordings and many productive partnerships.

In 1999, Mignola released Chitarra ticinese, featuring solo guitar arrangements of folk songs.  Swiss Ticinonline praised, "Chitarra ticinese is one of those CDs that everybody should hold in his own recordings library . . . the musical essentialism given by the presence of a solo guitar raises the fourteen melodies to touching small musical jewels."

Winning the praise of critics for his "virtuosistic arpeggio", Mignola release Flor de luna in 2000, a collection of solo recordings that celebrated the beauty of evergreens.

The collaborations with famed Swiss songstress Nella Martinetti
(CD Così il tempo va) and with the ukrainian singer Elena Martynova (album Turn to Your Soul / Povernys' Do Dushi) would further endear Mignola as a beloved international guitarist, arranger and producer.

However, it was the 2003 contemporary jazz release of Flyin' Away that would tantalize American airwaves.  Smooth Jazz and More declared, "Mignola gives the listener a style much like Peter White and Acoustic Alchemy. It's very cheerful and at the same time, very relaxing."

Entranced by Brazilian jazz, Mignola often performs as solo guitarist in a light mix of sambas and bossa nova stylings.  Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of his homeland with Neapolitan jazz, Mignola released Luna rossa in 2005 with tenor Mauro Bonomi.

As sound designer in 2006 he produced the soundtrack Virgo Suite together with Italian pianist Paolo Cattaneo and Swiss saxophonist Mauro Bonomi.

Fans have been anxiously awaiting for the next musical adventure entitled Take Me Higher which presents eleven melodic and refined new compositions by the Swiss musician
that also allowed him to be awarded as “Smooth Jazz Artist of the Month” on various radios around the world.

As a highly respected freelance musician, Mignola has also worked extensively on radio, television, soundtracks and with such international artists as Rock Hendricks (USA), Marco Zappa (Switzerland),  Quim Roque, Roby Nogueira (Portugal), Konstantin Klashtorni (Germany/Ukraine) and the Franco Brambati Group (Italy).

In additon, as an expert in his field he is an adjudicator for examinations of jazz/pop guitar for the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences / Swiss Academy of Music and Music Pedagogy.

"Mignola's guitar voice is smooth and full of talent."
Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez - JAZZREVIEW.COM - USA

"'ll be completely swept away with Fabio's mastery of the guitar."



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