WHO I AM
My name is Toa, I am a traveler, a dreamer, a life lover, and a musician. I write my songs to tell about myself, and to tell stories. My stories are halfway between Italy and China: between the country I love, where I was born and live, and China, the country that stole my heart, where I lived for a year and a half, in the province of Shandong, and that I always carry a little bit inside of me.
My passion for music was born at an early age, studying piano. Since a while I like to join it with the passion for Chinese culture, so I gave life to my latest musical project, in the name of sharingness and cultural exchange. I like to sing in both Italian and Chinese, create more autobiographical songs, as the one inspired by Sun Yan's book, or sing about something that comes from the deepest Chinese culture, as in the song about Butterfly Lovers. I also love to Italianize famous Chinese hits, translating them into my language, such as Jay Chou's "love balloon" or Cui Jian's "girl from the nursery", as well as bringing famous songs from the Italian repertoire to the Chinese language and sounds,as "Vivere" by Vasco Rossi.
I put passion and love into what I do, but most of all I enjoy it. I hope that listening to my songs can arouse your curiosity too, and make you discover something new about China if you were born in Italy, and something new about Italy if you were born in China.