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      Vincenzo Thoma travels “De Rome à Montréal”

       
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      Jul. 20, 2015

      Vincenzo ThomaSinger/songwriter Vincenzo Thoma’s new album, De Rome à Montréal, is quite simply a love song for Quebec.

      Thoma’s personal message in the liner notes explains the raison d’être for his first French-language album: “De Rome à Montréal, c’est mon histoire d’amour avec le Québec, sa culture, sa langue, son accueil chaleureux aux égards de mes origines italiennes!” [De Rome à Montréal is my love story with Quebec, its culture, its language, its warm welcome in respect to my Italian origins!]

      Thoma was born in Italy and emigrated to Canada in 1994. His choices in Italy limited, he decided to move to Montreal to seek out greater opportunity and experiences. He didn’t know a word of English or French on first arrival, but would soon master both languages. He now works fluently in Italian, English and French.

      “This is probably my first Québecois album. Before this album, I was the ‘Italian,’” Thoma muses.

      “You know, everyone has to travel, everyone has a journey to make every day in order to move forward, to reinvent themselves. So yes, this album is an immigrant story, but it’s also a story of everyone’s journey.”

      “This is probably the best album I’ve made in terms of musical experimentation. I took the liberty to venture out in different styles,” Thoma continues.

      Over the years Thomas has collaborated with countless artists and musicians, including Lara Fabian, Roch Voisine, Marie-Élaine Thibert, Mia Martini, Filippa Giordano, Gigi Finizio, Dan Bigras, Patrick Fiori, Chimène Badi, Ima, Bruno Pelletier and Tocadéo. His résumé includes credits as a composer, lyricist, musician, arranger, singer and teacher. One of his most interesting credits is as the singing voice of Aladin in the Italian version of Walt Disney Picture’s animated film, Aladin.

      Thoma’s previous album, Romantico, featured ten of the greatest love songs from the past thirty years, adapted in Italian for the first time ever. Thoma was both the translator and the singer on each track, which included songs by Sting, Bryan Adams, Elton John, George Michael, and Phil Collins.

      Vincenzo ThomaWith De Rome à Montréal, Thoma recounts different aspects of an immigrant’s story, from the journey to a new country as interpreted in De Rome à l’île de Montréal and Le Voyageur, to sentiments of nostalgia and displacement as interpreted in songs like Controvento and Parle-Moi.

      Thoma admits he has difficulty performing some of the songs from the new album – difficultly with his emotion, that is.

      Mon Fils is dedicated to both my kids. My kids were born here in Montreal, in Quebec. They are my roots. When I sing Mon Fils, I have to keep my emotions in check,” he explains.

      Tonight (July 20), Thoma will perform songs from De Rome à Montréal during a free outdoor concert at Gouin Park (6750 boul. Gouin Est in Montreal-North). Thoma will be joined the stage by Bernie Cossentino, Philip Ashley, and Simona Pirone. The performance gets underway at 7:00PM.

      On July 30, Thoma will perform at Connaught Park in the Montreal borough of Town of Mount Royal. Joining him on stage will be Bernie Cossentino, Mathieu Gagné, and Simona Pirone. The concert starts at 7:00PM and admission is free.

      De Rome à Montréal is available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/de-rome-a-montreal/id996740622.

      www.vincenzothoma.com

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