Taiwanese singer David Tao (Tao Zhe) will stage a show on March 1 at the Capital Gymnasium. When his debut album David Tao was released in 1997, the young man generated a storm of R&B in Taiwan and the mainland. Some local media dubbed him the "R&B Godfather".
After two years of work, Tao released his second album titled I'MOK that featured alternative rock which was simpler and more down-to-earth than his debut work. His third album, Black Tangerine, released in 2003, was again a pleasant surprise fusing rock, folk songs, Latin ballads, country music and other styles.
One of his latest songs, Susan Speaks, successfully melts a famous Peking Opera aria into Blues. It creates a unique historical ambiance for a woman reminiscing her past love.
Sun Tze: The Art of War is another interesting work of Tao. He collaborated with the popular 12 Girls Band, combing both Western and folk Chinese instruments to create a work that touches the soul.
Though the first group of fans who were struck by Tao's special voice and music 10 years ago are no longer young, his solo concert at the Capital Gymnasium is sure to draw a large following.
(China Daily February 21, 2008)