FFM34: Saint Petersburg, Russia
TosyaChai is the stage-name of Tosilya Chaikina from Saint Petersburg. Until recently she performed as one half of local duo More Oblakov. The ensemble's remaining fifty percent was consistently represented by colleague Andrei Martynov. Chaikina's new solo recordings - entitled "Dreams" - appear against the backdrop of multiple lyric poems, both written and uploaded by the artist herself. She prefers to use those small and versified self-statements instead of anything more factual or prosaic. One of the newest Chaikina poems has stressed the appeal of fantasy and dreamlike states over ostensible reality: "Somewhere in the room, your aroma passes by. It seems there's still some wine left. I'd like to sleep a few more years in the forest - and never wake up, living in dreams."