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IGNAZIO AND THE FANS by Daniela

Really very nice was Ignazio, who wanted to have a contact via Instagram so the fans who could call him. A really kind and nice idea.

Here’s what was said.

At the beginning Ignazio does not understand well how the activation of the calls works and says that it is too difficult and repeatedly asks for HELP, then complains that he must choose who to talk to and he does not want to do it, but only in this way he can access someone, so he then he says that will choose randomly.

The first call is with a fan from Naples who immediately asks Ignazio how he is. He replies that he is fine and that as soon as this invasion ends (he means the virus) the concert programs will continue, he says they will make the Arena and then Milan and then Taormina. (Ignazio practically assumes that from August onwards their concert program will remain intact.)

The girl says she is from Castellamare di Stabia, near Pompeii and that she can’t wait to see them again.

Ignazio also greets her mother who tells him that they love him. The fan’s dad also greets Ignazio and asks him why he stayed in Bologna. Ignazio replies that he lives in Bologna, but, he had to come to Sicily, but for the virus he cannot move. A friend also arrives, happily says goodbye to Ignazio and tells him to come quickly to Naples to eat the sfogliatelle (typical Neapolitan sweets).

Final greetings.

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Ignazio regrets having to choose, but at this point he contacts a fan from Brazil, he hopes that the fan speaks English because he does not speak Portuguese.

Instead the girl immediately says that she does not speak English, but speaks Italian and Ignazio is happy.

Her sister also intervenes and she also speaks Italian, they are happy and excited that they are online with Ignazio. The girls are from Rio de Janeiro and say they will come to the Verona concert .

Ignazio replies that then they will meet in August and says goodbye.

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At this point Ignazio says he has a little surprise and contacts a girl named Arianna. She sent Ignazio a message, where she said that her grandfather passed away recently. He was an unknown singer-songwriter. Arianna sent the  to Ignazio of a grandfather song entitled “A Riva Mare” (By the Seashore).

Ignazio tries to sing it, Arianna has  a lot of emotion, almost in tears.

(I will translate the song – it’s in Neapolitan, I hope to understand right … I also asked Jo Ann Tischler for help and for this I thank her!)

“A Riva Mare” (By the Seashore)

By the seashore, it hurts more than any pain. Looking at the waves of the sea, which spoke of love.

Fly dove fly, carrying my love far away from me.

Come back, come to Ischia (island near Capri) with me.

Don’t make me suffer; don’t make me die.

A loud noise beats hard in my heart:  “It was a lie, a little jealousy, that you can’t understand.”

You can understand, loud noise [in my heart].  Cry with me if this love doesn’t come back here.

Come back, come back to Ischia, to me, because hope is the last to die.

……really nice words, very moving)

Arianna thanks Ignazio, sends him kisses and applauds him. She tells him that he is immense and that there should be more people like him in the world. ❤️ She says her grandpa would be delighted.

Ignazio says he has also made a video and will publish it soon. Arianna thanks him infinite times and tells him that he has given a little light in this dark period, and thanks him with all her heart. She says that with her there are grandmother and mother who thank him with all their heart.

Ignazio asks where in Naples that she lives and what work she does. Arianna replies that she is from San Giorgio, a municipality in Naples and that she is a photographer of newborn children. Ignazio says that, so she could take a picture of him, with the pacifier and the diaper!😁

Final greetings.

Ignazio is happy to have made the basis for this song. Arianna sent him the video of his grandfather singing acapella these beautiful words, and he slowly tried to insert some background music. He says that once more romantic words were written, compared to the songs of today.

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A fan asks Ignazio if he will come to Marsala soon and he says yes, because he misses Marsala, also because he has all the friends he misses there.

Ignazio is no longer able to connect and then says that he disconnects the live broadcast and then turns it back on. It finally works.

The girl calls from Puerto Rico, asks Ignazio how he is and Ignazio says he is fine, closed in his home.

Even the girl confirms that she is also in quarantine but that it is difficult. Ignazio advises her to be a good girl and not to leave the house. The girl says she is studying and Ignazio tells her that she hasn’t studied all year and is now recovering 😁.

Then the girl says the names of some of her friends, all Volovers, and asks Ignazio to greet them. Ignazio greets them and then sends a kiss.

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The next call is from Argentina, it is a grandmother and granddaughter, the grandmother is Italian.

Ignazio says that now he has been vegan since late November, after seeing a documentary. Even the girl says she tries to be vegan and Ignazio says it’s hard to be vegan in Argentina.

The girl says that in October, Il Volo came to Argentina, to Luna Park, and her grandmother wanted to see them, give them a kiss, but she couldn’t. The grandmother is from Salerno and went to Argentina at the age of 14.

The grandmother asks how Piero and Gianluca are and Ignazio says what they are doing and says they are fine, all in their quarantined houses, that it is becoming a double quarantine!

Grandma confirms that they too are in quarantine, eat, drink and sleep. The granddaughter says that in her grandmother’s house, she has a photo of her grandchildren on the bedside table and nearby is the photo of Il Volo. Grandma confirms that every night, when she goes to sleep, she looks at them and says that she loves them very much. ❤️

Ignazio thanks, sends them a kiss and says goodbye.

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Ignazio complains that he doesn’t like to choose, because he doesn’t want to offend anyone and says he is in trouble.

The name of a girl is Ginoble and then Ignazio says to call Gianluca.😁

The connection is with a laughing girl, because she was having dinner. She calls from Ukraine, from Kiev, Ignazio asks her why she speaks Italian and she replies that she is an Italian teacher.

The girl also confirms that she is in quarantine.

She was at the Kiev concert last year, and it was beautiful, her name is Anna.

Ignazio says he spends his days watching TV series, or playing and then confirms that for now the total closure, by decree, is up to April 13 (here in Italy), but he thinks that it will go further, at least until May-June.

Anna confirms June-July for her.

Final greetings.

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The Internet is blocked again, but time is almost over and Ignazio is happy to have had this experience.

He reads some contacts:
Monterey
Matera
Mexico
Peru

Ignazio apologizes because he can no longer connect and then decides to sing a song, takes the guitar and says that he is self-taught, has never studied guitar, then asks to apologize for the mistakes.

Then he performs a refrain of songs and then ends with “Tirichitolla”.😁

Ignazio greets everyone, sends a kiss and ensures that he will make other connections like this. ❤️

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And this is the video that Ignazio promised to Arianna. A truly beautiful gesture, good Ignazio.

I have translated the words of Ignazio.

“Wandering on Instagram I read the message of a girl, who spoke of her grandfather who died a short time ago, told me that he was a songwriter, writer, who had never been lucky, was not known. She sent me the video of his grandfather singing this song, of which he had written only the lyrics and the melody, and none had ever written the music.

I took this thing to heart and gave myself a gift, to be honored to be able to remember this man, Mr. Vincenzo.

Enjoy!”

(in the video Mr. Vincenzo)
Arianna = For you in a special exhibition, Vincenzo.
Vincenzo =  A RIVE MARE (At the seaside) Unpublished.

By publishing the video, Ignazio wrote these words:
Grandparents are only the most beautiful thing in the world .. will be that my grandparents are all up there, looking at us from the sky, but it was the least I could do for grandpa Vincenzo …

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Ignazio, what can I say, you have a huge heart and a good soul.

Thanks for what you are and what you do.

You are a treasure.

Daniela ❤️

 

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MUSIC THAT UNITES US by Daniela

In these days, Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca, do not make their absence felt. They put online many moments of dialogue, and also of singing, which make us a little forget a little the sad moments we are experiencing.

Just the moments of singing I want to bring together today, starting from their participation, Sunday March 31, at an online concert “MUSICA CHE UNISCE”, of many Italian singers, to raise funds for Civil Protection.

Of course, they sang, each from their homes, GRANDE AMORE. ❤️

I would say that the song went very well, the voices are there and powerful!

In these videos, you understand that the power of the voices is true and not amplified by technical instruments. Here everyone has been able to feel the strength of their individual voices !!

BRAVI! ❤️❤️❤️

And what about this acapella (voice only) execution of IL MONDO, made by Piero during an interview via Skype?
Gorgeous 😘

(Thank you to Viviana Viv for the video.)

But how much sweetness there is in this piece by Lewis Capaldi performed by Gianluca.

Gian your voice is caressing, but also very powerful. Your performances on the piano have improved a lot.

Very good 😘

I was so amazed at this splendid duet by Ignazio and Lidia Schillaci.

Magnificent, their voices are very well united, they blend very well.

Really excellent duet, both very good 😘😘

But I believe that not all of you know Lidia Schillaci. She is a Sicilian singer, exactly from Palermo. She is 36 years old,

In my opinion, she has a beautiful voice, yet, I didn’t even know who she was, it seems incredible, but here in Italy there are many talents who do not have the success due. It’s true, I read that she is in great demand, but certainly not known by most of the Italian audience.

Many compliments Lidia! 😊

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This other duet is also fantastic, where Ignazio and Lidia sing “Shallow”. ❤️❤️

Wonderful, I would listen to them endlessly and nice also Ignazio’s comment:
“Well I only miss blue eyes! 📷📷
Besides, I have my Lady Gaga !!” 😁

And here is another video that amazed me: there are three of them: Ignazio, Lidia Schillaci and Nico Arezzo.

The song is the beautiful “That’s What Friends Are For.”

I like all three very, very well. 🤗

Now that we’ve met Lidia, we know the guy with the guitar. He is Nico Arezzo (Domenico Arezzo) is 18 years old and is Sicilian, from Modica.

Maybe not everyone knows that this guy is followed by Ignazio, because before leaving for the American tour, Ignazio opened his own record label, Floki Production, and the first artist that follows is Nico Arezzo, always under the final supervision of Torpedine .

We wish Nico and also Ignazio a deserved success.

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This song has just been published on Instagram by Gianluca, really beautiful.

How much sweetness and how much feeling. Bravo Gian! ❤️

Well, I would say that the boys kept us company this time too.
 
I want to know your opinion on each of these performances.

Also I have a question to ask you, a question that was suggested to me by Regina:
“If Il Volo were to do a duet with another singer (male or female) who would you like to hear with them?”

I await all your opinions.

Daniela

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IL VOLO to LA VITA IN DIRETTA by Daniela

Once again Il Volo was a guest of RAI1 on the LA VITA IN DIRETTA (LIVE LIFE) program.

Their testimony is beautiful, here’s what they said.

Lorella Cuccarini, the presenter of the program, announces in connection from their homes, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero: Il Volo.

Ignazio immediately shows a sheet with the words “Lorella, you are beautiful.”

Lorella immediately says that Il Volo was on tour in the US and they returned, immediately putting themselves in quarantine, so she asks them how they are living these days.

Piero says that the first thing they did on their return, was the self-denunciation to put themselves in voluntary isolation, they are behaving responsibly, because it is the wisest thing to do. The message they have to send is to stay home.
Fortunately, quarantine stimulates their creativity and thanks to social media and technology, they are not so far away.

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Lorella recalls that they participated in a charity event, together with many other Italian singers, in support of an Italy torn by events, and asks what it represented for them.

Ignazio replies that all the artists are making their contribution towards the people who follow them and, beyond their discography, it is nice to be united and be able to sing freely for their fans and all the people who cannot see them now in concert.

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Lorella asks Gianluca how much was missing at the end of their American tour and Gianluca confirms that a week was missing and they had to cancel three concerts.

When they returned home they found a deserted Italy, a truly painful moment and people in these moments need hope.

Gian says that he appreciated the Pope’s words very much and it was heartbreaking to see him in an empty St. Peter’s Square. In addition, Gian also recalls that today April 2 is 15 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, one of the most charismatic popes.

He goes on to say that, we are experiencing a tragic period all over the world, even in America the situation is deteriorating.

Gian recommends attention to guys of their age, says that nobody is omnipotent, nobody is immune, so you have to be responsible.

Gian tells Lorella that the three of them must be an example for the boys of their age, therefore responsibly, for the good of all, one must stay at home. Particularly for older people, and Gian says that he himself has not yet seen his grandfather, who lives near his home.

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The presenter says that Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio are in their cities (one in the south, one in the center and one in the north) and practically represent the whole of Italy, with great differences depending on the area, and therefore asks everyone, how is the situation from them.

Piero says that in Sicily, health facilities are not able to face the difficulties due to the virus, confirms that he and some Sicilian artists have started a fundraiser.

People understood the gravity of the moment. He says that after the fifteen days of isolation are over, he went out to do the swab and found that the streets were empty, so he is proud to have seen that the Italians are responsible people.

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Ignazio says he doesn’t know what the situation is like, because he has always been at home since he returned.

He confirms, as Gian has already said, that we must be responsible and also think of others, stay at home, we do it, also for others, because it takes very little to infect.

Ignazio says he is always at home, he goes to the studio (he made a small recording corner for the music), the dining room, then again to the studio and then to bed.

He says that you have to take advantage of these moments to enjoy the family. He says that he spends more time with his parents, who instead he usually sees little and also advises all young people to do this, because taken from the rhythm of life, many members of the families don’t know each other well.

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Gianluca says that they are privileged, but there are people who are suffering so much and are not even able to shop for food. He would like to be close to all those people and help them, because he reads about people who really need help. He saw that in some places people have organized baskets with food and signs that say “Those who can, put food.” – “Those who cannot, take food.”

The presenters thank Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio very much for the nice words, the beautiful examples they are giving and greet them with affection and admiration.

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Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, once again, thank you for being as you are. ❤️

Daniela

 

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Drawings by Stefania Snaider

 

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BILLBOARD ITALIA calls GIANLUCA by Daniela

Gianluca made a live video while talking to Billboard Italia, with its presenter Stefano.

I will translate roughly.

Friendly greetings.

In the beginning, both compare their tufts of hair, being obliged to stay at home, they cannot access their hairdresser !!

Gianluca confirms that he is in Montepagano and shows that it is a rainy day. He says they were informed of what was going on in Italy, but until they came back, they didn’t imagine such a serious thing. They were in California, when the Fresno concert was canceled, they saw that they were canceling several events due to the virus danger, but health first of all, moreover people were afraid to go to the crowded places, and so they too, together with the production, decided to cancel the last concerts.

Gian says it is difficult to return, and not being able to embrace loved ones.

Stefano asks Gian to describe his day and he says that, having to stay at home, he trains to play the piano, and confirms that he likes Brunori, who is a good Italian singer-songwriter.

(In this video, Gianluca plays a song by Brunori Sas, entitled PER DUE CHE COME NOI)

Stefano suggests to Gianluca to make a game, he says about the titles of songs and Gian sings them in a lyrical version !!😁 ( are Italian songs with rhythm, far from lyrical)

He performs:

Rolls Royce
Occidentali’s Karma
Soldi
Sincero

Then they talk about Sanremo, and about Billboard’s birthday to which Il Volo is also invited, in November next year.

Stefano reads questions from fans:

What is your favorite opera?

Cavalleria Rusticana.

If you could have powers, what would you want?

The invisible cloak of Harry Potter

So they talk about Harry Potter and Gian confirms that he is a big fan of the saga.

The questions continue.

Who are your favorite actors?

Robert Downey Jr. and Natalie Portman

What was it like to duet with Belinda?

We sang with her in 2013 and it was cool.

Gianluca greets in Spanish, all the Latin American fans who are following the live.

Greetings come from all over the world.

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A fan asks for an anecdote that happened on tour, and Gian says that in Switzerland they continued to sing in French the same phrase of “Tous les visages de l’ amour”, because they did not remember the song.

Then in South America, he says that the audience screams a lot and so at the end of the concert, he no longer hears anything.

Another fan asks what gets him charged up before a concert?

Gian says that each time it’s like the first one, and it’s true.
He tries to interpret the songs, looking people in the eyes. For him, being on stage is like being in the most beautiful place in the world, at that moment, he enters a different parallel world.

Gian and Stefano laugh at the photo that Gian sent for Billboard, Gian says he is not sad, he made the sensual look.

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The series of questions continues:

How should your ideal woman be?

She must understand him with a look. Gian says that women are superior to men, that he has learned not to argue or raise his voice. He says that the man must not offend the sensitivity of the woman, but he must find the woman who understands the life of a person who travels the world and therefore has admirers. Gian admits that it is difficult to be close to a person from the world of entertainment and therefore it is up to him, not to make this condition weigh on the woman who loves him.

Gianluca sings IL MONDO. ❤️

They loose connection, while Stefano calls back he announces that on Monday he will have Piero in live connection.

Stefano asks Gian how he can buy food and he replies that he and his mom,  don’t go out, his dad, who lives nearby, buys food for them too and leaves it outside the door.

Gian explains that anyone returning from another country must make two weeks of mandatory quarantine, but to be sure, he will do three weeks.

He says he is worried about his family, but also about others.

Gian confirms that he eats protein food and then fruit and vegetables, few sugars. A plate of pasta, then, once a week a pizza or dessert.

 

Other direct questions:

With which international singer would you like to duet?

With Lewis Capaldi, I believe that he is one of the most beautiful voices of recent times, he is incredible.

What would you change about you?

When I look at Gianluca a few years ago, sometimes I don’t recognize myself, but now I see myself different , more mature, more man, better. Over the years I have worked on my character, even for group life, which is not easy.
However there is always something to change, but it is the time that helps us to become mature. I am happy so.

Have you ever quarreled with your companions (Piero and Ignazio)? Tell me about once in particular and then on Monday I ask Piero the same thing, let’s see if he will have the same answer.

I have a somewhat spiteful character and one evening we were very young, we were having dinner in Canada, with Torpedine and some members of the record company. We were arguing and I took the prawns from the plate and threw them in Ignazio’s face.

I will never forget this fact. I made a bad impression.

Do you have a superstitious gesture before the concerts?

Yes we shake hands and say “shit shit shit”.
It works, it gives us the right charge.

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Besides the piano, what other instrument would you like to learn to play?

(Gian shows a guitar) See that? A disaster, I can’t even make two notes together.

At this point Stefano asks to play another song on the piano.
Gian performs Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone you loved”. ❤️

Stefano thanks Gian for the beautiful performance and says that he will send the video to Lewis Capaldi. So they can get to know each other.

Gian replies that it is the first time that he performs it live, and that Capaldi also has a baritone voice.

He also says that he Piero and Ignazio will often make small live songs, because they know that their fans appreciate it very much.

Stefano asks Gian, when he can go out, where he will go and he replies that he will go to his grandfather’s house, and will hug him tightly. He says that 86-year-old grandfather Ernesto is his “great love” and says that once his grandfather said to him:
“Incredible, I saw Sanremo da Modugno win and now also from my grandson”.
Gian says that when he’s out on tour, his grandfather sends him messages with whattsapp and they make video calls.

So Stefano asks Gian to sing GRANDE AMORE and Gian says they are preparing an English version.

Stefano says that Il Volo is the Italian pride, they have a large following in Italy, but even when you go abroad and you mention IL VOLO, you understand that people know them, in fact they fill the theaters.
Gian confirms that they want to bring their type of music to younger people too.

GRANDE AMORE a cappella.

Stefano asks Gian what he watches on TV.
He replies that he started watching the Star Wars saga, which he did not know and he is enjoying it very much, always after Harry Potter! 😁

Stefano asks Gian to show how he should wash his hands properly.
Gian does it while singing MUSICA CHE RESTA. ❤️

Stefano thanks Gian for the live broadcast.

Final greetings.

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Thanks Gianluca, for being as you are. ❤️

Daniela

 

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MUSIC THAT IS GOOD FOR THE HEART by Daniela

In these moments, where we are all locked up in our homes, and we hear terrible news and we see images that we never would have thought to see …….. the notes of some songs really come to us and fill our hearts with hope.

IMAGINE : performed by some Italian singers and actors and of course, among them also Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.

Enjoy! 🙂😘

Another song of a poignant sweetness touched our soul:

HALLELUJAH, sung by Ignazio.

These are the words of Ignazio:

“Stop for 3 minutes, close your eyes
And send a thought to those who,
Less fortunate than us, they are no longer there.”

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Dear guys,

You are real treasures.

Your delicacy fills us with sweetness and happiness.

❤️ We are proud to be your fans. ❤️

Daniela

 

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