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PIERO, IGNAZIO AND GIANLUCA IN QUARANTINE by Daniela

As you all know, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca quickly returned to Italy. But maybe not everyone, especially those who don’t have Facebook, knows where the guys are now.

The three, are scattered around Italy, one in the north, one in the center and one in the south.

Let’s start with Piero.

As we read from his words, Piero returned to Sicily, to his Naro, but did not return to the family. To preserve his health and the health of his loved ones, Piero has self-isolated himself in his apartment (which is close to that of his parents), and has no physical contact with them. He has self-declared (as is expected here) and is observing a quarantine, isolated from all.

Piero made a video call with his friend Mariano Di Vaio, whom the boys had met in Miami. 

Here it is and I will roughly translate it for you.

First thing, we all notice, Piero’s new beard cut …… I don’t like it !!! 😑

Mariano also makes fun of Piero for doing this new shave and leaving his mustache like this, and laughing. Piero said he did it alone (of course). He was inspired by the Narcos telefilm, where there is a sheriff, and was inspired by him.

Piero says he’s been in quarantine for two days and already doesn’t know what to do. Mariano says he’s been four days and it feels like a month (he also has a wife and 3 children).

Piero shows that he also tried to cut his hair, with the result that he almost peeled one side. (disaster)

He says he saw a video of a fairly well-known singer in Miami, who was in the disco without worries. 😲

Piero

(Thank you Judy Thurman for this nice collage!)

Di Vaio, confirming that he spoke with friends in Miami when the alarm went up, but people still do not realize the big problem of C19.

To pass the time, Piero watches TV, then has tools to train with, takes virtual lessons with his personal trainer.

Piero says that he would have liked to stay at home with his parents and sister, however, he is alone and the policemen come every day to check that he is at home, in isolation, because having been away, he does not know if he may have contracted the virus, and therefore, rightly so.

But Piero, what did you do, right now that hair was starting to grow back!!

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Climbing up, from the boot, we arrive in central Italy, Montepagano ….. Gianluca.

Gianluca was traveling, accompanied by his mother Eleonora. They returned home, but not to their parents’ house, but to Gianluca’s house, to be isolated from Ercole and Ernesto. Gianluca lives close to his parents, but they still couldn’t hug each other. They too are in isolation.

Gianluca provides us with many moments of his day and his beautiful home.

 

In this video, Gianluca says that in quarantine they are all becoming incredible chefs.
He too, who has never cooked in his life, made an amazing banana dessert.

Then Gian also practices playing the piano.

Bravo Gianluca !!

And he trains in his small gym.
Do not overdo it!

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Instead, mother Eleonora sends us this photo of Ernesto beyond the railing of the window. On the photo it says: “Love at a distance, soon we will embrace each other again.”

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We continue in the ascent of Italy, and we arrive in the north, in Bologna, where Ignazio is.

Ignazio returned to Bologna, where he has his apartment and where his sister Nina was, who was already waiting for him in solitary confinement.

The situation in Bologna is much more serious than in Sicily or Abruzzo.

Ignazio has a long phone call with his friend Fabio Ingrassia, which I translate briefly for you.

Immediately Fabio asks Ignazio if he has bought the new earring, and Ignazio affirms and shows it to him, then asks Ignazio, how is the first day of quarantine and Ignazio answers: Arturo, television and one meter from his sister Nina. Fabio tells him that in Marsala (where Fabio is) there are two new cases of C19.

Nina cooks, and Ignazio confirms that he is now vegan. He also shows a pizza that his sister made him on his arrival, heart-shaped and with vegan foods.

An exchange of ideas was born with Fabio who says that he eats real meat and Ignazio tells him that he is only a skeptic.

A message arrives from Gianluca, who is following their live, and  he says that in Abruzzo they will create vegan arrosticini (typical food made with meat) for Ignazio.

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Fabio reports that friends in Miami have said that the C19 is spreading and both say that it was not taken seriously there.

While chatting, Ignazio comes to a contact with Red Ronnie, who asks him where he is and Ignazio confirms that he is in Bologna.

So they talk about the hospital in Marsala, to which Fabio made a donation and Ignazio also confirms that he will do it too and therefore communicates the data for the hospital.

They talk about Ignazio’s guitars that he brought to Bologna, and he admits that he is training.

Every now and then Ignazio has sweet tenderness with his beloved Arturo.

Then Ignazio and Fabio experiment with chords and songs simultaneously with their guitars.

Ignazio asks Arturo what song he wants to hear ….

Arturo stretched over Ignazio and he says to him: “Do you want to rest a bit? I am dad, not a sofa!”

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So the first quarantine days of IL VOLO have passed, but there are many days to pass, but the important thing is that they are safe.

Here in Italy, the situation has worsened and I think the boys were shocked on their return.

But even this period will pass.

I also recommend to you, American friends, stay safe!

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

SUMMARY OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS by Daniela

Since the last time I wrote a post, it’s amazing how many things our guys have done, but let’s try to retrace all their commitments.

Milan was also embellished with beautiful IL VOLO posters.

 

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On December 17, Il Volo takes part in the presentation in Bologna of the new book by dear friend Bartoletti: ALMANACCO DI SANREMO. The boys were kind and affable to everyone.

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At the end of the evening, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca recorded a video message dedicated to Sinisa Miajlovich (coach of the Bologna football team, currently suffering from leukemia). Here are some of the beautiful words written by Bartoletti.

“When the presentation of a book ends with Il Volo that stands up to go to dedicate ‘Grande Amore’ to Arianna Miajlovich sitting in the front row (then asking her cell phone to send a private encouragement video to Sinisa) there would already be very little to be added. Yet before, there had been … everything else. Between participation, joy and even a little emotion. With the acquired certainty that the A of Almanac is the same as A of Friendship (Amicizia ): and also the A of Love (Amore).

Difficult to find the words to thank Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero who came on PURPOSE to give us their affection.”

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Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, have also been to visit an exhibition in Bologna, dedicated to Italian music “NOI, NON ERAVAMO SOLO CANZONETTE”.

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Il Volo in front of the photo of Modugno while singing “Volare”.

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Il Volo in front of the photo of Dalla, author of “Caruso”.

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On December 19th, Il Volo performed in Monte Carlo, in the “Christmas Time in Monte Carlo” event. 

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Then, Il Volo announces a surprise for all the fans, a free and live mini concert, which will be held on 20 December outdoors, in front of the Milan train station.

Unfortunately on December 20 there is a horrible weather, it rains a lot and there is cold wind, but as promised, the boys do the mini live as announced.

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We must make a big and warm applause to the guys who performed despite the impossible weather, but also to the fans who attended, despite the cold, wind and tremendous rain.

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22 December

On RAI1 there is a television program I SOLITI IGNOTI, which is done for charity purposes,TELETHON. During the broadcast there will be many guests, including IL Volo, the aim is to guess who the people are, through clues. In the end, Il Volo knows exactly how to guess and the result of the evening of the game and the phone calls from home will go to charity.

The program was a lot of fun, the boys also sang two songs. Many laughs. Here is a  video of the whole evening.

If you have a problem hearing the audio part of “Grande Amore”  a link below will take you directly to the Sicilian Facebook Fan Page. You should be able to hear it there. 😊

I SOLITI IGNOTI on the Sicilian Facebook Fan Page – Click Here

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From Mexico, images of NAVIDAD ATZECA arrive, where Il Volo sings “O HOLY NIGHT”, recorded during their last visit to Mexico.

What a sweet and beautiful song, Christmas is coming !! ❤️

24 December

Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca extend their best wishes with this video.

 

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Gianluca and Luna

New concert dates have also been announced:
June 16 – Dusseldorf
June 18 – Frankfurt
June 29 – Barcelona
July 11 – Lodz
July 13 – Bulgaria
July 15 – Bucharest

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During the Christmas holidays, Piero went to Cortina for a holiday in the snow, together with friends.

 

A nice piano arrived at Gianluca’s house and, in a short time, Gian cheered us up with this nice video, where he sings and PLAYS his new piano, good Gianluca!!

Instead on New Year’s Eve, a short video published by Red Ronnie made us discover Ignazio playing the guitar during a song with friends.

And on the first day of the new year, this beautiful video was released. It was done with the aim of sensitizing young people to turn the radio volume down or off while parking, because loud music could divert attention from the maneuver.

Very nice guys, who lent themselves to this video !!

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In short, a very busy period for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, but it did not end here, on January 3, they will be guests on RAI1 in the LA PORTA DEI SOGNI program, also they should be guests of PORTA A PORTA with Bruno Vespa.

I can’t wait to see them again at Porta a Porta !!

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Dear all,

I want to apologize to all of you for being absent for a long time, without any explanation, from this site.

I am very sorry that this happened and that I was not present for Christmas and New Year greetings. 

I have had a very difficult period, because of health problems in my family, which have not yet been solved.

It wasn’t very happy days, but I have thought of you all.

So even if late, accept my best wishes for a happy 2020 year, beautiful concerts are waiting for you!! 

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

PROMOTION, PROMOTION by Daniela

The promotion of the new CD continues unabated.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, had an instore in Bologna.

Here are the photos.

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And the next day, an instore in Caserta.

 

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All the newspapers dedicate space to publicize the new CD, and the Matera special.

Here are some articles in the newspapers.

OGGI

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GENTE

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SORRISI CANZONI TV

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DIPIÙ also dedicated the cover to them.

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They were interviewed for Radio Rai, here’s the video.

They talk about their upcoming US tour and their musical repertoire.

They speak of their classic genre, but which has now become an alternative and of their commitment to bring this musical genre to the knowledge of the very young.

They tell of one of the moments that they remember with pleasure, when they met the Italian soldiers on a mission in Lebanon.

With this beautiful photo, Sony informs us that the new 10-year CD, The Best of IL VOLO, has reached third place in the Italian ranking.

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Considering that the first place is held by a rapper much followed by the very young, and the second place is held by Zucchero, who is well known and followed and has proposed a CD of unpublished works, I would say that the third place, for a CD-compilation that reports songs already known of these 10 years …. I would say that it is a very good result.

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On Sunday 17 in the late evening (almost midnight) a brief preview of the Matera concert was broadcast on Channel 5, and there was a record number of listeners!

And here is the announcement of Piero, who warns that they will be in Striscia la Notizia. (In Strip, they usually give the golden tapir, the boys took it because of the news of the Swiss hotel.)

If you wish to read more about Striscia la Notizia, the Golden Tapir and the Gabibbo, please see this Wikipedia article:

Striscia La Notizia

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Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, with Il Gabibbo.

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And here is the video of their presence in the satirical news STRISCIA LA NOTIZIA.

The guys are promoting the new CD and the Matera special that will be broadcast on Channel 5 on November 19th.

Moreover the boys send an ideal hug to all the inhabitants of Matera who in these days have had weather-related disasters.

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And here they are in the backstage of Striscia la Notizia, together with the two “veline” (showgirls) Mikaela and Shaila.

 

And here with the presenters of Striscia la Notizia, Ezio Greggio and Enzo Iachetti.

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All perfect guys, I don’t know where you find the strength to do everything.

But in a hurry, because there is a big event that awaits you on Italian TV, the concert recorded in Matera.

See you soon, I can’t wait !!

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

PROMOTION OF NEW CD by Daniela

The tour de force for the promotion of the new CD continues at an incessant pace. 

Here are the images and video of the Rome instore Saturday, November 9th.

The arrival of Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca.

 

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Fantastic, and among all the fans, we recognize our delicious Xinjie.😘

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A nice event in Rome, but not everything ends here, Sunday Il Volo was expected in Milan for the Mini Live, and how can they arrive from Rome? (these guys so haughty, like some press has sometimes described them?)

But by train !!

But someone waited for them at the station to give them a small video to be broadcast live on the TV program DOMENICA VENTURA.

Here they are. And while they are being interviewed, near Piero, in the station, he passes the video of the advertising of the concert in Matera, what a beautiful coincidence. 

Nothing new is said in the interview. The man to whom Gianluca compliments, is a well-known Italian footballer Paolo Rossi.

And now radio promotions are starting.
The first is Radio 102.5.
Nothing important is said, but the boys are always kind and nice.

In this photo the boys are in the company of ZAC, one of the 102.5 radio speakers.

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Nice mini video made with the 102.5 radio speakers.

But there is another radio waiting for the Radio Zeta interview.

Very nice interview, activate the subtitles because the translation seemed excellent to me.

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But now here they are at Radio Italia for another interview.

Another nice interview with Radio Italia, nothing new is said, the stages of 10 years are retraced and Manola asks what their favorite song is and they say that the most representative is “Grande Amore”.

They talk about bel canto, and that they are ambassadors of Italy in the world, then about the new CD and the next tour in Canada-US, and then of  the mini live event in Milan and the extraordinary presence of the people.

Manola asks how they manage to divide the parts of a song and they reply that there is no real division, only the verse is sung, which of the three can make it better, without any jealousy.

Piero says that they speak little of their beginnings, because as children, they were catapulted into an environment full of famous people in America and they didn’t realize this and when they tell it to others, they seem to say it to brag and the people does not believe that  are truth, but there are photos to testify.

Then, Ignazio imitates Gianluca who does something special with his ear and then says he is a nuisance.

Piero talks about the two Italian dates and the 2020 tour.

Manola asks what kind of music they listen to and they answer a little of everything, because music is always beautiful and tastes must be respected.

Final greetings.

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And here is another great news, on the EUROFANATICOS Facebook page, they did a long poll with a vote, to understand what was the most beautiful Eurovision song of the last 10 years and ……. Won IL VOLO, with “GRANDE AMORE”, all the finals where IL Volo was, were won hands down, and the grand final was won with 2600 votes, against 929 of the second classified.

CONGRATULATIONS BOYS !!! 😘😘😘

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Mamma mia, these guys never stop, this is only the first part of the promotion, we will still have to follow:

~ Instore Bologna

~ Interview in Roxy bar with Red Ronnie (he said he has already taken away the juke box for Ignazio)

~ Instore Caserta

~ Concert on live TV in Matera

~ Live concert of Radio Italia (of which I will attend the recording as a public)

See you very soon.

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO AND THEIR “MAESTRO”

When Il Volo won Sanremo in 2015, everyone looked for news on Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca and also on who had followed them in their artistic path. Among these is the master Sergio Bertocchi.
Sergio Bertocchi is an Italian tenor born in Molinella, the same birthplace of Ignazio.
This beautiful interview was published by the Bologna newspaper: IL RESTO DEL CARLINO.

MAESTRO ARTICLE

I translate it for you.

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The ability to hover in a song, explained, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero learned it in Bologna. And who knows if anyone has ever met them on the streets of Bologna, every time they took the plane to fly to the master Sergio Bertocchi, their vocal mentor, the one who taught the three singers how to breathe and how they lean, the sounds by controlling them. Il Volo, a trio of golden uvula that won in Sanremo, the techniques to be successful he learned just at the court of this Bolognese tenor who sang all over the world and who at 71 years opted for a quieter life, with teaching.

Master, how did your meeting with Il Volo happen?
“The first one I met was Gianluca Ginoble three years ago. My manager Virginio Fedeli had asked me to meet him in the studio in Rome at the request of Tony Renis, the one who believed in them after participating in the talent led by Clerici. I worked with him on the first album of the group, I needed a technical job to gain more certainty in singing, and in fact my name appears among the thanks.”

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(picture credit from article…)

Then he became the vocal coach of all three singers?
“Yes, because the other two, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone, have also asked for my advice and have come to my house many times. Then when they went to America they asked me to go with them to play the vocal coach but I had to give up, for health, and as soon as they returned we resumed work.”

So what they are now, they owe a lot to his work …
“Yes, I taught them a method but I must say that when I met them I thought they were three phenomena, three boys with an incredible gift and that they would have gone very far. Indeed, they have already burned several stages for their age.”

How would you describe their voices?
“Each has its own great characteristic. Gianluca has a very warm baritone voice in the notes of harmony, Ignazio has a soaring lyric tenor voice, Piero as a heroic tenor and this is his path.”

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They were all born in the early nineties of the last century …

“They have a great awareness of what they are and have this great passion that leads them to commit themselves to the maximum. I, in the environment, am known as a very strict one, who does not easily gratify, but with them there have been no difficult moments because they have the innate discipline of those who want to arrive.”

So young and already so famous; will they manage to manage success?
“First of all they are fortunate to be supported and followed by families, which is very important. And in this regard I am pleased to recall a coincidence, that Ignazio was born in Molinella, just like me, and then moved with his family to Marsala. Then I always kept them with their feet on the ground, they are also prepared to be heavily criticized, but they face everything calmly because they are safe. And anyway … if they haven’t lost their mind until now I think they won’t lose it anymore … they are international stars even before winning Sanremo.”

Did you feel that they would do it?
“I heard them the first night they sang and I thought that the song had taken so much, on the audience that had been conquered by a free song that flows and emotion us … and I felt something. They are different and despite the snobby criticisms they are not a table-created product, they are three pure talents.”

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Surely it is very nice to hear the opinions of “experts” who talk about Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.
If then these people say comments like “they are three pure talents,” there is nothing else to add.

Daniela

(credit to owners of all pictures…)