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Answers to yesterday’s “So ya think ya know ’em”

So who’s tied to who (whom…whatever)?  Can you make the matches?

G = Gianluca
I = Ignazio
P = Piero
A = Connects to ALL of the above
N = Connects to NONE of the above

Connects with….
(you get extra credit if you also know the names)



1.  A/I – It’s Loretta!  One point for “All”.  Two points for “Ignazio”.


2.  PPiero’s Brother, Francesco Barone.


3.  GGianluca’s Grandfather, Ernesto.  (Jane and I met him in Montepagano.)


4.   N – Justin Bieber.  Just…No.


5.  G – Martina, Gianluca’s gal.


6.  A – Myron Heaton.  Is there another Fan Fare in our future?


7.  IIgnazio’s Mom, Caterina Boschetto.


8.  AMichele Torpedine, Manager, mentor, friend.


9.  IFranz, Ignazio’s dog. (You’re a good boy.  Yes you are.)


10.  AGiampiero Grani.  Il Volo’s Pianist, arranger, friend.


11.  A/P – Our Mary Bohling.  Take partial credit if you said All.  One point if you said Piero.


12.  PPiero’s Dad, Gaetano Barone.


13.  I Ignazio’s sister, Nina.  (Yep, Jane and I met her too).


14.  N Luciano Pavarotti.  One regret of the Guys is that they never met him.  He died in 2007.  The Boys were 12, 13 and 14 then.  They certainly would have won his heart too.


15. GGian’s mom, Eleanora Ginoble.


16.   AFabio Ingrassia, artist and friend.  Fabio drew the Boys picture on stage during several 2016 concerts.


14+ correct – You can move in with any of them.  They won’t notice you’re not family.

11- 13 – You can move in but they will wonder why you’re there.

8 – 10 – You can live next door.

5 – 7 – You can buy pizza from Nina.

3 – 4 – Just stay in your own country, at home, in your room.

0 – 2 – you are on the wrong website.

Well, How’d ya do?


A Rose By Any Other Name…Deborah Beaupre

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I would like to have a couple of special photos I have, added to The Flight Crew.  These are from my vacation in San Vito Lo Capo this month.  When I went to Marsala to pick up my painting from Fabio Ingrassia, I had a special moment happen that was not planned!!!

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Ignazio, Alessandra & their dog Franz, happened to stop by Fabio & Maria’s while I was there!!  I was already so excited to finally have my painting, so the timing could not have been more perfect!!

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I also included the collage that has a pic of me with Nina at the Pizzeria that evening!!

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Grazie mille!!

Deborah Beaupre

Alessandra… Added later due to requests  ~Marie


Fabio Ingrassia

This fellow has been in the news a lot lately.  Could it be partly because of another reason Italians are so uniquely wonderful?  Have you noticed how they give fellow Italians a “leg-up” on their career through viewer exposure?   It was done for our Guys and they have paid back the favor many times now.  We can do no less.

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Remember me telling you about the Ft. Myers concert and the artist, Fabio who did their drawing (upside down!) on stage as IL Volo sang?

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Leelee, Ineke and I were lucky enough to spend a little time with him at the hotel.

fabio 5aFabio with Ineke and Fabio with band member Patrizio (Bass guitar).

During the concert, The boys signed the artwork and presented it to a beautiful young girl in a wheelchair who was sitting just to the left of me.   When I got up to leave I stopped and congratulated her on her prize.  She looked at me said, “thank you” and just beamed.

More IL Volo art by Fabio:

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Our friends and affiliate at Music Notes Global wrote this article on the amazing artist and good friend of our Guys:

Artist Fabio Ingrassia Brings Music to Life on Canvas


MNGBlog is expanding its culture section and there’s no better way to celebrate than with this special feature on an incredibly talented Italian artist inspired by music.

Fabio Ingrassia, who also goes by the stage name FAODesign, is a native of Marsala, Sicily, with a love of art that goes back longer than even he remembers. According to his parents, though, his art career began at the early age of four. While he now most often works in oils on canvas, his medium of choice, he also creates in graphite and airbrush.

“I think that art is a way of communicating. Whether it’s music, song, poetry, painting, the important thing is that what you want to say reaches the viewer creating an emotion. If there isn’t this communication, it’s not art but decoration.”

— Fabio Ingrassia

Not only is Fabio a Guinness World Record holder (in 2012, he and 373 of his colleagues achieved the feat of creating the longest painting in the world), but he is also a musician, playing piano, guitar, and violin. Therefore, it is not surprising that he finds his inspiration in the place where the worlds of music and art collide. “Music has a very important role in my artistic being,” he explained. “…I try to unite the art of music with that of painting in a single message.”

During the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work on a variety of music-related projects. From scenery to album covers, he’s done it all. A few examples include a cover for the single “Superdisco” by DJ Tumba, a cover for “Our Anthem” remix with Nikka Costa, and an album cover for Romano Anonimo’s Five.

IMAGE COURTESY Fabio Ingrassia

As one might imagine, Fabio listens to music while he creates his one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He has a varied scope of favorites that ranges from Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi to Stevie Wonder and more; and, when asked to name a few songs on his iPod right now–among them Wonder’s beloved classic “Ribbon In the Sky”–it turned out we had one in common: “Grande amore” by Il Volo.

MNGBlog loves Il Volo and it is crystal clear that Ingrassia, like so many others, finds incredible inspiration in them and their music. In fact, you might have seen the video in which he painted the 2015 Sanremo-winning Italian trio, which proves that music has the magical ability to manifest in an array of mediums, especially through the hands of an artist who is so deeply connected to its powers. He told MNGBlog: “In my videos where I paint upside down with Il Volo’s song, I tell the story of a great love. Then turning the canvas, Ignazio, Piero, and Gianluca are illustrated, and I end the video saying ‘Painting music can be done.'”

Il Volo invited Ingrassia to perform live at their concert on March 5 at Bank United Center in Miami, where painted an inverted portrait of the trio in front of an audience of almost 8,000 people. When recounting the experience, he stated: “Initially I was a little tense because I had to finish the upside down painting by the end of the song ‘Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella).’ I turned the finished painting around and the audience exploded in a great and long applause. I think it was one of the greatest emotions of my life. Miami will always be in my heart.”

Fabio’s trip to Miami was an important step in his career, allowing him to meet many new artists. It was also there, he said, that “I realized that art speaks different languages but that they are all united in a unique message: that of emotion.”

And speaking of that upside down painting technique, or “dipingere a testa in giù,” it is now becoming a trademark of sorts for him that is mesmerizing thousands of spectators. Surprisingly, he began painting upside down “by chance” during an art event in Petrosino. On stage alongside his friend DJ, in front of about 1,000 people, he revealed: “…we created a union of music and art. In front of a black canvas, with my back to the audience, I wanted to create a landscape, so with two hands I began to paint. During the performance, I noticed that I was creating a face upside down, so, continuing, I finished and rotated Marilyn Monroe. The audience appreciated my performance so much and since then I began to do it at many events all over Sicily and beyond.”

In all this discussion of music arose the curiosity as to which of history’s greatest artists and painters impact Ingrassia’s artistic vision. He graciously provided some insight:

MNGBlog: Who are your favorite artists/painters?

FI: It’s difficult to say precisely who my favorite artist is. Each has his own style and story…from Caravaggio to Dalì, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso, Guttoso, Lucian Freud…to more/most recent artists like Corella, painting is like a book–you can’t begin to read it from the end.

MNGBlog: Name three artists you would want to have dinner with.

FI: I would definitely go to dinner with Corella, a Spanish hyperrealist; with Picasso to better discover his cubist world; and with Dalì to understand his genius.

Fabio sells his works all over the world. From the United States to Japan to his native Italy and everywhere in between, he communicates his passionate, music-inspired message with all who listen.

“Art is the desire to live, to communicate, to discover, to admire…Art passes over the shadows…in black and white, among the colors.”

— Fabio Ingrassia

Follow Fabio on social media:

Twitter: @faodesign1989

Instagram: @fabio_ingrassio_design

Facebook: FaoDesign Marsala

Check out his website: faodesign.it.

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All images courtesy Fabio Ingrassia

ll Volo Professional ~~ Live in Concert North America Tour 2016: TEXAS

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Hey There!

Texas Il Volo fans have been waiting a long time for this, and it looks like it was worth it. With three shows, they had lots of opportunities to feel and share the love in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas!

~~ Kelly


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Photos: Northamerican Tour 2016 Autsin, TX March 16 ~~ Rock me Il Volo Facebook


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Photos: Il Volo – North Americ Tour 2016/Austin ~~ Il Volo – Italian Fan Club Facebook



Can someone send them to me on my birthday?   😉


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Photos: Il Volo – North America Tour 2016 / San Antonio ~~ Il Volo – Italian Fan Club Facebook


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Photos: Il Volo: Live in Concert ~~ Majestic & Empire Theatres Facebook photo credit: Greg Gabrisch


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Video Montage from Il Volo Diary: https://www.facebook.com/755805667898946/videos/vb.755805667898946/886664184813093/?type=2&theater


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Photos: Northamerican Tour San Antonio March 17 ~~ Rock me Il Volo Facebook


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Photos: Il Volo/ North America Tour 2016 / Dallas ~~ Il Volo – Italian Fan Club Facebook


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Photos: Northamerican Tour 2016 Dallas March 19 ~~ Rock me Il Volo Facebook


More content from Texas on my Facebook page here.


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Other Things

From Fabio…



Las Vegas Fan Faire

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Il Volo Professional ~~ Live in Concert North America Tour 2016: Jacksonville and Miami

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Looks like The Guys are having fun in sunny Florida.  Here’s to Jacksonville and Miami!

Thanks for your help the last few days, Lydka!

~~ Kelly


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Photos: Jacksonville Florida; 3/3/2016 ~~ All Things Il Volo (credit to the original owners)


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Photos: Jacksonville Florida by Eleanora Ginoble ~~ All Things Il Volo




Photos: Il Volo #NorthAmericanTour2016 – Jacksonville, FL – 03/03/2016 ~~ Il Volo Abruzzo Facebook



More videos from Jacksonville here.


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Grande Amore

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Photos for a birthday celebration for Emilio Estefen here.

Come in and share the love of life, friends and Il Volo!