Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. Lots of little things about The Guys have popped up over the past two weeks as they got ready to head to Pescara. I understand that that show is SOLD OUT, and the others are on their way. There are still tickets available for anyone that is wanting to make a quick trip to visit:
Massimo Fregnani Facebook
Again I say, if you’re surprised by that, you have two choices: you can leave because you’re on the wrong website, or you can stick around and fall in love! (Choose option two! 🙂 )
Anyway, let’s make a quick turn around Il Volo’s world before we settle in for the upcoming concerts. And pay attention; there’s gonna be a quiz at the end. 😉
Special Guest Announced for Italy Tour
Il Volo has announced a special guest for the remainder of their tour through Italy.
Daniele Falasca is a musician, composer and accordionist.
Here is his bio from his YouTube channel(translated by Athina Angelopoulos)
Musician / Composer
Attracted by the sounds since he was four years old thanks to the passion for music of his grandad. Courses of classical accordion completed at the age of 16 and a few years later he took his diploma in piano with the highest marks and with honors from the Conservatory “A. Casella” in L’Aquila under the guidance of the maestro Vincenzo Di Sabatino. He attended master classes in classical piano with the maestro Bruno Canino and the maestro Aldo Ciccolini.
Currently he is working with great musicians such as: Fabrizio Bosso, Marco Tamburini, Tullio De Piscopo, Luca Bulgarelli, Luca Colombo, Fabrizio Mandolini, Amin Zarrinchang and many other great jazz musicians, Italian and from Abruzzo such as: Daniele Ferretti, Massimiliano Coclite, Arturo Valiante and Glauco Di Sabatino. He has released 4 albums and all the tracks are his own compositions!!!
And here’s a fun fact: Daniele was Gianluca’s piano teacher before and during Ti lascio una canzone!
I think his contribution will give the concerts a very special, “old world” (a term for which I can’t think of an equivalent and I’m not sure is exactly expressive of what I’m thinking) feel. What do you think?
By Daniele Falasca
Gianluca Receives Recognition
During some of his vacation Gianluca enjoyed the Rinascimento Paganese Rosetano Festival in his home villiage of Montepegano, and he was recognized in a video montage including Il Volo. You can see the video below. According to our friends at All About Il Volo, Gianluca said that he loves his village and wanted to spend his vacation there–which I’m pretty sure he did. 😉
Athina shared this fun video tribute of the Jazz Festival he also attended on LiJoy’s Facebook page. She mentioned that you could see some familiar faces; see if you can pick them out. 😀
By Montepagano Jazz Festival
Another Song for Ignazio
It was reported by Linda that Ignazio has been working on a project with his friend, Gino di Vito. Now we know what they have been working on: a new song! Ignazio has been responsible for the arrangement and the lyrics, and Gino the portions of music for Guitar.
It is to debut at the finals of this year’s 57th Festival di Castrocaro,on August 30, by Chiara Cusumano and Giorgia Vassalo , also known as The Duo Sisters.
Good Luck, Ignazio, and we can’t wait to hear your song!
EDIT:Ignazio’s song, “Paura d’amare,”debuted today! It is my understanding as I research that The Duo Sister’s didn’t win the competition, unfortunately. But congratulations to them on making it to the finals, and congratulations to Ignazio for having another original song showcased!
I’m still looking for a full video and lyrics/translations, but here is a taste from TheIlVoloversMx (thanks to Athina for pointing it as well as the still photo out on LiJoy’s page):
Many people nominated The Guys for the challenge but it was Maestro Placido Domingo’s nomination that drew them out:
Great job, guys! This is a very worthy cause, and in the spirit of Gianluca’s plea via twitter for people to donate, we stand behind The Guys in their effort to raise awareness. If you would like to learn more about this devastating disease and donate in Il Volo’s name, you can go tohttp://www.alsa.org
I think I’ve–dare I say it?–finally caught up with our busy globe trotters and can take a bit of a rest until they hit Mexico at the end of the week. Perhaps a drink right in the middle of that group of guys in the picture Gianluca Instagramed a little while ago….no…? OK…fine…. *pouting* 😉
Il Volo Performs At the New Wave Music Festival
After an emotional and amazing week in Taormina, The Guys headed to Riga, the capital of Latvia, and Jurmala to participate in the New Wave Music Festival. The festival is a six day event with two days dedicated to international competition, though Il Volo did not compete; they appeared as special guests, singing two crowd favorites. To read more about the event,
“Grazie!” Grazie #newwave #newwave2014 #latvia #jurmala #riga #lettonia; Il Volo Facebook
They Talk Fashion
By All About Il Volo
And they gave an interview to Mix TV, a Latvian music television station geared toward young people.
Mix TV Interview… *raised eyebrows*….
By Mix TV, проект портала Mixnews.lv
Yes, Gianluca; we love your looks from Brioni. Ooh, la la! Unfortunately, I’m not blonde. Dang!
Press Conference in Pescara
From Latvia, they headed “home; sweet home,” or more correctly: Gianluca did. Ignazio and Piero went with him to prepare for their press conference in Pescara to talk about their upcoming concert in Abruzzo in September. In attendance were: Pescara’s mayor, Marco Alessandrini, Giovanni Di Iacovo, Council Member of Culture, Massimo Fregnani, the Italian tour promoter and, of course, their faithful manager, Michele Torpedine.