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Through the Fields of My Mind: She Stopped the Presses by SUSAN

Today I would like to give you a heads up about what will be going on at Flight Crew for the next few weeks! Our dear Pat has had surgery (which went well and is on the road to recovery!) and we will not be posting for a few weeks but, we will report any new and important news to you. What will go offline are our stories which require a lot of detail in order to be posted. This will be a short silence and when we come back it will be in full force.

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La Rotta ~ The Route

As a rule, I never write a story about the same person two weeks in a row but, I have to make an exception this week. Ignazio do you ever sleep?
In my story last week, I mentioned that there are times that so much is going on with Ignazio that I need to continue to write about him week after week. Last week we took a look at where Nico is in his career and this week Ignazio introduced us to a singer named Giada Luppi! I’m sure the first thing you’re going to say is I know that name. That is correct because she just won the World Figure Skating Championships in Asuncion, Paraguay.
So, what does she have to do with Ignazio? Ignazio just signed her to Floki! Yes, she is not only a Championship skater, but also a singer!
So, let’s start by meeting the skater!

Giada with an intense facial expression while skatingCloseup of Giada with her arms extended while skating

The eighteen-year-old, Giada Luppi is from Crespellano-Valsamoggia, in the province of Bologna. She has been skating since she was five years old. She has won two European Championships and five Italian championships and now she has won the World Figure Skating Championships. This translates to two European golds, in 2019 and last month at home, in Riccione, two world championship silvers and five titles at the Italian championships. Her win on October 3rd, was in the junior world champion in the free single program at the World Figure Skating Championship. An amazing career for the young Emilian skater. Her artistic skills, strength and gracefulness is a perfect mix that has allowed her in recent years to establish herself nationally and internationally. Always to the rhythm of music, which never fails in her workouts, Giada prefers to work out to a lot of soul music, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, but also Giorgia, Mia Martini, Mina, Alex Britti.
Giada doing a jump while skating Giada doing a squat while skatingGiada lying on the floor at the end of her skating routine
Needless to say, she is a phenomenal skater.
Among her role models is Paola Fraschini, the skater who at Sanremo 2021 sang “Musica Leggerissima,” by Colapesce and Dimartino. “Seeing a sports icon like her on the stage of the Ariston was a source of great pride for all of us,” admits Giada, “Paola came out of the world of skating, full of world titles, to devote herself to a career as a performer in Cirque du Soleil, so here in Italy we lost sight of her because she was always around the world. Finding her again at the Festival, was a surprise.”

Giada has a very clear idea about her future. “I will compete a few more years because I think I have already dedicated so much of my life to skating and then I would like to devote myself completely to music.” Certainly, Giada is not ready to hang up her skates. In the video of her first single, La Rotta (The Route), Giada proves skating and singing are not incompatible activities. She would like to carry on these two passions, on the model of the R&B star Usher.

A collage of Giada competition photos

Giada says, “Skating is part of my life, while singing started as an outlet and then became a necessity, something I can’t do without.”

Ignazio squatting on the sill of a window leaning against the side

Enter Ignazio!

Giada kicking up her heel behind her Giada looking back over her left shoulder

While we slept, Ignazio has signed Giada Luppi to a contract with Floki! And then there were two! Ignazio, your family is growing!

Collage of Ignazio Boschetto photos

It seems our, sexy, Italian tenor/producer knows how to move and shake in the music industry! First there was Nico and now the fantastic, Giada Luppi!

Nico and Giada

If there’s one thing I can say about Ignazio, he is a dreamer and he always has his eyes open for young talent. Ignazio’s dream is to help other young people have the opportunity he had along with Piero and Gianluca.

From when he was on the competition circuit, Ignazio always wanted healthy competition and fair opportunities for everyone. His failure to see this in the competitions led him to almost give up his dreams. He never wants to see that happen to another young person. What better way to help these young people than to give them the opportunity to record with a small label run by a very famous person who is the epitome of music!  
I predict that someday that small label will become a leader in the music industry!
While Giada was competing in Paraguary, back home in Italy, her first single, La Rotta (The Route), was released. The song was a collaboration with Ignazio. Giada says, “This is an unpublished work written by me born from the collaboration with Ignazio Boschetto of “Il Volo.”  
Yes, they wrote the song together! “This song is a cheerful invitation to regain possession of one’s life after a difficult period,” explains Giada, “it can help relieve the stress of the times.” Giada says she has written over 60 songs! When does she have the time? She must be taking lessons from Ignazio!
Michele Torpedine with Giada
And who might her manger be? Yes, it is, Michele Torpedine. The song was produced by Ignazio and Michele together with Bruno Farinelli, Ignazio’s drummer for Il Volo.
Giada said, “In the future I would like to continue to walk the road of music, but without hanging up my skates.”
With her debut single, Giada enters what she hopes will become her career in the entertainment world. Giada explains, “I dream of singing and skating together, why not? I will compete for a few more years, then my life will be music”
In an article by Andrea Spinelli, Giada said, “My future is in music.”
Here are some excerpts from the interview.
Andrea: Why did you choose to debut with La Rotta?
Giada: It’s a very cheerful piece that can help relieve the stress of the times.”
Andrea: Who would you like to share a song with?
Giada: My idol is Mina and, the biggest dream would be to do it with her, but also with two male artists that I respect very much like Mengoni and Ramazzotti”.
Andrea: Do you know Paola Fraschini, the skater who choreographed in Sanremo with her evolutions “Musica leggerissima” by Colapesce and Dimartino?
Giada: Seeing a sports icon like her on the Ariston stage was a source of great pride for all of us. Paola left the world of skating, full of world titles, to devote herself to a career as a performer in Cirque du Soleil, so here in Italy we lost a bit of sight of her because she was always around the world. Finding her again at the Festival was a surprise.”
Andrea: Isn’t it a bit of a force to perform with the skater in Sanremo?
Giada: If Achille Lauro on that stage was not a force, why should a skater be?”
Andrea: Are skating and song distinct activities?
Giada: Well, in my video I sing and skate. Even an R&B star like Usher sometimes sings on skates with a lot of choreography. I’d like to do it too. There are people like Elodie dancing and singing, I would love to sing and skate.
Andrea: In 2019 you participated in Sanremo Young.
Giada: I auditioned and arrived in front of the commission and Antonella Clerici, but I didn’t go through the last phase.
Andrea: How do you see the future?
Giada: I will compete a few more years because I think I have already dedicated so much of my life to skating and I would like to devote myself completely to music.”
With her debut single, in collaboration with Ignazio and manager Michele Torpedine, she entered what she hoped would become her career in the entertainment world. But in the meantime, the 18-year-old is crowned world champion on roller skates. “I dream of singing and skating together, why not? I will compete for a few more years, then my life will be music.”
So, Ignazio you did it again!  And we get the honor of watching The Route of GiadaWe were fortunate to have the opportunity of watching Floki take off with the signing of Nico! We will continue to watch Floki grow with each new entertainer. We are enjoying the journey!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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Ignazio’s Genius and Nico’s Energy!

Let’s mix it up a bit today! I decided to write about two amazing young men who celebrated birthdays this week! Our own Ignazio Boschetto and Nico Arezzo! Two shining stars. Similar personalities and similar genius! In the dictionary, under the word music, you will find pictures of Ignazio and Nico. They are the epitome of music!
It’s been a while since I wrote about Nico. Many of the new fans don’t know who he is and, the old fans ask me about him all the time. They like to know what’s going on in his life and his music. They’ve been following him since day one! For me day one was the Verona Festival Show in 2017! An astonishing young man. For those of you who are meeting Nico for the first time, hold on to your seats because you’re in for an exciting ride. Of course, we can’t talk about Nico without talking about Ignazio! The man behind Nico!

Collage of Ignazio photos

So, let’s start with Ignazio!
For all those new fans, I know you all love Ignazio our amazing tenor but, did you know he is also a producer? At 25 Ignazio started his own production company.  Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me. It makes a lot of sense to me. At the beginning of 2020 Ignazio started a production company called, Floki Production and the first person he signed was Nico Arezzo!

So much of this I said before but, it needs to be said again. If Ignazio did nothing more than sing the rest of his life, he would be remembered as a singer who captured an audience at a very young age and continues to intrigue them with every passing day.
He is the voice that never ends! The voice that intrigues! The voice that takes your breath away! The voice that leads you to ecstasy!
Ignazio’s story is about music but, it is also about family! Ignazio comes from a very close-knit family starting with his dad, Vito, who has recently left us but will always be in our hearts, his mom, Caterina and his sister Nina. Why do we know these people so well? Because we met them when Ignazio first started out and the guys traveled with their parents. So, when we talk about Ignazio or any of the guys we always seem to come back to their families, as well we should, because we know that Ignazio’s good values come from his parents.
This morning when I started writing this story, a story came up on Instagram that I was a bit surprised to see. It was Piero walking around San Luca. I’ve never seen Piero there before. I know Piero lives in Bologna now but, I always consider Bologna as Ignazio’s city! But this is actually a good introduction to Ignazio’s early years.

Ignazio's parents, Caterina and Vito Nina and brother Ignazio giving a thumbs up Left to right: Vito, Caterina and son, Ignazio

In an interview, Ignazio said he would go on Sunday morning walks, with the family, in the center of Bologna. Under the portico there was a lady who made fresh pasta and he said his mother would buy Tortellini from her for Sunday dinner.
What are these porticos?
The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy is known for its porticos. Bologna is in the province of Emilia-Romagna.  Ignazio was born in Bologna and after living in Marsala through his teenage years and early twenties, he returned to Bologna.  In all the cities the shops are covered by porticos so you can shop in any weather. Entire blocks are covered by porticos. The most famous portico being the Portico of San Luca. The Portico was built to protect a painting by St. Luke of the Virgin Mary and Jesus from the rain. Every year the painting is taken from the Basilica of San Luca and brought in procession to  the Cathedral of St. Peter’s in Bologna. This procession happens every May. The San Luca portico is the longest covered walkway in the world. It is 2.24 miles.
So, our story for Ignazio begins in Bologna where he grew up, went to school, played lots of soccer and sang in the choir until the time his family decided to move back to Marsala.
At ten years old Ignazio found himself in Marsala. The last place in the world he wanted to be! But like any other ten-year-old, the minute he made friends everything changed.
Ignazio the Singer
While Ignazio’s life in Bologna was all about soccer, his life in Marsala was all about music.
In Marsala Ignazio joined the school choir. Every day he would practice his singing and the people who visited his mother’s pizzeria had the opportunity to hear his beautiful voice! Eventually one of the customers approached his mother and suggested Ignazio take singing lessons. So, Ignazio traded his soccer ball for music lessons and the rest is history!  
Ignazio the Songwriter

In my story Land of Sages and Fools ~ Made of Devils and Saints, I focus on a different side of Ignazio.

Ignazio in a white tshirt sitting outside in a red chair

I wrote: “Sometimes I feel like I spend every day of my life writing about Ignazio! In the last year I wrote over fifty stories about the guys and, it seems as if half of them were about Ignazio’s projects. Because of all his projects, on occasion I’ve had to write two and three stories a week about him, wearing many different hats. Entertainer, Lyricist, Manager, Entrepreneur!”

Sicily and the region of Trapani

Last year Ignazio wrote the theme song for a new Rai Series called Màkari! Truthfully, who better to write a song about Sicily and the region of Trapani than a native child! No, Ignazio wasn’t born in Sicily but, for Italians, who your parents are is who you are so, in fact, Ignazio is Sicilian.
It amazes me that the young boy who went to Sicily kicking and screaming when he was ten, became the spokesman for Marsala, around the world, and now for the region of Trapani. Ignazio came to embrace the land of his parents and he loves all the wonders of Sicily. Sicily is different than Italy. Yes, I know Sicily is Italy but, how the Sicilians live and, who they are is very different. Ignazio’s song invites us to take a better look at this other land in the south. It speaks of “a land of sages and a land of fools, made from devils and saints.” Yes, that’s what Sicily is! They honor their saints while keeping their superstitions!
Ignazio invites you to live a new reality through his eyes. He invites us to see a different side of Sicily through his beautiful theme song, Màkari.
Ignazio the Producer
So now we’ve met the singer and the songwriter so next we need to meet the producer. But first we need to meet Nico!
Nico the Energy
Nico’s story begins in Ragusa, Sicily! Nico (Domenico) Arezzo was born in Ragusa, Sicily on October 2, 1998. You might say he was born and raised on a stage, initially “with drumsticks in his hands” … but soon the need to put one note after another brought him to the guitar.

Nico with his mom, dad and sister  Very young Nico at the drums

Both of his parents are entertainers. His mother Emanuela Curcio is a dancer and a dance teacher, and his father Peppe Arezzo is a pianist and an Orchestra Conductor. Nico also has a younger sister Emma.
But what is it I see in this family that gives me a good feeling? Values, good values! Like Ignazio’s family! Their good values stand out! It seems they were raised in the same way!
I talk a lot about values because I think it molds beautiful people. To understand where I’m coming from, let’s take a closer look at the Arezzo family.
When you’re a family of entertainers, it seems someone is always traveling so, whenever everyone has the opportunity to be together, it’s a festival. And what do they celebrate? Everything!
Nico explains it in this way.
I’m down! (in Ragusa). It’s Christmas time. We celebrate birthdays when it’s not the right day. We celebrate birthdays when we are together. Tomorrow or maybe the day after tomorrow it’s my turn!
And during his time at home for Christmas 2020, Nico experienced his first earthquake. He said, Yesterday I felt my first earthquake in history. It was weird, powerful! I’m down! It’s Christmas time and everything is shaking! Happy birthday to everyone.
How did Nico get to where he is?  Certainly, he got his talent from his mom and dad but how did he get to where he is today?

Nico first came to my attention in 2017 when he won the Festival Show in Verona with the song “Se Vuoi” (If You Want). I happened to be in Italy at the time and I was very taken by his performance. Nico can be very engaging and, you can get lost in Nico’s words and actions. Nico said “Se Vuoi” made him move! I say Nico made “Se Vuoi” move! Nico said he was drawn to this song because, “It’s a song that forces the body to move even without wanting. It’s a fresh song that turns on everything that can be turned on … the same freshness that I want to convey now that the music has taken my whole life.” 
The song is exciting and lively, like Nico! I remember that his voice captured me. He has lots of rhythm and expression. He immediately captured the audience. And I know he captured the attention of at least one of the judges that night, Michele Torpedine.

Michele Torpedine presents Nico the trophy for winning the Festival Show

I remember watching Michele during the performance. He was feeling Nico’s every move. I was not surprised when he took Nico on!
So, we have the beginnings for both these guys now let’s put them together to see how they work together.

Nico with guitar Nico with Ignazio both smiling

And so, the collaboration begins!
Let’s listen to what Michele Torpedine had to say about this event, “This is the first moment where we understood.”
What makes Nico so good? He’s very talented and the team is amazing! Nico Arezzo, Ignazio Boschetto and Michele Torpedine! Collaboration complete!

Nico is versatile! How about Nico and Ignazio singing a Pino Daniele medley? Anyone who sings a Pino Daniele song, gets a seat in my corner!

Nico along with Ignazio, Davide Marchi and Francesco Landi, wrote and set to music the song “Volo” which Nico sang at the Sanremo Festival Giovani in 2019. In the song there is the desire of the singer to live 360 degrees, with joys, pains, emotions and also a lot of love. But that’s not all, what struck everyone about his performance was his ability to play the guitar, an element that has conquered the public, the judges and the critics. He can make that guitar Scream!
In January 2020, Ignazio started Floki Production. Nico was the first artist to sign a contract with Ignazio under Floki. This made lots of sense to me.  In many ways Nico reminds me of Ignazio. He knows what he wants and, he goes after it.
Perfect Audio! 4 Cameras! A Crazy Band and, it was all LIVE ON INSTAGRAM! 
Ignazio the Genius
And, in the mist of the pandemic, Ignazio did a high-quality sound LIVE on Instagram to present the first release by Floki. “Gorilla!” This was never done before but of course the genius of Ignazio brought it all together. It was an amazing event!
While the music world was trying to restart, Ignazio, at age 25, has made his debut as a producer. Ignazio said, “Production has always been my dream. It started with an idea to give a chance to those who deserve a break.” Ignazio reminds us “as it happened 11 years ago to himself, Gianluca and Piero.”

Photo collage of IL VOLO

Speaking of Floki, Ignazio says, ′′Working through a small label gives you the opportunity to follow means, believing in people even before the project and following them step by step on their path, discarding logic on the side.”
Ignazio signed Nico Arezzo a year ago but, he had his eye on him since 2017 when he appeared on Xfactor and the Festival Show in Verona. Ignazio said: “After the victory at the Festival Show, Michele Torpedine started following him and, slowly, he and I came to the decision to create a label.”
Ignazio spoke of the release of Gorilla and the debut of Floki. “Yeah! This is the moment Nico has been waiting for, for two and a half years. We could have anticipated the times, but I think we did the right thing to wait. Nico needed to grow calmly in writing. And he’s doing it very well. Yesterday was a debut for me too and it’s a great satisfaction to see written on Spotify under the title of the song, Floki Production.” I know I loved seeing Floki Production on Amazon too!
Wonderful achievement, Ignazio!

In “Gorilla”, Nico comes alive! He is the Gorilla in the jungle! He has the feeling and the expression for this song. He’s bouncing all over the stage. He’s definitely got the moves! It’s so catchy! And people love it!

Nico with gorilla art superimposed on his photo Nico at the piano

Following the release of Gorilla, Nico did an interview with Nico Donvito, an Italian Music Blogger. In this interview, I saw another side of Nico. We hear this young man talk about his music. His place in the music industry. How he got there and all the people who are responsible for his journey. When I listened to this interview, I shook my head and said, he’s just like Ignazio.
I heard a, very, intelligent and responsible young man who has worked hard to get to where he is. He talks about, who he is, where he came from and how he sees his future.
Right out the gate, Nico impressed me with his insight. Nico saw “Gorilla” as a means of escape from where we are in our world today and an expression of where he finds himself in the world.
Nico said, Gorilla’ has a fresh taste, because in the last few months we have been a bit obliged to heavy thoughts, to stop and reflect on important things, to close ourselves in ourselves. At a certain point the moment comes when you need a beer on the beach with your friends, ‘Gorilla’ is just that, something not at all thick which and, in certain situations, can be essential.”
That’s pretty deep and right on. It was almost as if Nico was saying I wrote this song two years ago, but this was its moment. It’s when it was needed. To say that the ‘Gorilla’ is that moment in time when you need to kick back or as Nico put it when you need a beer on the beach with your friends, yes, that’s exactly what “Gorilla” is. Its’ light and intriguing and it brought us away from all the madness that preceded it. Perhaps, the finger sign that Ignazio made the day that “Gorilla” was released, that seemed to upset so many people, was nothing more than Ignazio saying: Let’s take the weight of the world and toss it aside. You had your way and now, we’re going to have ours!
And where is Nico now? In his own words, “There are days that if I focus, Traffic Lights go green when I want.”

Nico’s new song, “Polline (pollen)” has been released.  Nico says, ‘I wrote almost all of my song in this notebook. ‘Polline’ was born a year ago. This summer this notebook fell into the sea, dried in the sun and ‘Polline’ remains legible.”
In a review a writer said: This is a “new piece in the path of the artist produced by Ignazio Boschetto. Nico Arezzo’s ‘Polline’ is the single that marks the return of one of the most talented songwriters of the new generation already the winner of the Festival Show a few years ago.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Nico tell us, “This song has been ready for at least a year, in the meantime I have written many other things, I have explored a new musical genre that you will listen to soon and I am evolving but, this piece, I absolutely did not want to abandon it because I am very attached to it.
‘Polline’ is a song to which I am very attached, especially, literally. It’s a piece that comes almost as a challenge. They said to me, ‘Can you talk about a relationship that’s over but, looking back, you can say ‘but it was beautiful’? And so, even though there may be a small void hidden between the lines of the song, thinking that I haven’t lived through that story would make me sadder.”
And how did Nico preview this new song on Instagram? Honey jars! Nico said, “I’m releasing a new track this month. Every day I will add a jar of honey in my fridge with a letter on it, not in order. I start today! Go into my stories, write in the comments the first word you think of.  Try not to guess right away or you will ruin everything for me! Every day a jar a letter! Oddly, though my Italian is very limited, I guessed what it was!
What is the song about?  The answer is in one line of the song!  “They say you can understand a person from what you find in his fridge.” Let’s go to Nico’s fridge and see what he’s really all about!
Another amazing video! It makes me smile! It makes me laugh! It makes me happy! Nico, everything you do excites me! From day one I knew you would bring a fresh approach to the music industry and, I was right. You have such energy and, all your projects are ambitious like you. Your videos present the real you!
Before I end this story, I want to go back to my story about Ignazio’s song Màkari. Why? Because this song says a lot about Ignazio. It tells us who he is and where his heart is! Everything else falls into place.
In a video, Ignazio talked about the summers he spent in S. Vito Capo in the landscape of Màkari. What is it that draws him back year after year? Is it the “silence” of the land that screams for you to open your eyes and look around at the wonder of the landscape or, the traditions of the land that go deep into your soul? It seems to Ignazio, Màkari is joy and love and so he will never forget it! And what does that say! Simple! This is Ignazio’s story!!! His story of Sicily, the land he left to pursue his dream and the land he is drawn back to time and again. Yes, Bologna is his home but, Sicily is the place he comes home to!
Mix  Ignazio’s Genius and Nico’s Energy and what do you get? A Complicated but, always Delightful mixture!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!

Happy Birthday Ignazio & Nico!! 

If you would like to share a story with me, please email:  susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com
To read more Il Volo stories visit us at www.ilvoloflightcrw.com
*Floki Production by Ignazio Boschetto and Michele Torpedine. Polline was produced at Take Away Studios in Modena.

 

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FRASASSI 50 by Daniela

On 25 September 1971, a young group of speleologists, entering a small hole on a hill in the Marche (Italian region near Abruzzo) discovered the beautiful Frasassi Caves.
In memory of this moment, after 50 years, an event took place, which involved the population of Genga (the place where the caves are) and via streaming, even those who wanted to follow the event.

View inside the Frasassi Caves

Among the various activities, there was also the projection of the video by Vittorio Storaro, played by Il Volo, presented on 24 September, free of charge to all local citizens, and which took place in the museum of Genga, where beautiful photos of Il Volo within the caves, and these photos will always be visible in the museum.

Poster of the 50th Anniversary event

Of this moment, unfortunately, there is no main video, but only some shots and short videos that we propose.

It’s a video without audio, but … my God, what a fantastic music that of Mission, of Morricone, of course.

The Mayor, Vittorio Storaro and Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero opening the event

And here is the initial cut that opens the exhibition.
Present, the Mayor, Vittorio Storaro and Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.

The Mayor, Vittorio Storaro and Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero cutting the ribbon

Here are some shots, which will be permanently present in the museum.

Photo poster of the event

Photo collage poster

Photo collage posters

Photo collage posters

Photo collage poster

A short but intense video, which shows the skill of our boys in the harmony of their beautiful voices.
PIERO = It is right that you know, we wanted to thank everyone for the patience and determination of Maurizio Tosoroni (head of the Frasassi Caves Consortium).

Piero and Michele Torpedine in the Frasassi Caves

And we have reached day 25.
The event is held inside the caves, only very few are allowed, but there is the possibility of streaming.
The event, very beautiful, where all the speleologists who participated in the discovery of the caves 50 years ago were awarded, one by one, then saw a short speech by the mayor, the projection of the short film by Storaro (which, however, was not taken from the streaming) and then there is a short but very nice interview with Il Volo.
We were in connection and therefore we propose the unexpected with Il Volo.
PRESENTER = Of course there are many questions we want to ask you, but first of all I want to ask you what you felt when you staged this video clip, that is, what was the atmosphere, the attitude with which you lived this fact.
GIANLUCA = First of all it is a great pleasure to be here, and we greet everyone with great affection, thanks for the welcome (applause).
It is a magical place, then, to be able to interpret the notes of the great master Morricone, flanked by a great filmmaker, one of the greatest, the master Vittorio Storaro. At our age to be able to say that we have had these experiences that have enriched us artistically, but also personally.
PRESENTER= You have now entered the history of cinema.
GIANLUCA = Of cinema not, maybe one day, who knows.
PRESENTER = Of humanity.
GIANLUCA = But being the soundtrack of this wonderful place, 50 years after its discovery, is a great pride for us, a great privilege. Thanks again.
(and he passes the microphone to Ignazio)
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio with the presenter inside the caves
PRESENTER = Then I want you to continue immediately (then seeing that Ignazio has taken the microphone) go, go ….
IGNAZIO = No, if there is a question I speak, otherwise I shut up.
PRESENTER = There are many questions, but I also want to welcome those who represent perhaps more than all of us, the teacher, and is Storaro’s daughter, Francesca where are you?
PRESENTER = Here you are Francesca. Welcome Francesca.
Why is Francesca here? Because she is a great light-designer and has worked on many things, of which I want to show you some photos. (here the video, which is very long has been cut, Francesca shows many photos of beautiful places and churches where she has put new lights, with low or almost no atmospheric impact, but which render the monuments in a beautiful light and with a lot of savings in energy consumption. Francesca will take care of the new lighting of the caves).
New lights, new caves to discover (he turns to Ignazio), perhaps new films to make.
IGNAZIO = I don’t know, this would be better to ask Vittorio Storaro, we sing, so …..
PRESENTER = As you know, there was an experiment here of people who have been in the cave for six months, maybe you could be the first tenors ……
PIERO = I’m not here for six months !!
IGNAZIO = It’s a little cold, maybe, if you bring me a small stove to warm up, I’ll think about it, however we wanted to …… can we say a few words ???
PRESENTER = Please.
IGNAZIO = We take this opportunity to thank Maurizio Tosoroni and the mayor, who made all this possible and also the Marche region……..
IL VOLO singing acapella in the caves with them on the big screen behind
PRESENTER = A round of applause to Tosoroni. There it is, it is just smaller than a “giant” (the giants are the large columns of stalagmites that are in the center of the room called the Abyss, some reach up to 82 feet).
IGNAZIO = …… because in any case we are three guys with many very ambitious desires, and when the master Storaro told us this idea, we were immediately amazed and wanted to start working immediately, so without them and ours manager Michele Torpedine, who watches us from the steps, from up there.
Is there anyone???? (Ignazio raises his hand to his mouth to launch this sentence which, I believe, is the sentence that the first speleologist said when he lowered himself into the hole).
PRESENTER = Torpedine is not a nickname, he is fast, but that’s what his name is! He is also a little electric, he looks at us from above, he is there (and Michele is framed laughing and making the gesture to get off the rope), he is there, sooner or later he will come down, we do not know when, but sooner or later he will come down .
IGNAZIO = Thanks, because life is made up of thanks, and it is right to give thanks to those who have allowed us to do all this.
PRESENTER = Sure, thank you, thank you very much, (and he passes the microphone to Piero), a few more words.
PIERO = A little while ago we talked to the ex-boys (he refers to the speleologists who discovered the caves, they were in their early twenties, now they are over 70 years old), those who discovered this incredible place, they are beautiful, I had a lot of fun, they’re super cool, but where are these men? (look for them)
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio with the presenter inside the caves
PRESENTER = They are there.
Here they are, a round of applause to the speleologists. (The speleologists, before the intervention of Il Volo, were called one by one and they all received commemorative plaques).
PIERO = You are number one!
They are fantastic, one of them has been living in Sicily for 40 years, we chatted, and they told us about when they went down (in the caves), how long it took …..
GIANLUCA = (to the speleologists) You have made history.
PRESENTER = (repeats) You have made history.
PIERO = Believe me, I am honored and thrilled to have talked to them and to have made us part of this incredible experience and adventure. Thanks!!
PRESENTER = Well, great, you were right to point this out.
You have seen with the light how much can be done and how much more will probably be done, but there is one thing I have to ask you. I want to ask you something, I just put myself out here, (walks away from the boys) and stand here looking at you. I want to ask you: in your opinion, what can be done here with the voice?
Now, right now! (Piero’s face is amazed, Igna and Gian’s a little more worried, a sign that it is not an expected request)
IGNAZIO = You can talk to be heard up there, but there is a microphone, or you can thank …..
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio inside the caves
PIERO = Let’s do an experiment.
PRESENTER = Come on.
PIERO = Since this is a magical place and there is acoustics, I would remove the microphone, can we remove the microphone?
GIANLUCA = We sing without a microphone.
PRESENTER = Without microphone come on.
PIERO = A little piece.
PRESENTER = Yes, the usual 2 and a quarter hours concert!
(the boys are about to start)
Wait, while you sing, he’s coming down, he’s official, he’s ready to go, so think about him while you sing and give him strength and courage. (He refers to the fact that a speleologist is on top of the mountain and in this moment, he is descending into the hole from which they descended 50 years earlier, so he is coming down from the vault of the room called Abyss, for this reason, the boys looked up into the darkness of the cave.)
PIERO = Can you get off in 20 seconds ??
PRESENTER = Surely it will start … go.
(the boys perform a splendid piece of Your Love a cappella, wonderful, fantastic voices and intense gazes between them. Applause)
Hurray!
Successful experiment.
Successful experiment, you should know that someone preceded you in this experiment and was unable to sing.
It is true!
PIERO = Was it you?
PRESENTER = No, I can’t sing even if I’m warm.
No, no, there was someone here, I don’t think it is an urban legend (i.e. false), a great name of opera who came here, and who suddenly failed to sing, as if the cave had it. …..
GIANLUCA = Performance anxiety?
PIERO = But a little while ago, talking to the speleologists, I don’t remember the name of the man who told me … Giancarlo, he told me about the adrenaline and what it can cause, when they discovered these caves, maybe all of them they don’t know that Giancarlo, in the following days, had a fever of 40° (104° F) and it was due to adrenaline, and it is something that struck me a lot, because we, with adrenaline, live with it.
PRESENTER = Of course, those who live on stage live on adrenaline.
IGNAZIO = Before they said it was adrenaline, now they tell you it’s the corona virus! 😁
PRESENTER = Exactly!
However, it seems that the tenor who failed to sing was Katia Ricciarelli (in reality she is a woman, therefore a soprano.
Katia Ricciarelli is an Italian soprano, who became famous above all because she was engaged to Josè Carreras and then married to Pippo Baudo, a well-known Italian presenter, from whom she later divorced. Katia Ricciarelli, during various television broadcasts, has never appreciated Il Volo, on the contrary she refuses the success of the boys because she does not appreciate that they sing operas since they never went to the conservatory. )
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio singing acapella inside the caves
IGNAZIO = Oh well, it can happen, because there is a lot of humidity, and then the voice ….. she is a good tenor anyway (jokes, because she knows well that she is not a tenor, laughter), you know, the voice is very subjective and the humidity does a lot, but it depends!
PRESENTER = But it was great because the largest soundbox in the world contained your voices, and amplified them, in a natural way.
IGNAZIO = We hope and wish that, over time, it will contain many voices from the world. There are so many voices this place deserves to hear.
PRESENTER = This is a great idea, you know.
PIERO = This project, the tribute to Ennio Morricone, was born from our ideas, a little exaggerated at times, so during the lockdown we thought and worked intensely on the melodies of maestro Ennio Morricone, with a lot of respect. Then the idea of collaboration with the great maestro Storaro was born and now we are starting again, with optimism, we are sure that we will succeed, we will start with a world tour, carrying around, singing the melodies of Maestro Morricone, and we started from the belly of the earth, as the master Storaro says, so there is no better start.
GIANLUCA = Above all, it is also the way to bring the beauty of these places, the Frasassi Caves, around the world. It is a way to bring, not only what is our tradition through our voices, Italian music, but also the beauties of our country. This is a UNIQUE place in the world.
PRESENTER = It’s true, it’s really true. Thank you thank you.
IGNAZIO = Thank you very much. (the presenter motions him to continue). I don’t say anything more.
PRESENTER = Maybe you want to greet us with a ….. (perhaps with an acute) (An acute is a long prolonged sound emitted with the voice, said for those who do classical opera.)
IGNAZIO = I am a singer, but I don’t always sing, I also speak ….. (laughter) or I try
PRESENTER = Because you tenors are used to expressing yourself like this too …..
IGNAZIO = No, but I wanted to say that with Maurizio Tosoroni, we will try to ensure that our colleagues (other singers) will come here, even with the mayor, to enjoy this magnificent place.
PRESENTER = Well, thank you, really thank you, I don’t know whether to call you “boys” (Ignazio makes an eloquent gesture as if to say: sure, we are) you are boys but also something more, now you belong to the history of humanity.
PIERO = Cavers are also boys.
PRESENTER = They were boys, they are boys, it’s true, by the way, then we will talk about it, it seems that there is a habit in this place, where time passes differently, it has been scientifically proven, then we will talk about it.
Thanks!!

Distant view of the stage amid the stalagmites in the cave

IL VOLO on stage singing acapella with the big screen behind them

IL VOLO on stage singing acapella with the big screen behind them

As usual, I have no words for what they did and what they said.
Although I always expect a lot from them, I appreciate more and more their way of acting and doing.
The a cappella singing was certainly not prepared, but they were very good.
The presenter was pleasantly impressed and recalled that someone who brags as much and criticizes others as much, had failed to do so, and our boys, they only had words of support for her (Katia Ricciarelli).
Very good as always and even more: our Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
Daniela 

 

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VENEZIA: FILMING ITALY MOVIE by Daniela

But today, Sunday 5th, is also the day of Venice, and therefore we travel vertically in Italy and arrive in Venice yesterday with the beautiful images of Gianluca and Piero.

Gianluca in a boat on the Venice grand canal

Piero in a boat on the Venice grand canal

Piero and Gianluca In St. Mark's square, with Storaro and Torpedine.

In St. Mark’s square, with Storaro and Torpedine.

 Storaro and Torpedine In St. Mark's square

And here they are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca upon their arrival at the conference.
Our boys are dressed very casually.
Gianluca always stands out for elegance.

 

 

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio in Dolce & Gabbana

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio in Dolce & Gabbana with Vittorio Storaro

eft to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio in Dolce & Gabbana

eft to right: Tiziana Rocco, Gianluca, Piero, friend and Ignazio

eft to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio in Dolce & Gabbana

eft to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio in Dolce & Gabbana

eft to right:Ignazio, Gianluca, and Piero being interviewed

A short interview with the boys.
MAN = This is not Sanremo, this is the cinema exhibition !! 😁
PIERO = But it seems a little Sanremo, we meet, all familiar faces.
GIANLUCA = We are preparing a very ambitious recording project which is a tribute to maestro Ennio Morricone.
We had the opportunity to collaborate with Vittorio Storaro in a music video, so we are here in the company of a great master of cinema, Vittorio Storaro.
IGNAZIO = He chose our voices for a tribute of a video of YOUR LOVE, which is shot in the Frasassi Caves, and therefore it is beautiful, it is not the first time we come, and it is always a beautiful atmosphere, Venice is a place stupendous.

Left to right: Vittorio Storaro, his daughter, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero

And here is the short video of the conference with Tiziana Rocca as the awards presenter.
TR = With us: IL VOLO ❤
Guys, this year you made this tribute, thanks to a teacher who we will then present, so you are lucky enough to bring Morricone’s music to the world.
GIANLUCA = We are undertaking a rather ambitious project, with great responsibility, we also have the support of the Morricone family, a musical project with all the most beautiful soundtracks, sung in English and Italian, we presented it at the Arena di Verona, this recording project will be released in November with: Cinema Paradiso, Once upon a time in America, L’estasi dell’oro, sung for the first time.
PIERO = We thank the master Vittorio Storaro for choosing us for this tribute to his great friend Ennio Morricone, for this short film in the Frasassi Caves.
TR = In fact, I also want to thank the mayor of Genga (where Frasassi is) Marco Filipponi and also the presence of the Marche region. Tonight we will see this special video of yours that you brought us, this gem, this gift from the master Storaro.
PIERO = Thank you master, thank you all.
IGNAZIO = Thank you.
GIANLUCA = It is a pleasure to be here with all of you, really.
TR = Our master: Vittorio Storaro.
Maestro, the two of us have known each other for many years, you are a legend.
Tiziana Rocco talks with IL VOLO on stage
The video with the words of the director Vittorio Storaro.
The idea actually comes from what we have been through all this last year, the disgrace that has happened to us from the pandemic, which has closed all the arts a little.
But then there is an idea and it comes from Pirandello, who said: One, Nobody, One Hundred Thousand (it is the title of a novel by Pirandello), in this case it becomes a Once upon a time, as the project of Il Volo , of the music of Ennio Morricone, starts from Once upon a Time in the West, directed by a great director, Sergio Leone, with the music of Morricone, the subject of Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, so there is a whole series of characters that carry some new message.
A message that also becomes a hope, not only in the present, but also in the future, because if before, once upon a time Nobody, an art enters, which is Music and Singing, which is represented by Il Volo, which in a song with the music of Ennio Morricone from Your Love, it brings a new energy, energy that practically becomes: Once upon a time there was no one, – Il Volo, – Centomila.
So we will see that Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio multiply.
When they descend from that blessed rope where the first boys went down here in the caves many years ago (50), it is a little like entering a seed into mother earth and thus forming a new generation, which is the generation of the future.
Il Volo, in this case, becomes a symbol, as, not only does it enter the womb of the earth, it regenerates the energy of life, but it can do it in all the squares, in all the theaters, in all the places of the world, in that, certainly what is music, nevertheless carries a great message of love.
Il Volo, – Ennio Morricone, – Once upon a time …….
And here they are ready for the evening, the moment in which the short film by Vittorio Storaro, interpreted by Il Volo, shot in the Frasassi caves, in memory of Ennio Morricone, for the event Premio Filming Italy Best Movie.

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio in a boat on the Venice grand canal

And here they are on the red carpet, with Storaro and his daughter.
Very elegant Piero Ignazio and Gianluca in their Dolce and Gabbana evening dress.
Ignazio has cut his beard, bravo !!

 

Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio on the red carpet

But how beautiful and elegant are these three ??? ❤❤❤

Left to right: Lady friend, Vittorio Storaro, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Left to right: Lady friend, Vittorio Storaro, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Left to right: Lady friend, Vittorio Storaro, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Left to right: Gianluca, Vittorio Storaro,, Ignazio and PIeroon the red carpet being interviewed

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio

And here is the moment of the award ceremony.
Premio Filming Italy Best Movie Awards

IL VOLO at awards ceremony

IL VOLO at awards ceremony

IL VOLO at awards ceremony

In this video all the winners and among them also Il Volo.

 

Left to right: Vittorio Storaro, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero with their award

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on the red carpet

Lots of images, there was no doubt, for such a special evening.
All elegant for the evening of the screening and the award ceremony, but unfortunately we cannot have any advance for the short film.
Too bad, we would have closed a great day in style, but I think we will have to wait a little longer to see the images shot inside the Frasassi Caves.
Meanwhile, in an interview, Il Volo stated that their new CD will be released on November 5th.
We take note, we look forward to it.
Daniela

Group shot of all participants

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