Miami – Palms Court! Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Ok, so sorry,  not sure what is going on with Facebook,  but if you go to my page: Jana amore il volo, hopefully you can still see it.  I reposted it again.

Ok, as you have probably figured out by now, I was in Miami for the short performance of Il Volo on Friday, October 13.  Yes, Chris, Sharon, and I jetted off for Miami on Thursday.  Although it was on various Facebook pages, I stumbled upon it quite by accident.  I just kept wondering where this Estefan’s Kitchen was that Barbara and Piero kept posting from?  We knew they were in Miami, at their place, recording their new album, but were they like IN their private kitchen?  I just had to find out!  So, super sleuth that I am, I Googled “Estefan Kitchen” and what came up?  A website for a restaurant, run by the Estefan’s!  Upon further investigation, as I scrolled down, a headline link caught my eye “don’t miss the Italian singing trio Il Volo on Fri, Oct 13!”  What?  I looked further and saw it was free!  Of course, that was one of the most expensive free concerts I’ve ever been to!   Lol!  After booking the hotel, table, Uber rides, plane fare, etc.  🙂  However short their performance was, it was glorious to see them, yet once again, performing on US soil.

There are likely better versions of this video out on You Tube, as we didn’t have the best vantage point.  For some reason, they put all the paying fans to the side of the performance area.  However, the guys knew we were all there and made a point of at least looking our way a few times, as you will see from the video.  🙂   You also have to put up with my often off-key singing and various comments.  You will hear about the middle of the show, someone saying “is that really necessary?”  I just want you to know, it wasn’t about me.  The person in front of me moved her phone to a different spot, blocking the other person’s view.  I was literally, in the middle.  This is a totally unedited version, starting with me getting up from our table.

With the luck of Il Volo, it was a beautiful night – hot and breezy.  We were also lucky enough to attend the sound check, where they sang 2 songs – El Triste and O Sole Mio.  The guys didn’t come on until over halfway through, well after 8p.

I would like to give a shout out to the Estefan Kitchen!  Although we had to wait a bit for our food, it was excellent!  Even the leftovers warmed up the next day, eaten in our hotel room.   After 6 caffe/chocolate martinis, it was time to say goodbye on Sunday evening.  Chris and I said goodbye to our favorite bartender, Andres, and he was kind enough to take a picture with us.  The place has only been open since about April, but it is fabulous and the management and wait staff, superb!  The drinks, will knock your socks off!  The sangrias and caffe martinis were our favorites.  Our hotel, the Hampton Inn on Biscayne Avenue, is where we stayed and within walking distance of the “kitchen.”  (which we proved several nights in a row – even after coming back a little tipsy!)

We also had fun at South Beach Miami and Chris and I went to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, which was also pretty cool.

When we arrived on the 3rd night in the row and sat in our now “favorite seats,” Andres wasn’t there right away and we thought he may have the night off.  However, a bit later, he did come around the corner and saw us.  He came over to me and held out his hands for me to take, like we were old friends!  Almost like Cheers, but I don’t think he knew our names.  I’m sure if we had been there longer, we could have asked for our usual and would have had it served promptly!  Oh, Andres, how I miss your martinis and only wish you could come and make them for me in my kitchen!  I would even let Chris and Sharon borrow you!

Chris and I came home on Monday, and Sharon on Tuesday.  It was short, but a pleasant, long weekend getaway – from the pre-winter doldrums, we know are coming!  Unfortunately, the guys had left Saturday to return to Italy, so there was no chance we would see them again before we left.

Oh, one more thing!  If you ever go to Miami, at least where we were, be very careful walking!  The city is not made for walkers, or drivers, for that matter!  You literally took your life in your hands when trying to cross the street.  Darned near had a heart attack after a few Uber rides.  After that, I sat in the back seat!

So, Ciao and Enjoy!  🙂 

(I tried in vain several different options to uploading/downloading this, finally giving up and uploading to Facebook, however, I couldn’t download it to my own computer!  I guess I’ll have to take the SD card out eventually!)  By the way, it says the link cannot be embedded, but if you click on it, it will take you to my Facebook page.  🙂  (ok, any techie person out there that can figure this out, please let me know….)

Grande Amore – 100 Million Views!

Hello all!  Just in case you hadn’t heard…. 🙂

Here is the Google Translate version of the article posted in the previous blog posted late Monday – kind of by accident.  (it said you could reblog post at the end, so I did!)  Ah well, live and learn!  Also posting some various photos circulating social media….thank you and well-deserved credit to all owners of the photos with such creativity!!  And of course, “our boys…”  🙂  For without them, we never would have known such Grande Amore was possible – meeting all of these wonderful people all around the world.


“Today, October 9, 2017 (now Italian!), The video of Grande Amore de Il Volo reaches 100 million views, obtaining VEVO certification. * Grande Amore can definitely be considered the battle horse of the 3 artists who, precisely with this song, written by Francesco Boccia il volo thank youand Ciro Esposito, won the 65th edition of the Festival of Sanremo. Thanks to this victory and the third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, Volo has become more known in Italy and the rest of Europe. Grande Amore’s video, directed by Mauro Russo, was shot in a single day, January 15, 2015, in the magnificent Villa Caroli Zanchi in Stezzano, near Bergamo. Congratulations to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca for this new finish !!

This is the blog site I got it from:  Grazie Mille!!

https://torinoaspettailvoloepoi.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/grande-amore-100-milioni-di-visualizzazioni/

Various pictures…. some from Gianluca, some from Il Volo, some from Gary Istok….

 

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There is Gian, always teasing us!!  Really Gian?  You have to ask?  🙂 

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“When I think, I think only of you….”  How true – aren’t they always on our minds and in our dreams?

 

Ciao – til tomorrow….

Jana

 

 

Latest on New Album – Article Translation from Daniela!

Daniela was kind enough to find this article and translate it for us here!   We already knew it was going to be Latin/Spanish and geared toward the Latin crowd, but I know we will love it anyway!  Spanish is actually easier to understand than Italian and we know the guys will put their heart and soul into it, as always and will have a lot of fun making this one!  Here is translation from Daniela!  Grazie mille! or should I say – Muchas gracias!  🙂  


Today is published by Optimagazine this article about the new album of IL VOLO.

THE NEW ALBUM OF IL VOLO WILL BE A POP REVOLUTION: THE FIRST CLUES ON THE RELEASE DATE IN 2018

 It will be released in 2018 with the promise of a big pop revolution: IL VOLO is already working on the new unedited album.

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Begin to leak the first clues to the new album of IL Volo, which will be totally pop-kind as they had anticipated in recent months, during the World Night Tour – A Tribute to the Three Tenors started from Vienna on April 21st.

 The lucky tour has touched several European and Italian cities, and then landed on the American continent. Since September, the group has resumed the tour in Latin America, and is now working on the new pop album designed for the public and the Latin market. Produced by Emilio Estefan, husband of celebrity Gloria Estefan, the new album Il Volo will almost certainly be released by 2018, for which the three boys have been searching for melodies and lyrics, all in a newer popular dress. And from the words of the three tenors we really have to expect a great revolution!

“It will be a new pop project and we’ll surprise you, maybe there will be something with Ermal Meta and Tiziano Ferro, but we’ll see.”

Although they had expressed the desire for a break from the stages, Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and Gianluca Ginoble left clues that make it clear that they were already in the studio to work on the new album of unpublished, but without hurry. “We will publish the new project when it is ready, we have no deadlines,” said Piero Barone.

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At the moment, the band is devoting to the next album, and the world tour will resume in late November for the last two live concerts in Japan: November 28 will perform in Tokyo, and December 1 at Kawasaki.

The Magic Night Tour – Tribute to the Three Tenors has brought the latest record project by Michele Torpedine to the stage, which honors the show “I Tre Tenori”: Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Placido Domingo, who participated in the album. Both the record and the tour have hit a huge hit all over the world with numerous dates sold out.

 written by Federica Cacio, translated by Daniela 

http://www.optimaitalia.com/blog/2017/10/04/il-nuovo-album-de-il-volo-sara-una-rivoluzione-pop-i-primi-indizi-sul-disco-in-uscita-nel-2018/847105

 

From Gian…”something’s going to change….”

 A cute little birthday greeting from Gian to Ignazio!

Guys in the studio on Igna’s birthday – looks like he wants cake!

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Time to Record!

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Ciao – Jana

Personally Speaking~What’s Next??~ by Mary Bohling

The boys have been teasing us a bit about what is next on their recording agenda.  It seems that it will have a Latin flavor since they are working with their friend, Emilio Estefan.  And remembering how we, the fans, love the  tantalizing Latin beat of “Volare,” it would seem that we would embrace that style.  But, just for fun, let’s consider some other styles of past musical icons that they might choose to emulate.

Since our boys have such a propensity for the beach, maybe they would like to try the Beach Boys’ style, one that has stood the test of time with its’ catchy tunes, captivating rhythm, and great harmony.  The guys would really get into spirit of fun following in the Beach Boys footsteps.

 

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Wouldn’t it be great to hear Igna  taking the falsetto part of the Jersey Boys’ repertoire?  He would be so good at it.  He did some improvisations with the high notes of “Somebody to Love” that blew our socks off, plus he has the added asset  of his adorably endearing facial expressions (those eyes!!) to go along with the voice.

 

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Remember the Ink Spots?  Most of you probably don’t.  You might  want to look them up.  Their harmony and rhythm were so contagious they always left you wanting more.  Remind you of Il Volo?  Gianluca might have to dig down a bit to match the low notes, but hey, that guy can do anything he sets his mind to, right?  They recorded some beautiful songs that would be great for our guys.

 

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Speaking of great trios, let us not forget the Nat King Cole trio.  Talk about sweet and mellow–just the style for Il Volo.  Is anyone more sweet and mellow than our boys?  Gianluca could easily handle Nat’s romantic solos with his own brand of style and panache.

 

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And “sweet and mellow” brings to mind the Williams brothers, mainly Andy.  Imagine Gian doing “Moon River”  what a treat that would be.  Piero, being the more dramatic sort, doesn’t often show us the softer side of his vocal technique, but he sings with such passion and expression that we know he would be breathtakingly spectacular doing some of Andy’s romantic songs.

 

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Well, we will have to wait and see what the finished product of the most recent endeavor will be, but  we know that it will be all in true ILVOLO STYLE.  You can’t improve on perfection, and perfection is what they are.

So stay calm and get out your dancing shoes…..Tango, anyone??

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Credit to all owners of photos.
 
~Mary Bohling~
~~Jane~~

 

A New Album is Coming! A New Album is Coming!

Ok, it’s going to be a while.  still…

Get out your wish list. 

Here’s my top five in order of desire:

1) If it is unreleased music, I hope it is songs written by them.  I would love to see one or all of them, on the piano, playing and singing their own work.

If they do more covers:

2)  “All of Me” (the one written by John Legend) ~They have toyed with it on home videos a few times.

3) “Somebody to Love”  (of course)

4)  “Hallelujah”Can you even imagine how their “one soul” would sound on this one? I might even love it more in Italian.

5) “The Prayer” ~ I’ve wanted this one for a long time.

6) “Canto Della Terra”  (I know I said five…I lied.)

And anything else they would care to put to song.  What’s on your wish list?

~Marie

Il Volo Professional ~~ Caruso, China and Countdown to a New Album

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re having a great weekend! 

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Raffaele Lauro; Bing Images

Raffaele Lauro; Bing Images

Il Volo has been nominated for the 2015 Caruso Award by Raffaele Lauro, a politician in the Italian Senate (Raffaele Lauro Wikipedia Page). 

According to Commune di Sorrento (Commune di Sorrento Article),”the Caruso Award is a recognition given to a personality of the artistic world of Italian culture that has particularly helped to spread the art and Italian culture in the world. A prize, Caruso, which in previous years has gone to giants of the art scene, as Andrea Bocelli, Lucio Dalla, Claudio Mattone, Massimo Ranieri and Carlo Fracci.” 

Congratulations, Piero, Gianluca, and Ignazio!  We’ll be waiting to hear the official word–but of course we always knew that you belonged in the company of these artists.       😉

Count Down to China

All About Il VoloAccording to Piero, the time for vacation is now over, and it looks like they are getting ready to hit the road running.  Il Volo is heading the China before they go to the San Remo Festival.  They will be guests in a Chinese national music festival on January 26 which will be televised live on Chinese National TV.  You can read the article in Italian or All About Il Volo’s summation by clicking the links below. 

Click here —> Il Volo Will Be in China… ~~ All About Il Volo

Click here —>  (Italian article) ~~ Canicatti Web

New Album News

The Guys are still recording–a process that obviously takes waaaayyyy more time than I ever thought.  But it seems like the release date for the long awaited album will be sometime after San Remo, giving me hope that my hunch was correct: that the song they will be singing at San Remo will be on the album. It is talked about a bit in the above article as does Ignazio in an interview that was released recently.  Stay tuned for a transcript of his interview.

celebratingHappy Sunday, everyone!

~~ Kelly