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Happy Easter 2021 by Daniela

Unfortunately, again this year, for the second year, Easter 2021 will be a subdued party, but certainly not for the anniversary that always has a great value in our hearts, but for the celebrations that flow from it.
The strict anti-covid rules do not allow us to celebrate in happy company as we would like, but to honor the feast of the resurrection in an intimate way, and for some it will even be solitary.

Closeup of Pope Francis praying

So once again yesterday, during the Via Crucis on Holy Friday, we saw the solitary Pope praying in front of a beautiful empty St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis praying in an empty St. Peter's Square

But the resurrection means the beginning of a new life, hope for all people, a new vigor that comes from a great sacrifice.
And so let’s open up with joy to this new beginning, nature gives us a great impulse, blossoming new life everywhere.

A hillside covered with flowers

During these long pandemic times, many people will be discouraged, but many people are working to restore serenity in us, because then we can all hug and smile happily.
Even our dear Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, are working for us, to make us rejoice with their beautiful voices, the rehearsals of the tribute concert continue:

 “Study days 🎧 Something special happens when we make music together … ”

While waiting to see their work realized, what better way to listen to their beautiful voices in a splendid “Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae” ❤

And therefore, hoping to soon be able to hug and kiss, hold people without fear of contagion , travel and attend some nice concert:

HAPPY EASTER

Buon Pasqua graphic with Easter eggs

Happy Easter to those who are alone

to all those who have the joy of a family next to them

Happy Easter to each of us, so that love and serenity dwell in our hearts.

 

A warm hug to all of you, from the whole staff:
Daniela, Pat, Jana, Kelly, Daniela Ci, Susan, Jo Ann

Photo of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero inside an Easter frame with flowers and Easter eggs

  Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

LUCA MAGGITTI INTERVIEWS GIANLUCA GINOBLE by Daniela

A pleasant interview with Gianluca Ginoble, made by the journalist: Luca Maggitti.

The occasion was the ABBA Immobiliare event, for the presentation of their construction project LUXURY ESTATE which will be carried out in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

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A nice dinner on a summer evening with a touch of rain. The event was cheered by some guests, including our Gianluca.

The video begins with the performance of a good violinist with CON TE PARTIRÒ (Time to Say Goodbye) performed among the tables of the guests.

I translate for you.

LM = On stage with me, the winner of Sanremo 2015 with Il Volo: Gianluca Ginoble.

GG = Good evening

LM = These drops (drizzle), remind me of a passage from a book that says that Mexican nobles love to sleep outdoors with the drops of water that wet their sheets in the summer.

GG = The perfect soundtrack. The sound of nature.

LM = Singing in the rain.

GG = Singing in the rain. Wet evening, lucky evening (it’s an old Italian saying).

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LM = You are truly an international artist, you have been on exceptional stages. A memory … when I saw you taking a selfie with Pope Francis in Panama, remind me how many there were, how many you were.

GG = Maybe it was one of the best experiences ….. but you know that I don’t like to always talk about myself. This is a special evening and first of all I want to greet everyone, even ABBA Immobiliare and all of you, I am really happy and honored to be here, and thanks for the affection you have shown me also in these last weeks where we have had the opportunity to be together.

LM = But they want to hear about you.

GG = Yes, of course, let’s say that during my artistic career, it is now 11 years that I “fly” with my colleagues.

LM = You have been on a world tour for 11 years without stopping, COVID has stopped you, otherwise you would be doing the eleventh year of touring.

GG = Unfortunately, Covid has stopped everyone, there is no alternative and in any case health is the most important thing.
Surely one of the most beautiful experiences was to sing for the Pope, one meter from Pope Francis, a Ave Maria Mater Misericordiae written especially for us. There were thousands of young people, it was WYD.

LM =Eight hundred thousand young people?

GG = You added three hundred thousand more …..

LM = But do you realize how many young people ….. and then you go there and say “Francis, let’s take a selfie?”

GG = It was nice, because the Pope is always very helpful, we had the opportunity to meet him also during the private audience, and that day we said “Can we take a selfie like young people do?” And he said “Sure.”

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LM = Then I have an Argentine national volleyball guest and I keep you here, as you also speak Spanish and I don’t.

GG = Okay.

LM = You also sang for two Presidents of the Italian Republic, in the Senate there was Napolitano and in Trieste, for the unification of Italy there was Mattarella. Even in those cases, I imagine, a great satisfaction.

GG = Especially in the Senate I was very excited, I was 18/19 and it was something surreal, like the beginning of our career, from school desks, to travels around the world.

It was an honor for us, Napolitano, Grasso (President and Prime Minister), he was very prestigious, one of the things I will never forget.

LM = Another thing I remember, at least it struck me a lot and maybe it is something passed over in silence, when you went to do a sort of “Band Aid”, years later for Haiti, if I’m not mistaken, and you were invited by Quincy Jones himself. Quincy Jones isn’t recognized by many, but he produced Michael Jackson, he produced Thriller.

You were very young, and you had this man who, from the videos, hugged you …..

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GG = There are great things very appreciated abroad, of our country, and they are good food and this type of music, which has its own light and illuminates the world for decades, also brought by Pavarotti and Bocelli. Thanks to this, we have attracted the attention of the great boss of international music like Quincy Jones, because we do nothing but bring, with our voices, the name of our music, of our country.

LM = It struck me a lot, even the fact that the former Roseto basketball coach, when he was in Atlanta, called me and said, “Is that boy really from Roseto?”.  And then he came to greet you at meet & greet and he wrote me, “This is the music that everyone loves in the world.” and he is a Croatian.

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(Atlanta 2016, Gianluca , Piero Ignazio and Neven Spahija, the Roseto coach)

The beautiful thing about Il Volo, I have always said, as a simple journalist, you are Il Volo in Japan, Il Volo in America …… that is … Vasco Rossi (a very famous pop singer in Italy) it is Vasco Rossi in Italy, but in France (France taken as an example of a neighboring country), no offense, he is nobody ….. you are Il Volo in the world, and this is an incredible thing.

When you go to South America they give the news on the national news. For you, who are always kind it seems normal, but sharing this with you, let me say to all: let’s do another round of applause !!

There is also another succulent anecdote, when you went with Bruno Vespa in New York and you met Woody Allen and you explain to him that you live in Montepagano, taking the wine route. Tell us.

GG = I sometimes think about it and it makes me laugh.

LM = Your spontaneity makes you do everything.

GG = Sicily is certainly much better known than Abruzzo, this is the reality. We were having dinner with Woody Allen and he asked us where we come from. The other two replied from Sicily and he said he had seen it several times, then I say from Abruzzo, he did not know where it was, then I add, near Rome, and then I say, “Do you know Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine?” and he said, “Yes, great wine, I like it very much”. You understand, I had to go around through the wine to explain where Abruzzo is, because unfortunately he didn’t know it, but through the wine he understood.

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LM = Yes, for many foreign people, Abruzzo is close to Rome, even if in fact it is not that close for us, indeed it is far from Rome, but to explain it is easier this way.

GG = In addition, the places of the Abruzzo mountains are more famous than those of the sea. But we have beautiful beaches here and there are people like you (Abba Immobiliare) who are investing in the territory of Roseto degli Abruzzi, which is a jewel and has nothing to envy from other beaches.

LM= Last thing I want to tell you, something that happened to me and your dad, Ercole. One day I was here at the Liberty having a coffee and I see four women who speak English. They were four of Gianluca admirers from Connecticut, Texas, Florida, and I would say Louisiana or Georgia, who had come here, had hired a driver, an interpreter, and wanted to see the places where Gianluca had grown up. If I hadn’t witnessed this, I wouldn’t have believed it. They asked me, “Do you really know Gianluca?” And I called Ercole and told him that I had seen women who were almost crying for Gianluca.

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GG = Do you realize?

LM = The Texan woman, (Deborah, they are talking about you!) showed me the photo of the car with the personalized IL VOLO license plate, because there, paying for it is possible (in Italy it is not possible) and told me, “I am cured of depression, after the death of my husband, listening to the music of Il Volo” and hugged you and never left you. They came from America to see your house, then, luckily you were there, but for them, it was enough to see Gianluca’s house in Montepagano. What do you think of this?

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GG = Sometimes I can hardly believe it, how life can radically change, however  I was a child who dreamed of singing, but I never imagined that my life could change like this and get to the other side of the world and excite and also to heal people ….. the power of music, and it’s something that still excites me.

LM = In 2009, Massimo Ranieri (famous Italian singer) comes here to sing and the mayor tells me, I bring Gianluca to Ranieri and introduce him to him. You know him, and you tell him, “You will see that I will become a good singer.”

GG = But…… I can’t have said that.

LM = Then you also took the photo with your cell phone.

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GG = It was 2007 and then in 2015 we sang together on RAI1 QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA and he showed that old photo on TV.

LM = What effect did it have on you?

GG = This shows that over the years anything can happen, as a child I came to see a singer in concert and a few years later, I sing on TV with him.

GG = Luca, but you know that I don’t like to talk only about me.

LM = But you are the star. In 2007, the first memory I have of you, at the age of 12, you go to sing twp songs for a poetry award at the Pia Marta oratory school and you sing IL MARE CALMO DELLA SERA, a very difficult piece.

GG = I remember, I was a little anomalous, a 12 year old boy singing Bocelli, my friends listened to something else. I also listened to other groups, but also classical music, so the children of my age saw me as a “different” child.

LM = And I remember, that this 12 year old is doing this very difficult song and in the end we all stood up. 

GG = Then I still had the young voice, so it was easier to get to the high notes.

LM = It was an exceptional ride and it is still at the beginning because you are very young.

GG = I hope so, I’ve always enjoyed living with music.

LM = Last thing, you were international stars, but you missed Italy, first time in Sanremo and immediately victory, what effect did it have on you?

(Sanremo first night, how much emotion !!!) 

GG = In fact we were more known and appreciated in other countries than at home, it was a sort of revenge, to show that we had a great desire to do and to be recognized in our country after years abroad, and for us to win Sanremo it was the most important thing, it gave us the real fame in Italy, that of being recognized on the street. But I must say that I am really happy and I hope to continue flying with my colleagues for many more years.

LM = The hope is also that you will always remain so available, ladies and gentlemen: GIANLUCA GINOBLE.

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Gianluca Ginoble with Luca Maggitti.

This photo is published on Luca Maggitti’s Facebook page with this dedication:

If I can express a wish to friends, for 2019, it is to have the humility of Gianluca: an international star who – since I have known him … and I have known him since he was 12 years old and he was nobody – has never been haughty.

On the other hand, I know people who are haughty and don’t even have a shred of talent.

Bravo, Gianlù!

Luca Maggitti

(In the lower right corner of the photo is Gianluca’s first public performance, on May 25, 2007 at the Oratorio Piamarta.)

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Did you like this interview? 

Really a nice chat between friends who respect each other.

And you, Gianluca, always kind and helpful, we really like this aspect of your character. 😘

Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO, FROM MAURA’S EYES – part 1 by Daniela

My dear friend Maura Pucci, whom you all have already known, wrote a nice post that I will translate with great pleasure, knowing that you will surely appreciate it.

Maura, please don’t keep us waiting too long for the second episode !!😉

Daniela 😘

Today, I will answer two questions I asked myself.

The first is: “Who is the audience of Il Volo?”

It is necessary to start from two irrefutable statements:

1) Il Volo is an internationally successful musical group.
2) Their audience is mainly female.

Like all the artists who have had great international success, Il Volo is not aimed at an elite group of connoisseurs, but at a vast and heterogeneous audience, both from a socio-cultural point of view and from the point of view of age. As far as the latter is concerned, internationality constitutes the discriminating element, since age varies according to … longitudes and latitudes.

For example :

~ in Europe and the United States the public is on average more adult, but no less passionate;

~ in Mexico, Central America and South America a young audience prevails, made up in particular of chicas, which are unleashed like fans of rockstars; 

~ a more composed audience of all ages is found in Asia, where classical music is a true cult (many oriental youths come to study in our conservatories) and, during the concerts, we witness the individual performances of the pieces in religious silence until the final ovation.

10 YEARS OF IL VOLO

I take this opportunity to add here, incidentally and for the avoidance of the usual misunderstandings, that, in their repertoire of about two hundred songs, we find only four arias taken from lyrical works (two by Puccini, one by Verdi, one by Donizetti) a tarantella by Rossini and a romance by Leoncavallo …..

The fact that the public in general (fans in particular) is a large female majority is an element common to many if not all the fandoms of famous singers. 

But in the case of the Il Volo boys the difference consists in the fact that in Italy and in the United States in particular, they were known when they were almost children, and the sentimental and romantic women, enchanted by their voices, became tender and affectionate. They saw them grow and from teenagers to become young men. They followed their physical transformations, and the maturation of their voices, establishing a particular relationship with them.

Ultimately the audience of Il Volo can be divided into the following groups:

A) The real fans, active on social networks, connected by a dense network of fan pages or fan clubs, in the number of about four thousand. They “adopted” the three boys, creating an intense relationship with them, I dare say visceral. Depending on the age, they are considered older brothers, object of desire, children, grandchildren. These fans follow Il Volo daily through news, photos, videos, interviews. They participate in numerous concerts, including moving from region to country and continent.

B) The most consistent band is represented by the television audience. In Italy, it is the one that contributes to procuring the famous “listening peaks” of Auditel for Il Volo and to make their concerts sold out. The same can be said for the United States where the PBS network has recorded some concerts since 2012 and broadcasts them, I believe periodically, through over 300 television stations that it represents.

A nod to a category of people that I do not consider “audience” but who have a positive relationship with Il Volo. It can be consideration, appreciation, affection, friendship, collaboration. Which does not automatically and in any case entail the liking of their music. I speak of VIPs, characters known in every field. They are too many and I don’t list them. I will only mention two names of “men of power” characters: Pope Francis and Kim, the leader of North Korea, namely the devil and holy water! …

I refer you to the next episode, again for an interlocutory answer. (Why does Il Volo like it?) And finally for my conclusions.

Maura Pucci

Credit to owners of all photos.

NEWS NEWS NEWS by Daniela

On February 18, there was a nice radio interview, also broadcast on the web, by Radio Cerrano (a local Abruzzo radio) where Ercole Ginoble, Gianluca’s father, was a guest. It was a delightful and fun interview.

 At a certain point Ercole called Michele Torpedine by phone, and he said a lot of really sensational news on the next appointments of IL VOLO.

But let’s go in order. Here is the video of the interview.

At first Ercole says that as a young man he also worked in the first private radio stations, in the 70s / 80s.

The announcers, together with Ercole, retrace the years of IL VOLO’s career.

Then Ercole confirms that Il Volo is now in concert in the US.

Ercole says that for the third time they sold out at RCMH and also in many other theaters.

He confirms it is very demanding to be a parent of Il VOLO, especially the first few years where they were taught to follow them always and everywhere, since they were minors.

He says there is also a lot of fun, but also a lot of stress, in fact he says that on the last South American tour, in 30 days they took 20 planes.

One of the announcers says that the strength of IL VOLO is also the great friendship between them, and Ercole confirms that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca spend most of the time together and therefore their friendship is real.

They also talk about Sanremo and the horrible treatment by the press room of last year.

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Then Ercole calls Michele Torpedine by phone and after the greetings and pleasantries, Michele says very important things, after the world tour, which I summarize as follows:

There will be a third date for Verona.

They will be sent for an event on March 27th in Assisi, with the Pope.

There will be a second tribute to the Three Tenors and will take place in Piazza S. Pietro in Rome.

These news has really amazed everyone, for the moment I think the events are still being implemented, but we really hope that they will become reality.

I was amazed, St. Peter’s Square, it’s a truly wonderful thing. An event which is impossible to miss!

It will be spectacular! ❤️❤️❤️

~ Daniela ~

 

Credit to Radio Cerrano for the video and photo.

START THE TOUR: JAPAN by Daniela

We’ve known it for a long time Japan was on the horizon.

The boys arrived in “the land of the rising sun” and have already had some commitments.

Here they are upon their arrival.

Visit to Sony Music Japan and the announcement of the start of the tour.

The promo link from Sony Music Japan, of “NOTTE STELLATA”.

Short interview in the program Music Station, in Tokyo.

I = In these photos, there are our passions: fashion, football, music.

G = It is also an honor to be close to these great characters, whom we dreamed of meeting as children, and whom we then met.

P = Singing in front of Pope Francis was a great thrill and also in front of a million people and this is the most beautiful selfie of our life.

P = Hi, I’m Piero

I = I am Ignazio

G = and I’m Gianluca

P = and we are IL VOLO.

I = Our favorite song, lately is “Shallow”, by Lady Gaga

P = and Bradley Cooper

G = also has also won the Oscar, is one of the most beautiful songs ever, of the last period.

P + I + G = Goodbye, goodbye.

But here we are at the most important moment of the program, IL VOLO performs “NOTTE STELLATA”.

There are no words, this short video of “Notte Stellata” gives us a sweet execution made by our boys. Superb, even if shortened for program needs.

Magnificent words related to this video by Valeria Bosch:

HOW YOU CAN FALL IN AN “ENCHANTMENT” – A video of just over two minutes, shot in Tokyo, in a television studio: three young and handsome boys with unique voices, already beautiful at the beginning, but now, as that the maturation proceeds, even more penetrating, passionate and sensual, a timeless music, “The swan” by Camille Saint Saens, arranged by Tony Renis (“Notte Stellata”), a skater who designs magical evolutions on the ice. It is possible that all this could cause an enchantment, indeed I would like to say, with the permission of Dante Alighieri, an “enchantment” why does it seem to me that I can capture the state of grace in which I felt immersed ?

The degree of perfection to which these youngsters have arrived in solo interventions, in the fusion of the voices, in the musical harmony, in the understanding between them, I think has no worthy comparison in any other musical group in the world: Gianluca starts with that voice persuasive and velvety that immediately immerses you in a special world, made of dream, love, pure romanticism; Piero then softens his powerful voice to prolong the magic and dilate it so much that you seem to be completely enveloped in it, and Ignazio takes you to the stars, enchants you, fascinates you, forces you to hold your breath, until Gian returns to you with his singing an incomparable sweetness.

Three male voices of a poignant beauty, more and more ductile, ever more melodious, sweet and powerful at the same time, singing the eternal law of love, passion and dream.

Valeria Bosch.

Some shots of “life in Japan”…

Here is the full video of IL VOLO’s stay at the MUSIC STATION show.

Yes, the tour is officially starting.

And then it will be a very long run from Japan to Italy, and then Europe.

In lightning will also come from you and the long wait will be over.

Did you enjoy performing Starry Night?

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.