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IL VOLO : PRESS CONFERENCE by Daniela

On Tuesday, November 5, Il Volo, had just returned from the South American tour and held a press conference for the launch of the new “10 Years” CD.

Here is what was reported in this article by Radio Italia.

Radio Italia Link – Click Here

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Il Volo celebrates 10 years of songs, concerts, tours and records on YouTube with 10 Years, the best of album of their songs from “Grande Amore” to “Caruso”. The three singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, “from strangers to brothers who grew up together”, apply as heirs of Pavarotti and Bocelli and reveal the 4 most beautiful moments, the “quarrels for some girl” and a surprise for Easter. The “party” will last two years: the trio tells the press and celebrates its tenth anniversary with concerts around the world, the live return to Italy at the Verona Arena and at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, over 2 million albums sold, 500 million views and more than 1 million subscribers on the official YouTube channel.

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10 YEARS. On Friday 8 November 2019 10 Years will be published worldwide, best of CD and DVD with images of the live in Matera and with the best of Il Volo’s career: “The Musica album was a consequence of Sanremo, but this record will be released internationally, because in the world those Italian pieces are unpublished. Since May we have held 83 concerts and 10 more have been added in America, Brazil and Japan. We try to follow the steps of Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli to bring good singing to everyone: one day we would like to be their heirs.”

The three singers will return to perform in Italy in the summer of 2020 for two special concerts, on August 30th at the Verona Arena and on September 4th at the Teatro Antico in Taormina: “They are special places for artists, we have opened the dates one year first to tell the fans of our country that we have not forgotten them.”  Tickets will be available in advance for the fanclub from 11:00 tomorrow, Wednesday 6 November, and for everyone online from Thursday 14; while they will be in the stores from November 14th.

10 Years will be released in various versions, including one made ad hoc for the Latin and one Japanese market, enclosing the best of Il Volo’s repertoire, from “‘O Sole Mio” to “My Way” to “Grande Amore”, from bel canto of Italian tradition to American evergreens. The track list consists of both tracks recorded in the studio and new live recordings, like the show in Matera in June. The best of is available in pre-order in 10 Years digital version – The best of with 27 tracks + digital booklet and in physical version 10 Years – The best of (Italian and International version) with 19 tracks or CD + DVD of the concert held at Matera in June 2019.

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TOP 4. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca “met” in 2009, when they were 14-15 years old: “It’s not always all roses, like in 2014 when there was a moment of transition from a record company to another .” Here are the four most beautiful moments of these 10 years together, in addition to the “cazzeggiano” before the concerts, the many trips and the live on stage:

1- The Haiti concert with Quincy Jones for We are the World
2- The tour with Barbra Streisand
3- The concert with Placido Domingo
4- Live in front of Pope Francis for World Youth Day


Here is how the relationship between the three members has changed in this decade: “Ten years ago we were quite different, now we are very close. In the early years it was not easy because we have three different heads: the whims were a bit bad. We fight and we discuss, like all the brothers, even for some girls … Now the priority in our group is to maintain serenity. When one of the three is ill and we have to bring a concert home, true friendship comes out there.” Gianluca is the most susceptible: “I get nervous easily: it’s a beautiful life but staying out of the house for two months means finding things changed on the way back, in the family and out; I always carry the melancholy, which also allows me to convey emotions on stage.”

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And the future? “Later we will think of a new album: we will evaluate whether it is right to do new works, covers or projects … We are already working on future works, we have done experiments but one thing is certain: we must remain ourselves. We tried to do more pop and lighter things, our age required it too, but we understood that our dimension is lyric pop. People appreciate cover more, like the Nessun Dorma: even if we are not tenors and we still have to study. The difficulty is to find authors who write songs for lyric pop and for Il Volo in particular. However we already have unpublished works that we will be recording soon. And there is a great idea for Easter …”

MUSICA CHE RESTA. Il Volo “brings the Italian tradition around the world, not the culture of Sfera Ebbasta (an Italian rapper) and the trap”, say the three singers, “We accept musical evolution and every genre, we listen to everything and we are not like this stick to the past. We really appreciate Salmo (another Italian rapper), for example.” Gianluca reveals: “My 19-year-old brother and I listen to that music: but the musical culture, from the Beatles to Lucio Battisti (known Italian pop singer), is important. During the soundcheck we sing Sting, Police, Pink … I am the farthest from the work of us three. Then I realized that the three tenors project was right: it was a great idea, it was our greatest success so far. I was looking for something more youthful, with different sounds and productions: instead maybe that is the most suitable way. This is our personality.”

Piero declares: “Today we should check some texts and messages that are sent to young people, because they are our future: we do not generalize and do not judge, but some texts should be checked first. In the world, Italy is always considered the first place for music and fashion.” Ignazio explains: “Some things should not be touched: La Boheme should be done with the orchestra and not with electronics; evolution is not always the right thing. We sing a classic genre, which therefore will never die: fashions pass instead. We try to make the classic modern, from the visual and sound point of view, without distorting the melodies .”


3 PHRASES. Here are some statements from Il Volo at the press conference:
– “There is no collaboration in sight with Ermal Meta (after approaching the social media, ed)
– “In our concerts we often ask young musicians, perhaps from the Conservatory, to give them an opportunity: we want to discover new talents among young people who share our passion for music.”

Here are the titles of the songs of 10 YEARS:

CD “10 Years”: Il mondo: ‘O sole mio; Surrender (Torna a Surriento); Smile; Caruso; Un amore così grande; Granada; My Way; Grande amore; Nel blu, dipinto di blu (Volare); Turandot: Nessun dorma; La traviata: Libiamo ne` lieti calici; People; Arrivederci Roma; Musica che resta feat. Alessandro Quarta; O Holy Night; A chi mi dice; El triste; Be My Love.

DVD “Live in Matera”: Il mondo; Un amore così grande; Granada; Surrender; E penso a te; She’s Always a Woman; No puede ser; Nel blu, dipinto di blu (volare); Arrivederci Roma; My Way; Musica che resta; Smile; Almeno tu nell’universo; Caruso; Mi mancherai; People; Love story; A chi mi dice; ‘O sole mio; La Traviata: Libiamo ne` lieti calici; Grande amore; Turandot: Nessun dorma.

TOUR. Il Volo is back from a tour in Latin America in front of over 70 thousand fans in 17 concerts and ten-year celebrations that began in May 2019 with live shows in Japan: “It was a risk to go back to South America because there wasn’t a new album but they are lots of requests arrived and the lives were packed.” Piero recounts a curious anecdote: “I never carry documents with me at concerts, I leave everything in the safe in the hotel: in Guatemala, after the live, my briefcase with the documents was found in a mall. In the room there was the PC and the suitcase but not the safe: they had eradicated it but they were good, they took only the money …”

To continue the celebrations for the 10-year career, Il Volo announces the North American Tour: the three singers will be involved in a series of prestigious live appointments from January 2020 in 12 states, which testify to the authentic success of the trio all over the world. Tickets on sale soon.

Here are the dates, including the Radio City Music Hall in New York:

28/01 TORONTO (ON) – Meridian Hall
30/01 LAVAL (PQ) – Place Bell
1/02 MASHANTUCKET (CT) – Foxwoods Casino
3/02 BOSTON (MA) – Boch Center Wang Theatre
6/02 NEW YORK – Radio City Music Hall
8/02 ATLANTIC CITY (NJ) – Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
9/02 WASHINGTON DC (Oxon Hill) – MGM National Harbor
11/02 BETHLEHEM (PA) – Sands Event Center
13/02 DETROIT (MI) – Fox Theater
15/02 CHICAGO (IL) – Chicago Theater
17/02 ATLANTA (GA) – Cobb Energy Center
20/02 ORLANDO (FL) – Dr. Phillips Center
22/02 FORT LAUDERDALE (FL)(Sunrise) – BB&T Center
24/02 TAMPA (FL) – Straz Center
27/02 DALLAS (TX) – Winspear Opera House
1/03 MESA (AZ) – Ikeda Theater
3/03 SAN DIEGO (CA) – Copley Symphony Hall
5/03 LOS ANGELES (CA) – Microsoft Theater
7/03 INDIO (CA) – Fantasy Springs Casino
9/03 SAN JOSE (CA) – Center for the Arts
11/03 SAN RAFAEL (CA) – Marin Center
13/03 FRESNO (CA) – Saroyan Theater
15/03 LAS VEGAS (NV) – The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort

A short video of the conference, where Piero, in the end, explains the hotel theft in Guatemala.

Here are other statements of Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio reported by BLOGO.

Statements of IL VOLO – Click Here

GIANLUCA: “It’s nice to see you again. In May the world tour started in Japan and will end next year, but it is South America that has given us beautiful emotions. It was our first public, if we can say. In Buenos Aires, in one of the most important arenas of the country, made us understand when we have to say thanks to the musical heritage, to the bel canto. We try to follow the steps of great artists like Bocelli and Pavarotti and try to get this genre to reach even the most generations young people. We would like to be their heirs one day.”

IGNAZIO: “It’s always nice to meet different cultures and see the joy in their eyes. It’s nice to see that Italian culture is always appreciated and it’s nice to be able to do it. It would be something great to be Luciano and Andrea’s heirs.”

PIERO: “There have been other requests from South America, this tour has been challenging. For now there are 83 concerts, the 100 is close. Now an important part of this year with the South American tour has ended and we are back in Italy to announce this album. The album Musica was a consequence of Sanremo and was released only in Italian, in the world the songs that came out in Italy as “A Chi Mi Dice” are unpublished because they weren’t published. The international release and will be published everywhere.”

Here the video of almost the entire conference:

“If Il Volo celebrates 10 years it is not only thanks to our voices, but it is thanks to the work behind it and to our supporters. The merit is also of Michele Torpedine, who is not a simple manager: as he believes in us, no one else. He works 24 hours a day for us. Our goal is to discover new talents and give an opportunity to those he deserves.”

“With TV we have a good relationship. Il Volo is not a streaming product: it manages to convey its own message on TV. People have become attached to us and we have to say thanks to TV. It’s the only one. “A means to promote and make ourselves known. We were born on TV. We have to say thanks to talent: we were born into a TV talent, and fortunately there was no rivalry between us.”

 

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Dear boys, beautiful news, still intense days for you, to publicize your new CD, which will be released

worldwide.

I wish you a great success with all my heart, which you certainly deserve !!

❤️❤️❤️

Daniela

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

PALERMO/TAORMINA, MUSICA TOUR 10 and 11 by Daniela

And we arrived in beautiful Sicily, the first appointment is in

P A L E R M O

at the Teatro Verdura.

Sicily has a special charm for our guys, who feel they are at home.

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“IL MONDO” , “L’AMORE SI MUOVE” (Video published by GDS.)

“PEOPLE”

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Beautiful this “off program” tribute to the great Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri who recently passed away.

With great sensitivity, Piero and Ignazio sang a love song in Sicilian dialect, this is the title: “E VUI DURMITI ANCORA 💖 (And You Still Sleep).

Very beautiful this article by All Music of which I translate the best parts.

All Music Italia Article – Click Here

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All Music Italia was present at the Palermo date of the show that IL VOLO is taking around the world to celebrate ten years of career.

When we talk about Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto, we must put in sequence the words talent, music and success.

Talking about the concert is a bit like doing singing lessons at the conservatory, I’m not a good teacher but I can tell great stories with my reflex. Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio sing, very well, they talk (a lot) with the public, they joke (without stopping) between them, between dialects and jokes … And between a tribute to Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra and one to Modugno, time flies!

Over two hours of emotions, even this umpteenth concert by IL VOLO confirms themselves as a guarantee of great music, of great love.

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And now let’s move on, to the definitely favorite stage of the whole tour.

T A O R M I N A

Yes, because all the stages are important, but some are really SPECIAL and Taormina is certainly the most special of all.

Here the boys are at home, not only in the theater, but everywhere, on every street, in every corner. Taormina loves them, and they reciprocate with the same coin.

Who among us fans wouldn’t want to be there for a concert?

Let’s start with the beautiful photo of Mr. Ginoble.

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The concert is about to begin.

“L’AMORE SI MUOVE”

“VICINISSIMO”

“ANCORA”

 

“O SOLE MIO(Piero)

“MUSICA CHE RESTA”

Listen when Gianluca is good at speaking in Sicilian dialect, these guys too funny, to die for laughing.  🤣 😂 ☺️

The final greetings.

 

 

And here is the comment of my friend Melina, present at the concert (bless her!)

“Indescribable concert last night in Taormina. Impressive theater, standing ovation to every song, cheers, laughter, emotion. Words are not enough, they can’t make the idea. The boys are always magnificent, relaxed, happy and jokers. I still haven’t fallen from the pink cloud and I can’t put together coherent thoughts, so much is the wonder mixed with nostalgia and the sense of loss. As soon as I return to the real world, I will try to write something sensible.”

Another comment from Melina:

“The night before the concert, we had dinner at La Botte and the boys came to eat there too, very kind, helpful and patient. Ignazio, who had gone to pick up a granita at the Bambar, (which is in front of the restaurant) and then eat it at the restaurant table, by dint of stopping it before he sat down, made it melt, but he always smiling and affectionate, he didn’t get impatient at all and gave everyone attention.”

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I would say that they were two fantastic concerts, too bad not to be there, but certainly with the heart, we were all there with them.

But I want to close this beautiful Sicilian parenthesis with a beautiful group photo, a dinner in the beautiful Taormina, with our boys and their friends and ….. Saretto Bam Bar among them.

Bye bye Sicily, Puglia is waiting for us !!

Daniela

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

TAORMINA , PEARL OF THE IONIAN by Daniela

An evening like so many, I scroll the television programs, and find nothing interesting.

Some images capture my interest, they are on RAI 5 and the images concern Sicily.

I stop to look at this beautiful island that I had the pleasure of visiting, far and wide, last year.

It is a beautiful program that combines images with beautiful verses of poets who have described these beauties.

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At a certain point it speaks of Taormina and of the beautiful Greek Theater, and while an “off camera” voice describes the theater, in the background a music that I recognize well : UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE, performed by IL VOLO

With amazement I’m even more interested in it, it’s a cultural program and who thought that IL VOLO was suitable to decant its beauty. 

I did not expect this surprise.

Daniela Ci, was able to reproduce the video of the moment in which there are our boys.

Look at it, it’s worth it.

I translate the background words, because they are really beautiful.

GUY DE MAUPASSANT 1883

The theater of Taormina is so wonderfully situated, that there is certainly no other comparable point in the world.

Where are the people who could do such things?

Where are the men capable of building, for the fun of the crowds, buildings like this?

Those men, those of the past, had a soul and eyes, which did not resemble our own.

In their veins, with blood, flowed, something that disappeared: love and admiration for beauty.

J.W.GOETHE Trip in Italy 1787

Beyond the high rock wall that rises to peak, not far from the beach, there are two rocks, connected by a semicircle, whose shape, whatever it was by nature, has been transformed by art, so as to make it a hemicycle amphitheater for spectators.

At the foot and transversely to the stepped hemicycle, the scene was built, joining the two rocks and thus completing a gigantic work of art and nature.

If we place ourselves at the highest point, occupied by the ancient spectators, we must recognize that never, probably, a theater audience will see something similar.

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I had the chills, looking at those images, listening to those beautiful and appropriate words of the ancient poets and listening to the sweetness of our guys’ song ……. and you?

Daniela

Credit to owners of photos and video.

TAORMINA : GDS SHOW by Daniela

It all started in July, while IL VOLO was in Taormina for the Notte Magica 2018 concert.

Salvo La Rosa, is a great friend and admirer of the boys, who has always supported and presented them, on various occasions in Sicily.

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“In July, in front of a granita (al Bambar) I invited Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca to the GDS SHOW on September 15th in Taormina.

With generosity, IL VOLO, will participate in this magical evening.

The proceeds will be donated to charity.”

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Then, even our friend Dave Monaco, (remember, the first singer taken under the new label of Torpedine and IL VOLO), lets us know that he will be present at the evening, with this message:

“Good morning friends, I am glad to tell you that I will be taking part in the GDS Show! It will be a great honor to share the stage with many artists and my friends of Il Volo, thank you very much to Salvo La Rosa for the invitation!

The entire proceeds of the evening will be donated to charity associations, so in addition to enjoying a great show, your participation will be a work of good.

I wait for you!”

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The boys have returned to Taormina (I think with great pleasure). Here they are during the rehearsals of the show, together with the presenter of the evening, Salvo La Rosa.

Missing Piero, ultimately skipped the rehearsals, the scoundrel!

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Piero has arrived!!

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Here we are at the evening, the show started, in the splendid setting of the Greek Theater.

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Thanks to our Deborah Georgini Beaupre, we have some very beautiful photos and videos.

Good thing that Deborah was able, at the last moment to find a ticket for the show.

The guys sang three songs: they started with L’AMORE SI MUOVE.

During the presentation, Salvo la Rosa, says that when the boys were in Taormina in July, he joined them and asked them if they would participate in the show and they immediately said yes!

Immediately after, they sang the splendid CARUSO.

In the interview after the songs, Salvo la Rosa asks the boys if they have a particular memory to tell. In fact, he himself, remembers when there was the first Italian concert, after the great success they had abroad and their first Italian concert was held here in Taormina.

Piero says it was frustrating for them, to be so successful abroad and not to sing in their country.

Salvo La Rosa remembers having hosted in one of his programs the guys from IL VOLO who said “We want to sing at home”.

Ignazio intervenes to point out joking, that they sing at home in the shower, but they wanted to sing in Italy.

Salvo goes on to say that Taormina has brought them luck.

Gianluca continues by saying that Taormina is now a fixed stop.

Piero adds that there are many friends, that Gianluca is Sicilian by adoption, that Ignazio taught Gianluca to speak Sicilian.

Gianluca pronounces two or three words in Sicilian and everyone laughs.

Salvo asks them for what they are preparing. Piero answers that they are working on a new album, because next year will be 10 years of their career.

Salvo says they were children, but success has been steady and growing.

Gianluca says that there is still a lot that they have to show and that they will be ready to surprise the public and their fans who have been following them for many years.

Salvo says that every time they post a photo of the guys or a video of them on social media it’s a success. He says that in an evening where love is celebrated, you stay and sing your GRANDE AMORE.

The beautiful GRANDE AMORE begins and as usual the audience sings with them.

This show has been recorded and will be streamed on September 27th at 9:30 pm Italian time at this link: www.gds.it, so those of you want to see, connect.

 Some photos from Deborah:

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But the most beautiful pictures Deborah made them in the afternoon, naturally in front of the Bambar.

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Two out of three, Deborah, I think you can be satisfied, you also attended the show, we say you were in the right place at the right time. I’m very happy for you!!!

What a thrill, and then, as usual, Taormina offers a magnificent scenery, and the guys feel they are “at home”, so many people were there for them, and the guys, as usual, did not betray their fans’ expectations.

Thank you guys!!

Daniela

Credit to owners of photos and also credit to Deborah for her photos and videos.

Golden Boys by Daniela

We are in July and the summer concerts are approaching.

The guys are releasing videos and interviews for the various concerts and I have seen and read what they said about the concerts of Taormina and Marostica and I found them very interesting so I will translate them for you.

This video is dedicated to the Taormina concert.

I translate:

P = Saturday, July 28 we are waiting for you in the splendid setting of the Ancient Theater of Taormina, for a special evening to which we hold a lot, that is fundraising to support the AIRC (Italian Cancer Research Association) Sicilia committee, for research on pediatric tumors.

I = We all want to no longer have to talk about cancer, especially when we talk about the little ones.

This is why we need to support researchers who are looking for the most effective treatments to treat 100% of children.

G = All together we can help AIRC reach this milestone as soon as possible.

We are waiting for you in Taormina on Saturday 28th July, tickets are already available on Ticketone.

We give AIRC researchers an overpopulated Ancient Theater and we all say together:

P.I.G. = Against cancer, I am here!

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This article, speaks of an interview made to the boys on the concert of Marostica, published by IL GIORNALE DI VICENZA.

Il Volo a Marostica in Piazza Scacchi

Il Giornale Article – click here

(I translate the most important points.)

On the wave of success that accompanies them for years without interruption, “Il Volo in concerto” will be one of the key events of the “Marostica Summer Festival” in Piazza degli Scacchi in Marostica on the evening of July 19th. The appointment with the three young ambassadors of Italian music is at 21.30 for an evening nominated to remain well impressed in the memory of the public.

Your success is international, but you will also be touring a small town like Marostica.

What is the value of small centers for you? “We were born and lived in small towns where we can truly appreciate the right human dimension, where everyone knows each other and, like in a big family, there can be friendship, solidarity and all those values ​​that have allowed us to face the world together. without fear. So it’s essential for us to return to the atmosphere of the city”.

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One of your historical performances was the “Tribute ai Tre tenori”, Pavarotti, Carreas and Domingo. Are you going to be their heirs? “It would never be possible to compare ourselves with the three, unique and true tenors who transformed the lyric into a language for the general public. Ours was a simple tribute. A reminder of our historical moment with our voices.”

Your success is indisputable. Why are the Italian song and voices so loved? “Perhaps because the history of Italian music is fascinating in itself. Or because the music speaks Italian and among the great voices, the most famous are born in Italy.”

And to those who criticize your “lyric-pop” what do you answer? “That everyone has the right to love the music that is most congenial to them. Clearly, not everyone can appreciate such a particular genre. We ourselves when out of the scene listen, love and sing all different music. We only have twenty years. Criticizing is a right. But denigrate not so much. If, then, there are those who do it, we can not but shrug. In Marostica it will be a unique, magical concert.”

In ten years, where do you see yourself? “For the moment we have already arrived, at ten years of career. We hope to go the same way and always have this great audience because everything happens thanks to the people who love you and support you.”

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What to say, the video message is admirable, these guys really have a heart of gold.

And the interview in the newspaper? They said that Marostica will be a special concert, I cannot wait!

Daniela

Credit to Mollysianna for all images.