Suzana (Mari Russu): Ignazio 🙂
The first time I saw you I was watching the video of “O sole mio”, the first, recorded in Taormina. Immediately your naughty angel face drew my attention, but even more I noticed the joy that you shared singing. I’ve already known your voice since almost an year when this occurred, but only the voice. It was amazing to see for the first time the owner of the voice that used to say me: Rise now! You can not give up! And this “rise” did not involve only feelings, but also a physical overcoming boost. And since then I am learning to admire you.
The power of the music is the power of the feelings that music is able to awaken and move. L’amore si muove because music exists. And you, Ignà, are music in all the senses. You are not Il Volo’s “funny man” as I read everywhere, in spite of your unique and quick sense of humour. (kidding we say the truth 😛 ).
In my opinion, you are a way of freedom for Il Volo. Because you are intrinsically free, on the widest sense of the word. And on the most beautiful sense too, because you use your freedom considering the needs and limits of those who live with you. Maybe this is the best expression of love one can give.
And freedom is life and passion, is the the life that pulses in the veins and makes people “raise”. The passion of those who do not reject the emotions, of those who accept the joy and the sadness, of those who live with courage what is needed to live. Freedom, life and passion that flow when you sing and in what you write and that will inevitably turn into music. Ignazio, it is a privilege and a great joy to have you in my life for another year.
Martina: My story begins in late 2008, when one of my friends after having seen the first edition of Ti Lascio Una Canzone had wanted to buy the CD so badly. We have always shared the same passions, so she convinced me to watch the second edition of the program, to comment the episodes together. We ignored that we were about to witness Il Volo’s first steps.
That year among the competitors there were also boys and girls from the previous edition and one of them was Gabriele Tufi – my friend had a big crush on him. What I will tell you is something that came to my mind suddenly, last February, like a jump, when I ran over that video: it was the final episode and Gabriele and Ignazio were about to sing Perdere l’amore.
That evening many people watched the episode with us: there were only girls and my friend wanted to convince us of the (real, nothing to say) beauty of her crush. Gabriele and Ignazio started to sing and I remember I forgot how to breathe: the guy my friend liked was handsome, yes, but Ignazio had a full, sweet, surprising voice; he was chubby and had an improbable bangs, but his smile melted the glaciers and his dimples were wonderful. In addition, he have always made me laugh and was really funny and nice. So, when I woke up from my trance and my friends asked me what I thought about Gabriele, I answered:
“I’ll tell you, I like the other one”.
It was May 2009. I was 13 and five months and I had already life all figured out.
Soon after that I lost The Trio’a trails (The Trio was the former name of Il Volo), and then I found them again performing as special guest in Sanremo 2010 in front of Queen Rania of Jordan. Then they slipped away in America and came back to Italy for the Wind Music Awards in 2011, then another time in Verona for the opening of the opera season at the Arena (Piero showed off his brand new ears!). I had been a typically Italian fan who discovered them every time she switched the television on and saw them in some program, thinking: «oh, look at those guys! They are the three boys of Ti Lascio una Canzone, look how they changed! They are every year more talented!» then my memory faded and I started that circle once again.
…Until the moment I saw them hosted in Porta a Porta for the first time, it was the day after my eighteenth birthday. Then they came back to Vespa in June and November 2014: that was the day I decided to yield myself to idleness and search “Il Volo” on YouTube; without expecting all those international videos. I’ve also decided that I would never lost their trails again. And I admit that the first thing I thought seeing one of the recent videos was: «what happened to the chubby boy?!» imagine my face when I discovered that at the tender age of 13 I had been longsighted. I complimented myself.
Recently on La Vita in Diretta was revealed that Ignazio in 2009 pursued all the girls of Ti Lascio una Canzone. My question was: where was I when he pursued all the girls, damn me?