THE MAKING OF “FRANCESCO”, MY BEST-SELLING BOOK ON POPE FRANCIS…/ A BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEOCLIP

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By Velar Press Office

“A great team for a great work”: this video shows some images about the making of “Francesco” (“Francis”) the first illustrated and historical biography – written by journalist and author Roberto Alborghetti for Velar-Elledici Publishing – about the new Pope.  This work is the result of the wonderful participation of many people – about 30 persons! – to whom we want to dedicate this videoclip. Without them, without the precious collaboration of each of them, we could never accomplish and complete this important and best selling book. The work (in Italian language, but publishing company is planning an English version for e-books market) was carried out in two versions: a single volume and a special edition in two volumes + slipcase.   

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Pope Francis and author Roberto Alborghetti during the private encounter in Casa Santa Marta (Vatican City, Rome) for the presentation of the biography.

Pope Francis and author Roberto Alborghetti during the private encounter in Casa Santa Marta (Vatican City, Rome) for the presentation of the biography.

6 MONTHS OF WORK, 340 IMAGES, UNPUBLISHED STORIES, TWO LARGE FORMAT VOLUMES…

Over 550,000 lines of text, 14 chapters, 340 photographs, 6 months of work and researches: these are the numbers that define the “first historical and illustrated biography” about new Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 266 th Pope of history, the first to assume the name of Francis, the first South American Pope, the first Pope belonging to the Society of Jesus.

Francis” helps us to know a “son of Italian immigrants” who became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The volumes – “the most-awaited event for Italian publishing industry” as media stated – dig deep into the historical records and documents starting from the news about the Pope’s family, reconstructing moments and facts concerning the emigration from Italy to Argentina, specifying dates, times and procedures.

The Author writes about the childhood of the future Pope Francis, his progressive steps in education, his lung disease, his religious vocation on the backdrop of social and historical scenarios of Argentina. “Francis” also delves into the distinctive elements of cultural education of the future Pope Francis, his relations with the  world of Latin American thinkers, authors and essayists (Jorge Luis Borges, Methol Ferre, Gera, Scannone) who drew new perspectives for South American continent. The book  contextualizes informations and news related to the evolution of social and historical periods in Argentina, as president Peron’s age. 

Unpublished testimonies help to discover Jorge Mario Bergoglio during his years at the helm of the Jesuits in Argentina, his pastoral insights, his role in saving lives during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), his experiences as rector at the Collegio Massimo in San Miguel, his presence in the “barrios” between the poor and emergencies in Buenos Aires, sharing the difficulties of the population in the years of severe economic crisis that hit Argentina at the beginning of the Twenty-First century. The last chapters are dedicated to the first months of Francis pontificate.

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SPECIAL PREVIEW: MY NEXT “LACER/ACTIONS” SHOW IN A XIII CENTURY CASTLE IN TUSCANY

 YOUTUBE LINK:

http://youtu.be/n7Ds0Hc_iFY

ANIMOTO LINK:

http://animoto.com/play/ZzjjbpBwRWcguCt9gi3fVg

A special preview about next Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions Show. It will take place in an enchanting and wonderful location:  a XIII Century fortress in the heart of Tuscany (Italy). It’s already announced as one of the most awaited events of 2012. From September 27 to November 4, 2012. Rocca Aldobrandesca, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany. Organized by local Municipality and Siena Territory Communities and Associations.   

Una speciale “preview” sulla prossima mostra delle “Lacer/azioni” di Roberto Alborghetti, in programma nella suggestiva Rocca Aldobrandesca (sec. XIII) di Piancastagnaio (Siena). Dal 27 settembre al 4 novembre 2012. Promuove il Comune di Piancastagnaio con enti e associazioni.

RED IS IN THE AIR. A REVOLUTION IS COMIN’ SOON. MAYBE

New videoclip from Roberto Alborghetti ‘s “Lacer/actions” arts. Inspired by a French movie directed by Chris Marker.

 

Some words about my new clip “L’air est rouge” posted yesterday. Red is one of the colors that predominate in my “Lacer/actions” artworks (images of torn posters). Red is the color of this festive season. And red is the color that expresses strength, energy, vitality, life … It’s dedicated to red color my new clip “L’air est rouge”, avowedly inspired by a French film directed in 1977 by Chris Marker (“Le fond de l’air est rouge”), docu-movie about revolutions that have marked the world during the 1967-1977 decade.

 Revolutions usually take place on the streets. And I collect my images along the streets. Like those of this clip, in which the red textures are perhaps the metaphor of how today the air is red (again), full of expectations and hopes about a great change in our world. My “revolutionary” wish for 2012 is for a social order in which everyone feels represented and respected. Art can do a lot for this.

 Nothing of apocalyptic in my clip – in a certain sense, we already live in an apocalypse – but “l’air est rouge…”

 

Clip: L’air est rouge (la rèvolution est proche…)

Created by: Roberto Alborghetti

Lenght: 32”

Soundtrack: Le sentiment de l’amour, by Thiae

Images from “Lacer/actions” collection.

 LINKS

http://youtu.be/qw_0TYCY0Fk

 http://animoto.com/play/c0gv10wD0L5ixZHS0YsHtg

 http://vodpod.com/watch/15877321-lair-est-rouge-la-revolution-est-proche-?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

 L’AIR EST ROUGE. LA REVOLUTION EST PROCHE?

Il rosso è tra i colori che maggiormente predominano tra le mie “lacer/azioni” (immagini della pubblicità strappata). Rosso è il colore di questi giorni natalizi. E da sempre il rosso è il colore che esprime forza, energia, vitalità, vita… Ed è proprio dedicato al rosso il mio nuovo clip “L’air est rouge”, titolo dichiaratamente ispirato da un film francese del 1977, diretto da Chris Marker (“Le fond de l’air est rouge”), documento a più voci sulle rivoluzioni che nel mondo hanno scandito il decennio 1967-1977.

Le rivoluzioni di solito si fanno per strada. E per strada io raccolgo le mie immagini. Come quelle di questo clip, dove le trame di rosso sono forse la metafora di come davvero l’aria sia oggi davvero rossa, ancora carica di attese e di speranze che portino nel mondo quel grande cambiamento ed un ordine sociale in cui tutti si sentano rappresentati e rispettati. Niente di apocalittico nel mio clip – in un certo senso, già viviamo in un apocalisse – ma “l’air est rouge”…

 

LINKS

http://youtu.be/qw_0TYCY0Fk

 

http://animoto.com/play/c0gv10wD0L5ixZHS0YsHtg

 

http://vodpod.com/watch/15877321-lair-est-rouge-la-revolution-est-proche-?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

 

2011 TOP 10 VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE “LACER/AZIONI” CHANNEL

 

 

This is the chart about the Top 10 videos that in 2011 gained the highest number of views at my YouTube Lacer/azioni channel. At the top we see the clip inspired by Srini Pillay‘s words about art and the art’s healing power; Srini Pillay is Harvard psychiatrist, columnist (The Huffington Post and Psychology Today), brain imaging researcher, author (his book “Life Unlocked” ispired the videoclip at 4th position too).

At the second position: the clip I created remembering Nine Eleven Fallen in the 10th Anniversary of Twin Towers attack. At the third place: the video about my show at Parallax AF in London.

It’s also a pleasure to see in this 2011 chart the “Linger” clip created with poet, musician and producer Joshua Sellers (West Memphis, Arkansas) and that one made with the Amsterdam based musician and composer JapJap (“The ever expanding light”). All the clips are created with my “Lacer/actions” artworks, images of torn posters. Click and enjoy them!

2011 TOP 10 VIDEOS AT YOUTUBE LACER/AZIONI CHANNEL 

1.LACER/ACTIONS AND LIFE / SRINI PILLAY’S WORDS

http://youtu.be/FKSyUzhBSQQ

2.NINE ELEVEN / NEW YORK

http://youtu.be/_e_xNdQw7u8

3.LACER/ACTIONS at PARALLAX AF LONDON

http://youtu.be/r735Hb2NdnA

4.LIFE UNLOCKED

http://youtu.be/4n4JVnuIp2I

5.A STORY TO TELL: FROM RUBBISH TO SILK

http://youtu.be/M3ZQYB7r2sQ

6.THE EVER EXPANDING LIGHT

http://youtu.be/8g_Vuo1HEzY

7.LINGER

http://youtu.be/lOTx5QphUjE

8.THE LACER/ACTIONS SHOWROOM

http://youtu.be/k75rlHNnhHM

9. RADIATIONS (CLEAR-NU-CLEAR)

http://youtu.be/hpTfyQx5-FU

10.LACER/ACTIONS OF LONDON

http://youtu.be/ShJ_j-s06Go

SPECIAL “SEASON ‘S GREETINGS”: THE FANTASTIC VOICES OF TONIC SOL-FA MEET ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS

An Holiday videoclip with an incredible “a cappella song” from the Group that The New York Times described as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice”.

And the quartet send me a comment on Facebook about the video…

An “Haiga”, one of mine “Lacer/actions” artworks (images from torn posters and urban signs) and a fantastic “a cappella” song from Tonic Sol-Fa group. These are the ingredients of my clip, Season’s Greeting (Haiga & Haiku), which fuses in a Japanese “Haiga”, words and visual art. The image – absolutely random, as all my works about torn (publi)city – is now a lithograph ( 50×70, framed) and it’s taking part of “Lacer/actions” collection, concerning my research about torn posters and signs from city walls. The clip soundtrack – “Ark The Herald Angels Sings”- is a traditional Xmas song performed by Tonic Sol-Fa. This quartet has been named one of the top five “must see” groups in America and has been awarded numerous original song and album awards in pop, gospel and holiday genres.

Tonic Sol-Fa appeared on NBC’s Today Show and in the pages of Newsweek magazine. Outings with Jay Leno, Shawn Colvin, Lonestar and Garrison Keillor have propelled album sales to more than 1,000,000 copies. (mostly sold from the back of their trailer!) and have earned the group thousands of intensely loyal fans. By 2000, the quartet was voted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame. And in 2009, Tonic Sol-fa’s second public television special was broadcast to over 1,800 stations across the United States, with an international launch to begin this year. The New York Times describes Tonic Sol-fa’s sound as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice.” The fantastic voices of Tonic Sol-Fa make so special this “Season’s Greetings” videoclip, posted at YouTube, Animoto, MySpace, BlipTv, VodPod and shared on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Click and enjoy it:

 http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

 http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

 http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

“Cool! Well done”: this is the message that TONIC SOL-FA send me through FACEBOOK as a comment to the video. Thank you guys for the kindness! Your voices are great, and your heart too!!! My Best Wishes! R.A. 

 

 

AUGURI SPECIALI CON “HAIGA”, “LACER/AZIONI” E LE FANTASTICHE VOCI DEI TONIC SOL-FA

 

Un “Haiga”, una mia “Lacer/azione” (immagine dei dettagli di un manifesto pubblicitario strappato) ed un frammento di un fenomenale brano “a cappella” dei Tonic Sol-fa. Sono questi gli ingredienti di un mio clip augurale – “Auguri di Buone Feste (Haiga & Haiku)” – che fonde – in quello che la cultura nipponica definisce “Haiga” – parole (“Haiku”) ed arte visuale. L’immagine – come sempre assolutamente casuale, trasferita su litografia, 50×70 – fa parte della mia raccolta “Lacer/azioni”, relativa alla ricerca dei particolari delle pubblicità lacerate e dei “segni” urbani.

Il soundtrack che accompagna questo clip di “LaceR/Azioni” ed “Haiga” è eseguito a cappella dai Tonic Sol-Fa, un gruppo vocale americano dal ricco repertorio pop, gospel, folk, soul, blues e per le occasioni di festa. Il quartetto figura in America tra i primi cinque gruppi in una classifica speciale delle esibizioni “assolutamente da vedere”. Hanno ricevuto diversi riconoscimenti per i loro album, che hanno superato la quota di 1 milione di copie vendute, incrementando il seguito tra migliaia di fans. Pubbliche affermazioni sono state ottenute nel Midwest Music Hall of Fame.

Sono ora al centro di un lancio internazionale, preceduto da specials televisivi. York Times ha parlato di loro come di “caleidoscopio vocale… unico per la voce umana”.

Il brano scelto per il clip fa parte della tradizione dei canti di Natale: “Ark The Herald Angels Sing”. Il clip – on line su YouTube, MySpace, BlipTv, VodPod e condiviso su Facebook, Twitter e Linkedin – è una prova di come le magnifiche voci di Tonic Sol-Fa siano riuscite ad “incontrare” in modo suggestivo le immagini di Roberto Alborghetti.

 

http://youtu.be/nWvkGQlWpFE

 

http://animoto.com/play/pAjS6z18z4sRIhbIl1q18A

 

http://vodpod.com/watch/15820712-seasons-greetings-haiga-haiku?u=robertoalborghetti&c=robertoalborghetti

 

“REVOLUTIONARY CHOPIN”: THE TALENTED PIANIST SOFIYA URYVAYEVA GOES WITH MY TORN POSTERS IMAGES

Music is image. Music is colour. Music is movement. This is an universally known concept. I really saw and felt it listening to Sofiya Uryvayeva‘s music. Sofiya is a talented pianist. We met on our own YouTube channels. I was impressed by her music and by her power to do magics with the piano. And she was fascinated by my Lacer/actions artworks (images from details of torn posters and urban signs).

So we decided to create a clip, trying to mix Sofiya music and my artworks. From her YouTube channel I choose an extraordinary track that Sofiya recorded live in June 11, 2011: “Chopin Revolutionary Etude”. And I really realized that pianist Sofiya “projects her true love and passion for music with such intensity that the listener is swept into another world. Her tones and melodies are alive and vibrant; they appear from nowhere and seem to have a beating heart.”

So, I selected ten images that recall me in some ways the Chopin’s powerful melody and the surprising Sofiya’s performance. The clip has a lenght of 30 seconds. Only 30 seconds. But Sofiya music transports us as well as “to places never before experienced: a whirlwind journey of emotion and excitement.”

 Links to clip:

 http://youtu.be/66IgcuERReY

 http://animoto.com/play/iLLRM5mBxqQ0P3jjWRsmkg

ABOUT SOFIYA URYVAYEVA

www.sofiyamusic.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/Barisof?feature=watch

Sofiya Uryvayeva was born in Siberia with music in her soul. She was just a little girl when a seasoned and learned man proclaimed, “This girl has something very profound to say in music!” Since she was 13 years old, the young pianist has been actively concertizing throughout the world. Her musical achievements include recognition and top prizes in numerous national and international competitions. Sofiya graduated from the Odessa Stolyarsky Music School for highly talented and selected children in Ukraine. But she

always studied everything on her own. Music professors often commented and admired her unusual talent for playing the most difficult and challenging music. She consistently demonstrated that there virtually nothing that she could not master. Her main teacher was the music.

At the age of eighteen Sofiya was awarded the President’s Scholarship of Ukraine a rare and distinguished honor in her home country. Sofiya subsequently studied at the Odessa State Musical Academy and at the age of twenty was invited to Germany for post-graduate study as recipient of a full scholarship from Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg. While in Germany, she earned a Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree in Music Performance, and performed in many concerts, including solo and chamber music programs, receiving the highest accolades and the most rave reviews from both the German public and press. Modern German composer P.M. Braun stated that Sofiya was “one of the best in her generation”.

In 2009 Sofiya moved to the USA – she was approved for US residency as an “alien of extraordinary ability” – where she has continued her burgeoning performing career. Her most recently performance took place at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Miami which was filmed and broadcast on television, in addition to live performances on the South Florida Radio, at the Boca Raton Steinway Piano Gallery and at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Her concerts have been described by critics as “A Festival for All the Senses, for the Soul and for Life;” “Magic Ride on the Witch’s Broom;” and “Brilliant Technique with Soul”. Upon hearing her play, one of the listeners proclaimed to the entire audience, “After hearing this pianist, life starts anew!” Another man added, “After this I want to live more!”

“LIFE UNLOCKED”: A CLIP WITH SRINI PILLAY’S WORDS AND R.ALBORGHETTI’S ARTS

A SRINI PILLAY thought – from his book “LIFE UNLOCKED” – and two ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’ Lacer/actions artworks. They are all mixed up in a clip, posted at YouTube, BlipTV, Facebook and Linkedin.

Thirtytwo seconds for a relaxing break, inspired by Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, executive coach, “The Huffington Post” columnist and author (“Life Unlocked”; “La Calma in Tasca” – italian edition –  , “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of the Great Leaders”, “Tle Science behind The Law of Attraction”).

In the clip you may read this Srini Pillay phrase : “Our choices are beyond our immediate control. To unlock the invisible cage of fear, the uncoscious, we have to first see it.” Soundtrack: “Coquetry” by McKenzie Stubbert.

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 YOUTUBE LINK

http://youtu.be/4n4JVnuIp2I

 BLIPTV LINK

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/the-life-unlocked-5693060

 ANIMOTO LINK

http://animoto.com/play/CAOsYJKDsx9t8AEEMb1xbw

 If you liked this video, maybe you’ll appreciate also this “healing clip”:

 YOUTUBE LINK

http://youtu.be/FKSyUzhBSQQ

 BLIPTV LINK

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/lacer-actions-and-life-srini-pillay-s-words-5546158

 ANIMOTO LINK

http://animoto.com/play/tuhJDFO8jtDmYFPK8d6E9g