"MANY HEARTS, ONE LOVE": the big musical show for World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

Many Hearts, One Love is a show devised and co-produced by Casta Diva Group, Blue Note Milano and Barley Arts, in collaboration with the Italian Red Cross, which will be available in streaming from Saturday 8 May 2021 at 19.00on the occasion of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

The aim of the event is to support and 14 million volunteers of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, operating in 192 countries, who worked tirelessly during this pandemic year.

The evening, which aims to emphasise how important teamwork is, will see the following people take the stage at the jazz club in via Borsieri more than 40 musicians, great performers and authors as well as some great international artists who will be joining the event from various parts of the world: John McLaughlin, Malika Ayane, Olivia Trummer, Ermal Meta, Paolo Fresu & Bebo Ferra, Enrico Ruggeri, Tosca,Niccolò Fabi, Franco Mussida, Walter Rolfo, Don Pasta, Mauro Masi, Milo Manara, Stefano Di Battista and many others. The artists on stage will be accompanied by a House Band consisting of five musicians graduated from the CPM Music Institute in Milan and conducted by Federica Pellegrinelli, and the celebrated GnuQuartet.

A unique and very special event, under the artistic direction of Claudio Trotta and with the participation of Chiara Buratti and Nick The Nightfly as presenters and Radio Monte Carlo as the official radio of the event.

The preview of the concert will be broadcast on the Facebook and YouTube channels of the Blue Note in Milan, while the full version will be available on the video.bluenotemilano.com: the proceeds will be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

"We are very pleased to have been able to bring a concert of this calibre to the stage, with international artists of the highest quality and above all for such an important and noble purpose" states Andrea De Micheli, President e AD by Casta Diva Groupowner of the Blue Note by Milan. "We strongly wanted the realisation of 'Many Hearts, One Love' especially after the success last year of "The Heart Of Jazz'our first concert in aid of the Italian Red Cross, which, together with the other three concerts in the series, reached half a million spectators in 27 countries. This year we hope to surpass that result. It is no coincidence, on the other hand, that the word 'Heart' is present in both the names of these events: we strongly believe in the project and above all in the need to support those who daily helped us - and continue to do so - in this very difficult year, and with our hearts we invite everyone to the concert: never as in this case is it right to say that music does good and helps to do good', he concludes De Micheli.

"8 May has always been a time of celebration for the approximately 14 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers worldwide. This year everything is different" emphasises Francesco Rocca, President of Italian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). "The ongoing pandemic and the enormous efforts that the various National Societies have made and continue to make to combat it, while supporting any kind of vulnerability regardless of Covid-19, does not allow for celebration. This, however, is a time for celebration, which means the recognition of the extraordinary work put in by our volunteers, an unrelenting effort on all fields, as our international hashtag mentions. And I am happy that this is also happening through a great evening of wonderful music and entertainment as "Many Hearts, One Love'. Because, to paraphrase Dostoevsky, is beauty - and I would also add the music that is its supreme expression - to save the world', he concludes Rocca.

"At a time like this, there is a need to come together and nurture the culture of togetherness". So thinks Claudio Trotta, artistic director entertainment and founder by Barley Arts and of Slow Music. "In times of pandemic we have realised that while we cannot choose what happens, we can make a difference. And this is what Red Cross volunteers do, every day, by protecting the basic principles of what we call Humanity. Together with the artists, the workers and the authors we are orchestrating a passionate narrative aimed at imagining and sustaining a future that necessarily wants to see us united in a team game where the primary interest is the achievement of a fair, just and therefore happier society. We must all strive to feed the chain of kindness that makes the quality of our living better. Kindness is as therapeutic as music which breaks down walls by speaking a universal language, which is the language of emotions', he concludes Trotta.