It is useless to fall into the temptation of searching the web for the concert poster, you will not find anything. If you really want to enjoy the explosion of positive energy that Mika is capable of transferring as a simple friend, abandon any morbid search on Google and let yourself be surprised. The Lebanese singer has chosen the Fusine Lakes to close the six Italian dates of the “World Tour”. The show that will be staged on Sunday on the stage of the “Music Festival Without Borders” is shaping up to be a real surprise. Personalized line-up for the occasion, a careful choice of outfits and stage elements to transform the performance in the lakes into inimitable magic.
The fact that the public does not know the order and the songs chosen for that day arouses great curiosity.
«I don’t want to anticipate anything, I want it to be a surprise and I hope to leave everyone speechless. I’m just saying it’s the last Italian leg of the tour, so I’m definitely doing something special. Prepare to be amazed!”
What prompted you to create bespoke concerts for this tour?
“I thought of building different shows for each of the six Italian World Tour dates because I firmly believe that the magic of my concerts also lies in the energy of the audience, which is released each time in different ways and forms.”
“May your head always bloom” is the slogan of the tour, what is the meaning?
«I chose it because I think it is the most beautiful wish that can be given. The desire to flourish in creativity, art, strength and freedom, to find the courage to truly be yourself. It is from this message that I found the inspiration for the new tour and this is the wish that I wish to my audience.
On the bill you will find space for recent and old hits that have made people dance and sing for years. What is the song that still gives you a strong emotion to sing?
«I consider myself very lucky because each song in its own way is capable of awakening strong emotions in me. There are more light-hearted songs and others deeper, but each one strikes a different chord in my heart and transports me to a precise moment in my life.”
The concert at the Fusine Lakes will be an immersive event in a mountain setting.
“I can’t wait to perform at the No Borders Music Festival. I love being in contact with nature, it helps me to find a deep contact with myself and with others, to meditate, to seek inspiration. Singing while immersing myself in nature, breathing in the mountain air and looking at the beauty of the Fusine lakes will be a unique and regenerative experience”.
Also on stage is a magical piano with lion paws and a striking tiger head. Why did you decide to bring these two animals to the stage?
«For this tour, I decided to stage a show that could fully reflect the soul of my last album, an event full of value, spectacle and melody, where music takes center stage. The decision to bring animal elements to the stage is intended to amaze, provoke and create a unique environment, an atmosphere reminiscent of a modern Barnum circus, with magical effects and spectacular installations.”
Speaking of animals, do your two dogs, Melachi and Amira, follow you on tours?
“Unfortunately not, because at this point they are both several years old and now it is difficult to take them with me.”
The sixty dresses she wears on tour are all designed by her and made by Italian artisans and artists. What does she want to convey?
«Clothes, music, props… for this tour everything has been studied in detail to give life to a kind of poetic party. I firmly believe that sound and image must merge, find harmony to convey an effective message. In order to create all the magic that I wanted to bring to the stage, I decided to go on a journey, looking for artists and workshops that could help me make the stage clothes. It was a wonderful trip, from the north to the south of Italy, which allowed me to wear a Pierpaolo Piccioli suit and a collection of 60 pieces designed by me. I am very proud of the work done.”
What do you take home from concerts?
«I bring with me the love and energy that the public transmits to me. It is an exchange of emotions, sensations and energy, which occurs in a different way each time, precisely because the audience varies and is always capable of surprising me».
How did you get into music?
“I was five years old and lived in Paris. My mom insisted that my sisters and I take piano lessons. I met the two teachers, two women in their sixties who came to France from Eastern Europe who made me fall in love with this fantastic instrument and from that moment on I have never abandoned it».
How is a song born?
«My songs are born from what I live. Since I was little, music and the piano have been the means that have allowed me to express myself, give voice to my thoughts and feelings. My music is the reflection of what I listen to and what surrounds me».
How did you find yourself in the role of X Factor judge, a role that also has the thankless task of rejecting and disappointing?
«Well, I have had a lot of fun during all the editions in which I have been a judge. It’s a thankless role, yes, but we must remember that we are all constantly under trial. It was a great opportunity to get in touch with people who have different musical ideas, inspirations and aspirations than mine, a place of discussion and contamination”.
It is not the first time that we see her here for concerts or other works. Do you like our region?
“Very much! When I return to Italy I always try to stop in Friuli Venezia Giulia, precisely because it is a region that I love very much, with enchanting nature and wonderful old cities.”
Will it be a hit and run or stop in the area for a few days off?
“I hope I can stop for a few days, before going back on tour.”
What will you do after this last stage, do you already have some projects in the drawer to take out?
«I have already recorded a couple of albums, one in French and one in English, but they will only come out in 2024. For now I want to focus on the tour and the next shows. The new music will come later, slowly.