Michele Torpedine on Il Volo: How Could You Not Love Them? By Giovanna

As we begin this week of Thanksgiving, let’s begin with this translated interview from Giovanna!  🙂

 

Michele Torpedine recently gave an interview as part of the promotion for Il Volo’s new album and upcoming 2022 tour.  I have translated the article, which appeared in the Music section of the Italian online magazine, La Voce di New York (The Voice of New York) in its entirety below.  I especially enjoyed doing this because Michele and his interviewer, Lisa Bernardini, made it clear that of all Michele’s challenging projects and improbable successes, his all-time favorite is, predictably, Il Volo.  Michele also shows how loving and proud he is of his adopted sons, Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca.

It’s also abundantly clear that Michele Torpedine is anything but humble.  However, I think his boasting is justified, as you will read.

So, here’s the headline:

Michele Torpedine, the Music Manager Who Has Taken Flight and Never Stopped.  [Giovanna’s note:  I like this pun.  “Taken flight” in Italian is “Taken Il Volo.”]

Interview with the manager of the trio on the occasion of the release of the album “Il Volo Sings Morricone,” who “outspokenly” discusses the good, the bad and the ugly.  [Giovanna’s note: the colorful Italian idiom literally says he spoke “without hair on his tongue!”]

Interview by Lisa Bernardini   –  13 November 2021

Michele: “I have loved music.  And I still love it.  The world of music not so much, especially because over the years it has changed a great deal. But I too have been able to change along with it, and so my life has given me new encounters and new ideas that let me continue on.”

Using these words more or less, gives the intimate and unedited feel of the book that Michele Torpedine had published as his autobiography quite some time ago.  The title: Ricomincio da Tre (Pendragon) (Starting over from Three).

We interviewed him on the occasion of the release of “Il Volo sings Morricone,” the title of Il Volo’s new album released on November 5, and entirely dedicated to Maestro Ennio Morricone.  A project destined for success, like all the undertakings that have the signature of the genius impresario Torpedine, who this time has devised for his three adopted sons an album composed of 14 famous tracks that recap the legendary melodies of the great Ennio, including his famous soundtracks associated with the cinema, and with his overall “heritage.”  This album will also be the centerpiece of the world tour involving the Trio (also known as Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble) which starts in March 2022, with another 100 concerts throughout the world.

The autobiography of Michele Torpedine, which we have just mentioned, emotional and exciting, starts from the beginnings of this well-known manager, one of the most important in our country, born extremely poor in a small town in Puglia, who from there set out to conquer the world.

Let’s refer to the words which Torpedine himself has shared with the press, because his own words are always the simplest truth with no risk of ambiguity or inaccuracy that may be found elsewhere:  it is he who in this case speaks of himself and the events in his life.  An intense life, on the threshold of 70 years, and all spent in the company of music.  First as a dreamer, then as a drummer, and then as a professional who realized the American Dream: an unbelievable success that came true for him.  But also, many of those who have crossed paths with this great figure of a manager, achieved success for the first time after much effort, or were revitalized after previous fruitless attempts.  A career like Torpedine’s cannot be summarized in an hour of conversation (that’s how much time we had available to talk, carved out from among his many appointments).  So many names he has encountered in his life; I refer to people of the caliber of Orietta Berti, Gino Paoli, Ornella Vanoni, Zucchero, but also Pino Daniele, Gianna Nannini, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Cristiano De Andre, Biagio Antonacci.

[Giovanna’s note:  The late, great Pino Daniele is one of Ignazio’s, and my, favorite blues guitarists.  And we all know how much Piero admired Pavarotti and Gianluca idolized Bocelli growing up.  This contributed to our guys’ instant admiration for Michele and willingness to sign a contract with him.   Of course, they were still underage boys at the time, and their parents did the actual signing].

Back to Lisa Bernardini’s interview: And then Il Volo, now famous all over the world, who are his most recent and probably most exciting gamble.  I got the idea, in our meeting in his office in Bologna, that Torpedine prefers this latest challenge much more than so many others he previously took on and won.  After all, this [Il Volo] is a story that still has a lot say to the music world.  Torpedine loves his work, and all the talents he encounters, which he manages so easily to shape: “With true talents, whatever field they’re in, I’m arm in arm with them.”

LB: San Remo 2015 consecrated, with a victory, these three young guys who make up Il Volo and who today are the umpteenth proof on your business card that you are a great manager.  Let’s revisit this musical dream.

Michele: One evening I was at home watching the TV show “Ti Lascio una Canzone.”  I was on the phone with Tony Renis.  I saw this trio of boys with incredible voices.  I got the idea to promote them on a big scale.  In America, they were an instant success, then I put them under contract and made them become famous in Italy and the rest of the world.

LB: So, on that occasion you were the perfect talent scout.

Michele: Yes, and we should emphasize this fact:  the program had nearly six million listeners.  It was seen by everyone.  Why didn’t anyone else manage to notice them?  Only Tony and I immediately recognized that these three little boys could become a world phenomenon.

LB:  Now the whole world is in love with Il Volo.

Michele:  How could you possibly not love them?  They’re a pleasure for families, the young, the old . . .  for everyone.  They are physically handsome, and they know how to dance, how to play around, and they move perfectly on the stage.  With them the show is totally engaging.  These three guys really represent the best of “made in Italy”: good, perfectly molded, clean.

LB: Yet some critics accuse them of being merely a commercial act, tailor-made.

At first, when they were young kids, one could actually think they might become another disposable act.  Instead, what happened in their case was that as they got older, they became really excellent. Today they are true artists of international caliber. You won’t find a group like this anywhere else in the world.

LB:  How far will Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca go, in your opinion?

Michele:  If you consider that they are only [a little older than] 25 years old and already have contracts all over the world, I keep telling them that the best is yet to come.

LB: Michele, let’s talk a little about your past.  With your family you moved to Bologna from Puglia when you were only 5 months old. A very poor family. A mother whom you lost too soon due to illness, after much suffering. An authoritarian and strict father, with whom you had a difficult relationship. A life, in short, that seemed headed towards mere survival. Are you sure you’re totally aware of what you’ve accomplished in life?

Michele: I would do everything the same way, since everything turned out so well: why change anything? I would say yes, that I am aware of what I’ve done. What I wrote in my book is the plain truth. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any complaints, otherwise it might have improved interest [in the book] and sales … the only one who protested was Nicoletta Mantovani, who called me and told me that what I had written was not true. Then, chatting with her, I convinced her otherwise. I have sold more Italian music than anyone else in the world, and certainly some may not have enjoyed reading the truths about our [Italian music] industry that I described in the autobiography.

LB:  In your case, we can describe you as reaching the “American dream” because, from such a disadvantaged start, you finally reached the top.

If you consider that my family was so poor that we often ate only one meal a day and lived 5 people in a 40 square meter (400 square foot) studio apartment … Then, with experience, work and the desire to succeed, I ended up as a guest at the White House twice.

 

LB: Your experience seems like a miracle, in fact. But without talent, opportunities do not arrive. You were talented as a pure manager but you simply didn’t know it: when was the exact moment when, looking in the mirror, you said to yourself: I did it!

Michele: Never. I am famous in the world of music, but very few outside know me. In addition to Il Volo, I’ve created names such as Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero, Giorgia, Biagio Antonacci, Pino Daniele; I created Pavarotti International. Yet, when they [the music industry] introduce me to someone outside the world of music, on the other hand, it almost seems as if they feel uncomfortable, because – when they explain who I am – they probably prefer a businessman, elegant and refined.  Instead, I always introduce myself simply, as in our conversation today. As you can see, I’m wearing a tracksuit, but perhaps this is one of my strengths: having remained modest, with my feet on the ground. I felt and still feel like a musician, but I ended up being a producer because I convinced myself that this was the path I had to take to get to the top. What I was unable to do as a musician, I have developed and achieved for others at the highest level.

LB: Have you ever returned to your native region? Or has the pain of your past kept you away from it?

Michele: I only returned to my home in 2019, after many years; they also gave me honorary citizenship. It was a good moment. I spent my childhood here in Bologna, and in particular in this neighborhood where I have returned to live now, and where I arrived as a child with my family. Here I have the best memories, even if life was full of difficulty and hardship.

LB: What remains with you from your years as a musician and of the dreams that, with your brother Nino, were spent behind a drum kit?

 

Michele: I saw my brother playing drums, not even “real” ones, because we couldn’t afford them. But we had a special rhythm inside, and at the table he hit a tune and I followed him. We had a great desire to make music, and that is still there today.

LB: In your book you talk about a turning point that took place in 1984. Let’s retrace that magical evening together in a restaurant in Bologna.

Michele: I was Gino Paoli’s drummer and that evening I stopped to talk to him. At that time Gino was in an financial crisis, in the sense that – to make you understand better – the most famous singers of the time made 25 million lire per evening and he made at most 2.8 million. Gino was the beginning of everything for me, even if the person I should thank most for the development of my career would actually be Orietta Berti. Back to that evening: I said to Gino, Ornella Vanoni makes the billions singing your songs and you, on the other hand, can hardly go on. You two should get together! We went to Ornella’s house and convinced her to make a singing duo and which made history in Italian music.

LB: If you had to take stock, have you given more or received more?

Michele: Maybe I have given more, but let me clarify that: I did it out of personal choice. Zucchero realized that I was a failed artist and that what I had not been able to do personally I could accomplish through others. Everything achieved was always my choice, done for me. Making music with Ray Charles or Miles Davis: I did it for me, not for them.

LB: Johann Wolfgang Goethe argued that ingratitude was a form of weakness, and that he had never met excellent men who were ungrateful. Many artists owe their achievements to you, but they didn’t want to acknowledge you. They say that success changes people, and it is the amplifier of what one is. If you are a decent person, you stay that way; but if you are an idiot, the only thing that changes is that from being poor you become rich, but you always remain an idiot. If you had to tell me five names of people who have let you down in life, whether they knew it or not, who would you name?

Michele: The question is a bit unfair (literally: “bastardized”) [editor’s note: Torpedine smiles as he pronounces the sentence]. Naming is always problematic. I probably put Zucchero in the first place; for the others it would take a separate book: lawyers, film producers … to mention just five are too few. However, I will randomly give you a couple of examples, among many: a very famous producer of important films – I won’t say the name – was once a simple employee, and I helped him decisively to become who he is today. Yet if he happens to meet me, he won’t even say hello to me! Caterina Caselli: I brought Bocelli to her when she was almost finished as a producer, and I restored her fame and importance. She’s another one who doesn’t recognize what I did for her.

LB: Zucchero and Bocelli were perhaps the two most famous artists for which you were producer, and Gino Paoli the character who personally gave you the most. In hindsight, if you could go back, would you do everything you did again or would you act differently?

Michele: Today I would do everything more or less the same.

 

LB: You state that you have had many disappointments but no failures. In your opinion, then, what are failures?

Michele: In music, failures are when you get your product wrong, when you discover that certain relationships are not, on a personal level, what you expected – like what happened to me with Eros Ramazzotti.  [Giovanna’s note: Personally, I like Eros Ramazzotti as a songwriter.  And our Gianluca does a hysterically funny impression of Ramazzotti’s scratchy, gravelly singing voice trying to sing an Il Volo lyric].  Other relationships, on the other hand, gratify you a lot, as in the case of Il Volo, with whom I’m leaving for a long world tour with more than 20 dates in the USA and Canada alone.

LB: You are opposed to talent shows. Why this stubborn opposition?

Michele: I have nothing against talent shows, actually. I am annoyed with the judges and panels associated with them, who very often do not have the capacity – or the ability – to understand or discover real talents. There are so many producers who barely discover a single talent in their career and get stuck there, because they had a stroke of luck rather than management skill. It is not enough to know a little about music to be a successful producer: there are many other elements that come into play.

LB:  How many enemies do you have, Michele?

Michele:  As Oscar Wilde says: People can forgive you for everything, except success. Envy is terrible. An encyclopedia would not be enough to capture it all. I have both spoken with characters like Clinton and Bush, or with actors like Tom Hanks, and also had problems with “la Finanza” [tax office], like all those who make a lot of money. At the time the newspapers, especially here in Bologna, slammed me on the front page: Bocelli’s manager is a tax evader! I had ended up on everyone’s lips for something that wasn’t even correct. Then, when I met the US Presidents, I was invited to the White House, but the most I saw in the press was blurbs in back pages. Bologna is not a big city like Rome or Milan, and this amplifies jealousies and envy.

LB: If you could throw someone off a tower, who would you throw?

Michele: It would take a nice big tower to fit them all in, you know? I would have to schedule them by days and shifts; it wouldn’t be an easy task [editor’s note: a broad smile emerges in Michele’s face].

LB:  What is left of the boy born in Puglia?

Michele: Youthfulness. I remember when achieving even a small goal seemed like a huge success. Today I no longer have problems making certain dreams come true. Buying a real drum kit, with payments over time, I still remember as an extraordinary moment in my life. I remember visits to the White House with pleasure, but with a different significance than other early achievements.

LB: After 40 years of work, are you still wondering what do you want to do when you grow up?

Michele: Yes, always. We must always get busy, never rest on our laurels. Never stop.

LB: We know you love when Americans say: No problem! How would you define the American mindset and philosophy?

Michele: On the one hand, I have a great admiration for it: for music, jazz, sport, scientific discoveries. Then I am amazed, at times, because they admire things that don’t have much value, or singers that don’t have depth.  It happens that when mediocre Italian singers arrive there, and they send them to “Italian” casinos in Atlantic City, even they have great success. With Bocelli and Il Volo we went at least 30 times to Las Vegas alone, that is to say to the big casinos, the world-class ones. [Giovanna’s note:  I don’t know why Michele is criticizing Atlantic City.  He scheduled Il Volo there at the Borgata Casino next March, where I’m going to see them next!  I guess they’re going to show us how it should be done.]

LB:  Have you ever considered moving to America?

Michele: I am very attached to Italy, to my friends, to the things I have built here. I would have a hard time moving, even though America is a country that I like a lot.

LB: Do you like New York? What’s great about it? Or what would you improve?

Michele: It is already so great as it is, it’s just fine. It’s a city that has everything and offers a lot, just like London: nothing is missing.

Giovanna’s note:  As you go through the photos in this article, you’ll notice that Michele’s hair over time became progressively grayer, then extremely white.  I was present in Puglia, Italia in 2019 when Piero confessed in front of the Archbishop of Lecce that he and his two cohorts, Gian and Igna, were the cause of this!  Piero by then was already introducing Michele as “Quello con i capelli bianchi” – “That guy with the white hair.”  Michele was a few rows in front of me that evening and he was definitely snowy white by then. 

 

Grazie Mille, Giovanna!!  🙂   Definitely a nice insight into Michele!

Jana

Which One is the Good, Which One is the Bad, Which One is the Ugly? by Giovanna

The Il Volo guys seem to be making the rounds of the Italian (and other) media to promote their upcoming album and tour.  The interview below is translated from an article on the Il Volo Italian Fan page by Stefania Zizzari.  You may have seen it pop up on Instagram or Facebook.  The original article is shown here and fully translated down below. 

The red caption near the top says:  “In an enchanted place.  Gianluca Ginoble (26) Ignazio Boschetto (27) and Piero Barone (28) are the stars of the short film by Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro dedicated to Ennio Morricone, shot in the grotto of Frasassi (in Ancona province, 50 years after its discovery).  The guys from Il Volo interpret “Your Love” from the movie “Once Upon a Time in the West.”

 

The blue caption says:  “In 2011 on stage with the Maestro in Piazza del Popolo we were very excited.  And He: “Take it easy, I’ll tell you when to lead off.”

 

All three of us are a little good, bad and ugly.

By Stefania Zizzari

 

The first time that Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone met Maestro Ennio Morricone was informally at Forum Studios of Rome, the recording studios where the guys were working on their first album.  It was 2010.  The following year, Morricone invited them to perform in Piazza del Popolo accompanied by the Rome Symphony orchestra, which he conducted.  “We were very young and very excited”, remembers Gianluca “We missed the starting cue and the Maestro said “Don’t worry guys, I’ll deal with it.”

Today those three “little boys” are grown up and to the Maestro, whom we lost last year, they are dedicating a tribute with their extraordinary new record “Il Volo Sings Morricone,” interpreting his most famous soundtracks.  Among these is “The Ecstasy of Gold” from Sergio Leone’s film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” with the lyrics written by Maestro Andrea Morricone, son of the composer.  For the video of this track they chose the same setting as the film, which location also inspires the cover of the album. 

Gianluca, Piero, Ignazio:  which of you is the good one, the ugly one and the bad one?

Gianluca:  It depends on the day.  We are all three of us a little good, and little ugly and a little bad (laughing).

The album is a tribute to the immense work of Maestro Morricone.

Piero: It’s been like discovering an entire world.  Did you know the Maestro wrote “Se Telefonando” inspired by the siren of a passing ambulance, while he was in line at the Post Office?

Gianluca:  We would like to make these masterpieces familiar even to the youngest [listeners].

In March you will leave for a world tour:  a hundred dates throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe, and Italy.  How are you getting ready?

Ignazio: We can’t wait to go.  On the repertoire of Maestro Morricone, we were already prepared for the event at the Arena di Verona in June (which will be rerun on Raiuno (RAI1) on November 10, the date of the Maestro’s birthday, editor) and we are ready.  And then we also work out, take care of our nutrition, and rest a lot, because there will be months of fast pace:  we sing, we travel, we keep moving, we change hotels.  It’s stressful, but it’s what we love doing.

 

 

What do you always bring with you?

Piero:  A “Smart Watch” so I can monitor my training.  Ignazio and I play tennis and we have tried to bring along our rackets, but it’s complicated to find a court and the time to play.

Gianluca: An object belonging to a person dear to me, so I have them always with me.

Ignazio:  I, even more than the others, because I’ll bring my girlfriend!

 

 

When you are overseas, what do you miss from Italy, besides your loved ones?

Gianluca:  The food.  We have a rigorous nutritional regimen so we don’t get weighed down before we sing.  But for sure, I miss my mother’s Saturday night pizza

Ignazio:  You ask for a chicken breast and they bring it with pesto on top!

Piero:  I like to get up early in the morning and go running.  In Italy, in every place, there’s a lovely fragrance, a particular light, something magical.  Overseas, it isn’t always like that. 

When you leave, who is the first one to arrive at the airport?

Gianluca: The most punctual has always been Piero, Ignazio and I have gotten better at it over time.

Piero:  The one who has no discipline is Ignazio.  This morning he was supposed to be ready at 9:30 for the press conference.  I called him at 9:25 and . . . I woke him up!

Ignazio:  That’s because I do things rock n’ roll style (laughing). 

Who has the most baggage?

Ignazio:  I’m the one who travels the lightest.  Piero brings everything with him.

Piero:  It’s true.  Gianluca and I are the fussiest.  Yesterday evening I recorded a video on the best way to fold your pants and jackets (laughing).

 

How do you use your free time during the tour?

Gianluca:  I like to be a tourist and go around the city.

Piero:  Me too.  But first I have to find a trail to go running.

Ignazio:  Relaxing in my room.

 

The caption under the picture of the album cover says:

A Tribute to the Maestro.  Among the 14 tracks on the CD, which was released worldwide on November 5, there’s even an unedited version of “the Colors of Love” composed by Adrea Morricone, son of the Maestro.

What are the first three songs on your playlist?

Gianluca: “Moth to a Flame” by The Weekend, “After All” by Elton John and Charlie Puth, “Easy on Me” by Adele.

Piero: “My Way: sung by Simply Red, “La Musica e Finita” (The Music’s Over) by Ornella Vanoni, “Sign of the Times” by Harry Stiles.

Ignazio:  It’s the time for “Fiore di maggio” (Flower of May) by Fabio Concate.

Unusual things from among the fans around the world?

Piero: The Japanese public is so attentive that when they listen to you, they close their eyes, and you ask yourself “Am I boring them?”  Then suddenly they explode into applause:  they have no middle ground.

Ignazio:  In Honduras the public screamed so loud we couldn’t hear our own voices in our earpieces.

Gianluca: A fan in Kiev held up a poster that said it all, and we enjoyed it the most: “I love you more than pizza.”

Authors note:  So, for those of you planning to attend Il Volo concerts during the US Tour, what are you going to write on your poster?

Grazie Mille, Giovanna!  🙂

Jana

FRIENDS BEYOND MUSIC: VERISSIMO by Daniela

For the third time, Il Volo is once again interviewed on VERISSIMO on Canale 5, by the talented Silvia Toffanin.
A long and beautiful interview that I really enjoyed translating for you.
Click on photo below to watch the interview.

Verissimo interview link

SILVIA = Welcome.
IGNAZIO = How are you?
SILVIA = Well and I see you really well, I see some wonderful images that are the images of your new video that we are previewing THE ECSTASY OF GOLD, right?
PIERO = Yes, soundtrack by the great maestro Ennio Morricone. We have dedicated the new IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE project to Ennio Morricone.
SILVIA = It was released all over the world on Friday.
GIAN = It is a collection of the soundtracks of the maestro Ennio Morricone, from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso to Once Upon a Time in the West, to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with The Ecstasy of Gold that opens this album, with the first sung version, with a text in English written by the son, the maestro Andrea Morricone.
SILVIA = Well, congratulations, how beautiful, a bit of a western video.
IGNAZIO = It was great to shoot it, because it was shot on film, as it used to be.
SILVIA = Like in the old movies.
IGNAZIO = And it was interesting, while we were recording it, the director said “Missing a meter at the end” and we thought: “What does that mean?” Because in film, when you shoot in film, it does not qualify in seconds, but in meters.
SILVIA = Ah, you see, when there was a meter missing, it meant that the film was running out.
IGNAZIO = Of course meters or centimeters mean time, seconds.
SILVIA = So, how are you guys doing? I see you very well.
PIERO = We are very well, we are very happy with this project, we have been stuck at home for almost two years, but our creativity has helped us a lot.
SILVIA = It didn’t stop.
PIERO = I must say that time has been our best friend, because we gave our best, we had more time to try to take care of every aspect of this project.
SILVIA = And also to spend a little time with your families, to live a little that second adolescence that you did not live, because you left home when you were little, right Gianluca.
GIAN = Yes, then we tried not to live this period passively and to stimulate our creativity. We have been with our families more, is that sometimes you also need to have a spirit of adaptation and accept reality when there is no alternative, so it was a very difficult time for everyone. I remember that you of VERISSIMO, you had the brilliant idea of enclosing IMAGINE by John Lennon in a video, with many singers playing and singing from home, and certainly this allowed us to be in close contact with the public and we wanted you thank you for it.
SILVIA = Thanks to you that kindness, you played and sang.
And for this, and for all that you have given to the public, we have prepared this gift for you, look.
(starts a video with images of the various moments of the Il Volo tours)
GIAN’s voice in the video = It all happened so fast, we lived an anomalous life, we grew up fast, we discovered the world, traveling opens the mind.
IGNAZIO’s voice in the video = We try to give messages with our music. There have been difficult moments in our career, it hasn’t been all plain sailing.
PIERO’s voice in the video = Our success is due to the music we sing, the music that is part of the Italian tradition. Our genre is not ancient, but classic, and we try to take it around the world and make it known to everyone.
GIAN’s voice in the video = We have three different voices, three different personalities. Maybe going upstream can sometimes win. We do everything we can to try to reach people’s hearts.
IGNAZIO’s voice in the video = For us artists it is always nice to experience new emotions because they give you stimuli, concert after concert, day after day.
PIERO ‘s voice in the video = Every concert, every time is as if it were the first time. We promise we will never lose our simplicity and never change.
IGNAZIO = It’s nice you know. Missing, missing touring, singing, doing the tour routine, missing …
PIERO = It is as if the pandemic and Covid have stopped time.
SILVIA = Oh yes.
PIERO = Second half of 2019 and first two months of 2020, audiences, hugs, it seems like a lifetime ago.
SILVIA = Why you … let’s go back, because you left for the United States before Covid, to celebrate your 10 years of career and you did a tour in the United States, a beautiful tour, where Placido Domingo also came , Gloria Esteffan, in short, great artists. How did Ignatius experience that embrace of the American crowd?
IGNAZIO = Many ask us: “But you have no fear, fear of the public, you know, the emotion”, it’s all adrenaline, it’s really inexplicable and really, as I said before, we miss it, we love it so much and we can’t wait that it is next year because it finally starts again.
SILVIA = But you were there then at a certain point, it happens that in Italy, Gianluca,  arrives Covid  and you were in contact with your families, but in the United States everything was pretty quiet.
GIAN = Yes, we interrupted the festivities somehow, because in the United States we were there until the first week of March and we returned on the 13th, we canceled the concerts in Las Vegas and San Francisco and we escaped on the last plane, we were more than 30 people traveling, with our crew, the musicians, and therefore we risked staying there for another 2-3 weeks, because then, when we returned we were in full lockdown for a week now (in Italy).
SILVIA = But what was it like to return home and experience that family dimension, after you have spent your life and adolescence around in concerts. How it was to go home with your mother, with the loved ones, to do nothing.
IGNAZIO = Above all, do nothing.
SILVIA = Even that, do nothing, boredom.
PIERO = It was a kind of “in search of lost time”, this immersion in memories, clearly the birthplace, the family, everyone. It’s nice to relive and remember where we come from, because maybe everyday life sometimes makes us forget this.
And that was the strength perhaps, to feel that inner balance that only your loved ones give you, the people close to you, and from there, we gave life to a new project, and the distance …, because we felt only by telephone with video calls, they could not stay in contact …
IGNAZIO = It was nice …
SILVIA = Was it nice? What did you like?
IGNAZIO = To hear them by phone I say, we are always together ….😁
SILVIA = … the fact that you didn’t see them for a while
PIERO = I can say that the distance has strengthened our friendship.😘
GIAN = We have had a really abnormal lifestyle for 12 years. You know it all started when we were children, so (in Covid time) we tried to be optimistic about it, without feeling sorry for ourselves, because this certainly doesn’t help, and we took all the positive things that unfortunately brought us this tragedy that it touched us all.
It was a period that also helped us to discover ourselves a little.
SILVIA = And your grandfather? How are you?
GIAN = Well I must say that I have a wonderful relationship with him, and he is the only grandfather I have, which is my grandfather Ernesto, whom I greet, naturally. He is very proud of me, one of the indelible memories that I will always carry with me, in 2012, when we were on tour with Barbra Streisand, grandfather came to New York and saw me sing with Barbra Streisand, so he was there.
IGNAZIO = A Broccolin (Italian dialect for Brooklyn)
GIAN = Exactly, and this is therefore important, a message to be sent also to young people who often neglect their loved ones, because when you are young, you think you have all the time available, but time runs inexorably, so if at a youthful age you have this awareness, it allows us to live the moments more intensely, especially with the family, where everything started from there, and it is the people who will never betray you. (applause)😘
SILVIA = And you know this well, Ignazio, that you have a lot of personal satisfaction, but despite your very young age, you have had to face the loss of your beloved father.
IGNAZIO = Absolutely. Look, I also talked to other people who have lost a parent early, or even late, because in the end, you can be any age, it can pass as long as you want, but it is always early, you are never ready to accept a loss. But I must say that the fact that we have traveled a lot, the fact that we were on the other side of the world, and I knew that my father was always somewhere, even today that he is not there, it seems to me that he is always somewhere, therefore, it is as if I have not lost him. Because I think that I have not lost my father, my father is always with me here, I like to think like this and that’s okay.❤😘
SILVIA = He was very proud of you, I guess.
IGNAZIO = Absolutely, very proud. But he was the kind of person who couldn’t express emotions, so he was very proud but he was always …..
GIAN = But with a look he made us understand everything.😘
IGNAZIO = Yes, yes, he yes. Look it was my father, but it was as if he was the father of all three, as their parents are as if they were my parents, because in any case we have been sharing everything for many years.❤
PIERO = When we first met we were 14, so to shoot outside Italy, we had to be accompanied by our parents, we were minors, so for 5-6 years and then even at the age of 18, they continued to travel with us, so we know his father very well, we know what he is talking about because we have lived a lot of time with them.
SILVIA = And how was he next to him (Ignazio) on such a sad occasion, you who are a family, Piero on that occasion, as brothers, how did you feel too?
PIERO = Ignazio proved to be a MAN, extremely strong, because three days after the loss of Vito, we were guests at the Sanremo festival and we all expected him not to come. He arrived with a smile and we were blown away by his way of dealing with this moment, unprecedented to us. You taught us so much Ignatius, and in this I have to thank him, he is a strong man and we love him so much.❤
IGNAZIO = I love you too.❤
PIERO = It’s the truth……I always tell you!
GIAN = Me too, I’m here too. ❤
IGNAZIO = Sure! (he and Gian take hands)  (appaluse)
IGNAZIO = There was not a single moment that I thought not to do it (refers to Sanremo), because in any case all parents do anything for their children, sometimes it is not so, but we were lucky that our parents gave us everything and they give us everything, and so I thought that, for all the sacrifices that he (Vito) and my mother have made to get me to where I am today, I thought he would never let me (not to do Sanremo), and so I did it for him too. ❤😘
SILVIA = The fact is that you three are an Italian pride, you have truly brought bel canto, the classic song that you define as eternal, and I like this definition, in the world. And you have conquered the world, look at this gift for yourself here. (starts a collage of videos taken from all over the world)
SILVIA = Wow !!
PIERO = You are committed. (Applause)
GIAN = They (Channel 5) are also special in this, in the RVMs, in the montages.
SILVIA = We did a whole research.
IGNAZIO = But it’s nice to remember.
SILVIA = Japan, Brazil, Spain, Mexico ……..
GIAN = But this is the strength of bel canto, because in any case we are proud to be the only young people who bring this style of music, because it all started with the great Luciano Pavarotti, the three tenors, Andrea Bocelli, so we try to follow the their steps.
IGNAZIO = Do you want water? 😁
GIAN = Let’s say it’s not easy, humbly. Of course we need time and  to maintain, the most difficult thing is to consolidate success, but we do our best. Then we have fun, we also do it because it makes us feel good.
SILVIA = Are you enjoying yourself, Ignazio?
IGNAZIO = A lot, and it shows too.
SILVIA = You speak very well English, practically all languages are spoken by you.
PIERO = Yes, at the age of 14 we moved to the United States, because we signed this contract with the American record company and we didn’t speak English, I had 5  ( as a rating-insufficient), in English at school.
IGNAZIO = We went to school.
GIAN = Do you know where? In the University of Los Angeles. We lived the first years for 4-5 months ….
IGNAZIO = Beautiful, they (Piero and Gian) did their homework and I never … I was really distracted …
PIERO = Because in America, you can’t go as a guest if you don’t speak English.
SILVIA = Ah, see!
PIERO = So for 5 months we learned English quickly, then Spanish, Portuguese ….
GIAN = Ignazio speaks Portuguese very well …😉
IGNAZIO = Very well no, I chew it a little.😁
PIERO = He chews it very well 😁… (He refers to Ignazio’s girlfriend)
SILVIA = You chew it very well, right? Lately then !!😁😁
IGNAZIO = Yes Morricone is an album to which we are very attached.😁 (He tries to change the subject)
PIERO = And there is also a piece in Portuguese.
SILVIA = In Portuguese. But you also got to meet Maestro Morricone, what do you remember?
GIAN = Look, there is an anecdote that I always like to tell, because it all started when we were little, but since we were children we had the honor of having the support …. as you can see (behind them is the photo of Il Volo with Morricone) of the greatest master of the twentieth century.
IGNAZIO = A few pizzas ago, that photo there.😁
GIAN = You for sure. 😉 During the recordings of the disc, we were 15-16 years old, Maestro Morricone was in studio A of the Forum Village and we in studio B. Every now and then he would pass by to say hello and then this idea of performing together in Piazza del Popolo in Rome was born, in a song called E PIÙ TI PENSO, which is a medley of: Once upon a time in America and Malena.
During the rehearsals, there were 100 orchestra members, in a room in the studios in Rome, the three of us arrive, smurfs, clumsy, a little small, we arrive and there was the master who was conducting. During the rehearsals, he had to give me the attack, I don’t start, total panic, the violinist (Gian widen his eyes) at a certain point  he stops, everyone stops and I tell the teacher:
“Ah, but you give me the attack?”, So, I speak to the master, giving  him the You. (In Italian, out of respect, you must speak in the third person and not in the second). Everyone bleaches (Silvia has her hands in her hair) and do you know how Maestro Morricone answers me ?:  “Don’t worry guys, I’ll take care of it, you think about singing” (the phrase is said in the dialect of Rome) (applause)
SILVIA = Ah see, he was the most human of all.
PIERO = Morricone is immense, like his work ….
SILVIA = But you were a little in awe, because he perhaps put a little in awe.
PIERO = He was a man of few words, but he did a lot. He taught us what dedication, sacrifice is, nothing comes by chance. This repertoire requires a lot of discipline, we were lucky enough to contact Morricone’s family who gave us great support, immense confidence in this project ….
IGNAZIO = We thank them so much.
PIERO = …. and to whom we thank very much, especially his son Andrea Morricone who gave us the text of The Ecstasy of Gold and an unpublished piece ….
SILVIA = Wow
PIERO = ….. and then Morricone acted as a glue with others in the cinema, such as the maestro Vittorio Storaro, three Nobel prizes, that is, three Oscars, and we shot a video with Vittorio Storaro in the wonderful Frasassi Caves. So we started this Morricone project and a world opened up for us…..
SILVIA = The caves are beautiful scenery.
PIERO = The Frasassi Caves are incredible.
SILVIA = Congratulations indeed.
Ignazio, what do foreigners like about Il Volo? The song they like best.
PIERO = Varies from country to country in South America ….
IGNAZIO = In South America, IL MONDO, we made a Spanish version …
GIAN = Il Mondo of Jimmy Fontana (the singer who sang it first)
IGNAZIO = …. Il Mondo of Jimmi Fontana, for them (South America) is a novelty.
PIERO = “Gira el mundo gira” (He pronounced it in Spanish).
GIAN = The first version in Spanish was sung by us, they did not know it, especially the young people, while in Italy it is very well known.
SILVIA = So “Il Mondo”, not “O sole mio” …..
GIAN = But also Grande Amore ..
PIERO = Il Mondo and Grande Amore
GIAN = ….. in the Spanish version it was also very popular in Latin countries (Grande Amore)
PIERO = Let’s say that every tour we try to change the lineup …
SILVIA = According to the tastes of the country …
PIERO = In Japan, we only go with voice and orchestra, we don’t go with rhythm.
IGNAZIO = How much I like Japan, also because you are singing, you do the exhibition and you see a Japanese in the third row with his eyes closed, then you see another in the fifth row with his eyes closed, and you think they are bored, they are falling asleep. The performance ends, and they stand up and applaud.
SILVIA = See, they were listening.
GIAN = They are very calm.
PIERO = It’s nice to tell it now, but you imagine, on the first day of the concert, his (Ignazio’s) gaze meant “what’s going on?”
SILVIA = Were you scared? (appaluse)
IGNAZIO = Do you know how we entered the Japanese market?
Because an Olympic skater, he won the gold medal with one of our songs, A STARRY NIGHT, and it was a great success and from there we entered Japan.
SILVIA = Think, but it’s incredible.
PIERO = And now let’s go back to Japan for a 15 concert tour.
SILVIA = And can you speak a little Japanese too?
(Ignazio and Piero start singing a song for children in Japanese, very funny)
GIAN = It’s a little song. But all, do you remember it?
SILVIA = What do you mean, translate?
PIERO = If you are happy you know it clap your hands …. (it’s a famous little song also in Italian)
SILVIA = What a fool I am (because she didn’t recognize the little song)
GIAN = You have a wonderful dress.
SILVIA = Thank you!!  And love ????
GIAN = It moves (remembering the title L’amore si muove)
IGNAZIO = Morricone …. (He tries to change the subject)
SILVIA = Love, love, then wait, obviously I did some investigations Ignazio.
IGNAZIO = Good
SILVIA = You were engaged Gianluca, the last time, two years ago.
GIAN = At that time yes, two years ago when we met, and then it ended, as happens sometimes.
SILVIA = It’s over. You didn’t have anyone, did you Piero? Or am I wrong? Oh well look there and then let’s talk, do not anticipate. 
(Begins a very nice video of detective Silvia Bond 007 where she repeats the answers of the boys during the two previous interviews with Verissimo, on the question: Love. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca regard laughing their words, over time, on the subject )
IGNAZIO = (He laughs) Ouch Ouch Ouch
SILVIA = Isn’t there to laugh Gianluca looking at your face, or is there to laugh?
IGNAZIO = There is a lot of crying. 😁
GIAN = No, there is to be happy.
SILVIA = Why are you single?
GIAN = Me? I’m not single, no, no, no.
IGNAZIO = He is engaged intermittently, you have to understand. 😁😁
GIAN = But what does it mean, over the years many things happen, over time things change.
SILVIA = Indeed.
GIAN = Yes, I am engaged today, yes yes.
IGNAZIO = He gets engaged on leasing, every two years …😁😁
GIAN = He makes fun of me, but I’m engaged and really in love, I can say it publicly, I’m happy, yes yes.
SILVIA = Since when?
GIAN = From some time.
PIERO = Since yesterday. 😁
GIAN = Also, she is called after my mother, you know?
SILVIA = Eleonora!
GIAN = Then you know.
SILVIA = No, I knew your mom’s name! No, I did not know about this news.
IGNAZIO = (Behind them there is a photo of Gian on horseback) 
Look at that stallion, Gianluca (He says it in a double sense: stallion for the horse, but also for Gianluca).😊
SILVIA = Gianluca on the white horse ….. Ignazio, then !!!
IGNAZIO = Yes, Piero ??? (He passes the subject to Piero). 
SILVIA = So, first Piero, word of mouth to Piero.
PIERO = I want to say that love is a particular theme, regardless of everything.
SILVIA = It is a universal theme.
GIAN = Sorry, look (behind them is the photo of Piero), how can you resist a smile like that !! ☺
IGNAZIO = This is the photo she took 10 minutes before the wedding in Las Vegas !!! (what a joker) 😁
PIERO = It’s a particular theme, many are lucky enough to find a soul mate, I still don’t, but I know it’s out there somewhere.
GIAN = Well definitely,  she is not inside the house.😁
IGNAZIO = There’s Silvia Bond, just in case!
PIERO = She is out there, but love is such a strong feeling that it must be protected.
SILVIA = But have you had a girlfriend recently, have you fallen in love in the last few years or has it never happened to you?
PIERO = It is a strong feeling, it must be protected.
SILVIA = We have to protect him,……….so he doesn’t want to tell, so I talk to you Ignazio.
IGNAZIO = Yes?
SILVIA = You are happy and radiant.
IGNAZIO = I am in a moment of my life where I feel great.
SILVIA = Piero is serious on this topic, he doses the words.
IGNAZIO = Yes, Piero is serious, but sometimes he asks himself too many questions, I always tell him. I think that love is very complicated, but sometimes love has to be lived, it has to be left to live, also because sometimes you don’t know what it can be.
PIERO = Okay, but you have met her, you have found your soul mate ….
IGNAZIO = I found her far away ….
GIAN = Piero on the one hand is right, it’s not that you have to be satisfied, because many confuse company, habit, affection, so …..
PIERO = There is one fundamental thing to say: feeling good and happiness are not the same thing. So, for now I’m fine and I’m happy with this.
GIAN = Look, paradoxically, if you are okay with yourself ……
IGNAZIO = …. however we were talking about my girlfriend …. (applause)  I’m kidding!
SILVIA = Exactly sorry, 9000 km. they separate you from her.
IGNAZIO = During the pandemic I met a girl, a little far away, on the other side of the world. It was strange because we spent 8 months exchanging messages, hearing, video calling, then at the first opportunity I went to Brazil to meet her and from there it was nice, because we met slowly, we don’t know each other 100% but I can tell you that we are very much in love, and it’s nice to live things like this.
SILVIA = Wow, she’s beautiful !!
IGNAZIO = Yes, she is beautiful, but she is very beautiful inside, the boys (Piero and Gian) have known her and she is really a beautiful person.
SILVIA = How did the meeting go Piero, were you so serious when you met her?
PIERO = But I’m not serious. She is a beautiful girl, very good, I didn’t understand anything of what she told me, because I don’t speak Portuguese though …..
GIAN = But we trust Ignazio.😉
PIERO = We trust Ignazio.😉
GIAN = Tell me who you go with and I’ll tell you who you are (proverb).  To be with Ignazio, you have to be a really good girl.
PIERO = The incredible thing about Ignazio is that maybe, the day before you call him and tell him:
”What are you doing?”
“I’m at home I’m playing with the playstation.”
The day after:
”Where are you?”
“In Brazil!!”
“Okay, are you coming back to go to Silvia’s?”
SILVIA = But would you like to become a dad one day?
Since I’m on the subject now, would you like it someday? You are not yet 30 years old or have you already done so?
IGNAZIO = No, 27 last month.
PIERO = 28
SILVIA = Exactly.
IGNAZIO = Wait, 27 just a month ago.
SILVIA = 27 a month ago, then 28 (Piero) and 26 (Gian), so it’s still too early.
GIAN = We are approaching, more than 30 years, we are no longer 20 years old.
PIERO = It is clear that I see a future with a family, all three of us have very similar values, extremely similar realities, so I see a future, beautiful with children, it is clear. In my opinion that is the reason for living.
IGNAZIO = I’ve always liked the idea of being a young father, here, I met the person now, who knows in the next few years, you never know.
GIAN = Well I have to tell you …..
PIERO = If I were you I would wait for the next episode of Verissimo. (Because Gian at each episode had a different girlfriend).
Three times three different names … (laughter and applause)
GIAN = I can assure you that this time I will not change, in two years it will always be the same name, the same person.
SILVIA = It’s a promise !!
IGNAZIO = We renew the lease. 😁
GIAN = I can’t get close otherwise I would give you my hand (to confirm the promise)
SILVIA = Now we have to say goodbye.  You Promise .
GIAN = I promise that in two years it will be the same person.
PIERO = I can’t wait to see this video again in two years, look (laughter and applause)
IGNAZIO = Can I say something? Not that those from before (Gian’s girls) weren’t good girls, because they were, but Eleonora is really a good girl and we are very happy that she is part of this family, because in the end we are part of a big family.
SILVIA = We all love her already.
GIAN = There is also a photo (with her) and you didn’t show it, you showed Ignazio’s photo and you didn’t show mine.
SILVIA = Would you like to show your girlfriend?
IGNAZIO = No,
GIAN = Next time.
IGNAZIO = I had the exclusive !! 😊
SILVIA = He gave me the exclusive (laughs, applause)
You are myths, we remember your latest film which is called IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE.
PIERO = Album, we are not actors yet !!
Yes, IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE, we hope we have done a good job, that you like it.
SILVIA = Definitely.
PIERO = We are satisfied and honored to bring this tribute to Maestro Morricone, now we will start on tour, therefore a year full of commitments.
GIAN = And we hope to be the soundtrack of many people with this album. (applause)
SILVIA = Beautiful! Congratulations guys.
Really because you know how to move, you know how to laugh and you know how to make very deep reflections, you three are just beautiful for this, as well as singing divinely.
A hug to Il Volo, we say goodbye, thank you.
Il Volo, congratulations.

When Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are interviewed by Silvia, I always have the impression that they are extremely comfortable.
We understand that Silvia asks the questions very delicately and gets genuine answers from them. It is clear that Silvia admires them a lot, as artists but also as children of full values to be taken as an example, and her closing words show this very well.
I was moved by the memory of Vito, the admission of cross-affection for all their parents is wonderful. Yes, Ignazio, Vito will always be with you.
They also revealed their side about love, they got “naked” and we got confirmations too.
I laughed a lot translating the part in which Piero and Ignazio teased Gianluca about his emotional relationships.
We have heard news about the new tour and gladly reviewed clips from old tours.
We understood how important this project is in which they believe a lot.
It lasted half an hour, but it could easily last hours and we certainly wouldn’t be bored.
Thanks Verissimo, thanks Silvia.
Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

PRESS CONFERENCE NEW CD, NEW VIDEO by Daniela

So sorry everyone, this is old news by now, but was trying to get through the concert tickets, etc.!  Also, Daniela, please forgive me that I don’t have all the beautiful pictures you sent with this, but I am just exhausted right now and at least wanted to get this post up there!

 

The new Il Volo CD was presented with a nice press conference in Rome.
Too bad it wasn’t possible to follow her in streaming or there isn’t a video of the entire interview.

Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca welcomed the numerous journalists in the Forum Studios where usually Morricone loved to work with the orchestra.
 A press conference event where journalists took the place of the orchestra listening on headphones, to some pieces performed live by Ignazio, Gianluca e Piero . 

“Il Volo sings Morricone” will be out worldwide on Friday 5th November.

Many articles published on this event, the boys were very helpful with the press.
Among the many I wanted to translate this, published by THE WALK OF FAME  for the beautiful words that Andrea Morricone, who was present at the press conference , said referring to the voices of Il Volo.

https://www.thewalkoffame.it/blog/il-volo-sings-morricone-il-5-novembre-uscira-il-nuovo-album-che-celebra-il-maestro-2021/?fbclid=IwAR0VjnQyiC71uRwlQvyctbiYgnz

In the magical atmosphere of the “Forum Studios” in Rome, under a red and white light, in front of a small stage, dozens of journalists sit in front of their lectern and with their headphones, just like the Roma  Sinfonietta Orchestra during the recording session some month ago. So Il Volo presents the new album: “Il Volo sings Morricone”, out on Friday 5th November all over the world. “Because the world is the territory of Il Volo” – explains Riccardo Vitanza, head of communication – “Their international dimension is now clear and set in stone: every album and tour involves all corners of the planet”.

“Il Volo sings Morricone” is a project by Michele Torpedine: a disc composed of 14 songs, pieces that retrace the legendary melodies of the Maestro, imprinted in everyone’s memory. The repertoire includes several tracks already presented exclusively to the Rai public, in the live “Il VOLO – Tributo a Ennio Morricone” in June 2021, in the first concert “in presence” at the Verona Arena. The concert, which in the live broadcast had totaled a record audience – almost 5 million viewers -, will be broadcast again in prime time on Rai 1 on 10 November, precisely on the anniversary of the Maestro’s birth.

In addition to the exciting reinterpretations, it contains the unpublished “The colors of love”, written for the trio by Andrea Morricone, a song that talks about loneliness at the time of Covid, the constant noise of ambulances “a distant sound serves to live” the difficulty in reacting while looking at the world from a window astonished and finally the feeling of freedom when everything is over and you can embrace your love again.

The album of the three young talents (two tenors and a baritone) is the first recording project linked to Ennio Morricone that receives the support of the Morricone family. It also contains a new version of the masterpiece “The Ecstasy of Gold” taken from “The good, the ugly, the bad” for the first time accompanied by a text, also written by Andrea Morricone, son of the Maestro and composer himself.

What can words add to compositions that have already made history thanks to the universal language made up of only notes and harmonies? Andrea Morricone replies: 

“Words can give a lot and must be right with respect to the performers who choose the pieces. Today I can only speak of the trio which is now totally dominant on the world stage for their uniqueness of expressing a concept of vocality through three individualities.

Thus the very meaning of the text unfolds through this constant dialogue between the three artists. Allow me to underline how important this is to make the structure of the lyrics themselves: the fact that one of the three, aspects that the second enters while the third is singing obviously involves an alternation and also becomes part of the same musical fabric, when speaking then of polyphony. That’s why I feel the seventeenth century a lot in the experience proposed by Il Volo: this establishes their uniqueness. As for the text, I have standardized these qualities where the technical means produce the inspiration. “

“Ennio Morricone’s repertoire is immense and transversal:” – declares the tenor Piero Barone – “as a diagonal crosses music, history, pop, opera, cinema. So we needed a compass and in this project Andrea Morricone was our guideline ”.

The goal of the concerts will be to make everyone relive their past and interpret the songs individually, but also to introduce the new generations to Morricone, the images of Clint Eastwood and the music that have been part of our past but are very present. The singers of “Il Volo” affirm: “We would like to explain the title better: Il Volo sings Morricone does not mean Il Volo celebrates the melodies of a man because Morricone is a genre in itself. We have been working on this project for over a year and every day we discover something new. It’s like it’s a buried city every time you dig deeper, new treasures emerge. We will still have a lot to discover and rediscover: this is our goal. “

Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone will perform in over 100 concerts around the world in 2022, starting March 18 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York and then also arriving in Italy. During the press conference, surprising even for the artists, the programming of a third date at the Verona Arena was announced.

As part of this celebration of one of the greatest Italian excellences, “Il Volo” participated with Vittorio Storaro at the 78th Venice International Film Festival with a short film made inside the Frasassi Caves, on the occasion of the 50 Anniversary of the first descent of the three young speleologists who discovered the caves. “The descent of the three” says Storaro “had to be something symbolic: like the planting of seeds in mother earth which, with the art of music, can give life to something that has stood still for too long. It is a sort of Pirandello regeneration of the type “One (the single tenor), None (the emptiness of the caves) One Hundred (Il Volo that fills everything around itself with the voice)

It will be possible to preorder / pre-save the album in digital and physical version at the following link: https://ILVOLO.lnk.to/IlVoloSingsMorricone. The album will be available for purchase from 5 November in the following formats: standard CD, Deluxe Version CD, double colored vinyl, double black vinyl.

From midnight on the other hand, the video clip of “The Ecstacy of Gold” will be available on all platforms, which sees the three in an atmosphere that refers to classic westerns.

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The TV news reports talked about the  press conference, here is a report from RAI TG1.

https://www.facebook.com/ilvoloflightcrewpage/videos/261446952478351

Translation:

Il Volo pays homage to Ennio Morricone, the disc dedicated to the music of the great master is released on Friday.

MAN= Il Volo sings the magic of Ennio Morricone, a musical project that starts from the studies where the maestro composed and recorded.
With Il Volo, also his son Andrea Morricone and Vittorio Storaro, to relive those movie atmospheres.
A milestone for Il Volo, to record a tribute to Morricone, in the studios where

Morricone has recorded throughout his life.

PIERO= Ennio Morricone was the founder of his FORUM and our first meeting took place here and today we wanted to involve all of you and make you live and breathe the air in which Morricone was.

MAN = The spirit of discovery restarts around the world.

GIANLUCA = It will also be wonderful to return to Japan, South America, European countries, as well as the United States, also a way to bring the music of the greatest maestro of the 20th century higher and higher.

Man = The hardest thing  is to reproduce Morricone’s colors, from pianissimo to triumph.

IGNAZIO = We have tried to keep the versions of the pieces by Maestro Morricone as faithful as possible.

There were also many video interviews, of which I propose this of HOT CORN that I translate for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z-9Bxt2nK4

WOMAN = Quentin Tarantino, compared Ennio Morricone to the great composers such as Mozart, Shubert, Beethoven, for you instead, what does Morricone represent?
 
IGNAZIO = Surely Ennio Morricone, for us, represents the genius. Facing this project, we had to study him a little and get to know him, and certainly he represents the genius who knew how to extrapolate, starting from the image, an emotion through music, because imagining a film, without music is like imagining eating. something without drinking a good wine. Maestro Morricone had this genius of knowing how to bring out a unique emotion through his music, looking at the images of the greatest artists in the world.

PIERO= Ennio Morricone becomes the vehicle of our feelings, makes our feelings tangible.

WOMAN = In a few days your record IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE will be released all over the world, you feel more pride, or  responsible to help bring the music of the master around the world, and maybe make it known to that slice too of the younger audience that follows you.?

GIANLUCA = Exactly, this is exactly what we are trying to convey with this musical project, both pride and great responsibility. Having the support of the Morricone family, we feel safe, and then, above all, try to revive those great emotions of generations who have dreamed of with these films, but above all bring it to the youngest, who may not have discovered this great music yet.

WOMAN= Of the 14 tracks that make up the album, YOUR LOVE and THE ECSTASY OF GOLD, are the ones I absolutely prefer. I was curious to know which one was your favorite and if there is one that has put you in particular difficulty in the recording studio.

PIERO = This is the beautiful thing about this project of the idea of dedicating a tribute to Maestro Morricone. Everyone will have their favorite song that will bring them back to what they lived in the past, when they watched the movie THE MISSION, or NEW CINEMA PARADISO, or ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, …….. ..the film that left you with the most memories, so you relate that melody to what you experienced.
Each of us has a personal opinion different from the others, personally I prefer NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO, for a particular story, when I sing SE taken from that film, I really feel a feeling, a strong emotion.

WOMAN = For you instead?

IGNAZIO = For me it is HERE’S TO YOU, which tells the poignant story of Sacco and Vanzetti, of injustice. When we sing it it is always touching.

GIANLUCA = And for me it is THE ECSTASY OF GOLD, then in the video we were inspired a little by Sergio Leone (director of many western films with Morricone’s music), it is the melody that excites me the most.

WOMAN = By the way with The Ecstasy of gold, you have something in common with Metallica (rock band) who always open their concerts with ….

GIANLUCA = ….. and we too will open our concerts with The Ecstasy of gold.

WOMAN = Speaking of the graphic concept of the album, from what I understand, even the video directed by YOUNUTS will have a cinematic atmosphere, I would like to know more about this adventure.

PIERO = Younuts, I must tell you that we were surprised by their work, because when we were asked to shoot the video in “film”, the idea was good, but the final result was a long wait.

IGNAZIO = Not being”of the trade” , we didn’t know how it could be.

PIERO = It was difficult to shoot on film, because we didn’t understand the terms, the details of how complicated it was to shoot on film. But the final result, seeing those images that connected us to the films we have seen, because we have to be honest, many films, we, we had not seen them. When we started studying for Morricone’s project, it was also a long course of study for us, we made a commitment to watch every movie, and see our video, and images similar to what we saw, we were satisfied.

IGNAZIO= It was nice,  shooting on film, the count of what was left of the film in meters, so there was the director who said:

“How many meters are left?”.

WOMAN = This, is also a record of great collaborations, I think of Chris Botti, David Garret, how did you involve them?

GIANLUCA= They are all artists we have met during our journey, relationships that we have cultivated, friendships that have remained over time. We paid tribute to music, above all, our three voices, surely they had to be accompanied by great musicians, to best express the music of Maestro Morricone.

WOMAN = Do you remember the first time you met Maestro Morricone as listeners, as spectators?

IGNAZIO = In 2011 in Piazza del Popolo, we sang directed by him, E PIU ‘TI PENSO which is a medley between Malena and Once upon a time in America, and it was on our first record.

PIERO = This was the first artistic collaboration.

IGNAZIO = Yes, the first meeting was right here in these studios, we were recording our album in the other studio, he was working on this one, we met in the corridor, every now and then he came to visit us in the studio and listened to the song we were playing singing.

WOMAN = Thank you very much for your time.

I + P + G = Thanks to you.

And then their video of THE ECSTASY OF GOLD was also released, here it is !!

Good Vision!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k073kj0jWPM

I don’t know about you, but I was literally fascinated by this video, shot like a real western movie, with real performers, three magnificent voices, spectacular setting and enveloping and fantastic music. Wonderful, a really well done job.
I hope with all my heart that Piero Ignazio and Gianluca will achieve maximum success from their great work.

One last piece of news, Il Volo, Sunday afternoon will be the guest of Verissimo, the beautiful program conducted by Silvia Toffanin, so ….. see you soon !!!
And finally, let’s enjoy these photos and screenshots too.

Daniela 

 

The Morricone Project

How do I begin to talk about what happened over this last week? Every day was a new adventure, a new announcement!
Last week began with talkshoplive
The guys started the week with talkshoplive answering, among other things, our questions about the new album. It was wonderful that the guys took the time to speak to us and tell us something about the album and their plans for the future. Random questions were chosen and answered by the guys! In the end, the guys told us Americans how they really feel about us. I personally loved the fact that the guys never forgot that we Americans loved them first. And we’re very proud that they started their career in America and, we wish they would spend more time with us in the US.

That being said, let’s turn to the Press Conference
This is the scoop by Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos.
Papadatos said: “During this online press conference, Il Volo premiered their music video “The Ecstasy of Gold,” which was visually striking. They also treated members of the media to a remarkable live music showcase that displayed their resonant and powerhouse vocals.”
Gianluca admitted: “We are living in difficult times and, this is the best way to start again: with a new project, with a tribute to Maestro Ennio Morricone because we want to bring the Italian culture through the music and the beauty of our country.
We recorded the video in Sardinia in a beautiful place, one of the most beautiful places we have in Italy, and this is the best way to show the beauties of our wonderful country.”
On their career-defining moments, Ignazio responded, “We are happy with what we are doing. We will never lose our personality and we really know what we want from our career, and from our music. We will never lose our personalities.
We are following in the steps of our greatest idols such as Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. We are three young men who are presenting this music! Usually, you listen to this music which is sung by adults. It is great and we are proud to say that we are the only guys of our age that sing this kind of music. The Italian culture and the Bel canto are well known all around the world, and the world loves Bel canto and, the world loves Italy.”
“This is why we will never lose our personalities and we will keep singing Bel canto,” Gianluca elaborated.

The Ecstasy of Gold the Video!
We can’t talk about “The Ecstasy of Gold” without first talking about the video. This video is incredible. As Papadatos said, “it’s visually striking.” It was filmed in Sardinia! The scenery is like the old west in America. The guys did a phenomenal job. I don’t know how they got through the filming it in their tuxedos! They had to go up on the sand dunes and walk along the edges! Visually, it reminded me of the Beatles walk on Abbey Lane! It was so creative. The orchestra was incredible. This was difficult to film. The result is it took my breath away! A very intriguing video!

The Release of the Album!
In order to talk about the album, we first have to talk about the project itself!
In an interview, Piero pointed out, “The first thing we did was call the teacher’s family because we knew they were the ones who really knew about him., because before getting into the music, you must know the person, the artist that he was, so we wanted some advice, suggestions from his family. “ 
When the guys presented this project to the Morricone family, they were totally on board with it and, they worked alongside the guys who took the best of Morricone’s music and enhanced it with their voices.
The guys pointed out, in their interview, that they are happy with the result of the work in which they maintained their style and personality within the bel canto that they do not intend to change.
This project had to be a wonderful experience for the guys! It certainly showed their enormous capabilities!  No matter how difficult or unusual a project is, the guys take it on and present it in a most amazing way! There is nothing they can’t do or won’t do to present a project that always exceeds our expectations. They are truly an amazing team!
In these last eighteen months, the guys had an opportunity to do something very unusual, stay home! This project is the result of that rare opportunity! We are so lucky to be the recipients of this rare event! The idea of presenting an album of Morricone’s music is genius. Combine that with the genius of Il Volo and what do you get, an album of phenomenal songs!

And let’s not forget that this music is also part of the Frassasi Caves project! I certainly think that Storaro appreciated the work that the guys did. In an interview last week he said, “listening to that music interpreted by them was exciting.” How right you are Vittorio! Rumor has it that Storaro would like to do another project with the guys! Stay tuned for further developments!
So, on November 5th, the album was released! We have been waiting for a year for this to happen. We knew some of the songs and there were some surprises. All of the songs are absolutely phenomenal! Every song is amazing! Their delivery is so exceptional! Even when you thought it couldn’t get any better it did! Truly amazing songs. Something for everyone!
Come Sail Away

Now I’m not trying to say one song is better than another but, I have to say one song captured me! “Come Sail Away” Why did this song capture my attention? Nostalgia!!! What a magnificent song! This song has such a beautiful way of taking you back to another time. To a place where love is suspended in time and, we can relive beautiful memories! It goes right to the heart! It certainly touched my heart! I can tell you it brought me back to beautiful memories of a long-lost love! It touched my heart in a special way! It’s an amazing, heartwarming song! And Chris Botti’s trumpet certainly added to the beauty of the song.
All the songs on this album are truly amazing. A phenomenal album!
So, let’s talk about some of the other songs!

The Ecstasy of Gold
We knew “The Ecstasy of Gold” would be amazing. Their presentation in Verona set the tone for the evening and for the album itself! And the video set the tone for the North American Tour! The guys will bring all the images and intrigue of this video to the stage for our enjoyment.
This is not just a song; it is a production! It demands movement and strength and, their voices bring it to the level that Morricone envisioned for this piece. In this song and definitely in this album, they have awakened the vision of Morricone! There is power in this song, a power that only our guys can express with their phenomenal voices. The song will go before them on the World Tour paving the way for all their concerts! It makes us wonder how their concert will be different. As the guys pointed out, they do not intend to change the Bel canto it will always be in their concerts! It is their signature! Now it’s left to be seen how they will incorporate these exciting new songs. Only one way to know! Attend one of the concerts!
 Here’s to You

“Here’s to You” is an important song because it represents a historical event! It is from the movie “Sacco and Vanzetti.” Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian immigrant who were controversially accused of murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920, in an armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts. Seven years later, they were electrocuted at Charlestown State Prison. Till today it is believed they were wrongly accused!
Your Love

When we were introduced to this song at the Sanremo Festival we welcome it in a bittersweet way. Since then, it has almost become a signature song for the guys! It’s a song that will find its niche in their concerts and stay there for a long time!
Se

This beautiful song is the love theme from “Cinema Paradiso.” It is an expression of beauty, love and, ultimately, a love that is lost. It is an expression of a great love of a man for a woman! It makes you wonder “how do you walk away?”  It’s the melody that is played in the romantic scenes with Toto (Salvatore) and Elena. I thought you would love to have the English lyrics!
Se
If you were in my eyes
for a day
You’d see the beauty that’s
full of joy
I find inside your eyes
And I don’t know if it’s magic
or reality.
If you were
in my heart for a day
You may have an idea
Of what I feel
When you hug me tightly
And chest to chest, we
breathe together
Protagonist of your love
I don’t know if it’s magic
or reality
If you were in my soul one day
You’d know what I feel in me
That I fell in love
From that moment with you
And what I feel is
Only love…
From that moment
with you
And what I feel is
Only love…
During talkshoplive the question was asked, “What is your favorite song from the album?” Ignazio answered, “That’s like asking a parent who is your favorite child!” But in fact, each of the guys did chose a song. Piero chose “Se,” Gianluca chose “The Ecstasy of Gold “and Ignazio chose “Here’s to You.” So, you may have noticed that besides “Your Love,” which everyone of us loves, I chose to present the three songs the guys chose and my special song!

The North American Tour
We now know when the North America Tour will begin and where it will go. I know some people were disappointed that their city was skipped but I must reason that (and this only my opinion) the dates they needed in the more popular cities were not available. Keep in mind that we are anxious to see the guys but, other entertainers also had to secure lost dates. I just think that the dates did not fit into the schedule and, they did the best they could with the dates they had!

The Morricone Project
Each of these projects, which form The Morricone Project, are truly amazing. So creative, so intense! During talkshoplive, Ignazio said he would have liked to ask Morricone “Where did your inspiration come from?” I need to ask, “Where does your inspiration come from.” This project has set our guys on a new course in their careers. A new and exciting beginning! A beginning to new stages and projects! A new direction! Not away from Bel canto but incorporating it into their newfound projects!
Everything you guys do is amazing!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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