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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

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 

 

2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR/FAN CLUB

 

THE SINGS MORRICONE AND MORE FLIGHT – 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

IL VOLO OFFICIAL FAN CLUB PRESALE will run from 11/9 at 10AM local – 11/11 at 10PM local
the members of the Fan Club will be able to buy tickets before all the others!
the presale code MAESTRO22 to unlock the presale links you find next each
date. Discover all the dates

 

PRESALE IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9 (Starting 10a EST) – PER THE BELOW, LIMIT OF 4 TICKETS PER ACCOUNT ON TICKETMASTER (IF MORE THAN 4 IN YOUR GROUP, WILL NEED TO COORDINATE!)  🙂

Alas, no Vegas 🙁

Ok, I’m sure most of you have seen the new dates and have already decided which concert/s you will be attending.  I waited a bit to post this as I had a few questions myself and I wanted to figure some things out before I posted it.  I should have looked at my regular email first!  lol!  Oh well, but here you go!

FOR THE FAN CLUB – Everyone is asking!  Yes, it’s simple and yet it’s complicated!  I easily “renewed” yesterday from my phone and almost instantly received the receipt for the payment, etc.  However, likely due to my phone email controls, I never saw the email with the code come through, so I was waiting.  (I looked today and it was in my regular gmail account – very clear)

HERE IS LINK TO SIGN UP: Il Volo Official Fanclub › Sign Up (ilvolomusic.com)

(when you get to the site, when I signed up, the English link was not working, it may be fixed by now, so I clicked on the Spanish link and it worked!)

Oddly, the activation code email comes from WordPress.  Technically, you will get 3 emails.  One confirming your purchase with the invoice, one from PayPal, if you do it that way, and the third is the one that has the activation code in it, from WordPress.  When I actually followed the instructions in the letter that comes with the activation code – it’s in all 3 languages (and finally got into the site) the code was already in there and I just had to click on it to activate it.  Just FYI, you will actually be accessing the Fan Club Site, not just the Il Volo Music.com site.  I would suggest signing up on the site first – that is the trickiest part…  However, once you get through all of that, it’s very quick and easy!

I did find some useful info on there, which I will print below.  Stefania is one of the ladies that runs the Fan Club site and is answering some very important questions a few folks had…. they are posted below:

Stefania Castriota

You will receive your code on November 9th usually an hour to half an hour before on the main page of this site. There is a limit of four tickets per account on ticketmaster.

(just to clarify here – you will NOT get an email with the concert activation code – it will be ON THE FAN CLUB SITE!)

M

Stefania, this is very helpful. Thanks so much. I do have one more question. When I joined the fan club originally, I signed up as M. However, I have seen comments that if you are lucky enough to be able to attend a sound check before the concert, you must show identification that matches your Il Volo profile exactly. Unfortunately, all of my identification is with my first name as M. Do I need to change/edit my profile to my more formal name, even though my billing info is M? Sorry if this is confusing!! I appreciate all of your help with everyone!

x

Stefania Castriota

Hi, which pre-order page are you referring too? You won’t be able to purchase tickets until November 9th which is when the pre-sale begins.

x

Stefania Castriota

Hi no problem. As per your question, if I remember correctly, you’ll just have to edit your name on your profile at the time you sign up so it will match up to your Il volo profile as well as your ID if they ask for it.

 

Ok, I’m sure you will still have questions, etc.  We’ll do our best to answer.  I did ask on the Fan Site an idea of how much tickets will cost for VIP packages, etc.  I’m anticipating $$$…

So, ladies, and gents, get your credit cards handy and ready for 10a EST and your fingers oiled!  🙂

If you don’t already have a TicketMaster account, they suggest getting one first, and being signed in ahead of time…. 🙂

 

Buona fortuna a tutti!!  🙂

 

Jana

p.s.  talked to Pat last night and she’s getting better, but it’s going to be a slow process – you may need to put up with me a while longer lol!  😉

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!! IL VOLO ON SHOP TALK LIVE!

Hey folks – I think you had to actually sign up to watch it live.  I did.

In case you missed it though, it’s repeated and in a video –

hope this link works for you!  it’s on now! Link to interview below…

New Album Pre-Order! by Il Volo (talkshop.live)

A few tidbits from the interview…. they will be in Orlando doing promos next week, they did not announce the new tour dates, but alluded they may be announced on Nov 5.  They did mention LA and Nashville!  Lucky Judy!  😉   Sounds like they are still waiting on confirmations on the cities, etc., before they can officially announce anything.  Gianluca said “he’s taken”  Igna says he’s in love, but according to Piero, Igna is always in love lol!, and Piero said he was single!  Enjoy!