As you have already seen on the various pages of the fans, a beautiful new book has been published dedicated to IL VOLO.
The title of the book is GRANDE AMORE AL PRIMO ASCOLTO. It is written by Patrizia Ciava, our good writer and dear friend, who has collected numerous testimonies from us fans all over the world. In fact, the book is a “fan tribute” of how each of us has become aware and has begun to follow IL VOLO.
For now, the version of the book is only in Italian, but it is not excluded that it can be translated into English.
The book is preceded by a beautiful preface by Marino Bartoletti.
Since it is not yet known, if and when the English version will be published, for the moment I will translate the presentation of the book of the publishing house (AltrEdizioni) and the preface by Bartoletti.
Unique in its kind this book-tribute to the Il Volo group by its fans, on the occasion of their ten-year career. The book bears witness to the affection and admiration that people around the world have for Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, well highlighted by numerous testimonies collected in the second part. An exciting journey into the music and soul of every person.
In the first part of the book, the author guides us on the extraordinary journey of the three young artists, approaching a discussion on the repertoire and on the vocal and interpretative qualities that have made the trio an Italian excellence and a phenomenon almost unique in the international music scene, not only because of the diversity and heterogeneity of their admirers.
The book also collects, in the second part, unique and often moving stories, written by people of all ages and coming from different countries and continents, which tell the ability of the three very young artists to create with their voice a magic that enchants and that it even causes a beneficial form of addiction.
“Once again Il Volo proves to have understood that mutual respect, sharing and teamwork are the real driving force to achieve and maintain success. (…)
I therefore thought of collecting some testimonials to describe what appears to be a unique phenomenon of its kind, it does not seem to me, in fact, that in the international music scene a group of twenty-year-olds who in a few years succeed in achieving global success, winning at the same time people of different generations, nationality and culture.”
THEY CALL ME UNCLE MARINO(Foreword by Marino Bartoletti)
Yes, they call me Uncle Marino. But they know very well that my affection (and obviously my esteem) in their regard will never ignore sincerity and even – if it were useful – from knowing how to pull their ears if I saw that they “missed” something.
When, four years ago, a slanderer fed the media the news that they had “destroyed” a hotel in Switzerland, I went on TV and said:
“The Gianluca, the Piero and the Ignazio I know, would never do and they could not have done such a thing. But if, in a moment of madness, which I cannot imagine, this happened, the first to slap them would be their parents. That they are their strength, their anchor and their wisdom.”
It is history that everything was invented: but it is also true that there are people, “enemies”, who even today, not knowing what to say to “criticize them”, revive that absurd story as if it were true. And they even avoid a correct verification of the truth.
From then on I told them that even this “trial” so sad was the symptom of a success that has no equal (and therefore, for a perverse logic, used in our country, has disgusting symmetries on the part of those who have no other arguments to attack them): but certainly their dismay was mine, and even their pain was mine. Because it would be easier to “defend” oneself from faults than one has, rather than from the sick imagination of those who would pretend to invent our sins.
I have known Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio from the beginning of their … real flight. I know their families. I know Michele Torpedine. Yes, they are guys I really love: to the point that someone told me that, while I have always managed, in my work, to hide my sporting faiths, to them, sometimes I “line up” with a transport, even far from my usual offer.
But how can you not be indignant when you see and read certain things (almost always the result of ignorance, envy, frustration, pure malice: at best a stink under the nose)? God gave us intelligence and conscience: I too, at the beginning of their career, was conceptually suspicious of a “cold fusion” that did not coincide perfectly with my canons as an educator. But then, to love them, it was enough to know them, follow them, appreciate their passion, their humility, their spirit of sacrifice, their sympathy, their desire to always get back in the game and improve: and of course their talent!
This year, in Sanremo, I was forced to witness disgusting scenes that were unbearably beyond the right / duty of criticism. Yet I saw them react once again with composure, education and a smile.
While I myself burst out, as on “Domenica In” when I said verbatim that on the part of the famous “Jury of honor” I had witnessed an authentic demonstration of “artistic racism”. Evidently being good and admired in the world is the biggest (strictly Italian) “guilt” there is.
But in the end, why make bad blood? Their smile must be our smile. Their “beauty” of boys and artists must be the only thing that matters. And then, as far as I’m concerned, there’s friendship. The joy of embracing them whenever I meet them inside and above all outside their professional contexts.
There are fairy tales that want to hear from me and listen like enchanted children. And there are messages that sometimes come to me, in the middle of the night: “Uncle Marino, I know that this time I really fell in love, what do I do?”
“Sleep, that tomorrow, pass.”
Come on kids, you know perfectly how much love, you move!
And this book is yet another proof. It’s another voice inside that is bringing you where the sun is born.
It is really a beautiful reading, a splendid introduction by Bartoletti, excellent the first part with the chapters edited by Patrizia Ciava and then in the second part, all the stories of us fans, from all over the world, stories that unite us for this affection and respect we have for these three adorable young men, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero: IL VOLO. ❤️
The book can now also be ordered on Amazon. The cost of the book is 18.00 euros. For those who will be in Verona, there is the possibility to buy it directly in Verona.
Q = Your new single “A CHI MI DICE”, is a song with a bitter and nostalgic taste. Are you always around the world, but there are moments of bitterness and nostalgia in your life, when maybe the lights on the stage go out?
P= I state that this beautiful question, I had never been proposed, therefore, thanks. We are fortunate and have the privilege of traveling a lot, but never staying still means unfortunately giving up; distance, very often, takes us away, from a person we care about, or, even before, does not allow us to know this person, as we would like.
“A CHI MI DICE”, tells us this, the awareness, of not meeting that person anymore. I am not referring, only to the girls, but to all our loved ones, on the other hand, however, we live by our greatest passion, that is, music.
Q= Is the single from the album MUSICA, when music has become your traveling companion?
P = We were born in the midst of music, all three, we have a very similar past. My grandfather made me discover the art of musical notes.
After a concert, around the world, we continue to sing music, that’s all for us: it’s oxygen.
Q= How would you define the art of notes?
P= A life without music would be meaningless. A film cannot exist without music.
We may not notice this, and yet, wherever we are, and in whatever phase of our life we find ourselves (whether it is full of light or darkness), music is always there.
Q= You are Sicilian, precisely from the province of Agrigento, what do you always carry with you, from your land?
P= It is a particular land, mine. Many boys of my age are forced to leave it, it’s nice to come back, but it’s very difficult to re-start.
When I leave it, it’s like taking a piece of me. Sicily is a land that teaches you to fight for what you want, it allows you to get used to it and adapt to everything. When I’m away from my land, a few words in Sicilian always come out of my mouth.
Q= Everything started with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, with Antonella Clerici, what did you expect from that talent?
P= It was all by accident. I can say that our journey was really a fairy tale, like all those unexpected encounters that change your life forever.
TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, it was a nine-week experience that marked us a lot. We were noticed by Michele Torpedine who is our current manager, Tony Renis and Roberto Cenci.
The great fortune is that of being a group of three boys, who have developed a great friendship.
Q= Now, to whom “would you leave a song” to say Thanks?
P= The first person, it would be my grandfather, because it was he, who when I was little, accompanied me to piano lessons: I have the same, identical voice, it was he who advised my father to insist on this path. As a blind person, he gets sad, because he can’t see me, but fortunately we can hear each other.
Q= In Sanremo, in 2015, you won with “Grande Amore”, but love to whom? What meaning do you attribute to this word?
P= It is a theme that occurs a lot in our melodies. In this profession, you can discover the positive and negative side of people and understand what is really needed.
I spend a lot of time on the phone with my brother and sister, because I love them unconditionally; a girl can leave you, but your family doesn’t, that’s a love that will never end.
In my opinion, in life we must not trust someone outside our loved ones, but we must be able to enjoy the moment of people who are really close to us.
Q = 10 years have passed since your debut, how were you?
P= We were completely different from what we are now. We were shy and insecure; today, getting on stage means emotion and to do emotion all those who are listening.
If before, we quarreled, the quarrels lasted two days, now, a few minutes. We are much more mature than before, we live and we throw ourselves headlong into what we do.
Q = You have walked the most important stages in the world, but which one really gave you the chills and much emotion?
P = I could say New York. Before “Grande Amore” we did many concerts abroad; we were sorry not to share the songs with our Italy. After Sanremo, we started here too, and I must say that our country, gives us unique places in the world, which are not found anywhere else.
Q = What message do you want people to get from your music?
P = The same desire that we all three have, to make music, and not let die, this musical genre that was born in Italy, and that is always played in our country.
Beautiful answers Piero, by now we know your character, but every time we learn something new and that we always like.
There are fixed points in your education, family, friendship, respect, very important and not obvious qualities, for an excellent artist like you.
This year is also the tenth anniversary of another event, but very sad, that concerned Italy at that time – the Aquila earthquake – a series of seismic shocks that destroyed most of the villages of Abruzzo in the province of Aquila and claimed 309 victims.
We all know that Gianluca Ginoble is a native of Abruzzo, and we know his sensitivity to his homeland, which he loves so much. Several times I heard from Gianluca that he wanted to do something, really useful for this land.
I am sure that Gianluca will have pushed a lot for this event and, knowing the sensibility of Ignazio and Piero, surely he will not have done much to convince them.
The event was announced by TG ROSETO, with this article from which I translate the most important parts.
On 26 August at 9.30 pm at the Teatro del Perdono, Piazzale di Collemaggio, the Music Show, stories and emotions entitled “Il Volo per L’Aquila” will be held, which will be accompanied by the Grand Symphony Orchestra of the Italian Conservatories, conducted by master Leonardo De Amicis.
The musical group of Il Volo, Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and have decided to pay homage to the city of L’Aquila on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake giving up their compensation, lending their voices and their talent for free with the will of leave something beautiful and real to the city.
Places on the Prato are free. The 1500 chairs are paid and everyone will pay, even the authorities. The proceeds of the tickets will be used to support boys who will be trained at the conservatory.
(photo during the rehearsals of the concert)
Really a beautiful initiative, thanks to the great heart and the availability of Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, very commendable.
I liked a passage on the article, it was written that everyone, including personalities, will pay for the ticket (only 15 euros). Yes, because here, in the various concerts, often the celebrities or at least the personalities, enter without paying. Unseemly.
With the boys, on the stage, there will also be Alessandro Quarta.
Another thing that pleased me to read about the article, is that the orchestra conductor will be Leonardo De Amicis, the one who directed them in TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, remember?
Here they are, together in this photo.
Gianluca, 10 years ago, sang for the L’Aquila earthquake, you remember a little child who was singing Gounod’s “AVE MARIA”, also this year IL VOLO, will dedicate a particular song, during this event and it will be “AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE”.
Guys, there is no song more beautiful and suitable than this one. You will sing it with all your heart and we will listen to you with great affection.
It rained in the afternoon, big clouds are still in the sky, and now the show begins.
And here’s to the TGR Abruzzo news, what they said about them.
PR = Waiting in L’Aquila for the IL VOLO concert.
Full of appointments, the PERDONANCE program, many tourists in the city.
We connect live with L’Aquila, where the 725th edition of the PERDONANCE is going on, tonight there will be the IL VOLO concert, live for you with Gianluca Ginoble interviewed by Daniela Senepa.
DS= I’m here on the stage of Collemaggio, where there is rehelase of IL VOLO that is trying the AVE MARIA. Sorry everyone, we are the TGR of Abruzzo, turn to the camera, excuse yourself guys from the orchestra. IL VOLO, for AQUILA, you are trying the Ave Maria, there is truly your embrace for this city, which is trying to re-rise.
P = We are very close to this city, also because 10 years ago, when the tragedy happened, we were at TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, the program where we met, we lived fully that moment, there was also the maestro De Amicis, maestro , come here beside us.
DS= Here behind me, on the other hand, there is an extraordinary violin, we listened to the tests and I assure you that my heart beats fast, then when it sings IL VOLO, accompanied by these orchestral boys is a very important moment, (she he turns to Ignazio), because it’s not just your art, but also what you dedicate it to, so it’s a very important moment.
I= Absolutely, we are honored to be here and to be able to sing for all the Aquilans, and above all for all the people who came here to give a symbol of solidarity, for what happened 10 years ago, all united together, music, art, and that’s what we do every day. We must say thank you, certainly to Leonardo De Amicis, who invited us, and we could not say no, but thanks also to Alessandro Quarta, he too, like us, came to help, to spend an evening in music, all together.
DS = Gianluca, I’ll call you by name, because you were born here, you’re from Abruzzo, born in Roseto. Teramo has suffered a lot from the earthquakes of central Italy, I know that for you, it is a strong emotion, every time.
G= Yes, I’m not from L’Aquila, but I feel a little for Aquila, because 10 years ago, immediately after the earthquake, in the following months, they moved many Aquilans to the coast, so many were boys of my age, I made friends with them, but then, I never saw them again. Maybe tonight they will be here and we will sing for them and for all the inhabitants of the Aquila who are here to spend moments of joy and happiness.
Is evening, the tickets are all sold out, people arrive with great traffic difficulties and parking.
But then it all begins, and “it is music, the real one that remains.”
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
At the beginning this next video, the master De Amicis, says that he has known the boys since they were really small, and he finds them again, after 10 years, grown up, sensitive and immensely artistically, a gift to the Aquila and to all the people.
Then he calls the mayor, to offer the boys a little recognition.
The mayor says that they have seen so many concerts in L’Aquila, but they have rarely seen so many people, so much emotion, for such an event, which has joyfully paralyzed Aquila. “You have given us indescribable emotions, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
(in the photo the boys with the maestro De Amicis and the mayor of L’Aquila)
Here is another short video by a fan:
“MUSICA CHE RESTA”
“A CHI MI DICE”
In this photo, during their stay in L’Aquila, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero also had time to visit a summer camp for small children.
But still, a series of beautiful shots of the event.
Guys, I have no more words and I want to conclude with these shared by Gianluca. Mr. Ercole Ginoble shared it with the maestro De Amicis.
“Abruzzo is a wonderful land for many reasons. The biggest reason is the emotion that provokes seeing a city wounded in the depths, like L’Aquila, react to one of the most disconcerting tragedies that nature can unleash with such great strength! At 10 years from that earthquake, seeing 20 thousand people warm a square there made you more proud to be there last night! ” ❤️
Surely in these days, this beautiful photo has not escaped you, but perhaps (Italians aside), not everyone knows who this man is that warmly embraces Michele and Gianluca.
He is a very good singer, indeed a true complete artist.
For those who do not know him, Massimo Ranieri is a fantastic singer with excellent vocal talents, but also a good actor, a historian, in the true sense of the word.
The photo below has been posted by Ranieri himself, with a beautiful dedication. He was in Roseto degli Abruzzi, for a concert, which was very successful. Michele and Gianluca also went to his concert.
Ieri magnifica serata a Roseto degli Abruzzi in compagnia dei miei cari amici Gianluca Ginoble e Michele Torpedine.
Yesterday wonderful evening in Roseto degli Abruzzi, in the company of my dear friends Gianluca Ginoble and Michele Torpedine.
Il Volo, in 2016, had already been a guest of a transmission conducted by Massimo Ranieri, entitled SOGNO O SON DESTO?
During that transmission, Gianluca showed the photo with Ranieri, whom he jealously kept in his cell phone.
Here is the video of the evening, it is not of excellent quality but it is seen and feels quite well.
Massimo, at the end of the song “QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA”, presents IL VOLO with these words, “Here they are, these three fantastic, wonderful boys”.
After the pleasantries, Massimo says he was moved when Gianluca showed him the photo, stored in his cell phone.
There is a lot of respect and affection between Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero and Massimo Ranieri.
Another thing you may not know, is that the beautiful song “VENT’ANNI”, sung in concert in 2016 by Gianluca and Piero, is a song brought to success by a young Massimo Ranieri.
And here is the video of Massimo Ranieri who sings “VENT’ANNI” during Canzonissima (a transmission of songs) of 1970. Massimo was 19, the song was a great success.
And here, the beautiful words of the lyrics of the song.
La mia vita cominciò Come l’erba come il fiore E mia madre mi baciò Come fossi il primo amore
La la la la la La la la la la
Nasce cosi La vita mia Come comincia Una poesia
Io credo che lassù C’era un sorriso anche per me La stessa luce che Si accende quando nasce un re
Una stella una chitarra Primo amore biondo e mio Con l’orgoglio dei vent’anni Piansi, ma vi dissi addio
E me ne andai Verso il destino Con l’entusiasmo Di un bambino
Io credo che lassù C’era un sorriso anche per me La stessa luce che
si accende quando nasce un re.
Io credo che lassù…..
My life began Like grass like a flower And my mother kissed me How I was the first love
La la la la La la la la
Thus was born My life How it begins A poem
I believe that up there There was a smile for me too The same light that It lights up when a king is born
A star a guitar First blonde love and mine With the pride of twenty years I cried, but I said you goodbye
And I left To destiny With enthusiasm Of a child
I believe that up there There was a smile for me too The same light that
It lights up when a king is born
I believe that up there……
Did you enjoy getting to know Massimo Ranieri better?
While they were in Abruzzo for the Chieti concert, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero made a very special visit.
This video was broadcast by the Abruzzo TV news program.
Man = Exceptional visit to the small patients of the pediatric oncology department of Pescara. The singing trio of IL VOLO has arrived to bring gifts and joy.
Woman = They kept their promise, they returned to find the small children of the oncohematology department of the hospital in Pescara, the children of IL VOLO.
Occasion, the stage of the tour, for the concert at the Civitella di Chieti, before going on stage, Ignazio Boschetto, the Abruzzese Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone, wanted to meet the small children who in these days, are hospitalized in the structure of Pescara.
Among small gifts, photos and hugs, a moment of true solidarity among those who suffer.
I= We do a little, but we know that it is worth a lot for these children, and it is a pleasure every time, to be able to come here to Pescara and thanks to AGBE (Association Parents Emopathic Children) that gives us this opportunity. Woman = Gianluca, for you Pescara and Abruzzo, have a special value. G= Absolutely, then I adapt to what Ignazio said and what we want to do is give strength to children, and especially to families, being close to them with a few gestures, for us it is important.
P= There is nothing more beautiful than sharing our passion, we are extremely lucky, because there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the people who look at you and smile at you.
A gesture of great significance for the AGBE, which accompanies children and families, in the difficult moments of their lives. Achille Di Paolo, is its president.
AdP = We are proud to have these guys, who support us every time. Whenever they are in the area, in Pescara, even in the Marche, a visit always make a visit to us. They fill us with joy and above all, they make our children smile and this is very important.
P= We have to thank heaven every day, for what we are experiencing right now, we are all extremely lucky, but we don’t realize it. These experiences give you a strength that fills your heart and makes you understand so much about life. I= It’s nice, when you can give a smile to younger children, it’s always a beautiful thing. Besides, I am one who tries not to see only the tragedy, today we live in the present and tomorrow, we will worry, when it will be tomorrow. Today we are here, in the present and we are with these young people and we try to give them a smile now.
G= I am very close, like Ignazio and Piero, to AGBE, we thank them for all the work they do every day, to stay close to these children, and their parents, who need support, above all moral support. Children are naturally unaware of what is happening, but parents, it is clear that they need as much strength. We promise to return, this time too, absolutely, every time the boys, Ignazio and Piero, are here in the area, for a concert, or whatever, we promise to come back, to give you a smile too, to stay together, which is the most important thing.
And here is the AGBE video of the visit of IL VOLO.
Also these days, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, have also given this special message.
I= A few days ago we heard about a sad story, we met a little girl, her name is Jo. She needs an intervention at the heels, this intervention can only be done in America at a cost of around 500,000 euros. We are here, to raise awareness, people like us, who can help us, even with little. P= For more information, go to the Facebook page, “Jo’s dreams”. G= We can help this little girl, who needs all of us, please…
Below are the donation codes from Jo’s photo enlarged.
This is the least known part of our boys, but it is a part that does them much honor.
Always look to those less fortunate than you.
Try to give a smile to those who don’t want to smile.
What a big heart.❤️
Thank you guys!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
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