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日本ツアーの続き (THE JAPANESE TOUR CONTINUES) by Daniela

The tour in Japan is going very well.
Already four concerts have been made.
The last one in Bunkamura, Tokyo.

It was a success!

Here is the short video made by Mrs. Lenora, at the end of the concert.

The boys are expected by the Japanese fans, for a last autograph and they are always very available and nice.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, also advertised the movie NOTTE MAGICA de IL VOLO, which will be released in Japanese cinemas in July, and then posed for a photo shoot, wearing Japanese fashion clothes.

What to say, they are always nice to see !!!

They could really be professional photo models.

They also made a video to promote the new video “A CHI MI DICE”.

There is also another bit of good news.

The album MUSICA de IL VOLO has entered the second place in the daily ranking of the best-selling records in Japan (Original Confidence Daily International Music Charts).

Italian pride abroad.

And then they were interviewed, and here is a summary of this interview.

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IL VOLO arrives in Japan.

The tenth anniversary concert tour starts in Japan!

I was shuddered by Il Volo’s voice! 

Notte Stellata (Starry Night)” that Yuzuru Hanyu chose for the music of the Pyeongchang Olympics and received great acclaim. The young trio of Italian origin, Il Volo, is the owner of an incredibly sweet and clean singing voice that gently embraces the heart of the listener.

Piero, Ignazio, Gianluca ……, three members found talent in the Italian audition program at the age of 14 and 15, formed a boundless trio that sings from Italian folk songs to operas and pops, caused a boom all over the world.

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the formation, it is an interview with them during the tour of the concert in Japan that is coming at this time.

I have heard of love and passion for music, feelings for friends and future activities.

Piero Barone, born 24 June 1993, from Sicily. Sing the air of the opera in a dramatic volume, reminiscent of R. Pavarotti from the apogee. A smart and cool leader who also has a sense of laughter

PIERO = Since we started, we have also sung opera classics and original folk songs, but Il Volo’s main goal is to let many know about the charm of Italian music.

Gianluca Ginoble, born 11 February 1995, from Abruzzo. A handsome boy with an ordered appearance just like a sculpture. Sing in a romantic way with a shiny and deep velvet voice and capture the heart of the listener.

GIANLUCA= What is at the base of our music are the traditional melodies of Italy, and the passion to convey that charm has not changed at all.

Ignazio Boschetto, born 4 October 1994, from Bologna. From the soulful and sparkling cry to the parts he delicately sings, the ability to sing freely. He’s hot. A humorous speech is a fun mood maker.

IGNAZIO= Italians love music a lot, but we all grew up, especially among music lovers. Everyone was influenced by grandfather and dad, and grew up listening to Italian folk songs and works.

There is a reputation for their appeal that attracts women all over the world. They are also very popular as a star in South America, and it is also a promise that the scene where women who fall in love with them throw colorful gifts (sometimes even bras!) On stage!

The Japan Tour audience, which started May 13th, was not only feminine, but also colorful. A large public and people from adolescents and twenties to grandfather and grandparents, the three of Il Volo will be united in a warm atmosphere. The venue is just the classics room like the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Grand Hall, Arie in the name of the work, the light Italian folk songs resound with applause, to every part of the song, “Bravo.”

Il Volo also greeted the public, sometimes serving a kiss.

For my age generation, they are almost the age of my children, but for the dynamic singing voice and the appearance I knew at the show, there is also a lot of sensuality for adults! The heart is beating fast and the romantic concentration in the blood seems to increase.

GIANLUCA = It was impressive to come to Japan that your ways are wonderfully good. I am impressed by how you listen to our music calmly, very carefully and impatiently! It would be nice if the South American and European public were with everyone in Japan (laughs). I will learn Japanese at my next visit to Japan, so I will be able to exchange more words with the public, so please look ahead.

IGNAZIO = I’m happy to be able to do a concert at Japan. Arigatou Gozaimasu! I look forward to performing in Osaka this time. Everyone who comes to the concert, let’s meet up at the “Okini!” (If I had gone to Osaka, I would like to say “Okini”, Inazio practiced repeatedly.)

In 2016 an open-air concert was held in Florence entitled “Il Volo with Placido Domingo NOTTE MAGICA – Dedicated to the three great tenors”. The model becomes a film and will be released from 19 July in Japan. Even those who could not come on this tour can enjoy their beautiful singing voices in the cinema. What kind of movie is it?

GIANLUCA = The concert took place in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. Spend a summer evening with us in a fantastic illuminated square …. I think you can enjoy such a romantic moment. It would be nice if you could look at the theater!

PIERO = Even on the fifth anniversary of the training, they asked me, “What do you think of Il Volo after five years?”

And I replied: “I would like to celebrate the tenth anniversary with these three people”. Now, what I can say is this: “I really want to sing with them, for 50 years more.”

Guys, this Japanese tour, is taking place in the best way.
We are so happy for your success, because you deserve it.
I would say that your tenth anniversary is taking place in the best way.
But the goals are still many.
We are always here to support you!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

INIZIA IL TOUR: YOKOHAMA by Daniela

The tour has started.

Japan, first stop, Yokohama.

The theater that will host IL VOLO is very beautiful.

Everything is ready, last moments in the backstage, sent by our beautiful baritone.

The evening program booklet is also very nice.

The concert will be set to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but there will certainly be variations.

And here is the list of songs that will be performed in the concert.

A really intense program.

It is very similar to the NOTTE MAGICA program, but with some variations.

The following have been introduced:

“QUESTA O QUELLA” taken from IL Rigoletto,

“NOTTE STELLATA” (lately they sing this only in Japan and instead we would like to hear it everywhere),

“LAMENTO DI FEDERICO” from the Arlesiana,

“BE MY LOVE” and “MUSICA CHE RESTA”  from the last CD.

Furthermore “O ‘PAESE D’O SOLE” is sung by all three and not only by Piero and Ignazio.

Unfortunately in Japan, it is not allowed to make video footage while the concert is taking place, therefore there are no videos, only a very short video of the concert already finished with standing ovation, taken by Mrs. Lenora.

And here are the only photos of the concert.

The Japanese are very observant of the rules.

However we can guess that it was a success, and we wish Piero, Ignazio and GIanluca to continue their tour with great success …… and we hope, for us, to be able to see some videos!

The boys continue to be hosted in the various programs, here they are in the UTACON show, where the boys sing a small song in Japanese.

Very nice as usual and always available for photos.

What do you think about the concert program and the new songs included?

It is clear that the program will not be the same here in Italy and also in the US.

I think it’s a very intense program and honestly I’m curious to hear Rigoletto and Arlesiana.

I also think that these guys can do everything, and range from a classic program to a pop with great ease and this is certainly not for everyone.

Well guys are you ready for the next concert ???

Tokyo awaits you !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

MOSCOW : SECOND BRAVO AWARDS by Daniela

On March 19, IL VOLO was a guest at the famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, for the SECOND BRAVO AWARDS ceremony.

For those who could not follow the whole event, let’s recap everything from the beginning.

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Monday 18 March, departure for Moscow.

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In this video, the usual Ignazio joker on the plane says he wanted to try to read the safety instructions of the plane, but says it’s a little complicated (they are written in Cyrillic) !!!!

And then he says, “We’re in Moscow.”

Here they are on arrival, with some fans.

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In this video Piero says:

“I just arrived in my room and Barbara gave me the wonderful news that in half an hour we have the official tests for tomorrow, so we have to run to the theater.”

This photo was posted by Piero, and shows the theater in its beauty.

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The tests.

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And here we are on the big day, the boys are simply beautiful !!

 

 

I would say that guys take our breath away because they are elegant and beautiful. They wear Armani, and they wear it just fine !!

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And here we are at the time of the event ….. the curtain rises, IL VOLO sings “Libiam de’ lieti calici” from Traviata.

 

Too short, all over, good as always.

What is surprising is that these guys go from a pop program to a classic program with such a disarming ease.

But let’s enjoy some more shots.

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Reposted from @bravopremia – Yesterday, the Second BraVo Awards ceremony took place on the Bolshoi Theatre stage. We are pleased to share with you some photos from the red carpet, which brought together the best artists: opera and ballet stars, world movie stars, guests and participants of the ceremony. 

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Here they are with Alessandro Safina, an Italian crossover singer.

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Like all good things, end soon, and they are already there when they return.

Piero says: “We are in Rome.”

Ok guys, go on like this, fascinate everyone with your skill and your charisma.

You have added dates to your tour that becomes, always longer, you will also be in Russia and Hungary ……. but here, everyone is waiting for the dates for the Canada and USA tour !!!!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

 

REVIEW OF MUSICA CD by MYRON HEATON

I was one of the very first writers to write columns for the Flight Crew and I always enjoyed doing it and I always was proud of the fact that many you would write comments and some would email me when they wanted to.  The last time I wrote an article of any length was for the wonderful “Notte Magica” program – both the PBS presentation and the CD. Since then I was always waiting for a new album and/or a new PBS show.  Well the Latin American songs were MP3 and digital download. I do CD’s (as old fashioned as that is) but I did listen to the songs they recorded in Miami with Emilio Estefan. I did not write an article then because I was told there would be a CD eventually.  Well, so far ? ? ? I really ended up worried about the challenges that the boys were putting their voices through. The songs were each very similar to the next but I did like some of those songs. My problem was the stress and extreme tight throat they were developing in the recording process.

Now we skip ahead to right now.  Good news. In the process of preparing for this new album they must have gone back to working with their vocal coaches (always the foundation to the incredible sound these guys produce).  I sent an email to Barbara Vitali this afternoon and asked about vocal coaches and hope to get an answer soon. Bottom line is that each guy has progressed in spite of the extremes of some of those previous songs.  The other factor is that I really do like the songs on this album. Good for them!

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Gianluca:  In some of these songs the approach to vowels starts out a little closed and tight in the throat.  But as he warms up the throat gets more and more free and the size and sound of the vowels is bigger and more rich than ever. As I have said many times in other reviews, this is the finest baritone working the professional music world today and he sings Latin, Broadway, light rock, pop ballads, Italian romantic songs, opera and classical recital songs.  He can do it all and do it all superbly!!

Piero:  a little bit of the same problem that I think is left over from singing a whole different style of music.  But, as with Gianluca, he loosens up and gets rid of the old (sometimes) tight sound and lets it fly free and big.  This is an instrument that always was a big instrument and now is bigger.

Ignazio:  Listen to him float and soar up and around those high notes.  Greatest Lyric tenor working today. I have said that many times before also.  There is a way that he and Gianluca can “caress” and “romance” a beautiful phrase of love until the listener falls to the ground in a rush of emotion.

Review 02

Do you ever listen to these guys and find yourself getting chills up and down your back?   Do you ever find yourself having a hard time breathing when they handle the word “subtle” in their singing.   Too many young singers cannot sing soft without ending up with a dead sound and they cannot sing loud without screeching their brains out.  When our boys sing soft it is with absolute control and beauty – the kind that does send chills out. And they do not just sing with a mindless LOUD.  They produce a gorgeous large sound that fills the room without being harsh or formless. That kind of sound can make your heart skip a beat.

So here is where all that vocal work really pays off.

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The songs on this CD are:

Musica Che Resta  by Gianna Nannini &  Emilio Munda & Antonello Carozza

I think all of the Il Volo fans know by now this song was featured for the 2019 Sanremo Festival.  I was asked to address the controversy comparing “Musica Che Resta” to “Grande Amore” composed by Francesco Boccia.  First of all they are two different songs composed by two different composers. The “fuss” is silly and a waste of time.  These are two different songs and each has a special energy and works well for Il Volo. Having listened to “Grande Amore” many times and “Musica che resta” a good number of times I can see where some people would find similarity in the way the piano/softer opening sections layered over fast tempo rhythmic sections would have a “sameness” to them.  But they don’t really. Another place where you might find similarity is in the form of the two songs.

This is one place where there is a resemblance but, once again, it is of no importance.

Vicinissimomore to come later.

Arrivederci Roma  by Renato Rascel & Pietro Garinei & Sandro Giovanni

A good number of the “crooners” of the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s sang this at one time or another.  It was used in the movie “Seven Hills of Rome” and it was a hit for Dean Martin and also Mario Lanza,  Well you can see the attraction going from Dean to Gianluca and from Mario to Piero.

Gianluca starts out a little tight in the throat but gets more loose as he moves ahead.   Piero starts the same – restricted throat but changes as he moves to the next phrase and he is showing off a much more open vowel sound concept.  I am anxious to see him in person soon and what how he uses his jaw. Ignazio really makes this song very romantic in the way he works the musical phrase.

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A chi mi dice (English=“those who tell me”)  by  Lars Halvor Jensen & Martin Larsson musicians of Danish background but now live in United Kingdom.  This song was featured by their own band.

Fino a quando fa bene  –

People (from musical “Funny Girl”)  by Julie Styne & Bob Merrill.  Funny Girl was a huge Broadway hit back in the mid-1960’s and made Barbara Streisand a star.  Then Columbia Pictures made a truly great film of the musical and Streisand, once again, starred.  At Oscar time, she ended up in the only tie ever in Best actress with Katharine Hepburn. All you loyal Il Volo fans should know that the boys have always loved her and, better yet, sang with her on her 2012 tour.  Great experience for them. They learned a lot from her. This song is her theme song and it works very well for the guys. Each guy is doing his best work on this song. Makes sense since they are loyal to her. Rumor has it she may join them for the PBS program – hope so.

La nave del olvido  by Dino Ramos and Armando Manzanero

This song was a big hit for the famous Mexican singer Jose Jose.  Remember IL VOLO singing for him at an awards program because he has lost his voice forever. They sang “El Triste” at that time.

Lontano dagli occhi  by Sergio Endrigo and Sergio Bardotti

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Be My Love  by Sammy Cahn & Nicholas Brodzsky

Those of us of a certain age (now wait a minute, I did not say the word “old” ) – anyway for those people of that age we all remember what a strong impression was made on us when Mario Lanza sang this song in the movies.  Check out the video of “That’s Entertainment” from MGM which is a fantastic collection of many scenes from MGM musicals from the 1930’s to the 1960’s He is very much part of the late 40’s and the 50’s. He was way too young when he died.

Here is another song that I bet Piero loves.  I would be interested in finding out in which order these songs were recorded.  Certain songs show that the boys have a rather tight throat take a verse or so to get loosened up to a more free sound

When you read my reviews of the past years you will see that the control of their instruments (voice) was always one thing that amazed me for their age and their more pop interests. One note about Sammy Cahn.  He is a composer that wrote a lot of Frank Sinatra’s best songs.

La voce del silenzio  by Paolo Limiti and Elio Isola

This song was a hit in 1968 from different singers first in Italian and then in English under the title “ Silent Voices” sung by Dionne Warwick

Meravigliosa creatura  by Gianna Nannini & Mara Redeghieri

A few more thoughts:

I have been reading that our boys have been getting negative comments for the style of music they do.  They seem to get more support here in the USA than they do in Europe (although that is getting better).  My thought is that we who stick by the boys no matter what kind of music they do because they are the best and because they show their love in every note – we must always make sure that loyalty gets to them and gets known by them.

I have a feeling that upcoming programs will be just wonderful.

Myron Heaton

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Grande Amore – the wait is over! ~~ By Jana (2015 Archives…)

(Ciao a tutti! – Just about 4 years ago (February 20, 2015), I wrote this poem after receiving the Sanremo version of Grande Amore.  It is clear I was very excited – to say the least.  At the time, this post got 81 comments and something like over 500 views on the site.  Marie also chose it to go into the book we gave the guys, way back when, and I felt very honored.  I thought I’d post it again, just for fun.  I did write a new poem for the new Musica album, that I got yesterday, which is awesome – the album by the way.  However, I don’t think I could top this poem.  🙂  But I will post it as well in a few days. – Enjoy, again!)

 


a - jana

 

We knew it was coming, but when would that be?

We waited, and waited, then shouted with glee!

It was coming soon, but not til after Sanremo;

How long could I last, without a new song from Il Volo?

 

We then heard the news, it was on Amazon.IT!

There I went with my visa, to order it quickly!

I wanted it now, so express shipping I paid;

Hoping and praying, it would not be delayed!

 

Three weeks and counting, how much more can I bear?

I kept watch on my email, when would it be there?

The contest had started and Il Volo appeared;

Singing their hearts out, while everyone cheered!

 

But on Friday the 13th, not bad luck for me,

I read in my mail; the CD would be early!

I jumped up and down, how lucky am I?

I’ll have it soon in my hands; I could just cry.

 

The day finally came, it was arriving today;

I waited and paced, for the delivery all day.

I tracked it online, it came straight from Milan.

On to Bergamo and Brussells, then finally MY town!

 

I raced home to get it, but it was not there?

DHL had not come yet – how much more could I bear?

I went to the store, to pick up my dinner.

They had til 8pm, then there was a knock at my door!

 

It was here, finally, at last, it was here!

I’m sorry, but I could not wait to open it, I fear.

I quickly took pictures and then opened it with care;

Staring lovingly at my hand, so wishing they were there!

 

I listened and listened, and listened again.

Over and over I played it, I did not want it to end.

But bedtime was coming, I so needed my sleep,

I can listen again tomorrow, for I know it will keep.

 

Il Volo is love, Grand Amore, to be exact!

The heck with all the critics, they are just hacks!

So listen with joy, Il Volovers everywhere;

And know that we give them our tender loving care!

~Jana