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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!

Set Your Clocks for 6pm EST on Nov 1, 2021!! Il Volo and Morricone and an Interview!

Hello folks!  I’m sure this has already been all around FaceBook by now and maybe even Twitter, but we are posting it here for your convenience.  Below is also a great interview that Daniela found.  Just fyi, it’s REALLY long, but  a great interview.  It’s a little history of the guys and how they got to where they are now.  Enjoy!

Il Volo sings Ennio Morricone: exclusive interview with the Italian trio

You may have seen the post from the guys on Instagram, advertising that they will be on “TalkShopLive” on Instagram on Monday, Nov 1, at 6pm, EST – That’s “New York” time!  🙂

So here’s what you have to do!

  1. if you don’t already subscribe to Instagram, sign up.

  2. If you already subscribe, find “TalkShopLive” and follow them.

  3. It should be automatic that they send you a notification for live events.

  4. Be sure your phone is set up to notify you of Instagram notifications.

  5. That should be it – wait until 6p on Monday!  🙂

The guys are supposed to be on there live to answer questions!  Here are a few screen shots I captured….