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Have You Ever Heard of “Il Volo”?

I predict these kids will have a bright future.  What do you think? ~Marie

 

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Parliamo (Italian) – verb

1. We speak
2. A FIAT Backstage series in which we sit down, interview, and get to know someone from the world of FIAT, art, music, fashion, or design.

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What were you doing at 17 years old? Odds are you were not embarking on a tour of the United States fresh off going platinum and taping your own concert DVD. In class you could daydream about being on stage in front of the adoration of your screaming fans. As members of the singing group Il Volo, this is just the life that three teenage Italian crooners (Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble) have found themselves living.

This life now seems like something that they have adapted to, and it’s no surprise considering how they formed as a group. Individually, they began their careers as contestants in 2009, when they entered the Italian music competition television show Ti lascio una canzone. Their talents were apparent from the beginning, and their lives were changed when the show’s producers decided to have them perform the song “O Sole Mio” as a trio. This new blend of their voices struck a chord with the audience, and with themselves. What has happened since has been an international sensation, and now the trio is focused on bringing their style, music, and artistry from Italy to the United States—they embarked on their own tour this fall, and released a new collection of songs for their growing fan base. It’s quite possible that in the near future you will be seeing a lot more of Il Volo.

Trust us. This is a very good thing.

We had a chance to catch up with them backstage before one of their recent tour stops, and talked everything from music to family to Gianluca’s FIAT Cinquecento back home.

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Gianluca // Piero // Ignazio

You’ve made a name for yourselves in Italy; what are you hoping to accomplish here in the United States?

Gianluca: All of the people hope to come to America, and we are so lucky because we are the first Italian artists to sign with Universal Music in L.A., here in the United States. We have sold one million copies of our first album in Italy. We are young, and we want to introduce people to our kind of music, traditional music.

Piero: This has always been our goal. Usually, this type of music is loved by an older generation, but now if you come to our concert you will find people from 10 years old to 90 years old.

Have you found it difficult to introduce a younger generation to this type of music?

Piero: We are 17 and 18 years old, and we love this type of music. We think that all of the younger generation is going to love this kind of music as well. If you discover it, you’ll love it.

Gianluca: The new album is completely different. The songs are new, and it’s going to be a surprise when you hear it.

You sing a more traditional style of music, but are there any other types of music that you listen to or that inspire you?

Ignazio: Yes, of course! I love AC/DC. (It should be noted that at this point, Ignazio started singing some of his favorite AC/DC songs.)

Gianluca: We love opera. We love rock. I love Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, all of the jazz singers really. Also, my favorite is Chris Botti. I am a huge fan of Chris Botti.

Piero: We love Barbra Streisand as well, and since we love Barbra Streisand, the dream is really coming true for us. We are going to have a concert and a tour with her in October. We will sing some songs with her, and some by ourselves.

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As artists, where do you take inspiration from?

Gianluca: My grandfather. I started to listen to this type of music because of him.

Piero: My grandfather is my inspiration as well. My grandpa is blind, and he is the one who discovered my voice. He is a musician as well, and while he was writing a song, I started to sing. He started to look around and was wondering, “Who is this singer? Who is singing?” He helped me to form my dream.

Ignazio: I started alone in my room with a keyboard. When my family moved in Sicily, I started to study and sing and have fun with the music.

Since you have been stateside, what has been the most exciting thing to happen?

Piero: The American audience is so warm. They love our music so much. They are very familiar with our music. We love it.

Have you found your age to be a barrier for people to understand or appreciate your music?

Piero: This is the most important thing for me. Our music is a great mix: the voices and our age. This is the first time that many people our age will see this type of music performed.

Ignazio: Sometimes, people will compare us to the Three Tenors, but we don’t sing like the Three Tenors. They sing opera. We sing a mix of traditional and pop music. It is a great honor to be compared, but we are something different.

Gianluca: I would hope to have a career like the Three Tenors. They have been doing this for so long and are so talented. We are still very young and new.

Where would you like to see your career take you?

Gianluca: We want to always stay together.

Piero: With the first album, we sang covers to show people who we are. With the new album, with the new songs, we want people all over to sing OUR songs.

Ignazio: We want to bring wonderful things to our fans, and want to be a good example for the next generation.


How do you feel when you see a FIAT 500 here in the United States?

Gianluca: I have the Cinquecento. I own it back home. I love the Cinquecento.

Ignazio:Italy! In America! It’s a little piece of home.

Piero: Sometimes when we are on the bus and we see a Cinquecento, we say, “Look at the car! It’s just like home.”

 

OFF STAGE

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As we end summer and the weather starts cooling down (for most everyone), I thought it would be fun to step back and take a look together at summer in Il Volo land! I’m sure you have seen many of these photos before, but, really, can you not get enough?

 

Santo Domingo – Piero:  “Enjoying Caribbean vibe”

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Santo Domingo – Look at the beautiful palm trees and beautiful blue sky?  If anyone sees anything else that needs to be pointed out, please feel free to do so.

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 …and a one and a two…GERONIMO!

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Gianluca summed it up when they had finally settled down after their tour completed:  “Abruzzo. La mia terra, la mia luce” (Translated:  Abruzzo, my land, my light)

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(Look closely and that’s me waving my arms in the sea looking for help!  Okay, maybe not)

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“He flies through the air with the greatest of ease”

 

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GG hanging out with his good friend Marco
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Igny at the park

 

 

 

Who didn’t enjoy watching this video of Ignazio over and over (and over and over) – A man and his dog!

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The following pictures are of Igny and Piero who decided to vacation together with family in Taormina.

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Look at that beautiful sea and pool.  Wait!  What is that?

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OH!  HELLO THERE!

 

 

They just love eating at BamBar in Taormina, Sicily.  Doesn’t that look refreshing for a hot summer day?  The dessert looks good, too!

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Just like a man and his dog, there’s nothing like a man with his horse!

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…and he fishes, too!

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…and he paints, too!  Their talents are endless!

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Such grace – such form!

 

Igny hanging out with his tennis buddies

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I never thought fish were handsome.  This must be a new species.

 

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Sea…car…Piero

 

 

Piero on waterski.  Such skill!

 

 Piero wrote:  “ask me why do i love home…this is why”

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Con la famiglia

 

Love that jet skiing!

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FRATELLI

 

 

I hope you enjoyed summer.  So much to still look forward to as they go on tour in 2017.  It’s right around the corner.

 I know there are more pictures but I only used pictures posted from Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca’s Twitter/Instagram/Facebook pages.  Credit goes to these three lovelies.

Il Volo – Off Stage

offstageHi Friends,

When last I wrote, we left off was in Miami.  Now for Part 2 of the North American tour!!  Enjoy!

After their fun in Miami, we next catch up with them in Fort Myers.

 

 

Gian Piero
Friendship, friendship – it’s the perfect blendship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lunch time!

In case you didn’t notice, that empty chair on the right was mine.  I had to get up to take the picture.  (WHAT?  You don’t believe me?)

Ignazio, Ignazio – where for art thou Ignazio? Here he is!

Basketball in Atlanta.

It’s great that they had the opportunity to get out for some fun.

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Heading to New Orleans

New Orleans

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Does anyone else wish they were on that bus? Just me?

 

Gym time in New Orleans.

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Welcome to Texas!!

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HOWDY!!

 

On to Denver

Hanging out on the bus sporting their new Il Volo Logo T-Shirts (and never without their cellphones).  Again, I ask, anyone want to be on that bus.  It’s ok – shout it out!!

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LAS VEGAS!!!!

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They attended an event here. Anyone know what it was? Um – Oh yeah – FAN FAIRE!!!

Last stop – California here we come!

Santa Monica

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Just playing around (literally)

 

Piero says Hollywood is always a great place to perform. I absolutely agree.  Must have seen Soonie while they were there.  Notice Piero’s buzz cut on the sides?

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Getting in some exercise in Santa Monica. Love this!

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Gianluca loves California. It truly is a beautiful state and it certainly agrees with them.

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Alas, the North American tour comes to an end. Until we meet again!

Next stop – South America!

Il Volo – Off Stage

Friends,

We talk about Il Volo when they are on tour (Il Volo Professional). There has been some feedback about what Il Volo is doing when they’re not on stage.   Welcome to Off Stage!

As many of you may remember, we had a column titled “In Case You Missed It” by our beloved friend Linda Snyder. Since that was Linda’s column, I want to keep it Linda’s, which is why this column was renamed.

When I was asked to do this, it gave me a funny feeling but at the same time felt so honored. I only hope that I can walk in my dear friend’s shoes.  I miss you, girl!!

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In case anyone here didn’t know, Il Volo has been on tour since January. WHAT??  Oh come on, you knew!  Though they have quite a busy schedule with back to back concerts, they did have some time for play.  I know you all have seen these pictures, but, really!  Can we tire of seeing them again?

They started their 2016 tour in Italy in January. I was able to come up with these lovely photos:

Italians love to eat!

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In Abruzzo

 

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Do you think he’s for hire?
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Ciao from Florence!

And who can forget these shots when they were promoting for MatchlessLondon. Okay, so this was actually work and not play, but these photos are among my favorites.

Wearing the Matchless London Star Wars capsule collection and taking a tour of the exclusive presentation at Pitti Uomo!

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Italy tour ends.

 

WELCOME TO NORTH AMERICA!!

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Canada, Northeast U.S. and Midwest U.S. in February? For the life of me, I cannot figure out why there was little to no outdoor play.

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Yet, there was one brave soul.

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They did get to go to a hockey game while in Canada.canada

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They also got to celebrate Gianluca’s birthday while in Boston.Boston

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They look so cold!

If you can’t go outside, then what can we do indoors? Of course!  Gym time!

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Gianluca even has his Momma gymmin’ in Nashville!Grand ole opry

 

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In Nashville (sigh)

I know it’s an old picture but I feel like he’s been left out…so just because.

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I love the camaraderie they all have with each other. Did I mention Italians love to eat?  This was taken at Papa Joe’s in Pennsylvania.

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Now, I don’t know what poor Patrizio did to deserve this (Il Volo’s bass player)

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Enough of the cold!! It’s time to hit Florida full of Warmth and Sunshine!  HELLO!Florida

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The night before the Miami Concert Il Volo joined the Estefan’s for Julio Estefan’s birthday!

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