Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone in the Shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica
When Ennio Morricone died I knew there would be a tribute to him and I was certain Il Volo would be the one to pay tribute to him but, I never imagined that it would be on such a grand scale.
Morricone had already made his mark in the music industry long before our guys were born but, to be honest, they have a lot in common. They both did the impossible and they did it by taking their music around the world!
Morricone brought his music around the world through his films. He won acclaim in America by revolutionizing the music and motion picture industry with his musical scores. People may not know his name but if you ask them if they know the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” they’ll say, “of course.” Morricone has certainly left his mark all over the world!
Likewise, our guys brought their music around the world. Through their bel canto, they left their mark all over the world. They are superstars in North and South America, throughout Europe and Asia. And now Italy! They revolutionized the music industry with their Operatic pop or Popera and Classical music.
In America, Morricone won an Oscar and an Oscar Life Achievement Award. In Italy he won among other awards a Donatello, which is the equivalent of the Oscar in America.
And what did our guys do, in America they won the Latin American Billboard Award and in Italy, among other awards, they won Sanremo, the greatest achievement in the Italian music industry! And let’s not forget the millions of albums they sold worldwide!
These great Italian men have made their country proud by their achievements around the world. They have brought Italy to every corner of the world through their music.
It’s so interesting to think that just five years ago the guys were concerned because they weren’t recognized in their own country and, now they are representing their country around the world in this wonderful project. The event is part of United For The World, a format that combines music and visual arts, born from an idea by Thomas Errera. Who could imagine that this project would take off on such a grand scale? In the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica? In your wildest imagination would you ever think that such an event would take place in such a prestigious place?
This event could draw over a million people. Think of the canonization of another great Italian man, Padre Pio, which took place at St. Peter’s Square just behind Piazza Pio XII. There was a sea of people that extended from the doors of St. Peter’s back to the Tiber River. I know! I was there! An amazing event and now our guys get to be the presenters of this phenomenal event in this amazing place.
Getting back to the guys at the press conference!
We’re talking about four remarkable men, Il Volo and Ennio Morricone, who have done extraordinary things in the music industry.
So, what did the guys have to say about this event?
Gianluca said: “The great Maestro Morricone was a source of inspiration for us, we also got to know him and work with him, especially in the studio, when we were children of 14 and 15 years old and were recording our first album. It is a source of pride and, perhaps, I allow myself to say that he is the greatest composer of the twentieth century, so we know that this project, this tribute, requires a great responsibility.
We will work hard because this is also the way to bring our musical heritage around the world, but above all, our culture, because he has made millions of people dream all over the world with his soundtracks and of course our goal has always been to bring and be ambassadors of bel canto all over the world, but not with presumption.
Piero said: “When we presented this project to other countries, North America, South America, Japan and many European countries, there was great enthusiasm on their part, because, as you well know, a couple of years ago we did a concert-event and the film was shown on American TV, and our goal is to convey Italian beauty with the music that surrounds us. In this event we are above all enthusiastic about the positive feedback from those who have collaborated, with Maestro Morricone, in recent years, such as the Sinfonietta Orchestra, which has always played with the Maestro, so we are talking to them. We are really excited and delighted that there is this interest on their part.
Ignazio was asked “as your colleagues have already mentioned, in the past you have also had close relationships with the teacher.”
Ignazio said:“Yes, they have already said everything but, I’ll put the icing on the cake… It was in 2011, when we had the luck, the pleasure and the honor of singing E PIÙ TI PENSO, which is a song that was part of our first album. We sang in Piazza del Popolo, in Rome, and we have this beautiful memory… We were young and at our age we had the experience of sharing the stage with one of the greatest composers in history, with greater tranquility.”
The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, welcomed the guys with these words:
“It is a special moment. Let me greet three guys who are internationally renowned, with extraordinary voices and who bring bel canto all over the world and allow traditions to be kept alive.
We need to think about the future, carrying a message of hope. Our goal is to focus on major events, on culture, on the possibility that this city joins artists of national and international caliber. The idea is to attract investment. Work must restart.
Today we present a great event that will take place on June 5th, 2021, a tribute to Ennio Morricone. It will be a free concert of the highest level, the beginning of a series of concerts, because we need fixed appointments that remind us what we are able to do. This event is meant to be the beginning. It is a strong signal.
This is meant to be a tribute at a time when we need unity. Thanks to the guys and all those who are working on this great event.”
The creator of the event is Thomas Errera and the project is followed by their manager Michele Torpedine and produced by Friends & Partners and MT Opera & Blues.
Ferdinando Salzano (Friends & Partners) in reply to Mayor Raggi, said: “June 5th will be a historic date, because it will be a great street event in an extraordinary location of international value. It could be the revival date for live music. There will be a great live broadcast…. There will be many guests.”
But it doesn’t stop there! The guys let us know there is a great recording project in the works in conjunction with this event.
“Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone”is the title of the next album by our three artists with worldwide publication for Sony Music. This is also part of United For The World,” a project that combines music and visual arts. It is a project that, through entertainment, aims to raise awareness on important global issues such as the care and protection of the planet.
And the guys have let us know that as part of the event and the new album”Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone,”there will be a dedicated tour as soon as conditions allow it! I will assume this will be similar to the Magica Notte Tour! Exciting news!
Ignazio says: Beyond this project, we are working with Shade, Fedez, Ermal Meta and others on a project to support workers in difficulty. It is too early to say but we are working together to do something that is useful. It is important that we young people try to give an example in our own way, such as wearing a mask and respecting the distance even if we are very young.
The guys have been working to bring back the music industry. They started at the Seat Music Awards. It was the first time they were on stage since the beginning of the pandemic when they had to cancel their last three concerts and go home.
Let’s remember their message of hope that evening.
Piero said: ”Now, the world is getting ready to start again! Now the moment has arrived to raise the curtain! Now, we will turn on the music!” This is the theme that reoccurs and, it will continue until music comes back to the arena’s and stages around the world. The stages that are missing our guys and their wonderful concerts.
It says we may have to perform under these new world conditions, but we don’t have to change who we are or why we’re here. In the ancient Arena of Verona, they looked to the past while following the path to the future. From their first note the whole arena lit up. They were back! Music had returned to the Arena!
Let’s stop a moment to think of the great event that will take place at Piazza Pio XII. This is the first time that the Municipality of Rome has granted a concert to take place in this square. Just picture St. Peter’s Basilica as the backdrop for this event. The complete scenography will be created with this perfect background. The event will be extraordinary.
The guys will present the Maestro’s melodies and imprint them in everyone’s mind! The lasting memory of Il Volo’s Tribute to Ennio Morricone and in the background, St. Peter’s Basilica. Who knows, maybe the Holy Father will drop by?
They will be accompanied by a large orchestra that will be conducted by a prestigious baton. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will pay homage to the great conductor, musician, composer and author of the most beautiful soundtracks in Italian and world cinema.
Since they left their homes after the quarantine the guys have worked tirelessly to bring back the music industry. This is an enormous project which they have undertaken. The genius of these three young men has brought us to this place in history, the beginning of an event which will be repeated year after year! And, who better to start such a project then our guys! It tells us that while they were locked way, they didn’t stop working for us.
The guys left us with the thought that there are other projects and surprises coming! Do they ever sleep?
On YouTube, this video was published which I found very interesting.
It is an interview, but also a report, made with Il Volo drummer, Bruno Farinelli.
The interview actually deals with highlighting the job of a drummer on a tour and therefore I will skip overly technical notions. At some point the interview also extends to the master Gianpiero Grani.
I found the video very nice, also to find out a bit about the background of an Il Volo concert.
Enjoy the reading!
At the beginning of the video, the interviewer says he would have liked to have a long interview with Bruno Farinelli, the drummer who played for Il Volo during the World Tour, but since the virus intervened, he had to change his plans and asked Bruno to do reports from where they were playing.
The first question he asked Bruno was to tell about this experience of a great world tour with Il Volo around the world.
Bruno replies that it is a fantastic tour that started, speaking of the Italian part, from Matera, with the PBS Special, which was followed by the Latin American part of the tour, starting from Mexico and they had to take 42 planes in two months.
The interviewer asks Bruno if the set (for the sound) has brought him with him or if each time he has to play on a different one, and if he has had surprises, or if everything went well.
Bruno says I’m in San Diego, with six concerts left at the end of this wonderful American tour.
He says the set (of drums) is extremely simple and they found it there in America. He details all the drums and cymbals, and then says that the cymbals were brought directly from Italy. He says that the real news for him, on this tour, was the introduction of the iPad for reading the songs.
Off-camera we hear the voice of Alessio Guerrieri, stage manager, who in turn explains the connections with the drums and the details requested by Farinelli.
The interviewer asks if they are traveling in America on a tour bus and asks to show if they are really comfortable as told.
Bruno shows the inside of the bus, he says it is like a huge camper, but much more beautiful. He says that the beds are very comfortable and that they have Wi-Fi and all possible and imaginable comforts on board and says, “This is our wonderful traveling home.”
The interviewer says that they have been in wonderful places, famous stages and asks to show some photos of those stages and says that he is very envious of this.
Bruno shows the Microsoft Theater, Bruno says it’s a wonderful view and in the evening there will be 4,500 full seats, and it’s a really nice theater.
Guitarist Andrea Morelli is asked what he and Gianluca were talking about and he replies that they were talking about a CD by John Mayer who shot the video in that theater.
Bruno shows other panoramas of two other stages: Indio and Laval.
Then, he shows a rehearsal with the orchestra made by the master Grani.
He says it is a very important moment, because moving from state to state, they always meet new orchestras to which Giampero must give all the directives before the concert. The master has about a couple of hours to try all the songs. Clearly the orchestra has already received all the songs before, however the rehearsals are a decisive and important moment (Bruno speaks softly so as not to disturb the rehearsals).
The interviewer asks Bruno that, although they are a band, they must also play with the orchestras of the various cities and asks to explain how the whole ensemble works.
The answer is given by the master Grani.
His role is not easy, because he is the pianist and the musical director of the tour, so he has a lot of work and responsibility.
Grani says that the work starts long before the concert, because he has to send all the songs to be played to the orchestra.
He has the entire archive of Il Volo songs and has also the archive of both the band and the orchestra. He says they have to be very organized, because in America they have very tight times for soundcheck, he only has one hour for rehearsals and they absolutely must be done at that time, because otherwise there are fines.
The parts of the orchestra are sent much earlier and delivered to a contact person. This year they also noted the performance variations directly on the parts, and at the end of the concert the sheets of the parts (sheet music) are recovered to be used for the next concert.
During the day of the concert, in addition to taking care of the parts, the band and connecting with the artists, he comes first to organize the work with the orchestras and see the repertoire which is vast because there are 26 songs. So he arrives and has an hour of time to tell the orchestra the basics, and try the more complicated pieces.
Grani says that he arrives before the others to try the more difficult songs – NESSUN DORMA, GRANADA, NO PUEDE SER, MARIA, MATTINATA, CORE N’GRATO – then communicates with the camera men the concert schedule and names the songs of the most classic repertoire which are also the most difficult to perform and film.
During the concert Grani does more things, plays the piano, follows all parts of the orchestra, he with the microphone, communicates with the artists (Piero, Ignazio and Gian), with the band, with the orchestra and with the stage manager, Alessio Guerrieri.
As soon as he rehearses with the orchestra, he arrives on stage, makes the soundcheck with the band, then the orchestra arrives and then they make the soundcheck all together, band, orchestra and artists.
The soundcheck is very fast, because there is little time, but everything is very well organized.
Maestro Grani shows that he uses the iPad, and says it is an indispensable thing, because on his iPad he has all the versions of the songs, those for the band, those for the orchestra, those for him and those for the director. He also has the parts of other Il Volo songs that the boys could change at the last minute, for example he says that Gianluca asked to replace a song that day and this also happens when the concert changes and they prefer to perform certain songs rather than others. Therefore if all these parts of songs were still in sheet music form there would be hundreds of sheets to carry.
The interviewer asks Maestro Grani what characteristics the drummer of the band must have.
Grani replies that playing for Il Volo means having many different styles, we go from pop to classic, so the first thing is versatility and then the ability to adapt to things that are often sudden and all this along always guaranteeing a very high level.
The skill of the drummer, who is very important in pop songs, is in knowing how to follow the other songs with elegance.
Now bass player Pier Mingotti is asked, what he expects from a drummer who plays with you on a tour like this.
He replies that he expects a great musicality, not only the technique.
The guitarist Andrea Morelli says that he is interested in a drummer who loves playing with him, he does not care for an individualist.
The bassist says that the Il Volo concerts are more difficult than others, because each verse is different and therefore the songs must be memorized well.
Even the drummer agrees and says that for them at the beginning it was a challenge, but they are satisfied because they are already at 54 concerts, but it was not easy and together they remember the first “SMILE” saying it was hard !!
In fact, even the guitarist says that it is very difficult for him to follow the part, at a certain point, he doesn’t even look at the iPad anymore, but looks at his companions and plays following the music and the hands of the master.
Then he tells about the difficulty he has with the guitars, which are his, when they encounter very different climates, therefore he has to make some very important adjustments, but everything is part of the game.
The interviewer, asks our drummer a wonderful question, asks what this tour was like on a human level, since he has already worked at high levels, but Italian artists who travel all over the world are very few.
Farinelli replied that it was a fantastic experience, there were no inconveniences, he said that unlike an Italian tour, you have to have great physical-food attention for yourself, try to sleep as much as possible and eat healthy, because it is a physical need, having to travel across time zones.
Then he shows a hotel gym, saying they start their days there.
Last thing, Farinelli wants to explain the diversity between his cymbals …………. but Ignazio intervenes – he, seeing that they are interviewing Farinelli, says that nothing he is saying is true !! (he jokes)
Farinelli, amused, says to him, “Ignazio there are two cases, either you sign me the release or you ruined this 16 minutes of my interview”.
Ignazio puts his hands in his hair and immediately says: “I’ll sign you the release.”
Farinelli laughs and says that this is the best summary of the climate they have during this tour …. Ignazio still intervenes saying that he wants at least 45% and Farinelli, always laughing, says that they give him at least 50% and says that yesterday he and Ignazio played tennis, and says the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic.
He says this is the classic tour you dream about when thinking about America – touring, seeing beautiful places, together with people who you like and know very well.
Thanks and final greetings.
Personally, I found this interview very interesting, but as I am very curious, I went to Bruno Farinelli’s Facebook page and found many of his really nice little posts and I wanted to share them with you.
Sonic Ranch Studio Complex !!! EL PASO! This place on the border between the United States and Mexico is indescribable. Six connected studios equipped with all the best you could wish for in an atmosphere that is a color bath! A sensational place where anyone would like to register !! A “Travel Day” Really out of the ordinary, a unique experience !!!
SHOW # 13! FORT LAUDERDALE (MIAMI)….. a unique emotion to play for 7,000 people at the BB&T Center !! It was particularly exciting for the presence of my friend and colleague John Favicchia, but also for the presence, in the first rows, clearly visible from my position, of the very l, very great GLORIA ESTEFAN!
Show # 9! This is the FOX THEATERwith its 4,000 seats.
It is one of the most enchanting theaters in America, perhaps the most beautiful Theater I’ve ever played in!
It was exciting to think how many artists have performed from this stage !!! ….. and now we leave for Chicago !!
DETROIT!This is Motown’s Studio A!It is incredible to think how much wonderful music has been made in this room, with the microphones hanging from the ceiling (mostly in 4 tracks) and the hole in the ceiling for the reverberation (impossible to photograph it, it was not allowed).
The Temptations, the Supremes, Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder ….. these are some of the artists who started here!
And tonight the Fox Theater awaits us !!
This was Radio City Music Hall !!
A fantastic night in a city that I love to die for !! In front of 6,000 wonderful people! I swear to you that from the stage it is a unique emotion !!!
Goodbye New York ❤️
A typically New York evening:
Let’s go to Greenwich Village to see some shows. How beautiful Greenwich is and my friend Mary rightly thinks of stopping a passerby to capture the moment in front of the Smalls.
Nobody passes …… here is a gentleman …Sorry would you take a picture” ….. “sorry, but do you play the guitar? “…” sorry, but you are Peter Bernstein?”(one of my heroes, an incredible guitarist)
He is surprised, we talk a little bit about Italy, about our tour, and he tells me that his son is called Bruno. …. And I tell him that my son is named Pietro.
“I hope to play 4 measures with you Peter,” I tell him when I take my leave …… “We hope to play a whole piece,” … he tells me ….. this is NEW YORK. And tonight we play at Radio City Music Hall !!! ….
I wonder how many times I will still be in a room before going to sleep to thank this wonderful thing called MUSIC!❤️
I read that Michele Torpedine had personally contacted Bruno Farinelli. I remind everyone that Torpedine is a good drummer, but I believe that after you have read this you will have noticed how important the human side also is during the tour of the boys. In fact, Farinelli himself, says in the video that the band was chosen also considering their socialization ability, so as to create together a nice group, that works a lot, but also has fun while in each other’s company.
In fact, guys, we have already seen since the San Josè concert that you have never gone out into the audience.
The two buses, in use by Il Volo.
Unfortunately the San Rafael concert has been canceled, this is the communication from Il Volo.
Dear fans, due to the most recent mandate from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, we will not be able to perform for you tonight at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium. We hope we get the opportunity to see you again soon!
Unfortunately, the epilogue of this post was not what we all wanted.
The last two concerts in Fresno and Las Vegas have also been canceled and Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca have quickly returned to Italy, to their families, where they will live isolated in their homes.
The official announcement of the staff of IL VOLO.
ACCORDING TO OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE IL VOLO FORCED TO CANCEL FINAL CONCERTS OF 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DUE TO THE COVID-19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND THE MOST RECENT TRAVEL BAN THE MARKETS INCLUDE THE SAN RAFAEL, CA CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 11th, THE FRESNO, CA CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 13TH, AND THE LAS VEGAS, NV CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15TH
IL VOLO expresses their appreciation to their fans and hopes they will have the opportunity to reschedule these engagements sometime in the near future. WE WILL ADD THE LOCAL INFORMATION.
TICKET REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE AS FOLLOWS FOR THE FRESNO PERFORMANCE: -PATRONS WHO PURCHASED TICKETS WITH CREDIT CARD WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REFUNDED -PATRONS WHO PURCHASED WITH OTHER FORMS OF PAYMENT SHOULD RETURN TO THEIR POINT OF PURCHASE FOR A REFUND.
The contagion of Covid19 is too fast and the concerts are a great risk for people.
The decision was made quickly, also because it was becoming increasingly difficult to return to Italy.
Unfortunately, the beautiful American tour ends with so much disappointment on the part of those who have been waiting for this event for a long time, but with the awareness that health is no joke.
There will be better times where we can remember these hard times.
There will also be others magnificent concerts.
This post was prepared before the C19 infection to list the various cities touched by Il Volo during the tour. We post it anyway now, thinking of doing something pleasing for you. 😀❤️
Il Volo, did a great American tour, many cities were visited.
Let’s summarize this long journey together.
But how did our young people travel? Let’s find out together. 😁
Gianluca, kindly introduces us to the means by which they traveled from one city to another, is a beautiful and comfortable sleeping bus, equipped with 12 beds.
In the video, Gianluca takes the place of the perfect “landlord” and makes us visit the bus. Gianluca says. “We travel on the bus, I’ll show you, here is the kitchen, here are the beds, 12 beds, we are a dozen people, then there is the living room.”
Way to WASHINGTON…..Ignazio, you are too strong, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA !! ❤
Way to CHICAGO
In this nice video, while traveling from one city to another, Ignazio says: “I have to say that today I ate really well, let’s say that I enjoyed like a hedgehog, because according to my theory, when you eat well, the hedgehog is born, and enjoys. I have enjoyed today as a hedgehog. Do you understand? Do you understand???”
One of our readers, Jackie Rote, was for the first time at their concert, in Mesa, today I read her comment and I want to finish this post with her nice words.
“ IL Volo” “my guys”! They are a gift to the world. I told Pastor in church today that if the people in the world no matter where you live were examples of IL Volo, there would be no wars, no hate, and the world be a joy to live in. I mean this from my heart. I am so fortunate to see that in them because they are perfect examples what human beings should be and act like.
It was a thrill to meet them. IL Volo is a gift to everyone who loves kindness, humility, love of pets, parents, and so many more things in life. May God Bless them and keep them safe and to let their light and laughter shine thru to all of us.
I can’t apologize for saying because these are true feelings of mine, and I pray they have a long life with joy and laughter. I hope all will enjoy and love them as I do.
Doing this because it’s not good-bye but CIAO!🥰💚😉🙏
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