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IGNAZIO BOSCHETTO, A NEW CHANSONNIER? by Daniela

About a month ago, my dear friend Valeria Bosch, whom you all know well by now, asked me for help in translating an article on Ignazio into English. For me it was a real pleasure and an honor, to translate Valeria’s beautiful and appropriate reflections. Surely many of you will have already read them, but I repeat them here again, in order to re-cheer your hearts.  💖


Enjoy the reading!
Daniela

Ignazio 01

IGNAZIO: the lights are dimmed on the stage, in the central cone only a young man dressed in dark, the sleeves of the shirt rolled up and a fashionable “gilet” (vest) of the past. For a few seconds he concentrates himself closing his eyes, then starts with the first notes of “Almeno tu nell’universo”, low, just whispered, to rise more and more, as the pathos of the music grows, in a conjunction between voice, music and text that captivates the viewer, keeps him suspended between earth and sky, in a region totally detached from reality and from matter. The passages of register, whispering, trembling, vibrating, acute, follow one another urgently, not as a mere demonstration of technical ability and artistic maturity, but as perfect emanations of the emotions of the mind and heart. At times a “divine violin” approaches him, it’s Alessandro, who, with pure magic, underlines, exalts, centuplicates the impact of the song on the public. 

Ignazio 02

IGNAZIO is like this: his relationship with music is symbiotic, when he closes his eyes and sings, leaves for distant lands, goes beyond the mountains and the sea, and takes you with him into his secret world, where you can abstract from everything, in those few minutes you lose the connection with time and space, to get a taste of that beauty and that perfection that has always been the man’s ultimate intent, an ethereal and impalpable world, but perhaps for this reason eternal and indestructible, the world of true music. 

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IGNAZIO said it in the presentation: he chose the song, delivered to immortal memory by Mia Martini, because impressed by the story of this extraordinary singer, a sad and painful story, but at the same time full of greatness and genius. The text, by Bruno Lauzi, fits perfectly: in the eternal restlessness and discontent of human feelings (“people are crazy … when fashion changes … they change too”), the reference point can only be someone who can give sincerity (“tell me that you will always be sincere”), corresponding to ever-increasing love (“more, more, more”), as a promise of something finally lasting and indeed eternal (“you will not change … you will really love me, really more and more”)

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IGNAZIO was very courageous in choosing this solo, because the piece is linked in the collective memory to the unique and unforgettable Mia’s interpretation and therefore presented the risk of not being accepted by the public. But precisely for this reason he chose the way of not following the normal canons of a “cover”, but he made a real revisitation of it, focusing, more than on the intensely dramatic tone and on Mia’s tension, on a very modern interpretation (30 years passed since that 1989 in which the song was presented in Sanremo!!), made of fragments and continuous contrasts, deliberately disarticulated, marked by the intense passionate expression of the face and the beautiful hands that follow all the musical movements. 

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IGNAZIO, I thought looking at him, has the suffered and passionate execution and “le physique du role” of a chansonnier of the golden age of the Parisian “boites de nuit” (nightclubs), where in the 50s and 60s of the last century was formed that new movement of unique musicians who sang the craft of living, the discontent, the breakup of an era, a movement that in Italy became that of songwriters, some of whom, Paoli, Guccini, de Gregori, Finardi, delight us even today. Certainly Ignazio does not sing his own texts, even though we know that he has already shown that is able to compose, doing it, and also successfully, for other interpreters; but that his empathy, so intense, in the sung notes, that deep and emotional expression of the face, his interpretation so authentic descends directly from those noble fathers who lit the musical nights of the past. 

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Contemporary Italian music has an urgent need to revitalize itself and Ignazio, and with him, with absolutely equal ability and talent, his friends Gianluca and Piero, with their “Musica Tour” are really teaching everyone how this innovation can happen without breaking with the most genuine Italian tradition, without freakiness, without vulgarity, without pseudo-intellectualistic nonsense raps. It’s from them, from the young people of Il Volo, foolishly accused by brains without thickness to “make old music”, that is coming the proposal that will give new life to the Italian music scene. 

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(Thanks to Danilo Video, for this wonderful video, “ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO” – AT LEAST IN THE UNIVERSE, from the concert in Rome.)

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO by Daniela

During the Musica tour, Ignazio Boschetto performs two solo pieces.

Today I want to talk to you about “ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO”.

ALMENO 01

This beautiful song, was written by Bruno Lauzi and  Maurizio Fabrizio , good Italian songwriters, and brought to success by Mia Martini.
Mia Martini was a very good singer, sister of Loredana Bertè, very close sisters, but diametrically different.

Mia was a very sensitive and even reserved person.
Thanks to her beautiful voice and her way of singing in 1973 she began her success at the age of 26. Unfortunately 10 years later she decides to retire from the scene, due to unfounded slander, perhaps the gossips started almost as a joke, but then the joke became heavy, unbearable, everyone said that Mia Martini brought bad luck to everyone and no one wanted to hear her sing any more , and no one engaged her to attend events.

In 1989 she returned to Sanremo with the new song “ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO”, with which she was immediately successful.

Mia Martini’s life is full of ups and downs and unfortunately, on May 12th 1995, her body is found without life. The autopsy will establish that she died from an overdose of medicines, it will never be known if she deliberately took her life.

ALMENO 02

The video of Ignazio that I propose to you was recorded in Taormina.

Ignazio himself, presents the song with these words of his:

“And now the time has come to remember a great artist, who unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to know, because today she is gone, but a few months ago, on television I saw a fiction dedicated to her, and I stayed, as Gianluca says, stunned, sad, but happy to have known a little better this artist, to have known better her life, her dynamics, to such an extent that I also did a great research, and in everything I found about her, I arrived in my head  to a great message: – In the end there is no one able to judge other people, because we ourselves know how much we are worth, always.- (applause)

And this year I wanted to remember the great Mia Martini.”

Here is the text:

ALMENO TU NELL’UNIVERSO

Sai, la gente è strana
Prima si odia e poi si ama
Cambia idea improvvisamente
Prima la verità poi, mentirà
Continuamente
Scioccamente

Tu, tu che sei diverso
Almeno tu nell’universo
Non cambierai
Dimmi che, per sempre sarai sincero
E che mi amerai davvero,
di più, di più, di più

Sai, la gente è sola
Come può lei si consola
Per non far sì che la mia mente
Si perda in congetture, in paure
Inutilmente e poi per niente

Tu, tu che sei diverso
Almeno tu nell’universo
Un punto sei, che non ruota mai intorno a me
Un sole che splende per me soltanto
Come un diamante in mezzo al cuore

Tu, tu che sei diverso
Almeno tu nell’universo
Non cambierai
Dimmi che per sempre sarai sincero
E che mi amerai davvero di più, di più, di più.

Non cambierai
Dimmi che per sempre sarai sincero
E che mi amerai davvero

………di più.

ALMENO 03

And here is the meaning of the text:

AT LEAST YOU IN THE UNIVERSE

You know, people are weird
First you hate and then you love
Change your mind suddenly
First the truth then will lie
Continuously
Foolishly

You, you who are different
At least you in the universe
You will not change
Tell me that you will always be sincere
And that you will really love me,
more, more, more

You know, people are alone
How can she console herself
Not to let my mind
Lose yourself in conjecture, in fear
Useless and then for nothing.

You, you who are different
At least you in the universe
A point you are, that never revolves around me
A sun that shines for me only
Like a diamond in the middle of the heart

You, you who are different
At least you in the universe
You will not change
Tell me that you will always be sincere
And that you will really love me more, more, more.

You will not change
Tell me that you will always be sincere
And that you will really love me
………more.

ALMENO 04

ALMENO 05

And here is the video of Mia Martini.

Very sweet the interpretation of Mia Martini, but I can say that even our excellent Ignazio, has not betrayed the expectations. He didn’t upset the song, maintaining its rhythms and respecting the passion, he only interpreted it in a way more suited to his vocals.

And what about his initial commentary on the song? I read between the lines, a veiled (not very) reproach to those who believe they have the right to judge you, and with a few words to destroy your laboriously built career. (certainly a parallel with certain press and certain judges of Sanremo).

You sang with great feeling, Ignazio, thank you!

Daniela

ALMENO 06

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