We made it through the first weekend of summer and arrived at Memorial Day! I make it a point of never going anywhere on this weekend but, this year, I decided I needed a break. I’ve been working on the book for two months and now it’s coming to an end so, I decided to run away!
Why I chose to go to the Jersey shore is beyond me. I have never been there on Memorial Day but, my friends were there so, I said, why not! If you live on the east coast of the United States, you know the weekend was rained out. It’s Sunday night and the rain is finally stopping.
So, what did I do all weekend? I watched Il Volo interviews and concerts on YouTube. Always fun! This weekend gave me a lot of time to reminisce over guys last 12 years. As we’re preparing for the big event on Saturday, a “Tribute to Ennio Morricone,” I thought about where the guys came from and where they are heading.
My mind wondered off to 2018. That moment when the guys were crossing over, making some very interesting moves and beginning to come into their own They were very successful and, they were very comfortable in their performances. All was so right! The albums keep coming! The success keeps coming, the tours in North and South America keep selling out and the boys have grown into fine attractive young men. And now they’re ready for a new experience. The music evolves and they are ready to crossover.
In 2018 they released one of the most exciting Latin albums to come out in years. I would go so far as to say Amame is the most exciting Latin album that was ever produced. It’s opera, it’s rock, it’s classical, it’s pop and it never stops giving. The rhythm in songs like “Noche Sin Dia” is amazing. You have to move with the music. You can’t sit still.
I love this album. With this album, the guys spread their wings! It is a departure from their usual style. They have shown their skill with Spanish music and with this album, they leave you wishing for more.
A song like “Maldito Amor” is a phenomenal experience for your ears. The delivery is smooth. It pulls away from the traditional Latin music and it delivers a sound that is very intense. Different! Very Different! The sound is pure and clean and, their voices are spot on! It’s one of those songs that stays with you forever.
Gloria Estefan and the guys really nailed it with Ay Ay Ay Amor! It screams for your attention! And it certainly keeps it!
If you like modern Latin music and Il Volo, then you will like this album. When I thought about this album, I thought about how I would write about it. All I can say is these three amazing guys absolutely floored me. They are multitalented. They can sing every genre. To be able to take opera, rock, classical, pop and Latin and create an album like this is amazing. The beat is so intense and, they are spot on. I think they knocked it out of the box with “Noche Sin Dia.” With Latin music you don’t just sing it, you feel it, and if you don’t feel it, you don’t cut it. This album cuts it! Good move!
As if that wasn’t enough, they follow up with Musica! This is the album that proved that great can get greater. This album is representative of where these young men are now. It’s beautiful, it’s sensitive, it’s romantic. It’s about love. It’s about them being ready for love. It comes from deep within them. All the sweetness and humility of these guys is in this album. It moves your senses. What I am saying is they have evolved and, their voices have evolved.
By 2018, they had grown into their voices. Their voices are mature and have expanded in such an amazing way. There’s an intriguing balance in their voices. To experience this amazing evolution in voice and song you need go no further than “Be My Love.” Gianluca’s voice vibrates and expands to realms I’ve never heard before. Ignazio makes your heart stop as you journey along his notes which lead to absolute ecstasy. Piero fills all your sense and brings you to such passion and heights that you have to stop and breathe. This is Musica che resta!
This was definitely the album fans were waiting for. Their talent and skills brought an amazing balance of melody, harmony and rhythm to the music. It’s all the joy of bel canto along with the passion and intrigue that they bring to the music! Musica is an enjoyable mix of old familiar songs and new exciting songs that offer something for everyone.
With this outstanding album, the guys come at you full force, on top of their game with a selection of love songs that go straight to the heart. “Be My Love” and “People” are just beautiful and “Meravigliosa Creatura” (Wonderful Creature) is an absolute treasure.
Click the photo below to hear Meravigliosa Creatura.
We have watched these three very talented young men evolve and the difference in ten years is the polish they bring to the performance. Their voices have evolved, and their vocal technique has expanded, they have become more intense in their delivery and more romantic. They are truly amazing!
Hands down they are the best Classical Pop singers on earth. They can sing anything. Their whole world is music and it’s obvious in their music. Their voices form a symphony that changes lives.
In 2019, they recorded The Best of Ten Years! The songs they chose are beautifully rendered. Their voices are a gift from God that they share with us. The three voices blend beautifully! Their choice of songs is quite eclectic and shows off the range and the beauty of their voices. Individually they are wonderful, put them together, they are magic!
The Best of Ten Years is a compilation of songs released over the ten years they have been together. It is the Best of Il Volo’s repertoire, from “O Sole Mio” to “Grande Amore.”
Just this past week Sony attested that “The Best of Ten Years” has attained a Gold CD! As Daniela said in her recent article, “It is a nice milestone, as real sales are now extremely difficult, and the awards are now counted on the streamed listeners and not just on the actual sales made.” Congratulations guys a phenomenal CD! You deserve the acclaim! You did it again!
Reliving the past Twelve years was exciting!
So, here we are in 2021, at the end of a pandemic and, bringing back the live concerts. Who better than Il Volo to start it up again!
We had the pleasure of hearing “Your Love” at Sanremo 2021 and we anxiously await the event of the year, a “Tribute to Ennio Morricone” and the new album by the same name. We know Morricone’s music and, we can’t wait to hear what the guys have done with it.
On Sunday, the rehearsals started and, they continue throughout the week. The guys took a short break today to sing the “Mameli Anthem” for Italian Republic Day.
In a few days the magic will begin! They will step out on the stage of the ancient Arena of Verona and steal our hearts all over again! And we will remember how it is ~To Feel You Close Once More!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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Q = Your new single “A CHI MI DICE”, is a song with a bitter and nostalgic taste. Are you always around the world, but there are moments of bitterness and nostalgia in your life, when maybe the lights on the stage go out?
P= I state that this beautiful question, I had never been proposed, therefore, thanks. We are fortunate and have the privilege of traveling a lot, but never staying still means unfortunately giving up; distance, very often, takes us away, from a person we care about, or, even before, does not allow us to know this person, as we would like.
“A CHI MI DICE”, tells us this, the awareness, of not meeting that person anymore. I am not referring, only to the girls, but to all our loved ones, on the other hand, however, we live by our greatest passion, that is, music.
Q= Is the single from the album MUSICA, when music has become your traveling companion?
P = We were born in the midst of music, all three, we have a very similar past. My grandfather made me discover the art of musical notes.
After a concert, around the world, we continue to sing music, that’s all for us: it’s oxygen.
Q= How would you define the art of notes?
P= A life without music would be meaningless. A film cannot exist without music.
We may not notice this, and yet, wherever we are, and in whatever phase of our life we find ourselves (whether it is full of light or darkness), music is always there.
Q= You are Sicilian, precisely from the province of Agrigento, what do you always carry with you, from your land?
P= It is a particular land, mine. Many boys of my age are forced to leave it, it’s nice to come back, but it’s very difficult to re-start.
When I leave it, it’s like taking a piece of me. Sicily is a land that teaches you to fight for what you want, it allows you to get used to it and adapt to everything. When I’m away from my land, a few words in Sicilian always come out of my mouth.
Q= Everything started with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, with Antonella Clerici, what did you expect from that talent?
P= It was all by accident. I can say that our journey was really a fairy tale, like all those unexpected encounters that change your life forever.
TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE, it was a nine-week experience that marked us a lot. We were noticed by Michele Torpedine who is our current manager, Tony Renis and Roberto Cenci.
The great fortune is that of being a group of three boys, who have developed a great friendship.
Q= Now, to whom “would you leave a song” to say Thanks?
P= The first person, it would be my grandfather, because it was he, who when I was little, accompanied me to piano lessons: I have the same, identical voice, it was he who advised my father to insist on this path. As a blind person, he gets sad, because he can’t see me, but fortunately we can hear each other.
Q= In Sanremo, in 2015, you won with “Grande Amore”, but love to whom? What meaning do you attribute to this word?
P= It is a theme that occurs a lot in our melodies. In this profession, you can discover the positive and negative side of people and understand what is really needed.
I spend a lot of time on the phone with my brother and sister, because I love them unconditionally; a girl can leave you, but your family doesn’t, that’s a love that will never end.
In my opinion, in life we must not trust someone outside our loved ones, but we must be able to enjoy the moment of people who are really close to us.
Q = 10 years have passed since your debut, how were you?
P= We were completely different from what we are now. We were shy and insecure; today, getting on stage means emotion and to do emotion all those who are listening.
If before, we quarreled, the quarrels lasted two days, now, a few minutes. We are much more mature than before, we live and we throw ourselves headlong into what we do.
Q = You have walked the most important stages in the world, but which one really gave you the chills and much emotion?
P = I could say New York. Before “Grande Amore” we did many concerts abroad; we were sorry not to share the songs with our Italy. After Sanremo, we started here too, and I must say that our country, gives us unique places in the world, which are not found anywhere else.
Q = What message do you want people to get from your music?
P = The same desire that we all three have, to make music, and not let die, this musical genre that was born in Italy, and that is always played in our country.
Beautiful answers Piero, by now we know your character, but every time we learn something new and that we always like.
There are fixed points in your education, family, friendship, respect, very important and not obvious qualities, for an excellent artist like you.
The first articles and videos about the first concert in Matera have come out, some really nice.
Beautiful is this TRMh24 video that summarizes the evening, enjoy the images and activate the subtitles.
This is from Murgia Live 24, Radio Altamura 1. In this video, people entering to watch the concert are interviewed, they are very nice short interviews, in their answers we find all our thoughts.
I translate for you.
Where are you coming from? From Matera. From Matera, why IL VOLO, what is written on the sign? It says: Unique emotion, one thought. Ten years of career, Il VOLO. How wonderful, why do you love them? Because they are very good and sincere guys, they are not presumptuous, and of course they sing very well, they have a real natural talent. They are great, I love them.
Where are you from? From Perugia Why Il Volo? Because we always follow them, since they started, this is the sixteenth concert, and we have another five scheduled for this summer. Even? Yes, in Taormina and everywhere. We also went to Naro in Sicily. How wonderful, thanks.
Where are you from? From Matera. What’s your name? Antonella and Rita Why Il Volo? They are great, they are a show. The favorite song? Grande Amore What will you do when they sing this song? We will go directly under the stage, or we will even go over the stage.
Where do you come from? From Matera. Why Il Volo, ma’am? Because they have a music genre that makes me shudder. Your favorite song? Grande Amore, by far.
Where are you from? I from Policoro (near Matera), but my friend is from Poland. Even from Poland? From Warsaw Why Il Volo? Because they are extraordinary and deserve the success they have had. Thank you
It’s a video, we’re on Radio Altamura 1, where do you come from? From Matera What’s your name? Gabriella. Nunzia. Why Il Volo? Because I like them. The favorite song? Grande Amore
I’ll come to you, where do you come from? From Matera, always from Matera. Is she a lady from Matera too? Yes, I am from Matera. Look, lady, why Il Volo? Because they are very good. What do you like? I like all of them, all their songs and how they are. And Grande Amore? Grande Amore is beautiful. Great
Where do you come from? From Gallipoli. Why Il Volo? Because they are fantastic, what other explanation. Thank you
Where do you come from? My city is Matera 2019, capital of Europe culture. Why Il Volo lady? Because their music transmits emotions to the heart. Thank you
So where do you come from? Naples. But really Naples center? Yes. Why Il Volo? and why Matera? Because they are special and I love them.
Where are you coming from? From Lecce so far away. Why Il Volo? Because they are three simple and genuine and very good guys. Thank you
Where are you coming from? Matera Why Il Volo? Because they are special, they are three good guys and I like their songs.
Where does she come from? From Matera Why IL Volo? Why tonight here? Because it’s nice, see Il Volo. They’re good? Well done.
Where do you come from? From Matera. From Matera too, why Il Volo? Because we like them. From one to ten? 10 10 and praise with the academic kiss? Exactly, it’s normal.
Where are you coming from? I’m from Vietri sul mare, from Salerno, from Campania. They’re telling me you’re a soprano. Yes, I’m a soprano. Why Il Volo? Because we love the same musical genre, I’m soprano, and then I know them. What do you expect this evening? To get excited, they are very good and therefore, to share this evening with them.
Where is he from? From Palagiano. Why Il Volo? My sister is crazy about Il Volo, so I had to go with her, of course. But I like them too.
We are in Cava del Sole Matera, why Il Volo? Because it was a wish of both my mother and my in-laws and mine too. Where is he from? From Gioia del Colle, Taranto.
Madam, where did you come from? From Potenza. From Potenza, why Il Volo? Because I have been following them since they started their career, I have followed their entire path, I love them, I love them, as if they were my grandchildren.
Why Il Volo, why are you here? No, no. Why are they good? They are unique? Yes, I think they are very humble people, and they give me a lot of emotions. Where are you from? From Calabria. From Calabria, and how old are you? Fourteen Wow Why Il Volo? Because they are unique and inimitable.
Hi everyone, I’m from Matera. Where are you from? From Matera. After I chased them in all the cities, finally they are here in my Matera.
Matera, 17 June 2019 – These are feelings carved in stone in a city of sorrowful beauty, to be observed “through a veil of poetry and melancholy” as Pascoli said, those left in Matera by Il Volo to kick off the celebrations of their tenth anniversary.
A celebration in which Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble paid homage with two concerts in extraordinary spaces of the European Capital of Culture such as San Pietro Caveoso and, just yesterday, the Cava del Sole, ranging from the hits of its repertoire such as “Grande amore”, “Musica che resta” or “A chi mi dice”, Italian version by Tiziano Ferro of “Breathe Easy” by Blue, and classics poised between lyric and pop like “Nessun dorma”, “Arrivederci Roma” and “Caruso”.
“It was two quite different performances,” explains Piero Barone. “The first, in fact, was filmed by the cameras of Duccio Forzano for a television special that PBS will air in America in November, which will also feature a CD / DVD celebrating this anniversary of ours, while the second is the concert that we are going to bring on tour more oriented on the last album Musica.
The live record repertoire will also take them on tour, debuting on February 5th at Radio City Music Hall in New York and then returning to Europe and Italy between spring and summer.
With PBS you have often worked. Barone: “This is our sixth special with them. The first one was realized in Detroit, the second and third in Miami, the fourth in Pompeii, the fifth in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence and the sixth in Matera because we try to bring Americans not only singing and Italian tradition , but also the beauties of our country.”
The celebrations for the tenth anniversary began, therefore, in Matera. Barone: “Yes, even the mayor told us in front of the play of light for the special TV that Matera has never been made so beautiful.”
Boschetto: “The Americans said we were amazed and convinced in Piazza Santa Croce that we could not have done better, this time we were able to surprise them even more”.
You arrived among the “Sassi” before Daniel Craig with the filming of Bond 25. Barone: “But we already have our James Bond. And it is Ignazio.”On September 24th, return to the Verona Arena.
Ginoble: “News from yesterday, the date is sold-out. Last time we entered the Arena for a special TV, this time for the end of the tour party.”
What are the surprises of these 2019 concerts? Barone: “The largest is probably the violin presence of Alessandro Quarta. Because the public deserves to listen to music that remains performed on the tour as we did in Sanremo in the evening reserved for collaborations.”
Last month you were in Japan. A concert was shown in cinemas. What welcome did you find? Boschetto: “We brought the show of Magic Night because it rests on our most classic repertoire. And the record came in second place in the standings behind Bohemian Rhapsody of the great Queen.”
Ginoble: “It all started in the nineties, when lyric pop was exported all over the world by Pavarotti and Bocelli. Singing this music in Japan in 2019, doing it in a cradle of beauty like Matera or like the Arena makes us proud to export it all over the world.”
If a “tenor” voice like that of Alberto Urso triumphs today at “Amici”, is it not a little your merit too? Barone: “We may have cleared this genre of music, helping to free it from the prejudices it brought with it. Perhaps there are people attracted to this genre, but fearful of having to overcome the reserves that are there especially in Italy, because if it is very popular abroad, there must be a reason.”
Well, we are very happy with these nice articles.
I think that in front of the obviousness of such a beautiful concert, it was the least they could write.
We hope that things continue like this.
They deserve the best.
In this period there are numerous interviews with IL VOLO, but this one of Accessori Fashion Magazine, is really different, in particular for the attached photo shoot performed by Angelo Lanza and fashion editor Luca Termine.
The article is translated into English, so I will report it to you.
A bright flash to caress the smile of the models and the elegance of fabrics.
Latin atmosphere as musical soundscape.
Sometimes, to the rhythm of loudspeakers is joined by a warm, powerful, precise voice that accompanies the riff in the fascinating typical acoustics of a theater (even if it is a studio).
Time passes, shots alternate, and you discover that there are three tonalities.
Three voices that every now and then break the march of the shutter and the hum of lights, notes filled with the youth and passion of Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto echoing ten years of career of “IL VOLO”, in tour all over Italy starting from June, until the big show on September 24th at the Arena in Verona.
Their success, in a couple of frames: the first Italian artists in history to sign a contract with an American major star of world discography; they took part in Barbra Streisand’s “Back to Brooklyn” tour in 2012; they held 50 sold-out dates from Canada to South America in 2013, winning the Sanremo Festival two years later and sing almost anywhere in the world.
For example, in the Abbey Road studios in London, where they perceive “the magic of a place where history was written”.
When this year, in Panama, during World Youth Day, they sang in front of the Pope, they realised that they could not have asked for better beginning of the celebrations of their artistic anniversary: “An inexplicable moment and emotion – remembers Piero – We were immersed in a deafening silence. Only the beats of our hearts echoed.”
And the magic repeats itself, given that in May they started a new tour that, for a whole year, will take them to Japan, Europe and America.
In the Italian spirit they identify part of the reasons for their success: “We always say it: we don’t do anything in particular. Our success is not only due to our voices, but above all to the music we sing, the music of the Italian tradition, although re-proposed in modern key.”
It is possible to perceive the three different personalities, in their last album Musica (Sony Music). A sort of journey throught their souls, between Piero’s more classic direction, to reach the vein pop of Ignazio.
He explains how it is possible, at the age of 25, to hold a decade of success: “The great thing is that we can turn work into fun. That’s what we love to do, so we never stop to appreciate the luck we have.”
And how do they deal with fashion?
Gianluca appreciates Tom Ford, because he manages to express a particular, always very elegant, but also eccentric, and never ordinary personality.
For Ignazio, the choice falls on Saint Laurent, which combines simplicity, sportiness and elegance.
Piero, who has a total black soul, inevitably says the name of Giorgio Armani, to then quote Dolce & Gabbana and Brioni among his favourites.
And if there is variety in clothing tastes, it is on the shoes that all three agree without a shadow of a doubt: they would all just buy sneakers. Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, or Armani sneakers, worn this year on the Ariston stage.
And here is the funny and nice moment of the backstage of the photo shoot.
What to say, the service speaks for itself: fun, funny, cheerful and fresh.
BIANCA MAGAZINE, has dedicated the cover to IL VOLO and inside there is a nice article by Omar Gelsomino, which I now translate for you.
IL VOLO, WE SING OUR TRADITION IN THE WORLD.
When we saw them on TV for the first time, they were single beginners at the second edition of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE. Since then Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto(both Sicilians, the first from Naro, in the Agrigento area; the second from Marsala, in the province of Trapani) and Gianluca Ginoble, from Abruzzo, have come a long way and since 2009, they have “taken off” as IL VOLO. This is the name of this extraordinary trio that in 10 years, from the talent of Antonella Clerici onwards, signed a contract with Universal and then with Sony, sang for the greatest personalities in the world, dueted with international stars, done and continue to do sold-out tours in every part of the globe, and in 2015 won the Sanremo Festival with “Grande Amore”.
We saw them at the cinema with “Notte Magica”, a concert film that marked the stages of the silimar “A Tribute To The Three Tenors”, recently in a film “Un Amore Così Grande”, and now engaged in their “Musica Tour”.
Three different personalities, but who are you really?
We are three guys with a great desire to make music and share what we love doing. Three boys, with completely different personalities, united by the passion for the same musical genre, a little forgotten, and we are trying in every way to bring back again among the “young”.
From a talent to global success. How do you experience it?
We live it with a lot of tension, as it gives you the incentive to produce new things, to make music, to never give up.
Our typical day is marked by the 24-hour workday, we can’t imagine our life without this work, the last thing the artist does is get on stage and sing, before the whole job is behind.
The people who are close to me every day, see me one day nervous, one day very happy , one day thoughtful, one day tense, we all have the stimulus and the question mark of tomorrow, but we must always enjoy the moment. (Piero’s words).
If you look back, what and how do you see yourself?
We see three very privileged boys, looking at our past we cannot but believe in destiny.
If one of us had participated in the first or third edition of that program, IL VOLO would not have been born.
Since then, thanks to Michele Torpedine, our current manager, we have done a lot of work.
How you have changed?
On the positive side, but also on the negative side (they joke).
We have grown humanly and professionally.
It is clear that each of us has his own needs, he wants to spend the holidays alone, he wants to be more alone.
We cannot complain, clearly as any marriage or cohabitation there are moments of discussion, the most mature thing for a group and for any relationship is to find the right compromise, a meeting point.
How do you feel, being ambassadors of the Bel Canto in the world?
It is a great responsibility. Pavarotti, Bocelli and Il Volo share the same songs.
People living in the wild cannot wait to hear “O sole mio”, “Torna a Surriento”, “Nessun dorma”, “Libiamo”.
Our success is due to the echo and strength of the Italian musical tradition.
Among the celebrities you have met, who has impressed you the most?
Each of us has his favorite, when we signed the tour contract with Barbra Streisand we didn’t realize how important and great the meeting was.
A magical moment that I will carry throughout my life and tell my grandchildren, it was two years ago, when we were next to Placido Domingo (We grew up listening to his music, I always listen to him because I am an opera lover, points out Piero Barone.), an icon of classical music who gave us advice on how to sing.
It is the luck of our work, a way of life, it leads you to sing with Placido Domingo, a moment of extreme difficulty and two days later you find yourself in front of the Pope in front of one million people!
There are mood swings and moods that are difficult to control.
When you look in the mirror, the most important thing to do is to think, “What can we do tomorrow?”
We think of tomorrow, never cradle ourselves in success and what it gives you, and never say, me, me, me.
You returned to Sanremo celebrating ten years of career, what did you feel?
We felt so much emotion to sing there. The edition of TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE in 2009, took place right at the Ariston Theater, so that stage saw us being born. Last year we went as guests, this year instead as competitors.
The stage is a moment of sharing, whether you are a guest or a competitor, people are there to listen to you, the rest are just circumstances.
Tell us about “Musica Che Resta”, the song you brought to Sanremo and your new album Musica ……
This album is particular because it contains our other musical tastes, explains Gianluca, we believed that it was necessary to satisfy our three tastes and our personalities: “Be my love” is close to Piero, “Arrivederci Roma” is more my genre , while “A Chi Mi Dice”, to Ignazio.
“Musica Che Resta” is a fairly representative piece for IL VOLO, so we called Gianna Nannini, because it was missing that rock feel. When we sing this song, we perfectly express our vocals and we can’t wait to go back on tour, in June and July, among other things we will do two concerts in Sicily, on July 21st in Palermo and July 23rd in Taormina.
In what spirit did you start this new tour?
With a smile. With this tour, we celebrate our 10-year career in front of our audience, our fans, those who have allowed this.
The public is the reason we live.
We consider ourselves privileged and for this reason we thank them, because they allows us to share our gift, our voice and our passion.
What are your future plans?
There are so many, but IL VOLO’s goal is to confirm and consolidate everything we’ve done in the past.