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IL VOLO INTERVIEWED BY ASSANTE ~ Daniela

Another nice interview with IL VOLO by journalist and music critic Ernesto Assante, that I translate for you.

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The interview begins as if Assante were a teacher and Piero. Ignazio and Gianluca, his students.

Assante = Gentlemen, what subjects of study did you bring?

Piero = Mathematics

Ignazio = Physical education (gymnastics)

Gian = I geography.

Assante = None of you brings singing, of course, because IL VOLO, which we have here today with us, does not sing.

You have gathered together, to do something else, tell the truth.

Piero = Today we do something else, he cooks (Gian), he tastes (Ignazio) and I buy the food.

Assante = The new album which is called MUSICA, a challenging title, because “music” means many things.

For you three, for each of you three, music, what is it?

Piero = It’s our life, we chose this name for the CD, without any presumption …..

Ignazio = But it speaks for you, because he has asked, “For each of you, what is it”.

Piero = For me, music is the only thing I can do, maybe I was born and I hope to live all my life for music.

Ignazio = I am sincere, I as a child, I did not pursue the dream of becoming a singer or a musician, I did not have the thought of being born to be a singer. I always enjoyed doing a little bit of everything, playing soccer, tennis, doing everything. I was lucky enough to get interested in music, at a certain point, and to make it the daily bread of my life.

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Assante = And so it remained, the daily bread …. and for you (to Gian)

Gian = I’d like to become a musician.

Assante = So I can ask a more specific question, beyond the work you do, beyond the commitment, the music remains your main interest?

P+I+G= Absolutely

Gian = My dream is to start writing music, songs, I do not play an instrument, I’m the only one who does not play an instrument.

Piero = But music is not an interest, we need music.

Assante = Of course, I understand that, you need to sing, above all.

Gian =  To sing, absolutely, but I want to learn how to play the piano, and I’ll do it, I’ll have to abandon laziness.

Ignazio = If we do the calculation, that the driving license has taken him six years, we still have time.

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Assante = The experience of Sanremo, however, has presented another aspect of your “being a trio”, each with its own personality, a different way of singing, you are a little freed from the scheme of IL VOLO.

Gian = We say that we cannot change what IL VOLO is, but we can bring out the personalities of each of us, who have not yet come out completely, so from this CD MUSICA, this path of slight change has begun towards what are also our personal tastes, to make them reflected also in the songs of IL VOLO.

Assante = The tour that is about to start, as usual, you will be around the world. What experience is at your age, having seen so many different audiences, so many different cultures, and everyone appreciates something very Italian like the one you do?

Piero = Surely, travels, concerts and getting to know many people, makes you grow a lot and understand many things. Each concert is a story to be lived and told, for us that this year we celebrate 10 years, we could not celebrate them without concerts, so it will be two years of tour, of course we will return to the city where we have been several times, but it will always be a new experience, we must repeat ourselves and this is our goal.

Assante = What do you like about Italy that you carry around?

Ignazio = The beautiful melody for sure.

Gian = The classical repertoire. In fact, when we return to Japan, or even to the United States, they require a certain type of repertoire.

We have got a tribute to the three tenors, with Placido Domingo, for example we will soon go to Japan, this year and we will return with that kind of repertoire and we will do about 6/7 concerts throughout the territory of Japan.

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Gian = So, it depends, sometimes you have to travel on two different tracks, maybe in Italy, you can not always do the classic repertoire, here you can allow to record new songs, unpublished, that maybe have a different path, in radio, that in Japan they would not transmit.

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Ignazio = It is not to criticize what our colleagues do, but unfortunately in Italy, but a little in the panorama of music in general, we are losing a little, that which is the true melody. In the songs now, there is no real melody, it’s all based on the production, the sounds. Instead it is this that we like to carry around the world, the melody.

Assante = Is there something you missed or miss?

Ignazio = It is normal that we have not made the life of any fifteen year old, or even twenty years old.

But it was nice, because we skipped a few stages, which came back also useful to jump, because we grew up quickly and we see things differently from the boys of our age.

Gian = Take it the other way around, if we had not done this life, we would have lost a lot of things, so in the end we have more earned than lost.

Piero = The only thing that perhaps is missing is the fact of waking up in the morning more carefree, with less responsibility.

Assante = Responsibilities, you certainly have them.

Gian = Even if sooner or later, when you become an adult, your responsibilities are always there.

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Still many beautiful questions and answers that make us discover deeper and deeper, who are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, and what we discover, we do not mind at all !!

Daniela

THE SWEETNESS OF PIERO, GIANLUCA AND IGNAZIO by Daniela

These days, the boys are facing the commitments of the instore.

We get many photos, but some certainly sweeter than others, confirm to us, the sweetness and availability of Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.

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The shots are really very sweet, but that’s not all, during their stop for the instore in Pescara, they made a special visit, documented by this video of AGBE (Association of parents of children with haemopathy)

 

PROMISE MAINTAINED: IL VOLO SURPRISES ALL 🏠🎶

They had promised it at Christmas with a video greeting message, announcing a visit right at home at AGBE !!!!! Back from Sanremo and on tour for the new album … Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio …. have conquered everyone for affection, sensitivity and their overwhelming sympathy !! Thank you for this gift !!! 💖👨👩👧👦

 

 

How much sweetness in these videos.

These guys fill the heart, how can you not appreciate these gestures?

You guys are fantastic!

 

And what about this child who did a haircut in honor of IL VOLO?

Really very special!

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But now I want to talk about another very sweet thing, let’s call it a sweet memory.

About a year ago, in May 2018, I told you that IL VOLO had received a nice prize called ARTE E CULTURA. They were in Bagnaia, in Tuscany, and the award was given by Mrs. Marisa Monti Riffeser, here is the picture.

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Mrs. Monti Riffeser, has held the figure of majority shareholder and president of the group Poligrafici Editoriale, in short, a very important person.

During the award ceremony, Piero explained how IL VOLO personally met the lady, by pure chance.

She was on an air flight and could not open a bottle of water.

Piero who was behind her, saw her in trouble, he offered to help her and opened the bottle, then when she got off the plane, Piero gave her his arm because she could get off the ladder easier. Piero did not know the lady, but instead, she knew very well who those three boys were and so she told to Piero, “Mr. Barone you, besides being a great artist, are a great person”.

From that moment a beautiful friendship was born between Mrs. Monti Riffeser and IL VOLO, and this friendship culminated last year with the award ceremony in Bagnaia.

I bought the MUSICA CD in the Deluxe version and inside there are several photos of the guys. At the end of the booklet, there are three single photos, where each of the boys have written thanks. In the photo of Piero, among the various thanks, there is this writing:

“A very special thank you to a great person Mrs. Marisa Monti Riffeser.”

The CD was released for sale on February 22nd.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Monti Riffeser passed away a few days earlier.

The announcement was given in the newspapers and among the various announcements there was also this:

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It says:

Michele Torpedine, Il VOLO, Barbara Vitali, Eliana Dalila Biondi, embrace Andrea, with his sons Sara, Matteo and Bruno.

They remember the smile, the passion and the enthusiasm of Signora Marisa Monti Riffeser, grateful to have had the honor of meeting her.

and this:

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A passionate greeting to Mrs. Marisa Monti Riffeser, we will always follow her valuable advice, and we will keep for example her enthusiasm.

We add an affectionate hug to Andrea with his sons Sara, Matteo and Bruno.

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble – IL VOLO.

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In short, these guys, as well as being good singers, humble and special guys are also very very sweet …. there are no words !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

 

INTERVIEW WEBNOTTE by Daniela

During the tour instore in Rome, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, had an interview in the headquarters of the newspaper Repubblica, with the journalist Ernesto Assante, who was never very generous in his praise of IL VOLO.

This resulted in an interesting interview that I translate for you. There is only one video, unfortunately not very qualitatively beautiful, but that shows us our guys perfectly at ease.

Assante = It’s 4:15 pm, we’re live from Repubblica, via Cristoforo Colombo 90 Rome, see behind me, I’m not alone, I have a band called IL VOLO

G = A band? An unusual band.

(they sing live an acoustic version of Musica Che Resta, Ignazio plays the guitar)

I = (after the acute) Sorry, sorry.

Assante = He wanted us otherwise they think you are fake.

G = Exactly

Assante = Because they have the big voice, they are not IL VOLO, who knows who they are (he jokes) …. Gentlemen, welcome, it is the first time we meet really, we had only heard once by phone, long ago.

Start by a question, really stupid, stupid, stupid ….. How did you become IL VOLO ? – a band that has a great success with the public, a sequel and a warmth – a love, so great, be of the boys , therefore maintain a “normal” life in a condition that has nothing normal, you grew up in public, you grew up on television, in front of people, you were little, you’re not anymore, you’re soon bigger than me … then, how difficult it is grow this way, and if it did you good or bad.

P = It is not so difficult, I must tell you that we three have the same past in common, and the same adolescence, fortunately we met at the age of 14/15, we live for music, for the greatest passion that we share it. It takes much “group spirit”, but the fundamental thing is that we do not tolerate the teasing and the whims, do not exist in our group, then, we help each other, we support each other.

G = Maybe we sing a kind of music that is close to people, also because they are our traditions, it is our music that is the “bel canto” which is then appreciated above all abroad. So, maybe that’s why we approach the people, we also saw the more than positive result of Sanremo, a podium, after the victory of 2015, we are happy with the result.

Assante = Damn, actually you were first, more than often, during the week.

So, beyond what you’ve just said for the relationship with traditional Italian music, why do they love you so much? What are your strengths?

G = And why do they want us so bad as well? (certainly refers to journalists)

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Assante = What do you transmit to people? I’m interested in your point of view.

I = Maybe because ….. I think that the musical genre influences the personality of the person, a person who does rock and roll, influences his personality. We have always maintained what have always been our personalities, always with humility and with passion of what we are doing.

So the key to getting to people’s hearts was that, so they love us so much and follow us.

P = Because there is nothing built.

Assante = That is, the truth is that you are so off the stage ……

I = We are so off stage and on stage, during an interview and during a lunch.

P = And according to you, why?

Assante = I am convinced of the fact …

I = He cannot explain it.

Assante = The thing that has always surprised me, is your passion for traditional music, being very young, this is not normal, if it were so, all the boys of your age would sing romances, or arias.

G = This is true, but ……

Assante = Let’s say that the thing that surprises, in this country, but that has also allowed your success, because you are the only ones to be young, and to do a type of traditional music.

G = It is clear that normality is not even, having so many tattoos and talking about drugs in songs.

Assante = But no, of course.

G = Let’s say that normality does not exist.

I = There are habits

G = Exactly, then everyone tries to express their passion, in the end we do nothing but do what we like best, SING. Then, that this is a musical genre that is heard more by adults ….

P = But it is not true …. Spotify gives us a good answer …. but maybe because we are the only ones to do it, after many years, and we are the only “young”, because our goal, we always have said, is to bring this kind of music, which was born right in our country, and maybe even a little “forgotten”. No young man has EVER proposed it again.

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Assante = Let’s start again from the initial question. Before doing IL VOLO, what music were you listening to?

G = Look I tell you what I was listening to: I grew up with Gaber, Guccini, De Andrè, (Italian singer-songwriters) so, you figured, completely different things, my father inculcated this style, then, growing up, I became crazy, completely John Mayer. I love the guitar a lot, even if I do not play it, but I love a more acoustic genre. My greatest idol, however, has always been Andrea Bocelli, that made me really approach this vocal genre.

 P = But each of us has different tastes, different personalities, I have always listened to the classical world, I love Elvis, I love Queen, but in the shower, I listen to the classics, Pavarotti, Domingo, this kind of music, I really like Julio Iglesias .

Assante = (indicates Ignatius) and the rocker here? The boy with the tuft ….

I = No, I’ve never listened to so much music, I fell in love with the songs, I love Stevie Wonder, even though I do not know many of his songs, I’m madly in love with “Over Joy”, “You and I”, “Isn’t She Lovely “. Or Brian Mcknight, I really like it, Joe Cocker …

P = Even Lenny Kravitz

I = Yes, Lenny Kravitz

Assante = However, this is noticeable, that is, that your singing styles, especially when growing, have changed, there are those who are more linked to opera (Piero), who has a middle ground (Gianluca) and who, above all in Sanremo it has been noticed more than the other times, I do not say that he has freed himself from lyrical singing, but has sung with greater autonomy (Ignazio).

P = (turned to Ignatius) you could not wait (and gave him a little flip on the head)

I = It’s not, I could not wait, but it’s what I am, so it’s me.

Assante = This allows you to do different things too, are you working on a change, an evolution?

I = It is not so much a change of ours, it is more pulling out what we really are, rather than a change of what we do.

Assante = Castaldo (journalist who always gave very low marks to IL VOLO) in Sanremo did not give you 5 1/2 to make you just a courtesy, but because he saw, that something …

P = But that was the biggest victory.

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G = But we have to travel on two different tracks, because what our international public wants, it’s just the Italianness, just the made in Italy, that maybe in Italy, for that, there’s a bit of snob about it , as if sometimes we were ashamed to be Italian.

Assante = But sometimes it’s not like that.

G = Sometimes unfortunately yes.

Assante = But try to think, the French listen to a lot of music, French, but modern.

We Italians, we have a traditional repertoire that for us Italians is old, but for an American, it is not.

P = Excuse me, I want to say this, we do not do anything strange abroad, because we are famous all over the world? Not because we are better than others, but because we sing this kind of music that is famous outside of Italy. If we take a look at the past, the only Italians who have succeeded abroad, and abroad I do not mean South America, which is like Italy, but Europe, North America, Japan, all those countries, were Luciano Pavarotti, Bocelli and vabbè Modugno, but it was a special case. But Pavarotti, Bocelli, Il Volo, have one thing in common abroad, the same kind of music.

There must be a reason.

Assante = I agree with you, it’s like us here, like rock and roll, and true rock and roll, no one plays in Italy. If you feel the real rock and roll, you love the original.

I = What do you think about Achille Lauro? (in Sanremo he sang on a rock and roll rhythm) because there is a bit of rock and roll.

Assante = I confess that I find that the piece of Sanremo is very beautiful. It’s a rock and roll piece and it’s fun.

I = I like it too, I confess that I’m not the type that listens to the text (the song by Achille Lauro has been much disputed because it talks about drugs), I only listen to music, I have to listen to music, for me the text goes into the background.

Assante = I like that too, it’s “reckless life” updated to the times. I found it nice, frankly, but let’s get back to your piece. I too appreciated this piece of yours, more than on other occasions, just because you seem more free, in being each of you three what he wants to be, that is, each of you three is finding his way.

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P = Excuse me, but this album MUSICA, crown 10 years of career, is the tenth anniversary of IL VOLO.

If you read the titles, see the three personalities of IL VOLO, because from an “Arrivederci Roma” which is a genre more like an American crooner, it represents more his tastes (of Gianluca) there is a “Be my love” which is a classic, then there is a “A chi mi dice” where the voice of Ignazio prevails more. Let’s say we give vent to our personalities.

G = Even the second single, “Vicinissimo” marks a path of more contemporary sounds, we are no longer linked to the too classic world.

Assante = You want to make me a little mention of “Vicinissimo”, even vaguely, only for 30 seconds

P = You know we never sang it live.

(Piero and Ignazio begin the song but in a low tone)

G = No, so it’s not good and then it’s bad, if it’s done like that you do not like it and then it’s bad.

Assante = Do not be, never. There is something that you could do to me, so at the moment, even if only hinted at, you can also say no.

G = Let’s say “ A chi mi dice”, do you know the chords, Ignazio?

I = Yes, I try …. (they start to sing the song, Piero and Ignazio sing in chorus)

G = It looks like church, you see, it’s difficult.

Assante = It’s okay, you touched the key point, to someone like me, who are a music freak, you can say to me, I’m unpleasant, bad, but I’m a fan of music and what I like is this, the ability to be wrong, to try to play a music, not to think that you are, as you were born, a television product built at the table. I like to discover that you play the guitar, that you sing the pieces that you like.

G = But we want them to come out well.

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Assante = On that we agree, but you understand what I mean, you have a matrix of a television program, a talent, which has given you the imprinting, and getting rid of imprinting is not easy.

P = It is clear.

G = We will get there slowly. This CD however marks the beginning of a new IL VOLO, because the other CD’s …

P = It’s not like we do rock.

G = Absolutely, but there is the fact that we begin to have our repertoire, we are not always tied to the “covers”, always things already done and redone, that people say, “Oh well we have understood, now enough”. So there are already three unpublished and for us the beginning of a change, because however we are preparing a new project, for the end of the year, then in 2020, we will do two years of tour, even releases of new albums, we are starting to have a new important path.

Assante = Is it difficult to get along in three? You know that the real bands quarrel a bit, because to be together, they cannot always love each other.

P = But we too, it’s a bit like marriages, cohabitation is not so simple. Also because we have not chosen ourselves, we have been put together, but the important thing of our group, I think is mutual respect. In the end we get along like this.

G = Beautiful the booklet (of the cd) right? It is very elegant.

Assante = Yes very elegant and beautiful.

G = Did you still want to ask a question?

Assante = Yes, the last one. Between making records and singing live, for you, makes the difference, that is the idea, so that someone like me can fall in love with IL VOLO, it’s the concert, go and see you, as it was for Sanremo …..

P = You’ve never been to one of our concerts?

Assante = No, unfortunately not, Danilo (Danilo Ciotti, press office of IL VOLO) has invited me so many times ….

G = Will you come to Cavea della Musica this year? (in Rome)

Assante = It’s the easiest thing.

P = Together with Castaldo, arm in arm, so he will give us a 6 1/2.

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Assante = I objectively, on the 6th at Sanremo, I gave it to you, and also for me it was the first time, live, you gave an idea of conviction, of truth, in that song, singing it just as you wanted, that according me, it was not yours before.

I = Look, being in three is sometimes a fortune or misfortune, you know everyone has their own personal idea. I personally, with all due respect, never imported me 5 1/2 or 6, because in the end one must not go chasing the vote.

P = Long life sincerity.

I = I am like that, I think that an artist does not have to chase votes, if an artist likes, likes, if he does not like amen, there are many other artists that can be heard. For us, say 5 1/2, 6, is our way to say that slowly, slowly, we try to make ourselves appreciated by people who are always very susceptible to us (the critical and journalists), also because often, in Italy, but a bit in general, it is used to have prejudices, without knowing people. A little like Castaldo, he did not know us, when he met us, he finally realized that we are three simple guys.

G = As he believed, even worse.

I = Three guys who like to joke, we are not set, as he thought, and that’s the problem, nobody goes chasing the votes, one just wants to be known, to be understood.

Assante = The result of Sanremo was right for you?

G+I+P = Yes, absolutely.

I = For us yes, for someone else maybe not.

Assante = For someone else actually not, but it was the result seemed to me balanced, the three juries were three different juries.

P = Only one thing, in my opinion, maybe I’m wrong to speak, but maybe they had to give a little more recognition to Bertè. Only this, for the rest, was right.

Assante = You’re right, in the end it was fourth.

I = In the end we talked about it. It is not Sanremo that makes the classification, finish first, second, third, fourth, but it’s all week, also because Sanremo, it’s not the end, but the beginning, it’s a little like when we won, that Nek said, “Now you have to show what you can do,” and he was right. Anyway it’s true, everything starts from there.

P = On the contrary, this has also stimulated us, we thought we had to give our best.

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I = Start everything from there, the promotion, the CD, the tour. You have to be focused, because in any case on tour, ours is a fairly difficult repertoire, and so you have to always be focused, make a date after another, travel.

G = It is always necessary, in my opinion, to know the managers ……. because fashion, you can make a song that lasts a month, two months, three months, if you do not do another one, it’s trouble.

Assante = The thing that I want to know, if the return of listening to Sanremo, there was, as today there have been here the Zen Circus (other participants of Sanremo) and have said that many people who would not have them never listened to, seeing them in Sanremo, now they listen to them. Certainly there is a part of the public that, looking at Sanremo to see Zen Circus, Achille Lauro, Motta, discovered IL VOLO, beyond your popularity, there was someone besides me, who did not listen to you, and now, yes?

P = There is certainly another person Michele Monina (another very fierce critic with IL VOLO). He did not listen to us, but we had the opportunity to meet him one morning in Sanremo and I must tell you that we did not know him, to me sincerely, he was unpleasant, after I met him and I said: “But you’re an ‘other’ person.”

Assante = But people, people’s reaction? There was much more young audience.

G = Definitely.

Assante = The Spotify effect has been seen.

G = The Spotify effect, yes, certainly more than in the past, because the song is slightly more modern. Our audience is not exactly that of Spotify, which is also listened to by 15-year-olds. But there was a super-positive response also from the younger public, as not.

P = But the answer and the greatest satisfaction for an artist I think is to see the pre-sales of their tour, which are going very well, so I’ll see you at the concerts.

Assante = Before closing the interview, give us another live piece.

I = We do not know what to do, but we do it.

Assante = Meanwhile, do you think about it, the next live event, when?

P = We leave now for Japan in May, but then we come back, in June and July in Italy, then again abroad, and at the end of the year, we are back in Italy again.

Assante = Very good. The dates found on the site of IL VOLO, on the Facebook page of IL VOLO, the album has a very simple title MUSICA…… and then, at this point, I speak, while they decide, they will not take much ….

G = Of the new song or the last one? What do we do?

I = HELP.

G = What can we do?

I = The cool thing of being in a group … the nice thing about being three is that we create harmonies, and we …

G = Then let’s make IL MONDO, the final ….

P = See, three seconds ago I said “Let’s make IL MONDO” and they do not.

G = Wait, let’s make harmony (Piero taps him on the head). He plays the central part (Piero), I play the lower part and he is the tall one (Ignazio).

I = Are you there? We can start?

(the final harmony of IL MONDO begins … beautiful !!)

Assante = Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you here, come back when you want …. and thanks to you (to the public) for following us.

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I would say that the boys have always been kind and polite.

Assante is a journalist who, together with Castaldo and Monina, have never had good words and good criticisms about IL VOLO, indeed, they often denigrated and wrote badly about them …….. but without ever knowing them personally.

This year in Sanremo the boys have personally met Monina and Castaldo and now, with this interview also Assante.

Undoubtedly the tastes of these three journalists-critics, are deeply distant from the style of our boys, but this does not allow them to denigrate the hard work of these young people and even sometimes to despise them.

But now they have known them and have changed their opinion on them, not on their style, but certainly on their personalities, because these journalists have recognized that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are very simple guys and prepared in the music field. Their votes at Sanremo 2015 did not arrive at 4, now they gave 5 1/2 and even 6. The road is long but the journey has begun ….

I noticed in the interview that the boys, always in a polite tone, managed to remove “some pebbles in the shoe”.

Good guys, heads held high, we are with you.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

REVIEW OF MUSICA CD by MYRON HEATON

I was one of the very first writers to write columns for the Flight Crew and I always enjoyed doing it and I always was proud of the fact that many you would write comments and some would email me when they wanted to.  The last time I wrote an article of any length was for the wonderful “Notte Magica” program – both the PBS presentation and the CD. Since then I was always waiting for a new album and/or a new PBS show.  Well the Latin American songs were MP3 and digital download. I do CD’s (as old fashioned as that is) but I did listen to the songs they recorded in Miami with Emilio Estefan. I did not write an article then because I was told there would be a CD eventually.  Well, so far ? ? ? I really ended up worried about the challenges that the boys were putting their voices through. The songs were each very similar to the next but I did like some of those songs. My problem was the stress and extreme tight throat they were developing in the recording process.

Now we skip ahead to right now.  Good news. In the process of preparing for this new album they must have gone back to working with their vocal coaches (always the foundation to the incredible sound these guys produce).  I sent an email to Barbara Vitali this afternoon and asked about vocal coaches and hope to get an answer soon. Bottom line is that each guy has progressed in spite of the extremes of some of those previous songs.  The other factor is that I really do like the songs on this album. Good for them!

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Gianluca:  In some of these songs the approach to vowels starts out a little closed and tight in the throat.  But as he warms up the throat gets more and more free and the size and sound of the vowels is bigger and more rich than ever. As I have said many times in other reviews, this is the finest baritone working the professional music world today and he sings Latin, Broadway, light rock, pop ballads, Italian romantic songs, opera and classical recital songs.  He can do it all and do it all superbly!!

Piero:  a little bit of the same problem that I think is left over from singing a whole different style of music.  But, as with Gianluca, he loosens up and gets rid of the old (sometimes) tight sound and lets it fly free and big.  This is an instrument that always was a big instrument and now is bigger.

Ignazio:  Listen to him float and soar up and around those high notes.  Greatest Lyric tenor working today. I have said that many times before also.  There is a way that he and Gianluca can “caress” and “romance” a beautiful phrase of love until the listener falls to the ground in a rush of emotion.

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Do you ever listen to these guys and find yourself getting chills up and down your back?   Do you ever find yourself having a hard time breathing when they handle the word “subtle” in their singing.   Too many young singers cannot sing soft without ending up with a dead sound and they cannot sing loud without screeching their brains out.  When our boys sing soft it is with absolute control and beauty – the kind that does send chills out. And they do not just sing with a mindless LOUD.  They produce a gorgeous large sound that fills the room without being harsh or formless. That kind of sound can make your heart skip a beat.

So here is where all that vocal work really pays off.

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The songs on this CD are:

Musica Che Resta  by Gianna Nannini &  Emilio Munda & Antonello Carozza

I think all of the Il Volo fans know by now this song was featured for the 2019 Sanremo Festival.  I was asked to address the controversy comparing “Musica Che Resta” to “Grande Amore” composed by Francesco Boccia.  First of all they are two different songs composed by two different composers. The “fuss” is silly and a waste of time.  These are two different songs and each has a special energy and works well for Il Volo. Having listened to “Grande Amore” many times and “Musica che resta” a good number of times I can see where some people would find similarity in the way the piano/softer opening sections layered over fast tempo rhythmic sections would have a “sameness” to them.  But they don’t really. Another place where you might find similarity is in the form of the two songs.

This is one place where there is a resemblance but, once again, it is of no importance.

Vicinissimomore to come later.

Arrivederci Roma  by Renato Rascel & Pietro Garinei & Sandro Giovanni

A good number of the “crooners” of the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s sang this at one time or another.  It was used in the movie “Seven Hills of Rome” and it was a hit for Dean Martin and also Mario Lanza,  Well you can see the attraction going from Dean to Gianluca and from Mario to Piero.

Gianluca starts out a little tight in the throat but gets more loose as he moves ahead.   Piero starts the same – restricted throat but changes as he moves to the next phrase and he is showing off a much more open vowel sound concept.  I am anxious to see him in person soon and what how he uses his jaw. Ignazio really makes this song very romantic in the way he works the musical phrase.

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A chi mi dice (English=“those who tell me”)  by  Lars Halvor Jensen & Martin Larsson musicians of Danish background but now live in United Kingdom.  This song was featured by their own band.

Fino a quando fa bene  –

People (from musical “Funny Girl”)  by Julie Styne & Bob Merrill.  Funny Girl was a huge Broadway hit back in the mid-1960’s and made Barbara Streisand a star.  Then Columbia Pictures made a truly great film of the musical and Streisand, once again, starred.  At Oscar time, she ended up in the only tie ever in Best actress with Katharine Hepburn. All you loyal Il Volo fans should know that the boys have always loved her and, better yet, sang with her on her 2012 tour.  Great experience for them. They learned a lot from her. This song is her theme song and it works very well for the guys. Each guy is doing his best work on this song. Makes sense since they are loyal to her. Rumor has it she may join them for the PBS program – hope so.

La nave del olvido  by Dino Ramos and Armando Manzanero

This song was a big hit for the famous Mexican singer Jose Jose.  Remember IL VOLO singing for him at an awards program because he has lost his voice forever. They sang “El Triste” at that time.

Lontano dagli occhi  by Sergio Endrigo and Sergio Bardotti

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Be My Love  by Sammy Cahn & Nicholas Brodzsky

Those of us of a certain age (now wait a minute, I did not say the word “old” ) – anyway for those people of that age we all remember what a strong impression was made on us when Mario Lanza sang this song in the movies.  Check out the video of “That’s Entertainment” from MGM which is a fantastic collection of many scenes from MGM musicals from the 1930’s to the 1960’s He is very much part of the late 40’s and the 50’s. He was way too young when he died.

Here is another song that I bet Piero loves.  I would be interested in finding out in which order these songs were recorded.  Certain songs show that the boys have a rather tight throat take a verse or so to get loosened up to a more free sound

When you read my reviews of the past years you will see that the control of their instruments (voice) was always one thing that amazed me for their age and their more pop interests. One note about Sammy Cahn.  He is a composer that wrote a lot of Frank Sinatra’s best songs.

La voce del silenzio  by Paolo Limiti and Elio Isola

This song was a hit in 1968 from different singers first in Italian and then in English under the title “ Silent Voices” sung by Dionne Warwick

Meravigliosa creatura  by Gianna Nannini & Mara Redeghieri

A few more thoughts:

I have been reading that our boys have been getting negative comments for the style of music they do.  They seem to get more support here in the USA than they do in Europe (although that is getting better).  My thought is that we who stick by the boys no matter what kind of music they do because they are the best and because they show their love in every note – we must always make sure that loyalty gets to them and gets known by them.

I have a feeling that upcoming programs will be just wonderful.

Myron Heaton

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MILANO , SIGNATURE-COPIES by Daniela

Crew, I do not know which way to start telling my day.

I just came back from Milan, where there was the instore for the presentation of the new CD, MUSICA.

My feet are broken, and I’m very tired, but I want to fix immediately, the emotions that have marked the day.

I had already decided to go to Milan on Friday, but on Thursday, I received a letter from the official fan club, which warned me that I had been drawn, to take part in the mini-live that would take place a couple of hours before the instore.

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Here I am with, in my hand, my copy of MUSICA, the new CD.

Waiting for the mini-live.

What about the Duomo behind me? Always beautiful to see!

After a couple of hours they call us for the mini-live. After going through the check of documents, here we are all lined up in the corridor, waiting.

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We will spend more than an hour in the corridor, with an incredible heat, because it was a beautiful spring day.

Meanwhile, we fans talk, and who should I see but Veronica. She bought tickets for Jana, for the Verona Arena.

Veronica sends you her greetings, Jana !!

Really nice, Veronica!

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And finally they let us in and tell us to sit on the ground ….. is not the best of the comfort, but they explain that they can stand up only at the bottom, otherwise nobody can see before.

Ok, I sit on the ground …. what we would not do for these guys !!! 😜

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We are 150 people admitted to the mini live.

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The director of Radio Subasio comes and begins to present the event. 

He says that during the week in Sanremo he was able to know Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca well and he says they are really special people (we already knew that) and he says that Radio Subasio will always play the music of IL VOLO.

Begin, the notes of, “MUSICA CHE RESTA”

But now here they are ……. IL VOLO….. Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca !!!

Did you manage to see me in the video?

They are really beautiful and funny, they sing and we all sing with them. This is a video of mine and of course what you hear is my voice!!

Daniela, Musica che resta – Click Here

And here’s another video, of the same time, we were all singing. There was a very relaxed atmosphere.

My legs hurt so much to stay in that position, but it did not matter!!

Gianluca also made a video!

A small interview follows from the director of Radio Subasio:

RS = In this CD there is music present and also of the past.

G = Yes, it is a slightly different album from the others we did in the past, because however there are more contemporary sounds, the choice of songs, also, but without abandoning the classic, such as “Be My Love” sung by Mario Lanza, but also by all the greatest tenors.

This represents a new beginning, a new path, which will lead us to have “a new face”, we sing with what are our true voices, our musical styles, which are different. It represents us 100%.

RS = Are you a little more pop, compared to the past, is it true Piero?

P = We have undertaken this collaboration with Michele Canova, we are fans of Mengoni, Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, and Canova has produced all the albums of these great artists and we have decided to collaborate with him and I must tell you that we are very satisfied and surprised of the work he did.

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RS = Well, Ignazio, in the meantime, congratulations.

Congratulations because of you, this week, there was the image of you give a caress on the cheek to Mahmood (applause).

A gesture of great class, “chapeau” to Il Volo but above all to Ignazio, because this is the thing that remains of this Sanremo, as you have accepted this result.

P = The most famous profile of Italy (that of Ignazio)

RS = Proving that it is absolutely not true that they did not like the result, and that they are envious …. the envious one is another (Ultimo).

I = There is a whole story behind that caress. Because behind the scenes, while we finalists were waiting, Mahmood was sad and I asked him: 

“Excuse me, because your face is so sad, you are living a beautiful experience, we are in Sanremo” and he said, “The microphone did not open when the song started.” I told him, “What are you saying, you have a good song, you’re good, you’re among the first, you have to be happy and not sad.”

So when they said he was the winner I went to him and whispered to him, “What did I tell you?”

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RS = So, you won the festival 4 years ago, in 2015, this year you came back, because you had to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, and you showed that, despite having won a Sanremo, and after having participated as super-guests, you are back in the race.

G = Because you do not have to live Sanremo only with the spirit of competition, certainly it was a courageous choice, but from guests to competitors, should not be understood as a step back, it was our choice, we did it for you fans, that you’ve been waiting for us for a long time. (applause)

It’s nice to be able to live Sanremo and sing for four nights in a row, even for you who have followed us, and voted.

RS = Yes, voted, because IL VOLO on Friday evening are splashed at the televoting. What did I tell you? Televoting !!

P = Now, girls, we know that in Sanremo you have voted so much, now give your banking code to Ignazio, who will think about making the wire transfers to you.

I = Besides giving them to Mahmood, I give them money too !! (laughs)

RS = It is nice to feel the warmth and the affection of your audience, now they have bought the cd and then they will come to see you on tour in concert.

P = One important thing, I read that you ask for dates in Sicily, in other places ….. in a few days, we will publish many other dates, now we have announced 7/8, there will be many.

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I = It will be a summer tour.

RS = Long

I = It will be a summer tour and then there will be other surprises, indoors (indoor concerts).

RS = Let’s say that they are back in Italy and do not leave us, they want to be heard and sing live. We listen to another song, because we have to get ready for the tour, for the concerts, from today the new album is out, we need to learn the new songs, like “VICINISSIMO”.

I = We decide, “A CHI MI DICE” or “VICINISSIMO”

G = “A CHI MI DICE” because they already know it.

I = Let’s say to “A CHI MI DICE” and then we end up with “VICINISSIMO”.

RS = “A CHI MI DICE” in the version of IL VOLO is the track number 4. This song was brought to success by the BLUE and was written by Tiziano Ferro.

Now begins “A CHI MI DICE”, sung by all the fans.

….. and this below is my video.

Daniela, A Chi Mi Dice – Click Here

After the song, the director of Radio Subasio, asks if there are any questions, no one raises his hand.

Only a 10 year old girl, name’s Chiara, close to me, asks to speak.

Chiara tells the boys, that they are very beautiful and that she feels Gianluca as a brother!!

Here is the short video.

The boys are very relaxed, Gianluca is the most elegant, with light trousers and gray jacket, Piero has a grey turtleneck sweater and black trousers but wearing fluorescent yellow sneakers, very showy, and at some point asks the fans if his shoes are beautiful.

Ignazio wears a flannel trousers and a simple mustard-colored sweater, he looks a lot thinner in person and all three are really young, young men.

The director of Radio Subasio, still asks if anyone wants to ask questions.

A boy takes courage and says that he follows IL VOLO since they won Sanremo and he likes them a lot.

A woman says they are very good and would like their greetings, for her 86-year-old mother.

Another boy says that thanks to IL VOLO he has established many true friendships.

In short, no real question, and then I make a sign, I have a question, or rather two.

They give me the microphone and they tell me to stand up. My legs are numb for the position on my knees, but I get up, too bad that there is no video of my intervention ….

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Me = I’m Daniela and I’m from Brescia. First of all, congratulations for Sanremo, you were really great.

In the fourth evening, that of the duets, you did a wonderful duet with Alessandro Quarta, do you think that, in any of your concerts, we will see the participation of Alessandro Quarta?

G = We cannot say anything but there is the idea.

P = It’s possible, let’s see.

I = First of all we must say that with Alessandro we have a good friendship and then everything is possible.

Me = I have another question, the American fans . . . I have been advised to tell you that when you go to do concerts in the USA, they would like a less classic program, because at the end of the concert they would like to stand up and sing and dance like Italian fans.

G = Now our program will be this, it is no longer Notte Magica.

I = Of course, the program that we will bring will be that of the CD …..

Me = … yes, but when you talk of concert on American soil you say you will do a more classic program. 

I = ….. but if you let me finish (everyone laughs), I was saying that before we were bound by Notte Magica, but now we’ll bring more pop there too.

Me = Thank you.

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I must say that I was not at all troubled to talk on the microphone and in front of everyone, in fact, I felt in the family.

I took the opportunity to talk about the American concerts, because then during the signature-copies, they stop for a few minutes.

After the series of questions, ended with my speech, they asked to pose for the final group photo and then we had to get out and queue for signature-copies.

 

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These are the last shots I took before going down.

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There were fans waiting to sign-copies, so we had to get off.

In a short time it became dark.

We who were at mini-live had precedence, so we all started waiting for our turn.

We were on the second floor, for the mini-live, about two hours of which one of waiting and one of mini-live.

I arrived in Milan by train, accompanied by my husband, but he was not admitted to the mini-live, so he had to wait outside …. what a treasure! When I got out, he said the voices were heard downstairs, so he figured out that I was talking at the microphone.

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And here are some photos, while we are in the queue and we approach the boys.

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Finally our turn has arrived, and here is our official photo – me and Beppe and IL VOLO.

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I was able to make a few words with the boys to whom I brought your greetings, they signed the CD and also the book UN’AVVENTURA STRORDINARIA that I had brought with me.

I gave two kisses to each of them.

A few moments and it was all over.

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Outside the library, there were Torpedine and Barbara Vitali sitting outside a bar talking to a couple of friends. I wanted to stop and talk to them, but I did not want to be inappropriate.

And so we headed to the train station, about 3 km to do on foot, as we had already done on arrival, under a hot sun.

We arrived at the station, everywhere there were great videos that projected the event of IL VOLO.

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Finally on the return train, I was able to rethink that frantic afternoon.

It was worth it.

I was finally holding my new CD and I was so close to the boys.

They are really simple and genuine.

I hope this CD will lead to their sales success, which is really deserved.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.