Interview with Il Volo

Il Volo: Award-Winning
Italian Operatic Pop Trio

Award-winning Italian singing sensations, IL Volo – Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Inoble announce their anticipated new album ‘IL Volo Sings Morricone’ – released worldwide 5th November 2021 on Sony Music. A tribute to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century Ennio Morricone (1928 – 2020), with the endorsement from the Maestro’s family.

‘IL Volo Sings Morricone’ consists of 14 tracks recalling the Maestro’s legendary melodies, including the first single to be lifted from the album – an absolute gem “The Ecstasy of Gold” from the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – out on October 22nd, 2021. For the first time ever, will be accompanied by lyrics written by Andrea Morricone specifically for IL Volo. It also features “I colori dell’amore” (“The colours of love”), an unreleased track composed by Andrea Morricone for the trio that was unexpectedly performed live for the first time, together with other songs by Ennio Morricone, at a concert held at the Arena di Verona on June 5, 2021.

Il Volo’s new album ‘IL Volo Sings Morricone’ is out now on Sony Music.

Il Volo Ennio Morricone – The Ecstasy of Gold (Official Video)
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TSM: Thank you all so much for interviewing for Talent Spotlight Magazine, and an honour to have you in the magazine.

IV: It’s our pleasure, Jessica.

TSM: What inspired you to create an album tribute to Ennio Morricone?

GG: We used to bring the Italian culture through music. Our career started twelve years ago, and we started singing songs like “O Sole Mio,” “Il Mondo” and many other Italian standards. That’s why we wanted to do something different and not just the traditional Italian music, but something more classic. At the same time, something very contemporary, exactly like the music of Maestro Morricone. It’s also the first time that male voices did a tribute to Maestro Morricone, and we picked out the best soundtrack of his career.

TSM: How did you go about song selection for the album?

PB: It was the most difficult part of the work we’ve done, so it was very hard. However, together with our team: our producers, all the musicians who have been working with us and also the collaboration of Maestro’s Morricone’s family, with his son Andrea (who agreed to collaborate with us and we have to say thanks to him), so we all decided on the setlist of the album.

IB: Actually he wrote a song for us. He called it “I Colori Dell’amore” which is on the album too.

TSM: What is your creative process like?

IB: We spend a lot of time in the studio looking for the tone and key of the songs. Ennio Morricone’s songs have been sung by females but as Gianluca said, it’s the first time that male singers have done a full tribute to Ennio Morricone’s melodies. Some songs were very easy, like “Amalia Por Amore” which is a Portuguese song, and “Your love.” We spent more time seeing which one was the best key for us, but Ennio Morricone’s melodies are beautiful and amazing. The music wasn’t so difficult because it’s an amazing melody…all the melodies. It was so easy to share parts of a song, and to split our parts into the songs was easy.

TSM: How do you think you have grown as a group since you started out?

PB: At the very beginning, it was very normal to sing songs because we had people who told us what to sing and what parts to sing. We were very young, like fourteen to fifteen years old. Of course, now after twelve years of being together and grown-up, and also the way we work things out, it’s very mature because now we know who can do what part better than the other and our limits. This didn’t happen in the past. Now with this album, I think it’s the right time to do a tribute to Ennio Morricone because it’s the right moment for the three of us. We reached the most mature part of our careers, so we respect each other and recognize that we know what we’re doing. So, we really can’t wait to release this album and bring these melodies on tour in 2022.

TSM: What kind of effect has the pandemic had on you?

GG: It’s been two very difficult years. We had to stop our tour in the United States in March 2020 and come back home. As you know, it was a very long lockdown here in our country. At the same time, we had the chance to be creative, to work, to think about the future, and to think about projects and our careers. That’s why we lived it positively. Of course, when something like this happens, you need to recharge yourself and try to be the best part of yourself. That’s why we came up with this idea and had time to think. When you travel worldwide, you don’t even have time to think because life moves so fast. That’s why we remained positive for this long time and decided to do this tribute, so it wasn’t so negative.

IB: I think the pandemic helped us get to know each other better, and I’m talking about ourselves. We had time to let our mind rest and think about our careers, and that’s why the Morricone tribute came up.

TSM: What has been one of your most memorable experiences on stage?

IB: I think Barbra Streisand was one of them. Am I right guys?

PB: Yes, also when we sang in front of Pope Francis in Panama.

IB: One of the latest, I think, is Verona, where we sang the tribute to Ennio Morricone. It was so special because it was the first concert after the pandemic and the first show with people in the arena. We got very emotional.

GG: The top three were when we performed on stage with Barbra Streisand. Then when we won the Sanremo Festival and had the chance to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. And We Are the World for Haiti in 2011 with all the most famous artists in the world. That’s how our career started, and it was one of the best moments.

IB: It’s tough to pick one great moment because it was a great moment when we sang at the Nobel Peace Prize. We have done so many things over the years, so it’s very tough to pick one.

TSM: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?

IB: To bring peace to the world.

PB: I think right now the message is to save the world. Actually, we are the generation that can save this world, and we have to bring this message. That’s so important because when we turn on the TV now, we see the world getting worse day by day with plastic and all these things. When we go on TV, we have to say what the people of our generation want to say, and the right thing to do is to bring this message. I think everyone must do something small or big.

TSM: Anything else you’d like to share?

GG: Our goal has always been to bring this kind of music to the young generation. We started singing the type of music that people aged forty to fifty sing when we were fourteen. That’s why it was the first time that teenagers used to sing operatic pop music. Now we are twenty-five to twenty-six years old and trying to do something unique and different. It has always been our goal, and it will always be our goal. That’s why we love what we do, and are very happy about our life and job. We really can’t wait to go back on tour next year in 2022 with this new musical project tribute to Ennio Morricone and hope that the situation keeps getting better.

TSM: Thank you so much for doing an interview; it is nice to meet you all.

IV: Grazie Jessica.

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