Il Volo (IV) are cultivating a remarkable musical presence in today’s competitive highly marketed, managed and commercialized field of entertainment. As a fan beginning midsummer 2012, I was at first captivated by the charisma of Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto. The sincerity as artists who take themselves and their craft seriously was amply abundant in language from the body and eyes during the performance of Il Volo Takes Flight: Live from the Detroit Opera House. The complex combination of charm, style and natural musical talent sparked my interest. Since I became a fan, I have followed their trail and attended several concerts, participate in on-line forums, started this blog and am organizing a unique tour in Italy through a Facebook group called: Star Crossed Voyagers: Il Volo Fans Tour to Italy. I am firmly fixed in my appreciation of them as artists who are in transition with their music but now as artists who bring balance to the stage with every performance. The key to Il Volo’s success for me has been the emerging acknowledgement of them as men who can appeal to the heart of a quiet feminist.
I am of an age to remember the strategic push of the women’s voice in the 1960’s, 70s and beyond. Since we found our voice, the goal of equality of place in society has been a constant struggle and cause for unrest. Women hold a precarious position in attempting to balance needs at home and in the workplace. We take primary care of the home, and provide for our children, elders and husbands with every part of our emotional, physical, and economic well-being. Women provide, and attempt to thrive in a still male-dominated society. Women are reaching higher and higher and strategically gaining ground as well as earning respect in politics, business, science sports and the arts. Having grown up under the umbrella of women emerging and campaigning for equality, I am refreshed by IV’s unspoken and sophisticated acceptance, understanding and support of women on stage and reflecting out to their audience.
IV, as young healthy men, simply adore women and enjoy mingling with their wide range of fans across the Americas, Europe and beyond. IV audiences are largely dominated by women ranging in age from 5 to 95. One of the reasons for my consistency as a fan is that having been raised in the tone and tenure of the feminist movement, I recognize their consistent collaboration with female artists. With every concert and performance, the feminine is brought to balance with their heady, sexy Italian energy.
Women artists IV have collaborated with include:
With every performance, every tweet, photo op, and day that goes by, my unabashed appreciation for them as men, artists and quiet feminists grows. As a fan, I look forward to a prosperous and abundant 2014 filled with exciting concerts, recordings and moments of natural grace. As a person who naturally contemplates that which has my fascination, I am close to awareness of unconditional love for Il Volo’s artistic underlying social message of balance, harmony and beauty. Viva Il Volo