Il Volo on the 65º Festival della Canzone Italiana – Sanremo 2015 – was more a hope than a surprise for all their fans out there. A dream come true!
Doubts and criticism are welcomed, because they can make the talent of Il Volo shine more and better. And while we follow the trio on its Sanremo adventure, let’s read the bios of the artists who wrote “Grande Amore”, the unreleased song that Il Volo will perform at the Festival.
Tommy Esposito is a musician and songwriter from Naples, Italy. He is an official member of the popular and renowned Italian pop band, Il Giardino dei Semplici (often nicknamed “GDS” by fans), along with Andrea Arcella (keyboards, vocals), Luciano Liguori (bass, lead vocals) and Savio Arato (guitars, vocals). Tommy is the group’s drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist, and has co-written songs for the band, as well as for other artists.
Il Giardino dei Semplici was founded in 1975. Throughout the past four decades, they have released 11 studio records, 17 singles, 2 live albums and countless compilations. The band has sold 4 million records, performed 1.800 gigs and attended several important Italian competitions, such as the Sanremo Festival and Festivalbar (three times). Their most commercially successful songs include: M’innamorai, Tu, ca nun chiagne, Miele, Concerto in La minore, Vai, Angela and many others. Their latest, acclaimed album is Argento vivo (2013).
The group is well known for singing in their signature choral falsetto; their music is a cohesive blend of genres, while at the same time feeling unique and personal. The band’s concerts are always very elaborate and energy-packed.
Il Giardino dei Semplici will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015 with the release of an autobiographical book, a new CD and a grand tour across the country.
In 2001, Tommy produced singer Francesco Boccia who, paired with Giada Caliendo, sang Turuturu at Sanremo. They won third place in the “Young Category” contest and had a big resonance on radios and TVs nationwide. Since then, the catchy song has been rearranged and reinterpreted by various artists, like Sandy & Junior (in Brazil) and Gisela (in Spain and Portugal), and has proved to be a smash hit, exceeding 1.200.000 copies sold worldwide.
In 2015, Tommy’s song Grande Amore – co-written with Francesco Boccia – will be interpreted by the hugely popular international trio Il Volo at the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival.
In 2001 Francesco – paired with vocalist Giada Caliendo – presented a song writted by him at the 51º edition of the Sanremo Festival: Turuturu. They won third place in the “Young Category” contest and had a big resonance on radios and TVs nationwide. Since then, the catchy melody has been rearranged and reinterpreted by various artists, like Sandy & Junior (in Brazil) and Gisela (in Spain and Portugal), and has proved to be a smash hit, exceeding 1.200.000 copies sold worldwide.
His first album, titled Turuturu, was released in 2001. In 2003 he starred as actor in the popular series La Squadra. In 2005 he won the Festival Show with the touching song Credo.
He also performed on countless premier TV shows along with important artists of Italian music scene; among those: Domenica In (1995/96) and Stile Libero Max (2007), where his song Cucciolo turned out into a big hit with millions of viewers.
In 2013 he became the lead singer and frontman of the band Quisisona and toured across the country, performing for exclusive and notorious clubs. A new album will be released in the future to come.
In 2015, Francesco’s song Grande Amore – co-written with Tommy Esposito, his producer and drummer for the popular band Il Giardino dei Semplici – will be interpreted by the hugely successful international trio Il Volo at the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival.
Article by Tiziano Caliendo – archivist and collaborator of the band Il Giardino dei Semplici.