Alessandro Ristori and the Portofinos are on the rise – WWD
It’s not easy to get your hands on Alessandro Ristori, especially during the summer season when he constantly jumps between Forte dei Marmi, Porto Cervo, Monte Carlo, London and Dubai.
“Summer is definitely the busiest time, but I assure you we are on the move 200 days a year,” he laughs.
The music group Alessandro Ristori & The Portofinos is on the rise. In October they performed at the wedding of Alexandre Arnault and Géraldine Guyot in Venice, and they are regulars at some of Europe’s most famous clubs, including Annabel’s in London, or “the place to be”, as the describes Ristori.
Ristori also draws attention with his unique style, reminiscent of the rock ‘n’ roll era of the 50s, his movements and his ability to entertain.
“I haven’t changed much since I was five years old and I went on stage for the first time,” he says. “People ask me if I always dress like that when I’m not performing. I just put myself on stage, it’s different from someone who builds a character from someone who is natural,” he adds. -he.
When Ristori performs, he “[feels] living. Even though I’m quite shy, when I’m on stage I transform to interact with people, and I instinctively know how to move and when to jump or dance.
The leader is often recognized as “the singer of Monte-Carlo” since he began to perform and become known there, notably in 2015 at the Hôtel de Paris, in the famous Bar Américain. “I brought back the Dolce Vita atmosphere,” Ristori explains.
It was not until 2017 that the Italian entrepreneur Flavio Briatore, owner of several establishments in the principality, noticed it and “opened the doors to a luxury market that was also different from that of Monte Carlo since I started working in Italy and then in Dubai. With him I have a solid professional relationship and I perform in venues such as Twiga in Monte Carlo and Forte dei Marmi, Billionaire in Dubai and Porto Cervo. The Twiga beach club in Forte dei Marmi “is our second home, because we give more than 20 concerts there during the summer”, he adds.
In April 2019, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi chose Ristori to sing at her wedding party and that same year he performed for Carl Hirschmann’s birthday, the multi-millionaire Swiss entrepreneur, married to the Italian actress Fiammetta Cicogna, in Cap Ferrat.
“EEven if I haven’t sold millions of records around the world, during these events I feel like I’m part of an excellence. That’s the most important thing and when I’m on stage, I always try to make a good impression, whether I’m playing for Arnault’s son or for anyone else,” he muses.
The singer struggles to remember which night was the craziest and funniest, as he often mixes up “certain episodes or dates and even sometimes completely forgets what happened”, but he has fond memories of the birthday party of Prince Albert of Monaco.
“It was 2018, I broke a vertebra on August 3 and I had to be ready for the 27, his birthday. I had immediate surgery and was back on my feet in just three weeks and even now when I see him he reminds me of that. He says ‘Alessandro, you were there!’ Emotionally, this is one of the best nights for me. Even when I’m 90, it will be an indelible memory,” he says.
Ristori is the epitome of “Italianness” with his big smile, furry chest furtively colorful silk shirts almost always ajar and hits he sings on stage. “I take Italy with me when I play,” he says proudly. Eventhe name of the group, The Portofinos, recalls “Dolce Vita, Italy… a good Italy where everything is fine and is recognizable all over the world”.
If he now performs in front of an increasingly international audience, he also likes to sing Italian songs, even if they are off the beaten track for some. “If you’re persistent and believable,” he explains, “you can sing an Italian song from the 50s as well as an English song from the 80s and people will still have fun.”
IndeedSome of the hits that are almost always part of Ristori’s performances are “Susanna” by Adriano Celentano, “Non succederà più” by Claudia Mori [It will not happen again]”Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John.
Ristori also performs his own songs on stage and in June he released a new single, entitled “Semper più tu [You, always more]”, which is available on YouTube and produced by Andrea Mariano.
Her style and fashion sense also contribute to Ristori’s success. “Dleaning is different from covering, that’s what really makes the difference,” he argues.
During her performances, the singer can often be seen wearing head-to-toe Gucci outfits. “My mother dressed me as a little lord and later, when I met my wife, who has great taste, she helped me a lot in my style choices.”
A highlight of this year was his meeting with Marco Bizzarri, Chairman and CEO of Gucci, who helped him a lot in “this combination of style”, as he puts it.
Ristori also pays tribute to Giorgio Armani. “When you wear an Armani suit, you are impeccable, the best suits in the world are those of Armani.”
As for future projects, he admits that he “would love to be part of a film, cinema fascinates me a lot”.