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Yanni

Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and '90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent appearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours.

Yanni was born Yiannis Chryssomalis on November 14, 1954 on the Greek island of Kalamata. He displayed a talent for a music at a young age, playing piano at the age of six, but rather than enroll him in music school, his parents encouraged their son to follow his own muse and learn the instrument at his own pace and in his own way. In 1972, Yanni traveled to Minnesota to attend college, and while he majored in psychology, he didn't walk away from music, playing in a local rock band and continuing his personal study of piano and other keyboard instruments. In 1977, after receiving his degree, Yanni joined a Minneapolis-based rock group called Chameleon, who toured regionally and cut several self-released albums, but in 1980, he began striking out on his own, recording and releasing an album of his own material, Optimystique. In 1984, Yanni signed a deal with Atlantic Records, who re-released the privately issued Optimystique; his deal with Atlantic proved short-lived, but the album attracted the attention of the noted independent label Private Music, who released Yanni's second album, Keys to Imagination, in 1986. (They would also reissue Optimystique a few years later.) Yanni relocated to Los Angeles, where he began composing film scores as well as recording as a solo artist, and in 1987, after releasing his third album, Out of Silence, he set out on his first major concert tour; the band included John Tesh on keyboards and former Chameleon drummer Charlie Adams. In 1990, after the release of Reflections of Passion, Yanni performed a special concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a preview of the large-scale events he would stage in the future.

In 1992, the album Dare to Dream earned Yanni his first Grammy nomination, and his music began popping up in television commercials and during coverage of sporting events, bringing his compositions to a new audience. His concert tours became larger and more spectacular as his fan base grew, and in the fall of 1993, in support of the album In My Time, he performed a special show at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, a venue that was over 2,000 years old. The concert was recorded and videotaped, and the subsequent Yanni Live at the Acropolis album and home video became major successes, selling over seven million copies worldwide and becoming a fixture on public television broadcasts in the United States. The success of Live at the Acropolis led to Yanni staging prestigious events at London's Royal Albert Hall and major venues around the globe, as well as special concerts at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China, both in 1997 (material from the two shows appeared on the album Tribute). In both cases, Yanni was the first Western artist permitted to perform at these historic landmarks. After concluding a world tour in 1998, Yanni took a well-deserved vacation for two years and relocated to the East Coast; his 2000 studio album If I Could Tell You offered a more personal and intimate sound from the composer (it was also his first album for Virgin Records), and he explored world music sounds on 2003's Ethnicity. In 2009, he launched his own label, Yanni-Wake Entertainment, in association with Disney, and released Yanni Voices, in which he collaborated with vocalists for the first time in his solo career, teaming with a handful of gifted newcomers. Yanni took his vocalists on the road for a Yanni Voices concert tour, and in 2010, he explored his interest in Latin music on the album Mexicanisimo. A new studio effort, Truth of Touch, followed in 2011 and proved Yanni's popularity had not waned, topping the Billboard new age chart and going on to become the biggest-selling new age album of that year. After extensive touring for the release, Yanni added another string to his bow by collaborating with some of the biggest names in vocal classical music on his next album, Inspirato. On the album, released in 2014, the likes of Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Russell Watson, Vittorio Grigolo, Rolando Villazón, and Katherine Jenkins added operatic vocals to a selection of re-recordings of classic inspirational tracks from Yanni's back catalog. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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There will never be another YANNI. His music is so unique. I love it. Mozart in the 1700's, Yanni in the now and forever will be.
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I would love to see and ice skater perform to this music. The performance would be so beautiful, just as beautiful as the music is.
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Would love to see an ice skating performance to this song. It would be so beautiful, just the music is.
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Kalamata is not an ISLAND!!!!! It's a City in Peloponissos ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Yanni has been my favorite CD to listen to since i was old enough to like and recognize music! I love all the amazing songs!
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I love your music it is so soft and relaxing. I play it at night to go sleep. A big plus I have a my grandson who is 4yrs old , Which is very active and when I play a series of your cds he calm down and relax. when I am watching him during day his mother at work. I want thank you for your music. It is so wonderful to listen too.
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So Long My Friend: All my love goes with you. Beautiful, beautiful music. :-)
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His music has the odor of tuberose.. we like it!
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flashingstre a k s
#stfu to the #hater / #loser / #nobody below being #jealous listening to this classic music and saying #bs that you #yourself are
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marilynndill e r 1
Yanni is truly a Leonardo of instrumental music. I have been blessed to see him perform twice and he is a beautiful gifted individual who loves creating music.
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citygalestcs t
I have one of his Cd's of his greatest music and the song playing is on the track; just beautiful.
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whismanwilli a m f r a n c i s
Superube estoniting truly amagnifician t composure of masterful masters' then notonly ones true achuevments as goes for ones accomplishme n t s
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greengoddess 6 0
Please play more of Yanni ...lovely station.
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ALL THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD IN ONE CREATION ! YANNI .I LIVE FOR PIANO MUSIC . GERALD YUMA ARIZONA
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Yanni is the greatest composer and musician of all time. No contest.
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chani922
Great songs
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Reflections of Passion: Great music as usual...I am a very passionate, loving person, and I tend to love everyone. :-)
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One of my MOM'S dreams was to go and see Yanni perform live. She couldn't because she had agoraphobia. She was OK until you got her in a large crowd.
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HAPPY PURIM---- Chag Purim Sameach ☠ ☮ ☯۞

A lesser Jewish festival held in spring (on the 14th or 15th day of Adar) to commemorate the defeat of Haman's plot to massacre the Jews as recorded in the book of Esther.
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Me and my mom love yanni its so soothing
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Es una musica maravillosa, Fantastica!! ! ! !
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Esa música me transporta a lugares infinitos del cual no quisiera regresar
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I love you , you inspired me at the age of 10 to play the piano ,,.
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Desire: Beautiful
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Love his music, so relaxing,,mu s i c for the soul. Hope to see him in concert some day.
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One Man's Dream: Great music
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jenniferc091 0
It's breathtaking how his music without words can captivate and create such a clear story in your mind that lets you feel more than think..
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ashley.sharm a
Absolutely love the music that he makes! :)
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To The One Who Knows: This is beautiful. No wonder my MOM liked Yanni. Now I know why.
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I lumping love his music I really love until the last moment and felista and keys to imagination and a ton of other songs by him .:)
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I discovered Yanni by accident while channel surfing years ago, he was on a public station. I was confused and the tv was on mute, so here's this man with long flowing hair, musicians in various dress and an Orchestra! I took the tv off mute and have been hooked since, I bought every tape, cd, DVD that he has, his music is on my iPod. He came to radio city years ago, by the time I found, tickets were sold out, I was Crushed! He travels a lot, so I figured I'd never see him, my wish. So, it was
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I love him......... I wish I could have him sitting on my couch....... . . . . j u s t so I could look at him anytime I wanted...... . . :)
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mtncahat74
YANNI is indeed the BEST!! I LOVE HIM!! :)
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He's truly a gifted artist in his compositions are amazing I've seen him in different concerts but I've never seen him live but it would be something I would never forget if I had the pleasure of seeing him front row seats would have been beautiful beautiful amazing for at least 20 years I've been listening to him Bravo its so calming it helps clear your head
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Greatest overall artist I can think of. His compositions are memorable, sweeping and NEVER get old. I listen to his catalog nearly every day, repeatedly cycling through each CD.
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Phenomenal!! It's all I listen to. Bravo.
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nyrevino
Simply amazing. I have been to many of his concerts. His music provides peace and happiness to your life. Such a talented artist. He truly has a gift.
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Used to listen to him all the time when I was little. Really really fantastic music put/puts me to sleep every night
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Ever since I first started listening to his wonderful music, I can' t find no other joy or better way to bring such of peace and comfort to my mind and soul every time I hear and listen anything from him. I love his music!!!!!
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I really love his music
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love his music!!
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i have loved this man since the day I was born!
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I have been blessed 3 times to see this magnificent artist in person. I was awestruck the first, ummm second, aw heck, third time I saw him in performance. It was a totally magical and relaxing Evening each time.
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cats03
Happy Birthday Yanni
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I first heard his music in the 90s in Africa when my brother brought his Vedic CD, and ever since that day I go crazy for the next album. I ve come to love every drop of sound from his music. No word to describe his music.
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Was introduced to Yanni music in winter of 1994 in NYC. Every time I listen to his music my mind and heart goes back to our life in NY.
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The article says Yanni was born on the Greek island of Kalamata. Kalamata is not an island (though it does have the atmosphere of the islands). Kalamata is a provincial capital in the very south of Greece on the mainland.
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Happiness is... Yanni
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