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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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like all Yanni's music
accountants3
I love listening to Yanni's music! I saw him in concert in Houston, Texas probably about 12-15 years ago. Such a stunning performance. So many talented musicians, so many different and strange instruments. Just mersmerizing !
accountants3
He was 58 at his last birthday...N o v e m b e r 14, 1954, as stated in the bio above.
Yanni is magical:)
I have been listening to Yanni for a long time and I have attended several of his concerts. Again, the album cover suggests that this is the John Tesh Project performing a piece created by Yanni. Not sure why Pandora puts in the biography the way they do but John Tesh is an excellent pianist in his own right and I love listening to them both.
YANNI is not just an entertainer. YANNI is a creator of magical moments which captivate, embrace and balance your equilibrium. Plus, there is joyfulness in his music. A joyfulness which can elevate your sad feelings into peacefulness . I appreciate the artistry of YANNI. MAX-ism
Yanni's music is so beautiful and calming. He's absolutely wonderful in concert too!
bjprice59
would love for him to do another tour in the states
Follow for follow? AL PIANO PLAYERS FOLLOW ME I AM ONE OF U!!
Angels ,we have heard on high
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight..... . .
Yanni! ^_^
FROM A GTEEK TO A GREEK YOUR GREAT!
Yanni is a music Master. His concerts are spectacular! !
Yanni calms me
I have watched and listened to Yanni since birth. I was fortunate enough to see him in concert in 2012 and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. His music is amazing!
bkwitt1
The music is great. However, to see it performed live is amazing! The stellar musicianship brings the music to another level. The concert becomes more than a show, it becomes an event.
Yanni's music is very soothing.
Gay
Those eyes: Josh Hutchison! Am I right!? O.O
I like his mustache :{
mypurpleonio n 5
Beautiful, sad, haunting, explodes with love, yearnings, and makes the heart beat faster, and calms the soul, fills us with expectations of love and life transcending the times. His music will be timeless.
His music will live forever thru-out generations
Great man great musician
He is very unique !!
You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life and tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes you will die in 2 days when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters
Very pretty and sad music
amazing!
U will pass away to find greater music if u look
lindseykayjo y c e
Calming.... Sad I'm going to pass away..... :(
Love his music.
My best
elsagonz14
Fabulous, love him, Fr Elsa never see Yanni is one of my dream"
Yani Best of the Best! thank you yanni,,,,
kgwgr
It is the pure ENERGY of your works $ we love you for it !
I can play this song <3
One of my most favorite performers of all time...
Yanni is a great performer
You have not l lived until lived. Until you see Himmler LIVE Simply the best. Last year @NJPAC.Great show.
1032385808
Mearbear_hal e : I think he looks like the guy off princess bride too!! I wondered if anyone noticed that too ;)
There is absolutely NO ONE like Yanni! His music moves the world!
He reminds me of the guy off of The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya. :)
Yanni's got a killer 'stache.
No word can express the beauty of his music...
1067088092
Aww so beautiful!!!
There is no comment about his music, just enjoy and feel it the beauty.
dane560
i think his live at the acropolis CD was his best music he ever composed.
walsh.logan
Surgeon General's warning: marijuana will make your music awesome. Even Yanni. - Robin Williams
jdizon9
I remember Yanni when he lived in Minneapolis. I have his first LP produced here. Mystical!
I love this
Yanni, his music is just amazing ! love, Love, LOVE Yanni !
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