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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. He followed that up with 2016's aptly titled Sensuous Chill, a set of ten new recordings and seven previously released tracks, selected and sequenced with sensual atmosphere in mind. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Inspirato

1. I Genitori (To Take To Hold)

2. Come Un Sospiro (Almost A Whisper)

3. Ode Alla Grecia (End Of August)

4. L'ombra Dell'angelo (Nice To Meet You)

5. Amare Di Nuovo (Adagio In C Minor)

6. Hasta El Ultimo Momento (Until The Last Moment)

7. Riconoscimento (Tribute)

8. Incanto (Enchantment)

9. Il Primo Tocco (First Touch)

10. Usignolo (Nightingale)

11. La Prima Luce (In The Morning Light)

12. Ode A L'humanite (Ode To Humanity)

13. Nello Specchio (In The Mirror)

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Track List: Live At El Morro, Puerto Rico

Disc 1

1. Truth Of Touch (Live)

2. Vertigo (Live)

3. End Of August (Live)

4. Rain Must Fall (Live)

5. Felitsa (Live)

6. Voyage (Live)

7. Nightingale (Live)

8. Ode To Humanity (Live)

9. Niki Nana (Live)

10. One Man's Dream (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Truth Of Touch

1. Truth Of Touch

2. Echo Of A Dream

3. Seasons

4. Voyage

5. Flash Of Color

6. Vertigo

7. Nine

8. I Can't Wait

9. Guilty Pleasure

10. O Luce Che Brilla Nell'oscurita

11. I'm So

12. Long Way From Home

13. Yanni & Arturo

14. Mist Of A Kiss

15. Secret

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Track List: Yanni Live! (The Concert Event)

1. Rainmaker

2. Keys To Imagination

3. Enchantment

4. Standing In Motion

5. On Sacred Ground

7. Until The Last Moment

8. If I Could Tell You

9. For All Seasons

11. Prelude

12. Nostalgia

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Track List: Ethnicity

1. Rites Of Passage

2. For All Seasons

3. The Promise

4. Rainmaker

5. Written On The Wind

6. Playing By Heart

7. At First Sight

8. Tribal Dream

9. Almost A Whisper (Ethnicity)

10. Never Too Late

11. Play Time

12. Jivaeri (Jiva-Eri)

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Track List: Ultimate Yanni

Disc 1

1. You Only Live Once

2. Flight Of Fantasy

3. To The One Who Knows

4. Keys To Imagination

5. Butterfly Dance

6. Nice To Meet You

7. Santorini

8. Nostalgia

9. Aria

10. Point Of Origin

11. Nightbird

12. Chasing Shadows

Disc 2

1. Paths Of Water

2. Marching Season

3. Reflections Of Passion

4. Looking Glass

5. A Word In Private

6. One Man's Dream

7. Felitsa

8. In The Mirror

9. Desire

10. The Rain Must Fall

11. Running Time

12. Forbidden Dreams

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Track List: Yanni: Love Songs

1. In The Morning Light

2. So Long My Friend

3. To The One Who Knows

4. Almost A Whisper

5. Before I Go

6. In The Mirror

7. First Touch

8. Enchantment

9. Felitsa

10. Secret Vows

11. Whispers In The Dark

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Track List: Tribute

1. Deliverance

2. Adagio In C Minor

3. Renegade

4. Dance With A Stranger

5. Tribute

6. Prelude

7. Love Is All

8. Southern Exposure

9. Waltz In 7/8

10. Nightingale

11. Niki Nana (We're One)

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I have seen Yanni live in concert. Breath taking to say the least. My son in law got me a ticket to go to see him. So we went. A memory forever.
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Yanni is truly gifted and blessed to share his gift with all of us...
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marie_mackle r
always has been one of my all time favorites, reminds me of my son playing piano and just loving it!!
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Mexico loves yanni
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...I was dabbling in the car sales industry. I had received a potential sales client whom had wanted their vehicle to be traded and I had to drive it to our service department for a quick appraisal, as I started the car up came this magnificent and new music genre to me. It was Yanni and ever since that one small sales day I have been following him. Thank-you Yanni and Pandora for sharing this easy listening music with the World...you' l l never be forgotten. Wishing you the very best.
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Yanni has been my all-time favorite musician since the late 80's. I have purchased every album that's been available of his and do not regret any one of them...they' v e all been instrumental in my life over the years at some point, from my cancer fighting days in early 90's, career choices and my family. He's, Yanni, has been such a blessing to me for which he'll never know but none the less, he and his music has touched my life. To think it all started in the late 80's when....
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csloftus
Thank you Yanni for giving the world your timeless music. It unites us all to one world.
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i have enjoyed Yanni since 1990. He is a most talented musician and one not likely to ever be forgotten. His passion shows in all of his music. His is truly Musician Extraordinai r e ! ! Love you always!
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julierae72
Yanni I hope your life is filled with as much life as you make us feel. Thank you...
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gkamtx
I flew out to see his concert by the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt, and boy what a soulful experience that was! To hear my favorite Yanni songs in front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids (last ancient wonders of the world) is something I will never forget! I'll be seeing him again for the American tour in the DFW area. Can't wait!! Some of his songs just get down deep in your soul and you just get lost in his realm of music. :)
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sheffield57
Just slow down and enjoy it all. What I say after my workout...No t h i n g better than when it is over and done..
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Yanni has the sound, the melody, the composition like few others of our time or times past. A special talent, wonderful. The showmanship, the snap, the Acropolis - yet to be paralleled or surpassed in modern times. The inspiration, feelings, wings on wind, flowing melding, manifesting, water rushing, overflowing, rushing, rising yet never plunging other than to rise, welling. Sun, the brilliance. Earth the essence, grounded with the pulse of mankind.

Superbly eminent.
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ladelrassojr 5
Yanni is AWESOME!! He's better than any other artists I know! I listen to his music since I was a baby. My parents puts his songs for me. He is really good at the piano. He is inspirationa l ! Just from him, he inspired me to learned the piano at age 6! Which now is my very best talent (according to other people)!! You should listen to his music! He is just the BEST!!
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nancy6303
I listen to him when I want to sleep. It doesn't work but me and my kitten like it anyway.��
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rgspops
His music reminds me of Marshal Stayler in Austin.
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A FEELING OF FREEDOM !!!!
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lizir
I love YANNI he is honestly the best piano player in the history of the world
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Kalamata is acity on Peloponnese and not an island.
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Kalamata is acity on Peloponnese and not an island.
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kris9238
Yanni's music is sooo peaceful. A fantastic musician. Love all his works.
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reed832
Yanni's music gives you peace in this crazy World! Keep it up Yanni!!!
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butterfliesr 2 f r e e
Music for the soul. Reading some of he previous posts to compare Yanni to Mozart-WOW!. However, when we start hearing his music played as a prelude or postlude to our church services, then I will indeed be in heaven. May you find inspiration in everything you do and everywhere you go.
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♥ Forever Yanni ♥
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gokie1974
Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to attend all his concerts that have come to my city.
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l_yeatts
NEVER tire of Yanni. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!
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Realy realy beautiful!
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Amazing, I never get tired of hearing his music, I have mostly all his music , had the chance to see him several times. , visited his country, and lucky we have family in the same country too
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linda.rae301
He's fantastic!!!
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I float away listening to this ... to a nicer place!
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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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ESa
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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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