Yanni in 2007
|Birth name||GiÃ¡nnis ChrysomÃ¡llis|
|Born||(1954-11-14) November 14, 1954 |
|Genres||Contemporary instrumental, instrumental, crossover, world, new-age (disavowed by artist)|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, pianist, music producer|
|Instruments||Piano (most notably Yamaha Grand Pianos), keyboards|
|Labels||Private Music/Windham Hill/BMG
Yanni Wake/Disney Pearl Series
|Associated acts||Chameleon, Shahrdad Rohani|
Actually, with ‘Truth of Touch’ I wasn’t even intending on making an album. I was just having fun. I had about a six-month period of down time, and I’m not very good at sitting around. So I kind of started going into the studio and having fun with new core mendin sounds.
You accomplish what you want to accomplish. I just don’t ever want to hurt anybody doing it.
When you hear ‘Truth of Touch,’ I believe you recognize that it is me; however it’s not the typical Yanni album.
New Age is a very small box. It was a term that was brought in by the music industry to classify music that is neither jazz, classical, pop or rock. They didn’t know what to call it or what to do with it. So they threw it all together under this one name.
I am so happy that I didn’t go to school and I didn’t have anyone to tell me how to position my fingers on the piano correctly. And what you do with music and what is the correct way to write it and what is not the correct way to write it.
My music is based on melody and when I play the piano, it’s as if I’m singing with them. When you try to transform that into a vocal, there was very little adjustment.
And going into my studio at night, particularly at night when everybody’s asleep, is just a total pleasure for me.
A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.
If you are a professional, the speed with which you react to a potential problem separates the men from the boys.
Being an athlete helps me get those grandiose emotions of pleasure and pain that are involved in sports.
I love the road, and I love coming in contact with the fans. They talk to me and that’s irreplaceable. But when I get tired, I head to the studio and I am in there for a long time.
There is no gender to my music. There’s no male or female voice, no trite lyrics or poetry. It’s much more abstract, so it lives with you longer.
When it comes down to music, I have no balance. I am 100 percent. It is like full throttle. Five hundred miles an hour.
I just would use any instrument known to man in any combination as long as it describes an emotion.
The good news is when you open up in Vegas, you have a lot of friends, because they all come over to see your opening night.
While most of the music I write is instrumental, I love to use the human voice as another instrument.
I am so happy that I didn’t go to school and I didn’t have anyone to tell me how to position my fingers on the piano correctly.
I dread naming pieces of music because being instrumental, most of the time the songs that I write are instrumental, I want the listener to make up their own story as to what it is and get the emotion pure without using logic.
Not being able to read and write music is not the same as being illiterate in speech and writing.
Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.
I do listen to a lot of music, but I don’t listen when I’m writing.
Music is art, and once you become an artist, you need to learn how to accept criticism.
I don’t like to define my music. To me, music is pure emotion. It’s language that can communicate certain emotions and the rhythms cuts across genders, cultures and nationalities. All you need to do is close your eyes and feel those emotions.
When you do music concerts at Taj Mahal and the Acropolis, you have to be careful about your performance being appropriate with the place that surrounds you. It has to be appropriate to the culture – it should fit the building behind you, the environment you are playing it in and the culture of that place.