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  • Yanni: Symphonies can generate a tremendous amount of sounds, beauty, and emotion. That is part of their human feel and sweetness. Keyboards, on the other hand, give us access to millions of sounds. When I put the two together, the result is unique, and it's not only pleasing to the ear, but produces emotional responses that neither of the two can achieve on their own.

  • Yanni: I truly believe greatness is in all of us. Don't let anyone talk us out of our truth.

  • Yanni: As I understand life at different levels, I can use music to express what these levels feel like to me. Hopefully the listener can be transported to this understanding by listening to the music

  • I'm an optimist and a survivor, and I put this in my music. It is my intention to share my emotions with the listener but I also want to allow the listener to take this music and make it their own. The only way people can fully relate to it and enjoy it is when it means something in their life.

  • Yanni: I was ready to explore the world much closer. The idea of sex in itself was not a mystery to me. My father was very liberal and open. My father had no problem with mild bad language. My mom was a little more uptight than my father, but although she giggled and turned red in the face, she didn't reprimand my dad for talking that way. In Europe, sexuality is much more accepted than in all of America. Which frankly, was a big shock to me when I came to the United States, because in my experience Americans at least on holiday abroad had always seemed so uninhibited.

  • Yanni: The first instrument in the house was not the piano, but an accordion. But I never could play it. I played it long enough to get the idea of how music was constructed, and then I quit taking lessons. One reason for my haste was that when my brother played the piano all the girls just looked at him. But when I played the accordion, everybody just left the room. I got the message very clear. My parents offered me piano lessons, but I refused. For some reason I wouldn't let myself to be taught. Instead I picked at the piano keys and found my own way by copying from my memory on how my brother played. So basically that's how I learned to play the piano.

  • Yanni: My parents wanted us to appreciate our good fortune. Kalamata had a orphanage, and some of the locals thought the kids there were worthless, but not my mother. On some weekends she would invite one or two of them to come over and eat with us. And many times she would send me over to eat at the orphanage. And I still remember the very long tables and how bad the food was.

  • Yanni: My parents invested alot of time in their kids. One of his most important gifts to the family was an appreciation of nature and of doing things outside. In the winter he would come home tired from the bank, but instead of taking the traditional afternoon nap we would walk, maybe three miles a day. He'd introduce us to the flowers and the trees and tell us all a story about an animal; we'd discuss the weather and the clouds. We would discuss what were thunderstorms, where they come from, and how did they work. If there was any way to feed us outside instead of on a table indoors, my parents would do that. Sometimes they would even rent a rowboat, and take us out on the bay, and we would eat there.

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Trivia (17)

  • Yanni's most of all loved his Phillips shortwave radio, which was made of dark brown plastic, with a light cream cloth covered speaker. Yanni remembered lying awake at nights after the lights were out with the radio next to his ear, twisting the dial through the crackle and hum, searching for channels overjoyed at discovering the world. Yanni could pick up stations from Algeria, Egypt, Italy, Germany, The Middle East, and Greece. Yanni would listen to whatever he could, from rock 'n' roll to jazz to Middle Eastern songs. The experience opened his mind to different music and time signatures. Yanni realized that one culture could find beauty in places that another culture didn't understand. But given the chance, that beauty could be shared through melody. Yanni began to appreciate those differences and those similarities. Yanni's affinity for both grew as he spent more time exploring the world beyond himself. Yanni was ready to explore a world much closer at hand.

  • The name Yanni or it's English Equivalent (John) means "God Is Gracious" in English.

  • In Greek there are many words to describe the different kinds of love. Yanni's parents raised their kids with agape, which means unconditional love. Simply putting it, no matter how they acted or what they did wrong Yanni's parents never withdrew their love or threatened to.

  • In the Greek tradition, the firstborn child son always takes their father's name. But since his older brother was named Yorgo, to honor their uncle, that left Grandpam Yanni's name left to Yanni.

  • Yanni's name in English means John, in honor of St. John the Baptist.

  • On his own Yanni's father studied philosophy, psychology, and also studied medicine.

  • Yanni's father taught himself five languages. He taught himself to speak English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguse, in addition to Greek. As a result in speaking those many languages he handled all the bank's overseas correspondence.

  • Yanni's mother's name Felitsa is short for Triandafelitsa, which means "Rose". The town Kalamata where Yanni's mother is from is known world wide for it's succulent black olives.

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