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July 7, 1995 | STEVE METCALF, THE HARTFORD COURANT
Yanni, as many of you may know, is very big just now. But what is this thing called Yanni, really? The 40-year-old, Greek-born composer-keyboardist-philosopher disavows any New Age designation. For that matter, he disavows pretty much anything in the way of category or genre, saying only that his music conveys "what life feels like to me." His fans do not seem to be discomfited by this absence of category. "He's just Yanni," one of them recently said to a quaintly category-minded reporter.
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April 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
BOSTON - First came the sound, loud and confusing. Then Lee Ann Yanni felt as if something had bumped into her left calf. "That's when I looked down and saw the bone sticking out and thought, 'I'm a physical therapist, and I know that's not a good thing,'" she said. "I could feel the blood just pouring from my leg almost like it was a hose. And it was like 10 seconds later, after the first explosion, that the second one happened. " Yanni tried to put weight on her left leg so she could hobble to safety, but it wouldn't hold.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1995 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Yanni was on the verge of having what would, for most people, be a distinctly hair-raising day. About 45 musicians were setting up their instruments on one of the vast Sony Studios soundstages here; there were audio and lighting decisions to be made, new scores to be rehearsed and schedules to be arranged for the 84 people, eight buses and six huge trucks required for a coast-to-coast tour that was to begin almost immediately.
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January 2, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's tempting to read the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos , who died in 1990 at the age of 81, as an embodiment (of sorts) of Percy Bysshe Shelley's admonition that “[p]oets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” A lifelong communist, he was sent into internal exile in the late 1940s and later held under house arrest after a military dictatorship took over Greece in 1967. And yet, if much of Ritsos' work is explicitly political, he can also be among the most personal of poets, tracing in spare and lyrical language the substance of his days.
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June 13, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a regular contributor to The Times.
Composer/keyboardist Yanni--known by many for his long-term relationship with actress Linda Evans and his matinee-idol good looks--is making a major effort to place his music front and center this summer. The Greek-born performer, a consistent favorite with fans of New Age music, brings a 50-piece orchestra and his regular eight-member group to the Greek Theatre on Saturday for the first West Coast stop on a three-month tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1997 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If China weren't a largely atheistic country, it would be tempting to describe Yanni as something of a musical messiah. He of flowing mane, ethereal strains and critical stains arrived in the Chinese capital last week on the final stop of a triumphal swing through the world's most populous country. After two sold-out shows at an arena here, the keyboardist is set to make history tonight as the first Western artist in modern times to perform in Beijing's historic Forbidden City.
NEWS
October 24, 2000 | JAMES P. PINKERTON, James P. Pinkerton, who writes a column for Newsday in New York, worked in the White House of President George Bush. E-mail: pinkerto@ix.netcom.com
Anticipating election day, Americans need to examine the pieces of the puzzle to see how they fit together. They might first look at a commander in chief without much personal credibility. Next, they could ponder a military without much institutional credibility. Finally, they must factor in the presidential election. The most startling news of last week was the apparent miscommunication about the precise sequence of events on Oct. 12, the day the U.S. warship Cole was blasted. If the ship was bombed when it first pulled into port at Aden, then responsibility for the loss of 17 sailors would go right to the top of the chain of command--to those who decided, as a matter of international power politics, to send the Cole to terrorist-teeming Yemen.
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February 27, 1994 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
It's an image straight out of 19th-Century Romanticism. Yanni, gorgeously dressed in pristine white, dark hair swirling, at the center of a formally clad symphony orchestra. Behind the orchestra, soft-toned lights capture rough stone walls, and above everything, bathed in what seems to be the metaphoric light of millennia, is the classic image of the Parthenon. This is New Age music? What happened to the psycho-acoustic transformations, the crystal harmonies and spatial planetary rhythms?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1991
Let me guess: critic John D'Agostino is an unattractive, bald man who has never dated a beautiful woman. Why else would he comment on Yanni's beautiful hair or his relationship with Linda Evans, neither of which has anything to do with Yanni's music ("Crowd Cheers as Critic Yawns at Yanni's Fluff," June 1)? As stated in the review, the fans were delighted with the evening and they are the people whom Yanni should please--not a snob reviewer who should never have been assigned to cover this wonderful concert.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Karen Briggs' charismatic violin playing is familiar to millions of people via her appearances--on recordings, live and on video--with New Age favorite Yanni. Even though she is prominently featured in most Yanni performances, however, few in his huge audiences are aware of the full extent of Briggs' remarkably diverse instrumental talent.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Karen Briggs' charismatic violin playing is familiar to millions of people via her appearances--on recordings, live and on video--with New Age favorite Yanni. Even though she is prominently featured in most Yanni performances, however, few in his huge audiences are aware of the full extent of Briggs' remarkably diverse instrumental talent.
NEWS
October 24, 2000 | JAMES P. PINKERTON, James P. Pinkerton, who writes a column for Newsday in New York, worked in the White House of President George Bush. E-mail: pinkerto@ix.netcom.com
Anticipating election day, Americans need to examine the pieces of the puzzle to see how they fit together. They might first look at a commander in chief without much personal credibility. Next, they could ponder a military without much institutional credibility. Finally, they must factor in the presidential election. The most startling news of last week was the apparent miscommunication about the precise sequence of events on Oct. 12, the day the U.S. warship Cole was blasted. If the ship was bombed when it first pulled into port at Aden, then responsibility for the loss of 17 sailors would go right to the top of the chain of command--to those who decided, as a matter of international power politics, to send the Cole to terrorist-teeming Yemen.
BOOKS
January 24, 1999
Late nights without hope I walk the streets alone. Before your shuttered window I spend sad hours. How I long to meet you to find old joys again, again to give you kisses so black despair will leave. But who knows where you wander there in some foreign land. I wonder if you think of me or suffer for someone else. TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK BY GAIL HOLST-WARHAFT From "World Poetry," edited by Katharine Washburn, John S. Major and Clifton Fadiman (W.W. Norton: 1,338 pp., $45)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the bright, splashy colors that huge success and a 38-piece band and orchestra can afford, Yanni paints a glowing, idealized musical portrait of humanity as he thinks it can be. The classically handsome, Greek-born dabbler in pop/classical/world/New Age fusion clearly is impervious to critics whose temperament and taste crave music immersed in the complexities, contradictions and cankers of humanity as it is.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1998 | MIKE BOEHM
With the bright, splashy colors that huge success and a 38-piece band and orchestra can afford, Yanni goes on painting a glowing, idealized musical portrait of humanity as he thinks it can be. The Greek-born dabbler in pop-classical-world and New Age fusion clearly is impervious to critics who crave music immersed in the complexities, contradictions and cankers of humanity. When it comes to Homo sapiens plunking down at the box office, flattery can get you everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1997 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If China weren't a largely atheistic country, it would be tempting to describe Yanni as something of a musical messiah. He of flowing mane, ethereal strains and critical stains arrived in the Chinese capital last week on the final stop of a triumphal swing through the world's most populous country. After two sold-out shows at an arena here, the keyboardist is set to make history tonight as the first Western artist in modern times to perform in Beijing's historic Forbidden City.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1995 | JAMES BATES
Companies such as Time Warner that are under fire for selling rap albums with lyrics some consider violent or offensive may have found an alternative--release them as instrumental New Age music. That's the inference one could draw from an ad in Friday's Hollywood Reporter touting the success of "Entertainment Tonight" host and keyboardist John Tesh's "Live at Red Rocks" album.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1995 | STEVE METCALF, THE HARTFORD COURANT
Yanni, as many of you may know, is very big just now. But what is this thing called Yanni, really? The 40-year-old, Greek-born composer-keyboardist-philosopher disavows any New Age designation. For that matter, he disavows pretty much anything in the way of category or genre, saying only that his music conveys "what life feels like to me." His fans do not seem to be discomfited by this absence of category. "He's just Yanni," one of them recently said to a quaintly category-minded reporter.
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