December 2, 2000 |
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.
October 24, 2000 |
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.
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)
February 27, 1998 |
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.
February 27, 1998 |
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.
May 30, 1997 |
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.