Rock You Like A Yanni-Cane - The New Indian Express

Rock You Like A Yanni-Cane

Published: 16th April 2014 07:55 AM

Last Updated: 16th April 2014 02:22 PM

When the drummer said hello wearing a blue team India cricket T-shirt and then attacked his drumset for close to 20 minutes, without a single pause to catch his breath! At one point, he even used his free left hand to pick up a nearby tea cup and sip on an imaginary beverage... while his right hand continued to drum at a more leisurely pace.

A pretty young violinist faced off with an elderly grey haired virtuoso of the same instrument. The two played in brief high intensity intervals, starting and stopping in perfect sync for the other and pulled off man a theatrical flourish, bows in hand

We thought Marching Season was the last performance of the night, as Yanni brought out his entire orchestral team on stage and had the audience infectiously clapping along with every beat. But there was more... Two more encores and some philosophy later Yanni was all smiles as he loved the crowd who just refused to leave before him

The roar of the over 5,000 strong crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium after the first notes of a familiar tune. Chennai has a huge number of Yanni fans and music lovers who have only seen the award winning composer on the cover of an old Magnasound cassette or CD. The applause was deafening and nearly drowned out the thousands of watts that were emanating from the speakers

Yanni’s first and most endesring words to Chennai: “We made it, we’re back after 17 years. I’m never going to leave you again for so long. Let’s make this annual event.”

A 59-year-old Yanni still sprinting across the stage and doing theatrical jumps at the opening of a composition.  It certainly doesn’t look like he’s slowing down any time soon. We certainly hope not!

When you’re Yanni, it’s got to take a lot to give credit to the only other keyboardist on stage. Yanni not only acknowledged the contribution of his keyboard player with silver hair flowing down to his hips, who looked a lot like Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter series, he actually said, “You know a lot of the keyboard music and sound that you’re heariong in this show tonight is because of him. He deserves a lot of credit.” That’s humility.

We thought that glass was about to shatter somewhere in auditorium when one of the gorgeous vocalists hit a supremely high pitch for the song, Nightingale. Lucky that the Forbidden City in Beijing, where the song was premiered and dedicated to didn’t have too many panes!

His signature hair toss of that shoulder length mane on the more dramatic piano notes. When you’ve still got a mane like a lion well into your 50’s that’s something to be absolutely proud of and that’s something Yanni firmly attested to.

When the harp player picked up his instrument (almost his own height) and decided to play it like an electric guitar at a rock show. That’s not something you ever get to see at any show this side of the world. EVER.


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