Yanni's Gear Arrives at Airport a Week Before His Classical 'Date' with Chennai - The New Indian Express

Yanni's Gear Arrives at Airport a Week Before His Classical 'Date' with Chennai

Published: 10th April 2014 07:29 AM

Last Updated: 10th April 2014 07:51 AM

Loaders at the airport are used to all kinds of things arriving by cargo, but the black travel crates marked ‘Yanni Tour’, with ‘fragile’ signs all over, had them piqued. About four days before the legendary Greek pianist plays a massive concert at the Nehru Indoor Stadium, Yanni’s sound gear and stage equipment arrived in the city and will be taken to the venue before Friday. “We were told to handle it extra carefully because there were expensive instruments inside. But then everything we handle is expensive, so we were wondering what was inside these that was so special,” said Selvam, one of the loaders pottering about the cargo clearance bay at the airport.

A pianist who fuses classical symphony with modern arrangements, Yanni has sold over 20 million records. The team played a packed concert at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 27 before sending the equipment from Sao Paolo to Chennai. Speculation about what “instruments” were inside the boxes aside, the loaders seemed a little peeved that they had been asked to be extra careful over this consignment. Yanni is known to travel with an elaborate sound entourage including several keyboards and sound synthesizers.

Almost 17 years after he played his legendary live concert at the Taj Mahal, part of his Wonders of the World tour, Yanni returns to India and will play in Chennai on April 14 and in Bangalore on April 18. “Yanni and his tour team are set to arrive in India two days prior and will be visiting both the cities. This is part of a massive world tour that he has embarked on,” said one of the producers of the show from Oman.

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