The word from Yanni

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 6, 2011

It sounds like, even from the start of your solo career, you have always pursued a kind of musical purity. Well — "purity," yes, but I'd say it's more about "honesty." Tell the truth about what you feel, you know? I mean, with instrumental music, you can't lie. You have to know about the love, passion, the emotions that your music is describing. And then you have to be capable of putting those emotions into notes, sounds, rhythms, so that the listener can feel them. You are attempting to transmit emotions, and it's not an easy task. I just try to tell the truth and be honest about how I feel, about what turns me on.

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