Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
It’s been well over a decade or so since the video, “Yanni, Live at the Acropolis,“ was in heavy rotation during every PBS fund-drive at every affiliate all over the country including our own WMHT. If you didn’t know who he was by then (the premier Greek-born electronic music wizard, replacing Vangelis in that international role) then you might have know about him by what the tabloids were churning out about his relationship up-and-downs with actress Linda Evans.
Back then, in the early 1990s, at the height of his popularity (and mega-million CD and video sales), Yanni’s visit to SPAC was full of media fanfare and an almost full house audience inside and out.
And: he also had brought the incredible violin virtuoso Karen Briggs to share the spotlight.
Ah, those were the days…
Well, flash-forward, almost two decades now, and Yanni’s back at SPAC touring his “Truth of Touch” album on a rain-drenched Tuesday evening with no lawn seats available for sale and a much, much, smaller audience of several thousand of his most ardent fans assembled within the celebrated SPAC amphitheatre.
Yanni came out fit and trim, with his jet black locks cascading down to his shoulders. He either stood in the center of the stage between two electronic keyboard bands at either side of him with his orchestra surrounding him or sat at a grand piano off to the side of the stage- playing his ass off!
The music was majestic at times and pastoral at others. Regardless of the composition, Yanni was leading his orchestra presicely as intended with an invisible baton on every tune. For his loyal fans he didn’t hold back as his set list mixed old and new material through out his spectacular set.
In other words: a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
Ed Burke’s photographs at The Saratogian