It’s not common to go eight years between studio albums but Yanni is hardly a common performer. The New-Age superstar, who will perform Saturday and Sunday at the Academy of Music, is touring behind ‘Truth of Touch,’ his first album of new studio material since 2003’s ‘Ethnicity.’
Yanni, 57, is back without his familiar mustache but he is once again making instrumental music, which quietly screams ‘90s. Yanni hits fans with 15 songs worth of soothing, mellow sounds. Apparently Yanni was finally moved to compose after the healthy hiatus.
“I was at a point where I was less inspired to write and needed a brief break for myself from music,” Yanni said. “Truth of Touch is a statement about where I am in my life as a musician and I am hoping that people are able to feel something personal to them when listening to this album.”
The instrumental album smacks of Yanni during the Clinton era. “I was in the studio for most of the night and then waking up the next day and got right back into the studio,” Yanni said. “It was similar to how I recorded many of my earlier albums during the ‘90s. Maybe that is reflected in the emotion of the songs and is reminiscent of that earlier time in my writing.”
During Yanni’s early days, he had no idea he would become a musician since he was consumed with sports. Yanni grew up as an athlete. At 14 he broke a national swimming record in Greece. He dreamed of entering Olympic competition. That never happened but his compositions have been used in all Olympic broadcasts since 1988.
“I was a swimmer and that was part of my life and will always stay with me,” Yanni said.
So when Yanni, who has sold more than 20 million albums during his enviable career, isn’t focusing on music this summer, he’ll have his eyes on the Olympics, which will be held in London next month.
“I admire these athletes very much and appreciate their commitment to excellence and the challenges they face,” Yanni said. “Every four years also builds the tension and so yes, I’m looking forward to the Olympics very much.”
However, there won’t be much time for Yanni to watch Michael Phelps and company since he has a daunting road schedule. His rigorous itinerary will also prevent Yanni from following up ‘Truth Of Touch’ anytime soon.
“The next studio album may be a few years away,” Yanni said. “We have an incredibly busy touring schedule for 2012 and 2013 and it doesn’t leave much time. I am also working on a new collaborative project with other artists that we should be able to speak about in the next few months that would involve more recording.”