How Much Do You Know About Yanni And His Music?

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How Much Do You Know About Yanni And His Music?

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  • 1. 
    Where was Yanni born?
    • A. 

      In bustling Athens, Greece, practically in the shadow of the Acropolis.

    • B. 

      In the pleasant seaside town of Kalamata, Greece.

    • C. 

      In Rome, Italy, near many opera houses.

    • D. 

      In Vienna, Austria, the City of Music.

  • 2. 
    Which description is most true of Yanni's childhood musical experience?
    • A. 

      Yanni's parents continually urged him to take music lessons, and he finally relented.

    • B. 

      Yanni's childhood musical interest was first inspired by various New Age and rock musicians.

    • C. 

      Yanni was inspired by radio broadcasts from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

    • D. 

      Yanni followed naturally in the footsteps of his parents, both of whom were career musicians.

  • 3. 
    Which statement best describes Yanni's musical education?
    • A. 

      Yanni is essentially self-taught, still using a musical notation he himself developed in childhood.

    • B. 

      At the insistence of his parents, Yanni attended the Juilliard School in New York.

    • C. 

      Seeking contemporary influences, Yanni attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    • D. 

      Valuing its classical training program, Yanni attended the Royal Academy of Music in London.

  • 4. 
    Which Yanni album or concert is considered his "breakthrough" work, bringing him the most recognition in the general population?
    • A. 

      The "Chameleon Days" album, named after the band Chameleon of which Yanni was a part.

    • B. 

      The "Dare to Dream" album, nominated for a Grammy award.

    • C. 

      The "In My Time" album, nominated for a Grammy award.

    • D. 

      The "Live at the Acropolis" live concert, which yielded an album and video.

  • 5. 
    Which statement is NOT true of Yanni?
    • A. 

      Yanni set a Greek national record in a swimming competition during his teen years.

    • B. 

      The government of China allowed Yanni to symbolically "adopt" a giant panda cub.

    • C. 

      Yanni has been a long-time supporter and collaborator with public television in the U.S.

    • D. 

      Yanni has an advanced degree black belt in a martial art emphasizing spiritual growth.

  • 6. 
    How did Yanni grow his music to international recognition?
    • A. 

      Members of Yanni's family were embedded in the music industry, providing the know-how and contacts to make a career.

    • B. 

      At great financial risk, Yanni self-produced concerts at world monuments, videos of which were subsequently broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

    • C. 

      Yanni predicted the growing popularity of the "New Age" music genre in the 1980s, and heavily promoted that aspect of his music.

    • D. 

      Yanni energized his rock music roots until, through hard work and determination, he achieved substantial air time on commercial radio.

  • 7. 
    Concerning the genre (category) of Yanni's music, most often cited as "New Age", which statement is most true?
    • A. 

      Yanni invented New Age music in the 1980s, and others followed.

    • B. 

      Most of Yanni's early-favorite musicians were New Age musicians, so he naturally followed their example.

    • C. 

      The music industry demanded Yanni adopt a category for his music, and he eventually relented.

    • D. 

      Yanni avoids categorization of his music, and sees categories as limiting the music that expresses his emotions.

  • 8. 
    In a rare departure from his mostly instrumental albums, Yanni's "Inspirato" album was made in collaboration with which famous opera singer(s)?
    • A. 

      Plácido Domingo

    • B. 

      José Carreras

    • C. 

      Luciano Pavarotti

    • D. 

      Il Divo

  • 9. 
    As of 2014, at which world-famous landmark has Yanni NOT (yet) performed a live concert?
    • A. 

      The Forbidden City in China

    • B. 

      The Taj Mahal in India

    • C. 

      The Acropolis in Greece

    • D. 

      Chichen Itza in Mexico

  • 10. 
    Concerning Yanni's formal education, which statement is most true?
    • A. 

      Yanni received a business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, enabling him to self-produce and market his music.

    • B. 

      Yanni received a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, which almost three decades later also granted him an honorary degree.

    • C. 

      Yanni received a certification from Le Conservatoire de Paris, broadly grounding him in many aspects of music theory and practice.

    • D. 

      Yanni did not attend any college or university, having single-mindedly pursued a music career from his teen years.

  • 11. 
    Which statement is most true about the thing(s) Yanni has published? 
    • A. 

      Yanni published a 2003 autobiography "Yanni in Words", which reached the New York Times Bestseller List.

    • B. 

      Yanni has published an educational video series on music composition, available from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

    • C. 

      During a rest from touring in the late 1990s, Yanni wrote a column for a music-industry publication, aimed at guiding aspiring young musicians.

    • D. 

      Yanni publications are limited to his music albums, videos and songbooks.

  • 12. 
    Which statement is most true of Yanni's career from 2010 onward?
    • A. 

      Yanni and his orchestra went on live performance tours of about 10 countries in Europe and the Americas.

    • B. 

      Yanni and his orchestra went on live performance tours of about 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

    • C. 

      Yanni and his orchestra went on live performance tours of over 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.

    • D. 

      Yanni focused almost solely on producing new studio albums, having completed his touring days with "Yanni Live! The Concert Event" in 2004.

  • 13. 
    How has Yanni said he prepares himself immediately before a live concert performance? (NOT counting "sound check")
    • A. 

      Yanni exercises vigorously, to amp up his personal energy level for the demands of live performance.

    • B. 

      Yanni busies himself with paperwork and business matters, to work off the nervous jitters.

    • C. 

      Yanni retreats for a time to a quiet environment, to center himself for the energetic performance to follow.

    • D. 

      Yanni hovers over the members of his orchestra and stage crew, comprehensively managing each detail.

  • 14. 
    Which statement most accurately describe's Yanni's choice of musical elements, orchestra members, and concert locations?
    • A. 

      Yanni chooses musical elements, musicians, and concert sites that most remind him of his childhood in Greece.

    • B. 

      Yanni favors musical elements, musicians, and concert sites that are politically allied with the two countries in which he has been granted citizenship.

    • C. 

      Yanni favors musical elements, musicians, and concert sites that have been shown to favor the "New Age" music genre.

    • D. 

      Yanni chooses musical elements, musicians, and concert sites across international borders to form a sort of "United Nations" in music.

  • 15. 
    About 1990, Yanni appeared and performed on which U.S. national television program?
    • A. 

      60 Minutes

    • B. 

      The Oprah Winfrey Show

    • C. 

      The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

    • D. 

      The Grammy Awards

  • 16. 
    Which statement is NOT true of Yanni's musical works?
    • A. 

      Yanni has composed film and television soundtracks, including music for broadcasts of the Olympic Games.

    • B. 

      Yanni adapted music from an 1883 French opera for an award-winning late-1980s television commercial for British Airways.

    • C. 

      Yanni wrote a song that became a final-round nominee in the Greek Parliament for becoming the new national anthem.

    • D. 

      Yanni's works are mostly instrumental, but he has created two albums and several individual tracks featuring vocalists.

  • 17. 
    Which statement is NOT true about Yanni's live concerts?
    • A. 

      In coordination with his orchestra and vocalists, Yanni plays multiple keyboards and even a piano.

    • B. 

      An extensive light show is synchronized with much of the music as it is played.

    • C. 

      At various times, respective musicians and vocalists are allowed to "shine" in the spotlight.

    • D. 

      Except for polite recognition at the end of the concert, the individual musicians and vocalists remain in the shadows.

  • 18. 
    Yanni wrote the song "Felitsa" about which of the following?
    • A. 

      The district of Greece in which he spent his idyllic childhood.

    • B. 

      Yanni's beloved mother, Felitsa.

    • C. 

      World peace, as the title means "peace" in Greek.

    • D. 

      Wishing good luck and good fortune for all peoples of the world.

  • 19. 
    Concerning the use of vocalists in Yanni's works, which statement is NOT true?
    • A. 

      Yanni writes works that are almost always instrumental because it is so hard to find vocalists willing to work with his demanding "New Age" melodies.

    • B. 

      Yanni values the sound of the human voice as a musical instrument.

    • C. 

      Yanni leans away from using lyrics because language, which works through the intellect, tends to limit the meaning and emotional impact of the song.

    • D. 

      Yanni released an album in which world famous opera singers perform lyrics that were added to some of his previous instrumental works.

  • 20. 
    Concerning Yanni's overseas concerts, which statement is true?
    • A. 

      Numerous countries have refused to allow Yanni to perform, because of his residence in the United States.

    • B. 

      Numerous countries have refused to allow Yanni to perform, because of the nationalities of some of his orchestra members.

    • C. 

      Dozens of nations have welcomed Yanni and his orchestra as ambassadors of peace and understanding.

    • D. 

      Yanni has avoided countries whose governments have been accused of past human rights violations.

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