The ultra-charismatic Greek instrumentalist wowed 4,000 fans on Friday under the majestic setting of the world’s tallest building of Burj Khalifa Park in Dubai. A self-taught musician, Yanni had the audience spellbound with his unique brand of contemplative instrumental music that is wrapped around highly melodic synthesizer keyboard playing.
Yanni played a delightful two-hour set that featured most of the hits from mega-selling albums like Keys to Imagination (1986), Out of Silence (1987), In My Time (1993) and Tribute (1997). His already dramatic music was given even greater force by a wonderful entourage of musicians.
Right from the opening number, Santorini, one of the gems on Yanni’s 1986 release Keys to Imagination, Yanni showed that he is prepared to plunge into the rich heritage of his back-catalogue while ensuring that the songs retain their identity but keep a certain freshness during performance.