Over two unmissable days at the du Forum, Yas Island, legendary composer and performer Yanni upheld his title of “the modern day composer”. Accompanied by 14 highly-talented musicians and vocalists in his band, fans of neo-classical music greeted the performance with rhapsodies of praise.
Yanni’s debut performance in the capital of the UAE was met with overwhelming response with a second show being added due to popular demand. More than 5,000 fans experienced the magic of the music maestro as he played several songs from his new album, ‘Sensuous Chill’ and past favourites including Santorini and Nostalgia.
The wildly appreciative crowd sat enraptured throughout the two and a half hour musical extravaganza as world-class musicians in his band thrilled audiences. Visually the show integrated unique lighting, visual and camera effects into the fast paced instrumental mix. Yanni refers to his orchestra as a ‘mini United Nations’ with 10 nationalities as part of the troupe. Worthy of note one of the two vocalists Lauren Jelencovich and Lisa Vincelette who hit high notes that sent the audience into a frenzy. Charlie Adams, who has played with Yanni for more than 30 years, performed a jaw-dropping solo on the drums and violinist Samvel Yervinyan presented an unrivalled performance.
The Greek composer and multi-instrumentalist kicked off his UAE visit by hosting an exclusive press conference earlier this week, extending his prolific support and showcasing his enthusiasm ahead of his debut performance.
Yanni’s two day performance at the du Forum adds to FLASH’s legacy of bringing international talent to the region. Next on the calendar is the Yasalam festival which incorporates several weeks of entertainment, community activities and sporting events including; the Emerging Talent Competition, Get Driver Fit, Beats on the Beach and the Yasalam After-race concerts at the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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Yanni is a multiple GRAMMY Award-nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and performer whose extraordinary body of work has both pioneered contemporary instrumental music and re-imagined the live concert-going experience. Since making his solo debut with 1984’s OPTIMYSTIQUE, Yanni has had 15 albums reach #1 on Billboard’s “Top New Age Albums” chart – more than any other artist ever – with 1994’s LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS also reaching the top 5 on the overall “Billboard 200” on its way to 4x platinum certification from the RIAA and total worldwide sales in excess of 7 million. For over two decades, Yanni has been one of the world’s top selling live acts, performing on every continent bar Antarctica, in more than 35 countries, before a cumulative worldwide audience of more than 5 million and counting. In North America alone, Yanni’s 1995, 1998, and 2003-2005 concert tours were each named among Pollstar’s top 10 concert tours of the year. In the past decade Yanni has performed more than 500 concerts in over 25 countries. Yanni has also taken his universal music to such iconic landmarks as India’s Taj Mahal and China’s Forbidden City, captured for posterity on 1997’s concert film and chart-topping RIAA platinum certified album, TRIBUTE. Other live highlights include 10 consecutive sold out shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, performing inside the Kremlin in Russia, festival events at Tunisia’s Roman Theatre of Carthage and Lebanon’s ancient city of Byblos, and an historic concert beneath the world’s tallest skyscraper, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Yanni’s inimitable work has long found a home on soundtracks for film, television, and commercials including British Airways’ award-winning “Face” campaign. YouTube now provides fans around the world with unprecedented access to Yanni’s music and videos, generating close to 400 million individual views over the past year alone.
Based in Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment (#ThinkFLASH) is the region’s premier live events company, with a proven track record delivering world-class unmissable events from movie premieres and classical shows to international sports tournaments and megastar music concerts.
From conception, planning, project management to production, FLASH holds itself up to exceptional standards and offers pioneering solutions. The company is committed to providing the region with entertainment programmes that cater to a wide-range of audiences, nurture local talent, contribute to Abu Dhabi’s legacy, and bring people together, in state-of-the-art venues, to create memories that last a lifetime.
Since 2008, FLASH has diversified its business portfolio, creating world-class, unique events that have touched the lives of more than 7 million fans through 300 major events across 2000+ event days. Partnering with global, regional and national best-in-class sports and entertainment suppliers and sponsors, the company is a globally recognized peerless entertainment organization.
For more information, visit www.thinkflash.ae
ABOUT du Forum
Bringing the du Live! experience to various types of events, the du Forum is the first-choice mid-capacity venue for live entertainment in the UAE. It is situated on Yas Island (www.yasisland.ae), the ultimate entertainment destination in the heart of the UAE’s Capital, Abu Dhabi. Custom-built and state-of-the-art, the du Forum encapsulates the du Live! Experience to add life to life all year round, hosting events such as live concerts, DJ shows, club nights, theatre, comedy, film, private and corporate functions. Recently the du Forum has a multitude of international stars and events including: The Jacksons, Chris Tucker, Jeff Dunham and Sarah Geronimo, World Football Celebrations and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
The du Forum is just a 10 minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi or 45 minutes from Dubai Media City. It has a powerful inbuilt air conditioning system which ensures year-round comfort for events, and secure, free parking for over 1,500 cars, and is a short walk from over 3,600 rooms in three, four and five-star hotels. The du Forum is near exciting destinations including the world-renowned Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, Yas Links and the Yas Marina & Yacht Club.
ABOUT Y1 ACCESS
Once again this year, Y1 Access provides race ticket holders with a unique package of value-added benefits and exclusive ticket discounts off selected FLASH events until February 2017, these include:
Selected Golden Circle After-Race Concert upgrades.
A pair of complimentary invitations to the first 15,000 UAE-based race ticket buyers to the Yasalam After-Race Concert on Friday, November 25th
20% discount* on selected FLASH events until February 2017. Race ticket holders will receive an email from Yas Marina Circuit with an exclusive password and more details on how to claim their discount. *discount applies to selected ticket categories.
Full Terms and Conditions Apply. For further information on the programme, and the benefits and privileges of Y1 Access, please visit www.yasalam.ae and www.thinkflash.ae
ABOUT NIRVANA TRAVEL & TOURISM
Nirvana Travel & Tourism is the leading travel agency in Abu Dhabi with over 30 offices spread all over the UAE and 2 international offices in China and India and due to open in Florida, Madrid and KSA by the end of this year. Nirvana is capable of handling all sorts of travel arrangements including ticketing, transportation, visas and hotels.