Please tell us about your decision to return to your classic sound as opposed to further exploring vocal soundscapes.
It was time for me to sit down and do some "pure" Yanni music, which I have not done for a long time. I didn't start out with the intent to write and record a new album. After being able to pursue some different musical paths over the past several years, it just came naturally to me that I was ready to go back to my roots. You will definitely know this is Yanni but there is a departure from what you might expect.
What do you like most about Truth of Touch?
I like that I was able to spend as much time as I wanted on the album. Without the pressure of having to release an album in any time frame, I experimented a lot with new sound design. I really enjoyed making this album—I would be in the studio for most of about a year, working late into the night. It's more electronic than acoustic. There are a lot of new fresh sounds and rhythms. It's edgy. I think this album is very honest, and there's a beautiful complexity in the rhythmic content.
Looking back, Keys to Imagination and Live at the Acropolis are regarded as some of your finest moments. What's your favorite album at this point?
That's a difficult questions to answer. I love them all. Certainly Keys To Imagination and Live At The Acropolis represent work that I am proud of and hold a lot of meaning for me. It's like having to choose which is your favorite child, which I cannot do. Each composition represents a different emotion and shares my soul at a particular place in time. Truth of Touch is where I am now and represents my character after all of my experiences up to this point, and it was recorded at what I feel is the best time of my life so far.
Fundraising has been a major part of your career. How did last “Movember” go, and how can people get involved?
I find it very rewarding that I can be a part of something that is helping others such as Movember. I didn't realize that having a mustache could be so "cool" again, and it was great to be involved with helping create awareness for research into curing cancers. People can go to Movember.com to donate and grow their own mustaches in November next year to show support.
And when will your mustache return?
Well, I shaved it several years ago when I was doing a lot of Scuba diving and it has now stuck with me. I don't know that we will be seeing the return of the mustache as it used to be.
Do you ever consider getting back into soundtrack work?
It is something that I enjoy and I would love to get back to it with the right project. I appreciate the amount of emotion and color that music brings to a film, and it's a challenging yet very creatively rewarding part of composing.
I'm off to Panama City for the first time this coming weekend for two concerts at the historic ruins of Panama Viejo. It's very exciting and I already feel a very warm connection with the Panamanian people. After Panama, we start a U.S. and Canada tour that I'm excited about, as it will be a more up-close and intimate show of instrumental music that I have been waiting to perform for some time.