40-Platinum Selling Musician Yanni Talks 'Sensuous Chill' and its Contents to Scott Simon

By Ian Holubiak on Jan 25, 2016 12:42 PM EST
Celebrities Attend 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' 2009 In this handout photo provided by Disney, Musical artist Yanni plays the piano as the 'Yanni Voices' (pictured, rear) perform an arrangement of 'O Holy Night' at Magic Kingdom on December 3, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Yanni was taping a segment for the 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' holiday TV special scheduled to air Dec. 25 on ABC. (Photo : Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images)

A 40-time platinum selling recording artist and iconic one name performer Yanni is not slowing down any time soon. Appearing in headlines across the globe even after such a long career, the music maker plans on releasing a new album Sensuous Chill on January 29 and is speaking out about the name of the release and its contents to Scott Simon on his segment.

The new album will be made available through Sony Music Masterworks and showcases a more "chill" vibe from the musician. Along with the announcement of the LP is also a massive North American tour staring Feb. 2.

Tour stops include Atlanta, Denver, Nashville, New Orleans and Los Angeles, with more to be announced. Yanni will be accompanied by his 15-member international orchestra and will perform the hits -- but not without a few added surprises.

Talking to Scott Simon of NPR, Yanni divulged some information on how he believes the new music should be viewed:

"So, it has taken me five years to create something like that. It didn't come easy. And I took a long, long time figuring out which songs to pick and which order to present them in. So it is meant to be: You put it on your CD player or whatever else you have, put it on repeat and forget about it. It's not a demanding album. Someone is not going to jump out in the middle of the album and pull your shirt and say, 'Listen to me, I'm doing a guitar solo,' or, 'Listen to me, I'm doing a violin solo.' It's not the idea. The idea is to put you in a mood that's consistent, that is enjoyable, and keep you there."

And that's certainly the quality that first few tracks available for streaming emulate. While the new LP release is exciting, Yanni will also be the focus of the new PBS special entitled Yanni: The Dream Concert - Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt

Be sure to check out the interview at NPR linked above and a video of the musician below.

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