The new-age community has had its fair share of stars, most notably Kitaro, Andreas Vollenweider, and George Winston.
The new-age community has had its fair share of stars, most notably Kitaro, Andreas Vollenweider, and George Winston. Yanni Chryssomallis, who debuted in 1984 with the album Optimystique, stands in a league all his own. By incorporating elements of prog-rock, neo-classical, and electronica into his sonic landscapes, Yanni has, through the years, turned a specialty musical genre into an international phenomenon. In the process, he has become a pioneer for many. The two-disc Ultimate Yanni shines the light on 24 nuggets, spanning eight years, beginning with the 1986 breakthrough Keys to Imagination and ending with Live at the Acropolis. From dentist offices and sports broadcasts like Wide World of Sports to bedrooms and chill-out lounges, Yanni's musical moods and colors know no boundaries.—MP