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Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis recently released his third CD which gives his listeners a direct message. He wants to expand his talent worldwide. He still seeks a spiritual retreat, but wants his instrumental message to cross all kinds of borders. The sound is usually warm and inviting. This is Yiannis’ way of inviting you in to join in the relationship he is creating in his own empyreal design.

If you are not dazzled by his brilliant playing you can’t stop feeling his honest emotions flowing through. A song like, “Seven 8”, doesn’t just keep your head floating above the water, but extends it to the clouds.  Another piece like, “Energia”, is a wonderful gift that reaches down into your imagination and spirit and puts you onto a path of self discovery.

I may use some fancy phrasing, but I must because this music has a depth that can only respond to such wonderment and openness. Both “Illusions of the Heart”, and ,”Awakenings”,  are such examples of openness and understanding, that the listener simply can lay back in peace and have the sound waves wash over them.

Yiannis take his journey to the Middle East with pieces like,” A rose in the desert”, and,” Pharaoh’s Muse”. It is a caravan that carries you to places of awe and curiosity.

“Lost Victory” seems to be a competitive piece were the struggle lies within. The part I love the most is the middle section where you can feel the exhaustion building and you don’t know how to react next. From there we enter a “Passage which leads us to an, “Odyssey”. This is the crowning achievement of the CD. It is a magical piece that looks into the forum of different spiritual vivacity and split them up like simply throwing bread crumbs at pigeons. It is a hugely inward journey that we all need to take and have our own experiences comes through.

Just when you thought this CD came to an amazing conclusion, you are treated to two more traditional songs, sung by the lovely vocals of Elena Luka. The first one, “Past Lovers”, is a fun traditional song that has every musician on board having fun.  The next one, “Misirlou Music”, Elena comes back and swoons you with a very sensual romantic vitality as she draws you into her hypnotic spell.

Yiannis is definitely expanding his musical prowess and has a lot of ingenuity left to fulfill his lifetime. Start to pick up on his vibe right now, so you have a long relationship with this master live.

To find about more about his music go to… www.yktunes.com

 

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn has become a bit of an enigma. I saw them play live as this monstrous progressive space band. Their delivery was in your face as they threw you through the cosmos like an entity playing Frisbee golf. They never did get around to completing that first recording; instead they decided to deliver a… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Odyssey is the first recording from the mind blowing band Jupiter Hollow. The band consists of Grant McKenzie on Guitar, Bass and Synthesizer. The other member is Kenny Perry on Vocals, Drums and Synthesizer and keyboards. Between these two guys they can create a lot of noise. I compare them to, if Dream Theater had… Continue Reading

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

I must admit this was a unique experience. The CD started off like a Progressive rock experience and quickly kicks you in the face of a full on Punk Rock band. It contains heavy and speed metal elements as well. You quickly find out they just want to wail their frustrations on everything they dislike.… Continue Reading

Kamancello

Kamancello

The Spirits have shown up and have a ritualistic dance to perform. “Incantation”, is just that, it opens ups with a conjuring of the spiritual realm to enter this special space. This two piece band consists of Raphael Weinroth Brown playing the Cello, and Shahiyar Jamshidi playing a very cool instrument called a Kamanche. Every… Continue Reading

Surreal Gets Real

Surreal Gets Real

Normally I would not write about a band from outside of Toronto, but these guys were very polite to send me three songs to review, so I agreed. I just hope one day they make it to Toronto to play, so I can get my reputation back. This band is from Atlanta and has the… Continue Reading

Minotaurs – Weird Waves

Minotaurs – Weird Waves

I have to start off this review with a short story. I told my girlfriend I was going to a review a party in the Junction to see a Band called Minotaurs. She jumped up and said, I saw them perform and Gord Downie came out and played with them, it was a great show!… Continue Reading