Ethnicity (album)

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Studio album by Yanni
Released February 11, 2003
Genre Contemporary instrumental
Easy listening
Soft adult contemporary
Length 57:51
Label Virgin Records
Producer Yanni
Yanni chronology
Ultimate Yanni
The Collection

Ethnicity is the thirteenth studio album by Yanni, released on the Virgin Records label in 2003, (see 2003 in music) extending his "One World, One People" philosophy.[1] It peaked at #27 on Billboard's "Top Internet Albums" chart and at #27 on the "Billboard 200" chart in 2003. It also peaked at #1 on the "Top New Age Albums" chart in 2004.[2]


One element distinguishing Ethnicity from previous albums is the extensive use of human voices, not only solo arias and group chants, but also bona fide lyrics, a rare departure for the artist. "The Promise", for example, is an adaptation of an earlier composition, "Secret Vows", featuring lyrics from longtime friend Pamela McNeill and sung by powerhouse vocalist Alfreda Gerald, a member of Yanni's Tribute tour. The album's final track reflects his own cultural heritage with a traditional Greek island folk song, "Jivaeri".


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (?) [3]

In a review by Allmusic, "Though Yanni is widely known as one of the most popular purveyors of New-age music, there's actually quite a bit going on here. In addition to the Greek keyboard whiz's usual arching, romantic melodies there are a host of other musical elements present. Ethnicity is an eclectic mix of the operatic (check out Michelle Amato's pipes on "For All Seasons" and "Almost a Whisper"), the electronic (the pulsing, almost Moroder-esque sequencers on "Playtime" and "Written on the Wind"), and the ancient (the chanting on "Tribal Dream", the timeless-sounding flute work that permeates the album). Keying in on the album's title, the closing tune "Jivaeri" is a traditional Greek ballad that touches on Yanni's personal roots while still remaining very much of a piece with the rest of this sonically diverse offering."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Rites of Passage"   4:35
2. "For All Seasons"   5:37
3. "The Promise"   3:42
4. "Rainmaker"   5:36
5. "Written on the Wind"   3:57
6. "Playing by Heart"   4:37
7. "At First Sight"   5:14
8. "Tribal Dream"   5:35
9. "Almost a Whisper"   3:51
10. "Never Too Late"   5:01
11. "Playtime"   5:29
12. "Jivaeri (Jiva-Eri)"   4:37



  • Alfreda Gerald (also lead vocals on "The Promise", "Tribal Dream", and "Never Too Late")
  • Michelle Amato (also lead vocals on "For All Seasons", "Almost a Whisper", and "Jivaeri")
  • Noelani Brock (and lead vocals on "Written on the Wind")
  • Regina Acuna-Williams
  • Peter Lehman
  • Randy Nichols
  • Suzy Park
  • Kurt von Schmittou



  • Engineered and mixed by Yanni at his private studios.
  • Assistant engineer: Anthony Stabile
  • Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA.
  • Recorded and mixed on a Soundtracs DPC-II Digital Console
  • All piano tracks were recorded on a Yamaha CFIII 5, 9' Concert Grand[5]

The Ethnicity concert tour[edit]

Media Excerpts[edit]

Yanni Fall 2003 Newsletter[edit]

On March 1, 2003, after a nearly five-year absence from touring, Yanni opened his 2003/2004 Ethnicity Tour in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Ethnicity concerts showcased both familiar and favorite musicians and music, as well as brand-new compositions and musical talent. Some of the returning artists included Charlie Adams on drums, Karen Briggs on violin, Pedro Eustache on flute/woodwinds, Ric Fierabracci on bass guitar, Ming Freeman and Bradley Joseph on keyboards, and Alfreda Gerald on vocals. Yanni also discovered new talent from all corners of the world - Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Armenia, and the Ukraine. All of this multicultural talent blended harmoniously to enhance Yanni's musical definition of Ethnicity. Newcomers included Samvel Yervinyan on violin, Dan Landrum on hammered dulcimer, and Victor Espinola on Paraguayan harp. The [2003] tour spanned 96 days, 60 cities, and more than 27,000 miles logged. It was seen by nearly a half million fans throughout the U.S. and Canada.[6]

Star Tribune[edit]

(2003-05-20) Yanni, an alum of the University of Minnesota and the 1980s Twin Cities hair-rock band Chameleon, has elevated instrumental music to new heights. Equal parts showman and maestro, the keyboard icon, who has done command performances at the Taj Mahal and Acropolis, returns to his old stomping grounds with former Chameleon drummer Charlie Adams and keyboardist Bradley Joseph. Expect more singing this time from Alfreda Gerald, whose mostly wordless vocalizing is featured on the new CD Ethnicity.[7]

Set List[edit]

  • "On Sacred Ground"
  • "Felitsa"
  • "Keys to Imagination"
  • "If I Could Tell You"
  • "Playtime"
  • "Enchantment"
  • "Rainmaker"
  • "The Promise"
  • "Within Attraction"
  • "Aria"
  • "For All Seasons"
  • "Nightingale"
  • "Dance with a Stranger"
  • "Jivaeri"
  • "Never Too Late"
  • "Nostalgia"
  • "Marching Season"
  • "Acroyali/Standing in Motion"
  • "Niki Nana"
  • "World Dance"
  • "Reflections of Passion"
  • "Santorini"

Featured tour musicians[edit]




Tour Production[edit]

  • Personal Management: Danny O'Donovan, Danny O'Donovan Entertainiment Group
  • Business Management: Seven Eight, Inc., Tom Paske, George Veras, Diane Kramer, Anda Allenson, Richard Allenson
  • Tour & Production Manager: Michael Weiss
  • Production Supervisor: Anthony Stabile
  • Personal Assistant to Yanni: Don Bath
  • Road Manager: Craig Yun
  • Stage Manager: Richard Bray
  • Production Coordinator: Kathleen Kronauer
  • Tour Accountant: Richard Allenson
  • Tour Security: Jason Temke
  • Lighting Director: Bud Horowitz
  • Yanni's wardrobe designed by Nolan Miller
  • Costume Design/Wardrobe: Jennifer Jacobs, Thomas Wells

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
March 1, 2003 Las Vegas United States Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 3, 2003 Dallas American Airlines Center
March 6, 2003 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
March 7, 2003 Sunrise Office Depot Center
March 8, 2003 Orlando Centroplex
March 9, 2003 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
March 11, 2003 Atlanta Philips Arena
March 12, 2003 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center
March 14, 2003 Dayton Ervin J. Nutter Center
March 15, 2003 Buffalo HSBC Arena
March 16, 2003 Columbus Nationwide Arena
March 18, 2003 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
March 20, 2003 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
March 21, 2003 Cleveland United States Gund Arena
March 22, 2003 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
March 23, 2003 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
March 25, 2003 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities
March 27, 2003 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
March 28, 2003 Chicago United Center
March 29, 2003 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
March 30, 2003 State College Bryce Jordan Center
April 1, 2003 Rochester Blue Cross Arena
April 3, 2003 Boston Fleet Center
April 4, 2003 Montreal Canada Molson Centre
April 5, 2003 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun
April 6, 2003 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena
April 8, 2003 Albany Pepsi Arena
April 10, 2003 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
April 11, 2003 Washington, D.C. MCI Center
April 12, 2003 Philadelphia First Union Center
April 13, 2003 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 15, 2003 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
April 16, 2003 Wilkes-Barre First Union Arena
April 17, 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden
April 25, 2003 Houston Compaq Center
April 26, 2003 Bossier City CenturyTel Center
April 27, 2003 Austin Frank Erwin Center
April 29, 2003 Phoenix Dodge Theater
April 30, 2003
May 2, 2003 San Diego Cox Arena
May 3, 2003 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond
May 4, 2003 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
May 6, 2003 Fresno Selland Arena
May 8, 2003 Sacramento Arco Arena
May 9, 2003 Oakland The Arena in Oakland
May 10, 2003 San Jose Compaq Center
May 11, 2003 Reno Lawlor Events Center
May 13, 2003 Salt Lake City Delta Center
May 15, 2003 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
May 16, 2003 Portland Rose Garden Arena
May 17, 2003 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
May 18, 2003 Seattle United States KeyArena
May 21, 2003 Denver Pepsi Center
May 22, 2003 Colorado Springs World Arena
May 25, 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Las Vegas
May 28, 2003 Ashwaubenon Resch Center
May 29, 2003 Milwaukee Bradley Center
May 30, 2003 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
May 31, 2003 Madison Alliant Energy Center
June 1, 2003 St. Louis Savvis Center
June 4, 2003 Miami American Airlines Arena
North America
March 1, 2004 Albuquerque United States Tingley Coliseum
March 7, 2004 El Paso Don Haskins Center
March 9, 2004 San Antonio SBC Center
March 11, 2004 Oklahoma City Ford Center
March 12, 2004 Valley Center Kansas Coliseum
March 13, 2004 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha
March 14, 2004 Kansas City Kemper Arena
March 16, 2004 Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
March 18, 2004 Champaign Assembly Hall
March 19, 2004 Louisville Freedom Hall
March 20, 2004 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena
March 21, 2004 Raleigh RBC Center
March 22, 2004 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
March 24, 2004 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
March 25, 2004 Pensacola Pensacola Civic Center
March 26, 2004 Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
March 27, 2004 Lakeland Lakeland Center
March 28, 2004 Estero TECO Arena
March 30, 2004 Columbia Colonial Center
March 31, 2004 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
April 2, 2004 Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard
April 3, 2004 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center
April 4, 2004 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
April 6, 2004 Syracuse War Memorial at Oncenter
April 7, 2004 Reading Sovereign Center
April 8, 2004 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena


  1. ^ "Official biography". Archived from the original on 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Chart history for Ethnicity". AMG. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  3. ^ Allmusic
  4. ^ "Review of Ethnicity". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  5. ^ Ethnicity (CD liner). Yanni. Virgin Records. 2003. 7-2435-81516-0-2. 
  6. ^ "Yanni Newsletter:Fall 2003; volume 8 number 2" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  7. ^ Bream, Jon (2003-05-20). "This Week IN MUSIC". Star Tribune. 
  8. ^ Ethnicity World Tour 2003–2004 - Official concert program. Yanni. 2003. 

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