Yuri “The Professor” Turchyn Bio

Yuri the ProfessorAcclaimed international performer, YURI TURCHYN is one of the top violin players in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area crossing cultures with Gypsy Jazz and World Music, while retaining Americana Roots in a rocking Jam Grass style. A singer/songwriter, he composes and arranges original music while having a highly visible career as a featured premier performer and hired player.

He was a founding member of the country rock band, Kinderhook, arguably the most popular New Jersey band during the 1970s contributing to the early establishment of the New Jersey music scene from college (Rutgers in New Brunswick), and local “dives” bar venues– Widow Brown’s, Wooden Nickel, A Joint in the Woods and Dodd’s– 1-28-2010_013to massive dance halls and Jersey Shore clubs– Beach House, Osprey, Stone Pony and filling the house onstage performances at the Capitol Theater, the Palladium, The Bitter End, Fillmore East and Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park–before crowds of thousands. Writing original music with songs including Sundance and Standing On The Edge, Kinderhook brokeup in early 1980s. Yuri went his separate way. His fiddle brought down the house, barn, “all the tired horses in the sun” time and again even during a recent brief Kinderhook reunion with three sold out concerts (Kinderhook Twentyten Rockin’ Jersey Again) produced and promoted through March Hare Media & Entertainment in 2010. 

After Kinderhook’s breakup in 1982, Yuri remained an active player in the 80s music scene performing original music with Bombay; traditional, Irish folk tunes with Trinity II; and was a substantial contributor to the original compositions of Gunther Ford in The World. The next decade he turned to jazz influences with Now, Voyager, a precursor to GRUPO YURI playing the jazz festival and club circuit. After a short hiatus, a rekindled Latin Jazz/World Beat quintet GRUPO YURI came back in 2006 through integrations of Latin, Jazz and World Music-based rhythms, seductive melodies and interweaving instrumentals performing at world-class jazz festivals, regional concerts and A-list clubs in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, including Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, Point Pleasant Jazz Festival, Trumpets, Montclair; Sweet Sounds of Downtown Jazz Series, Westfield; South Orange Performing Arts Center; Burgdorff Cultural Center, Maplewood; Galeria West Art Gallery, Westfield; Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park;  Roselle Summer Concert Series; Downtown Cafe, Red Bank; Giamano’s Jazz and Blues Club, Bradley Beach, Chico’s House of Jazz.

In the last seven years, he’s a been invited back as a featured player with Pat Guadagno & Tired Horses in a music tribute to Bob Dylan’s birthday “Bobfest” at the Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ performing one of best interpretations of violin on the song Hurricane ever heard live.

BobFest 2015 players

After so many decades of performance Yuri remains steadfast in his roots as an accomplished New Jersey player paying an annual tribute to Jersey Shore musician Danny Petraitus as well as work on NJ Material CD with fellow Jersey players and a CD release party performance at The Bitter End in New York City. As part of the New Jersey Superstars, he performed at benefits in 2013 including Sandy Hook concerts on the beach and a special fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims at the Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey.

An “International Jazz Cat,” Yuri spent two weeks in Orvieto, Italy in 2013 where he played with renowned Gypsy jazz, acoustic trio, BARTENDER, returning upon invitation to perform at the Umbria Folk Festival in August 2013, before a pulsating crowd in the Piazza del Popolo, Orvieto. He returned for another two week tour of the Umbria-Tuscany area of Italy in August 2014.

Yuri +BARTENDER Orvieto Folk Festival

In addition, Yuri is a regular featured player with the Glimmer Grass Band, an acoustic Americana bluegrass/jam grass music group performing in the Glimmer Grass Roots Music Series at the Strand Theater, Lakewood, New Jersey and throughout Jersey Shore establishments including the Stone Pony, Chico’s House of Jazz, the Saint, Union Landing in Brielle.

Yuri Turchyn Glimmer Grass BandAs a seasoned session musician, he performed on recently released Karen Phillips’ Coming Home, and at a CD Release Party stage performance at Spring Lake Theater in Spring Lake, NJ; Roger Gardellaʼs Thanksgiving Day, George Simonovich’s, When Realities Become Dreams and Christmas CDs.

As producer, as well as engineer, Yuri was also string arranger, playing violin, lead and bass guitar for the compilation CD release Juntamente and Vida Y Amor with Joanne Martinez and Paulo Pinho, both Teatro Si Productions. He is also very good on air guitar.

 Yuri&Fiatfootnote: In June 2013: Yuri is currently writing his memoirs from a visit to the hallways of a thirteenth century monastery turned villa atop of ancient volcanic rock– tufo –that holds up the Etruscan fortified city, Orvieto, in central Italy. August 2014: He returned to Orvieto and the foothills of Northern Umbria.

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