A Multicultural Experience

A Voice of American Experiences, born of the New Jersey sound, jazz violinist and singer-songwriter Yuri Turchyn takes rhythmic textures, harmonic structures, and tactile expressions to new heights at jazz festivals, concerts, and A-list clubs throughout New York/New Jersey metro area and internationally.

Well-known throughout the New Jersey music scene for five decades and nominated for induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Yuri has a reputation as an outstanding complementary ensemble player, recording session musician, and seasoned accompanist. Yuri presented original music with Heartland Rock-style, Bombay; traditional Irish folk tunes with Trinity II,  a substantial contributor to the compositions of Gunther Ford in The World, and accompanist to singers, American soul singer Delores Holmes, troubadour Pat Guadagno, and others.

Producer, audio engineer, as well as string arranger–playing violin, lead, and bass guitar for the compilation CD release Juntamente and Vida Y Amor with Joanne Martinez and Paulo Pinho, Teatro Si Productions. Yuri turned to harmonic influences of Steely Dan and Manhattan Transfer with a progressive rock approach for his vocally-infused band, Now, Voyager. Recorded in his Wheatsheaf Studio, Currents, newly remastered, is made up of original compositions drawing poetic inspiration from his enthusiasm for classical, jazz, folk, and World music. 

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Yuri began violin lessons at age six. He continued into his high school years, winning the Mercer County String Competition, then turned to guitar and songwriting, learning classical voice techniques from prominent ragtime piano player and vocal coach Tom Rexdale, known as the “Professor of Singing” out of Julliard. 

Yuri was a founding member of Kinderhook, arguably one of the most popular country-rock bands during the 1970s, underscoring the success of the nascent New Jersey music scene, famously undertaking Jean Luc Ponty’s New Country onto an unrivaled measure in their performance circles at The Stone Pony, Capitol Theater, and Schaeffer Summer Music Festival.

Along the way, his fascination with Roots Music/Americana Roots and Regional turned their synthesis of music styles– Cajun, Creole, Dixieland, Funk, Blue Grass, and Jam Grass –into a fiery flight of fancy with Yuri Turchyn at the forefront.