Top Left: Chuggy Carter, percussion |Yuri Turchyn, vocals, rhythm guitar, violin, songwriter/producer | Jim Grant, bass guitar | Bottom Row: Steve “Max” Gioglio, drums | Amy Broza, vocals, and keyboard |Marc “Youngblood” Battaglia, lead electric guitar
Yuri achieved some of his best work when he gathered a group of highly regarded music performers that gelled within the vein of Manhattan Transfer with their vocals and musicality. The band, Now, Voyager, and this incredible moment of personal and social consciousness was Yuri's artistic vision, written, recorded, and produced on a newly remastered, Currents.
Now, Voyager Untold want, by life and land, n’er granted. Now, Voyager sail thou forth to seek and find. –Walt Whitman
Those words inspired me to transfer that to reality by forming the band with the eponymous moniker. Now, Voyager recorded Currents signifying the tides of life: neap and ebb, a journey from a musical interpretation.
Now, Voyager was an incarnation of musicians invited to participate, perform and record their individual parts. Amy Broza brought her wonderful voice, Jim Grant was the foundation on bass guitar, Steve Gioglio, drums, Chuggy Carter, percussionist, Mark Battaglia added stupendous electric guitar, and I, Yuri Turchyn am the songwriter, composer, acoustic guitarist, lead vocalist, and producer.
The band started live performances after the CD completion. What a journey. For an original band, we actually gigged a lot. The opening song, Who’s Gonna Tell the Children is about the climate crisis we are facing. The clock is running on borrowed time. The songs have an immediate impact throughout. Two songs, the one mentioned above, and Baby Come Back with Amy on the co-lead vocal, the soprano sax, and the additional piano track, rocked.
Guest performers included Rick Brunemer, saxophone, and Steve Jankowski, trumpet, both of whom went on stellar careers in the music industry. Hollis was the backup singer par excellence who mixed really well singing with Amy.
Recorded at Sheffield Productions Studio, owned by Ron Howden, renowned drummer of Nektar fame. Anthony Nittoli, audio engineer, was also the mix engineer. The format at the time was a 16-track tape recorder. The CD was mastered at Trutone Studios. I was in heaven. Completed in 1991. Now, Voyager lasted until 1994. What a ride!
Currents can be found on SoundCloud.com/yuriturchyn. Who's Gonna Tell The Children video by March Hare Media
Remastered 2023. Currents embraced original compositions and compelling tunes, drawing poetic inspiration from genres including classical, jazz, folk music, and World music. Harmonic influences of Steely Dan and Manhattan Transfer with a progressive rock approach for Yuri’s vocally-infused band, Now, Voyager.
Maybe Next Time 5:420:00/5:42
Dangerous Rose 1:050:00/1:05
Baby Come Back 4:460:00/4:46
Give Me Your Love 5:100:00/5:10
Emotional Blackmail 3:440:00/3:44
Winter Waltz 2:030:00/2:03
I Will Love You 5:070:00/5:07
Gabriel's Lament 2:080:00/2:08
The Voyage 4:590:00/4:59