Yuriy Gurzhy

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Yuriy Gurzhy was born in Ukraine and now lives in Berlin. He is a musician, DJ, producer and radio broadcaster. Together with Wladimir Kaminer, a popular writer in Germany, he started the now legendary ‘Russendisko’ club events, and compiled five CDs as part of the project. His compilation ‘Shetl Superstars’ is dedicated to funky Jewish sounds from around the world, and for “Revolution Disco” Yuriy selected anthems of modern revolutionaries. From 2000 to 2006 Yuriy hosted the music program “Russendisko Klub” on Radio MultiKulti in Berlin. When he is not busy DJing or creating compilations, Yuriy sings and plays guitar with his band RotFront (their albums ‘Emigrantski Raggamuffin’ and ‘VisaFree’ were released by Essay Recordings). RotFront tours extensively throughout Europe, playing all the major festivals and venues. Together with Lemez Lovas (ex-OiVaVoi, Yiddish Twist Orchestra) he founded the project “Shtetl Superstars” (their first CD, ‘Shengen Visa Wedding,’ is due to be relased later this year). He has also collaborated with Alec Kopyt, Shantel, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Perkalaba and Sergey Zhadan & Dogs In Space, among others. His recent collaboration album with the Kiev-based trio, MaMa Diaspora, “DJ is Drunk”, was released on Extra Estrada in 2012. Together with Lemez Lovas (ex-OiVaVoi, Yiddish Twist Orchestra) he founded the Shtetl Superstars (‘Shengen Visa Wedding’ CD is due to be relased later this year). He also collaborated with Alec Kopyt, Shantel, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Perkalaba and Sergey Zhadan & Dogs In Space, among others.