Yaremtchuk Yuri Grigorevich was born in 1951 in Novokuznetsk (Russia). Today he resides in Lviv, Ukraine.

In 1978 he completed the Saxophone Class at Jazz Performance Department at Rostov Institute of Art. He performed in Kim Nazaretov’s big band as an instrumentalist.

Yaremtchuk is both a composer and an instrumentalist; he plays tenor-sax, soprano-sax, clarinet, percussion, piano; he is a master of voice performance as well. He is working in different genres (free jazz, contemporary music, improvised music), contemporary technique of sax play (multiphone, slap, double staccato). He can be recognized by his bright sound and brisk technique; in his solo concerts he prefers free improvisation with the use of contemporary playing technique.

His music has sufficient rhythm and melody; it is full of humor and philosophy. Yuri Yaremtchuk wrote music for theater, participated in numerous avant-garde performances with artists, actors and modern dancers.

In different projects he performed together with a number of famous jazz musicians: Claudia Binder and Marcus Eichenberger (Switzerland); Ken Vandermark, Roberta Piket, Jim Menesis, Fred Frith, Ray Andersen, Steve Swell, William Parker, Hamid Drake and Rob Brown (USA); Heinz-Erich Godecke and Hans Shutler, Vladimir Chekasin, Alex Nowic, Arkadij Shilkloper, Klaus Kugel (Germany); Vladimir Miller (GB); Dror Feiler, Magnus Broo (Sweden); Tatashi Endo (dancer Japan); Sainho Namchilak (Ireland); Petras Vysniauskas, Ezas Mikashys and Vladimir Tarasov (Lithuania); Vyacheslav Nazarov, German Lukyanov, Vladimir Volkov, Vyacheslav Gayvoronsky, Andrey Razin, Sergey Letov, Vladimir Makarov, Mikhail Zhukov (Russia); Alexandr Nesterov (Ukraine).

A participant of numerous jazz festivals, happenings, events, fests of new improvised music.

Important festivals:

  • 1989 Volgograd (Russia) Avant-garde festival Unidentified Movement.
  • 1990 Vancouver, Toronto (Canada) Jazz Festival.
  • 1992 Smolensk (Russia) Festival of Modern Art.
  • 1993 St. Petersburg (Russia) Jazz Festival Open Music.
    Moscow (Russia) Concert in the Center of Modern Art.
    Kyiv (Ukraine) Concert in the Center of Modern Art Brama (Gate).
    Vilnius (Lithuania) Jazz Festival.
    Kyiv (Ukraine) Festival of Avant-garde Art in Ukraine New Ground.
  • 1995 Europa Jazz Festival in Noci (Italy) as a member of Moscow Composers Orchestra.
    Zurich (Switzerland) as a member of Moscow Composers Orchestra.
    St. Petersburg (Russia) Festival Cook Art.
  • 1997 Augsburg (Germany) Augsburg Internationale Theaterfesttage Walkertshofen Jazz-Avantgarde Expirimente im Dorf with A.Nesterov and S.Vasylyshyn.
  • 1998 Lviv (Ukraine) IV International Festival of Contemporary Music Contrasts. The concerts of new improvised music. Duet Alexandr Nesterov (electric piano), Yuri Yaremtchuk (saxophone, clarinet).
    Lviv, Ukraine. International Theatre Festival “Golden Lion”. Performance with V. Bazay.
    Cracow (Poland) Club Pod Jaszczurami (At Pangolins’). The Festival of Ukrainian Culture.
  • 1999 Brest (France) Festival Luisances Sonores 2.
  • 2001 Cracow (Poland) Audio Art Festival, Goethe Institut.
  • 2002 St. Petersburg (Russia) Festival SKIF.
  • 2003 Regensburg (Germany) Jazz Club DONUMENTA.
  • 2003 St. Petersburg (Russia) Festival SKIF.
  • 2004 Vilnius (Lithuania) Concert of the saxophone quartet, project SAX MAFIA.
  • 2004 Moscow (Russia) Cultural Center Dom (House). Festival in commemoration of N.A.Dmitriyev. Project with the Moscow Composers Orchestra.
  • 2005 Moscow (Russia) Art-performance “Stupid Infinity”.
    Gdansk (Poland) European Festival of Improvised music.
    Lviv (Ukraine) Jazz Festival Jazz-Bez.
  • 2006 Kiev (Ukraine) Festival Jednist’ (Unity).
    Gyor, Budapest (Hungary) MEDIAWAVE ‘2006 – ‘ANOTHER CONNECTION’ Film and Music Festival.
    Gdansk (Poland) Festival Art Depot 2006.
    Krakow (Poland) Krakow Jazz Autumn.
    Lviv, Ternopil (Ukraine); Przemysl, Sanok, Krakow (Poland) Jazz Festival Jazz-Bez.

Jazz-Square (2000)
Jazz-Square (2002) (with “Second Approach”)

Here you can find an additional information:

On Heinz-Erich Godecke’s site: http://www.avantart.com/music/3ya/ (in English and German)

On Sergey Letov’s site: http://www.letov.ru/Yaremchuk/ (in English and Russian)


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