Yuriy Gurzhy fled from Ukraine to Germany as a Jewish ‘quota refugee’. Together with Wladimir Kaminer he founded the legendary “Russendisko”. He has lived in Berlin for a long time, working as a musician, DJ and producer. Over the last 25 years he has met numerous great people and heard many different stories – which are sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes crazy. “A couple of months ago, I thought it would be a good time to write a book collection,” he said. The stories involve musicians, and all kinds of creatives including concert organisers and label producers. Names range from his old friend Wladimir Kaminer to Sasha Marianna Salzmann, Daniel Kahn, Marina Frenk, Frank London, Maya Saban, Ben Salomo through to Sergey Lagodinsky. The book will be published by the Ariella Verlag in mid October and will be premiered at the Enjoy Jazz Festival. This premiere contributes to the theme “1700 years of Jewish life in Germany”. Yuriy Gurzhy’s book is “Richard Wagner und die Klezmerband: Der neue jüdische Sound in Deutschland”. It is not just about music, but also about the complicated, winding and crazy paths the protagonist has taken. Gurzhy uses the stories like a DJ: he pieces the fragments together into one great story.