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Arty Artymiw

 
Name: Arty Artymiw
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Location: Philadelphia
United States 19111
Contact: 267-973-2828 cell phone/text
hotkatzun@gmail.com

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Additional Info: Orest “Arty” Artymiw began violin lessons at age 5, studying with Morris Shulik of the Philadelphia Orchestra. By age 8 and again at age 12, he won the children’s competition to perform as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Arty continued his formal violin studies with Dorothy DeLay at Julliard Pre College in NYC from 1972 – 1977. He went on to study with Patynka Kopec from ’77 to ’79, and then Robert DePasquale of the Philadelphia Orchestra from ’79 to ’81. He holds a Bachelor of Music in violin (1981) and a Bachelor of Music Education (1985), both granted by the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, which has since become the University of the Arts.

Blessed (or cursed) with perfect pitch, as well as being an insatiable stylistic autodidact, Arty has been studying, playing and recording bluegrass, rock, funk, jazz, fusion, progressive rock, klezmer, gypsy swing, folk and Celtic music since 1976.

Arty resurrected his group, Arty & the Hot Katz, in 2012, and their videos can be found on YouTube. He performs on a 5 string electric violin crafted by Richard Barbera (BTS Transducers).

Notable Soundtrack Recordings:
• Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) – for which he received 2 Grammy Awards
• Age of Innocence (1992)

Bands:
• Arty & the Hot Katz '94 - '98; 2012 – present (instrumental classic rock)
• Hotstrings '86 - present (classical duos, trios and quartets)
• The Barley Boys '07 - '12 (Celtic rock, originals and classic rock)
• Beau Django '05 - '07 (gypsy swing jazz ala Django Reinhardt)
• Jive Five Minus Two '99 - '04 (folk and original)
• Gallery Xmas Tree Orchestra '87 - '99 (Xmas tunes a la Stan Kenton)
• Jez Hot Swing Club '87 - '90 (gypsy swing jazz standards)
• Crystal Creek '84 - '86 (bluegrass)
• Hansum Brothers '82 (country and southern rock)
• The Underwoods '79 - '87 (R&B and original)
• Caesars Chariot '77 - '80 (original progressive funk)

As a member of backing string sections for:
• Liberace
• Barry White
• Gladys Knight & the Pips,
• Dionne Warwick
• Smokey Robinson
• Pavarotti
• Andrea Bocelli
• Josh Groban
• Paul Anka
• Frank Sinatra Jr.
• Jimmy Roselli
• Bobby Vinton
• ELO
• Trans Siberian Orchestra
• Rod Stewart
• Moody Blues
• Page & Plant
• Daltry & Entwhistle

Recorded jingles for (among others):
• McDonalds
• Nickelodian
• Turner Classic Movies
Additional Specialisms: Session Work, Solo Performance, Jazz, Improvisation
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