The Second Approach Trio plays contemporary chamber music with elements of jazz, fusion, folklore, and modern classical music. The group performs at jazz venues, participates in contemporary music events, plays at art galleries and forums dedicated to modern cinema and theater, interacts with painters and contemporary ballet artists.
The trio has performed and/or recorded on their own, as well as with featured guests from Germany (drummer Klaus Kugel), Ukraine (saxophonist Yuri Yaremchuk), Lithuania (saxophonist Vladimir Chekasin,) Russia (hornist Arkady Shilkloper, veteran sax man Alexei Kozlov), and the USA (saxophonist Mike Ellis, trombonist Roswell Rudd.)
The Second Approach Trio has performed in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Finland, Norway, Germany, Israel, Austria, USA, and PR China.
The trio’s discography includes 10 albums. Early autumn of 2010 saw the release of the Second Approach album "Event Space" by prestigious British label Leo Records. The release was praised by international reviewers, received an honorable mention from AllAboutJazz New York, and gained considerable airplay around the world.
In 2013 and 2014 the Trio participated in annual festivals organized by Leo Records, where so far three of their new albums were released. In 2015 the Second Approach performed in jazz concert series in the Hungarian town of Sarvar and at the 5th OCT-Loft Jazz Festival in Shenzhen (PR China). In November, 2015, Russian label Art Beat Music released the latest Second Approach CD, titled 'A Day for Dave', featuring Russian jazz veteran Alexey Kozlov on the saxophone. The album features pianist Andrei Razin's original compositions, inspired by Dave Brubeck's themes. Andrey and Dave exchanged emials several times after the Trio's performance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (U.S.A) in 2009, and kept on their correspondence until Maestro's death in 2012. The Second Approach Trio tribute to Dave Brubeck was released on the day of his 95th birthday, 6 December 2015. In 2017, they presented their new CD release, Rezi Vár (FancyMusic,) with a special concert at the Alexey Kozlov Club in Moscow.
The Pushkin Tales or the March Cats - that's the name of a musical and a literature composition that was first performed in March 2018 featuring Slava Ganelin. There was the 20 years’ anniversary performance at the Skryabin Museum (Moscow). This jubilee marathon has also included some new releases like Oberiuts (Union of Real Art, 1927-30) feat. Alexey Kozlov (sax) and the 4CD edition called Time Axis. This particular edition has also included Oberiuts, A Day for Dave and the Selected Works Volumes 1 and 2.
I think your trio is the most exciting group I have heard in recent times... I am excited by what I hear from your "second approach", but the right approach, drawing from one's own background and telling one's own story. Congratulations!