Andrei Razin 

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, composer, pianist and arranger, Laureate of the National Festival "Art of the Young", Laureate of the National Competition of Young Composers, Member of the Russian Union of Composers, Andrei Razin was destined for the career of an academic musician, but his creative interests have a much wider range.

He produced music scores for the theatrical performances, modern chamber instrumental and vocal music, jazz compositions, music for TV shows and advertisement videos, symphonic music. Razin participated in Russo-French Festival of Modern Improvisational Music, and numerous other festivals, performed with Arkady Shilkloper, Mike Ellis, Vladimir Chekasin, etc. 
Andrei Razin was also awarded the "Composer of the year" (2002) awards by Russian Jazz Journalists Association. As a leader of Second Approach trio, Andrei Razin performed in Germany, Poland, Finland, Norway, Israel and USA.

In 2011 SoLyd Records released Alexei Razin’s solo album called ARSOLO, dedicated to the late Sergei Prokofiev. A Day For Dave represents Razin’s own compositions, inspired by Dave Brubeck’s themes. After the Second Approach performed at Rochester International Xerox Jazz Festival in 2009, Andrei Razin kept correspondence with the pianist Dave Brubeck, which continued until the death of the great Maestro in 2012. The project of the Second Approach called “A Day For Dave” was dedicated to Brubeck’s memory. Andrei Razin also participated in cultural program of the Olympics in Vancouver (2010) and in London (2012) and wrote music for the play “1900th” by the Theatrical community of Oleg Menshikov.

Tatyana Komova  
 

When studying at a music college in her native Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine), destiny brought Tatyana Komova to Mikhail Tsygutkin's Gamma ensemble that vocally interpreted  instrumental music by Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. The ensemble performed at various jazz festivals, including one in Moscow.

In 1983 Tatiana moved to Moscow. On entering the Institute of Culture she started to perform jazz. At the same time she could be heard on radio and TV performing Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov.

In 1986 her talent was demanded by the world-famous Gypsy ensemble, The Romen trio, which two years later transformed into her duet with Georgy Kvik. Duet Romen was warmly greeted in more than 30 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, Israel. Duo's 3 CDs enjoyed good sales and critical acclaim in Russia. In 1995, she was awarded the title of Merited Artist of Russia. Komova's connection with jazz was never broken, though. Now her interests lie in the sphere of modern blends of jazz, classical, and traditional music of various ethnic cultures.

Igor Ivanushkin

 

Igor's professional career in music started when being a student of the Gnessins' Music College in Moscow. Having graduated from the college and then from the Gnessins' Russian Academy of Music, Igor played with Igor Bril and New Generation ensemble for 5 years (late 1980-s - early 1990s).

During following years he performed with the big band and combo led by Aleksandr Sukhikh (resulted in a tour in Austria), in Vyacheslav Preobrazhensky Jazz Band (Pori Jazz Festival, Finland), etc.
Participating in gigs organized as a cultural exchange between Russia an Ireland  he performed in Dublin. He has an engagement with russian (now living in Berlin) trumpet player Igor Shirokov for all the Russian performances.

Igor is a participant and laureate of numerous international festivals, including ones in Indonesia (1991, 1995), winner of Grand Prix of competition of jazz performers in Bucharest (Romania), laureate of International competition of jazz musicians in Brussels (1990), laureate of the 1st All-Russian competition of young jazz musicians (Rostov-on-Don). Igor is also a participant of Arkady Shilkloper quartet (2001). 2002, he performed at the Odessa Jazz Carnival in Odessa, Ukraine with the great Israeli saxophonist Roman Kunsman at what happened to be Mr. Kunsman's final performance shortly before his death.

 

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