kaja draksler

pianist composer

Kaja Draksler Photo by Sara Anke

I was born in a small village in Slovenia and grew up in the countryside. My father is a train driver, my mother is an accountant. I have a younger brother who became an engineer.

At the age of 18 I moved to The Netherlands for music, the idea won over my plans to study Latin and old Greek. A few years later, I was immersed into the rich world of Amsterdam’s improvised music scene, which complemented my studies of classical composition in a great way.

I spend my days with the piano, practicing and composing music, reading books, visiting friends, sitting at the airports and in the trains, and performing; mainly in Europe. I love the human voice, therefore I’ve always had singers in the groups I led. At the moment my main project is my octet, with which we are playing a new repertoire of music on the poetry of Robert Frost.

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Feb 21, Czajka & Puchacz at Copenhagen Winterjazz
Feb 26, With Marcela Lucatelli at H15 H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Apr 8, Draksler-Santos Silva in Wiesbaden
Apr 12, Kaja Draksler octet at AMR festival Amr Association Pour L'encouragement De La Musique Improvisée
Rue des Alpes 10, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

interdisciplinary collaborations:

Solid Surface-Vodnjak I/O Suture Soven Festival