kaja draksler

pianist composer

Kaja Draksler Photo by KD

I was born in a small village in Slovenia and grew up in the countryside. My father was 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. After 13 years in Holland, I now live between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Trboje, Slovenia, with regular visits to Amsterdam and Berlin.

Welcome to my website.

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News:

Feecho’s new album is out!! live at Vancouver International Jazz Festival is available on DoekRaw Bandcamp page. Have a listen!

After a long period of enthusiasm for her music, I started a collaboration with Irena Tomažin, a Slovenian singer, dancer and performer. Together, we created a video recording for the Jazz Poetry Month at City of Asylum Pittsburgh, whose concerts are exclusively online this year. The performance, which includes music, poetry and movement is available here.

Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album BIVALIŠČA was out on July 1st! A review by Radio Študent (in Slovenian) available here

I started an INTERVIEW BLOG page, asking my musician friends about the future of music and their relationship with the concept of innovation.

No need to mention that bunch of my concerts in the near future are being canceled due to coronavirus... I am keeping the Agenda updated.

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RECENT VIDEOS:

Kaja Draksler Octet: DANAS, JUČER, SUTRA

An interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.

Czajka & Puchacz at Club Primi, January 2020.

A solo concert recorded by Intertonale, a super nice workshop in Austria where I taught past summer.

Ingebrigt Haken Flaten's "Exit KNARR", which was supposed to premiere at Vossa Jazz past March, got its birth online, you can see a video here.

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Several concert-goers have asked me about a possibility to follow my activities. Since I am not using the social media, I decided to start a newsletter. If you would like to receive it, simply send an email entitled "Newsletter" to kaja@kajadraksler.com. Thank you!

Agenda

Oct 24 Doek Improvisation Workshop Splendor Amsterdam
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 7 Solo at Jazzdor Festival Strasbourg
France
Nov 14 with Susana Santos Silva at Akut Festival - CANCELLED Frankfurter Hof Mainz
Augustinerstraße 55, 55116 Mainz, Germany
Nov 16 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Moods Jazz Club Moods
Schiffbauplatz, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
Nov 17 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Jazz I Malmo Malmö
Sweden
Nov 18 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene- CANCELLED National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Nov 20 Solo at Klaeng Festival Loft
Wißmannstraße 30, 50823 Köln, Germany
Nov 21 Solo at L'Alba L' ALBA : Maison des Talents Partagés
Boulevard Audent 24, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
Nov 27 Hearth at Unerhoert Zürich
Switzerland
Dec 8 with Luca Curcio and Otis Sandsjo at Club Primi H15 Cafeteria
Bar, Studio & Scene, Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Dec 20 Kaja Draksler Octet at KAAP KAAP | Oostende
Zeedijk, Koning Boudewijnpromenade 10, 8400 Oostende, Belgium

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  • “The young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler shows off a wealth of sturdy ideas and nonchalant technique on this stunning solo recording.”

    Downbeat

  • “/.../ the young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler pulls together information from a century of experimental music and jazz. She also makes rhythm a priority, and reminds you subtly that she knows what she’s doing. /.../ It’s hard, or maybe impossible, to predict where she’s going to take you. That’s not so common from a young musician.”

    New York Times

  • “Draksler brings austerity, subtlety and poignancy with her fluid piano playing and rings through in bright, rich textures.”

    Irish Times