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 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.

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October and November are busy. Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, solo, Lillinger’s Open Form for Society, To Pianos, and more. Details are in the agenda.

We have just recorded second album with my octet at De Bijloke, Gent. The repertoire is written on poems of Robert Frost. The record will be out in March 2020 on Clean Feed Records.

Album “Swim” (Terrie Ex/ Kaja Draksler), recorded live at Cafe Oto, will be released coming February on Terp records

Also soon: the release of Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album on Slovenian label Klopotec.

Past April, Christian Lillinger's new large ensemble project Open Form For Society has been released on Lillinger’s own label, Plaist. The project will have a live debut at Donnauschingen in October 2019.

Here is recent interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.


Nov 12 ImproCafe at Zaal 100 Association Hall 100
De Wittenstraat 100, 1052 BA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 13 Solo at Free Essen Festival Alte Mitte
Viehofer Pl. 20, 45127 Essen, Germany
Nov 25 with Gianluca Elia at 5e Mandagsklubben Copenhagen
Nov 27 Solo at Unerhoert Festival Zürich
Dec 27 With Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik at Zarez Festival Spanish fighters
Zaloška cesta 61, 1110 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jan 18 Solo at the Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 21 with Martin Kuchen at Club Primi H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Feb 10 To Pianos at MetJazz Prato
59100 Prato, Province of Prato, Italy
Feb 13 Feecho at Vinterjazz Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Feb 23 With Terrie Ex at the Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 25 With Terrie Ex at Club Primi (CPH Jazz Festival) H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Feb 26
Mar 1
teaching at Velenje Jazz Clinic Velenje
3320 Velenje, Slovenia
Mar 5 , 12:00 Solo at AJMI AJMi Jazz Club - La Manutention
4 Rue des Escaliers Sainte-Anne, 84000 Avignon, France
Mar 30
Apr 5
KNARR residency at Vossa Jazz Vossevangen
Apr 10 KD octet plays love songs De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 15 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonaal Jazz Scene National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Apr 17 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at the Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 18 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Loft Loft
Wißmannstraße 30, 50823 Köln, Germany
Apr 20
Apr 24
Residency: Czajka & Puchacz feat.Gavon at Belfast Sonic Lab Belfast
Apr 25 Czajka & Puchacz at Surge in Spring Festival Birmingham


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


  • “/.../ 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