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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Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album BIVALIŠČA is available for preorder, out on July 1st!

Kaja Draksler Octet: OUT FOR STARS is out! You can listen to one of the pieces HERE.

I started an INTERVIEW BLOG page, asking my friends- musicians, dancers and artists- about the future of music and their relationship with the concept of innovation. While the sitting at home lasts, I am planning to post an interview per week.

A recent interview for Centralala (in Slovenian). From Polish quarantene.

Recently: Terrie Ex and myself released The Swim, recorded live at Cafe Oto on Terp records.

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.



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.


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!


Sep 9 Kaja Draksler Octet at Stadtgarten Stadtgarten
Venloer Str. 40, 50672 Köln, Germany
Sep 11 Czajka & Puchacz at Dragon Klub Dragon
Zamkowa 3, 61-768 Poznań, Poland
Sep 12 Czajka & Puchacz at Ciągnoty i Tęsknoty Ciągoty i Tęsknoty
Wojska Polskiego 144A, 91-711 Łódź, Poland
Sep 19 Czajka & Puchacz at Cerkno Jazz Festival Bar Gabrijel
Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, 5282 Cerkno, Slovenia
Nov 7 Solo at Jazzdor Festival Strasbourg
Nov 14 with Susana Santos Silva at Akut Festival 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
Nov 18 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Nov 19 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Dokkhuset Dokkhuset Scene
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway


  • “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