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

In April we release Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album on the Slovenian label Klopotec.

In February we released The Swim (Terrie Ex/ Kaja Draksler), 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.


We started a house concert series in Copenhagen: Under Bakken Series. The first edition happened on the past Valentine’s Day. If you want to know more, write me at kaja@kajadraksler.com

Here is recent interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.

And another short interview/solo concert video produced by Intertonale, a super nice workshop in Austria where I taught past summer.

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!


Mar 30
Apr 5
KNARR residency at Vossa Jazz - CANCELED Vossevangen
Apr 10 KD octet plays love songs-CANCELLED De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 11 KD Octet at Stadtgarten- CANCELED Stadtgarten
Venloer Str. 40, 50672 Köln, Germany
Apr 13 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Stage Club-CANCELLED Stage Club
Stresemannstrasse, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 14 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Moods- CANCELED Moods
Schiffbauplatz, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
Apr 15 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonaal Jazz Scene National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Apr 16 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at DOKKhuset- CANCELED Dokkhuset Scene
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway
Apr 17 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at the Bimhuis- CANCELLED Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 20
Apr 24
Residency: Czajka & Puchacz feat. Szpak at Belfast Sonic Lab- CANCELED Queen's University Belfast
University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
Apr 25 Czajka & Puchacz at Surge in Spring Festival- CANCELED Birmingham
Jun 5
Jun 8
DOEK Festival
Jun 9 Czajka & Puchacz at Dragon Club Klub Dragon
Zamkowa 3, 61-768 Poznań, Poland
Jun 11 Czajka & Puchacz at KM28 KM28
Karl-Marx-Straße 28, 12043 Berlin, Germany
Jun 12 with Andy Moor at Au Topsi Isotop
Pohlstraße 64, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Jun 18 Czajka & Puchacz at Aquarium Klubokawiarnia Aquarium
3 Maja 11A, 43-300 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Jun 19 Czajka & Puchacz at Ciągoty i Tęsknoty Ciągoty i Tęsknoty
Wojska Polskiego 144A, 91-711 Łódź, Poland


  • “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