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.

Welcome to my website.

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News:

My new solo album In Otherness Oneself is out on Unsounds!

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik just released a new live album on Intakt, Zurich Concert, with my photo on the cover.

A part of the concert we did with Marcin Masecki at Koln's Loft (playing J.S.Bach) is now available to watch online here.

My Octet just premiered a new repertoire titled In Time, commissioned by Amok Festival and KAAP at Concertgebouw Brugge. The pieces were written on the poetry of Matsuo Basho and you can watch the excerpts from the concert here.

My new solo record, Soothe My Soul, Feed My Thought came out on vinyl in August with Idyllic Noise.

On Innovation and the Future of Music (and art), a collection of interviews is out digitally and in printed, 200 copies limited edition. The zine features drawings by Szymon Gąsiorek and is designed by Maga Ćwieluch.

The renown Polish label Szara Reneta released a limited edition casette + mini casette Amagerbrogade 216B. A project by Michał Biel includes field recordings, musique concrète, noise, hisses, and two house concert recordings (one of them my solo) treated as field recordings.

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RECENT VIDEOS:

Anja Zag Golob, Irena Z. Tomažin, Kaja Draksler: Rojišče #73

Draksler/Bach/Masecki: Goldberg Variations

Kaja Draksler Octet: In Time, music on the words of Matsuo Basho

Czajka & Puchacz at A4, Bratislava, interview & concert

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik FRAUSTADT

Kiebitz & Uhu ENTSCHULDIGUNG

Kaja Draksler & Irena Tomažin for Glasbeni cikel JUTRI

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Agenda

Jun 7 + Anders Bach, Espen Reinertsen, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten @ Puls Series Kafé Hærverk
Hausmanns gate 34, 0182 Oslo, Norway
Jun 8 + Anders Bach, Espen Reinertsen, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten @ Puls Series H15 Cafeteria
Bar, Studio & Scene, Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Jun 18 Solo at Motvind Festival Oslo
Norway
Jun 29 Fish Scale Sunrise Nova Gorica
Slovenia
Jun 30 Kaja Draksler Octet at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Jul 3 Draksler/Toldam at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Jul 5 E/I feat.Kaja Draksler at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Jul 6 Czajka & Puchacz at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Cafe Mellemrummet
Ravnsborggade 11, 2200 København, Denmark
Jul 7 Solborg/Santos Silva/Anker/Gasiorek/Draksler at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Slagtehusgade 5E
1715 København, Denmark
Jul 10 Czajka & Puchacz at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Slagtehusgade 5E
1715 København, Denmark
Sep 7 Ena Ena at Gaudeamus Music Week Utrecht
Netherlands
Sep 10 Ena Ena at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 11 Ena Ena at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 13 Solo at Sound Explicit Kulturni Center Tobačna 001
Tobačna ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sep 15 Ena Ena at Korso Theater Korzo theater
Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE Den Haag, Netherlands
Sep 29 Czajka & Puchacz at Newcastle Jazz and Improvised Music Festival
Oct 16 Draksler/Bach/Masecki at Nona Mechelen kunstencentrum nona
Begijnenstraat 27, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
Oct 18 Draksler/Bach/Masecki at Handelsbeurs Handelsbeurs
Kouter 29, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Nov 11 Kaja Draksler Octet at Bimhuis BIMHUIS
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands

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  • “Draksler is one of the most potent musical minds of our time.“

    Quietus

  • “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