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:

Fundacija Słuchaj released a trio album with Ab Baars, Terrie Ex and myself. You can listen to it here.

Die Zeit did a very generous portrait on me, available (in German) here.

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

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.

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.

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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

Aug 26 Organ Solo at IF Festival http://improvfest.ca/watch/
Aug 27 Baars/Ex/Draksler at Summer Bummer De Studio
Maarschalk Gerardstraat 4, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Sep 7 Ena Ena at Gaudeamus Music Week Utrecht
Netherlands
Sep 8 Baars/Ex/Draksler at Space Impro Kick Off De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam, 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 24 Solo at The Radio Jazz Day Liezen 2022 Liezen
Austria
Sep 25 Solo at Area Sismica Area Sismica
47121 Forli, Province of Forlì-Cesena, Italy
Sep 28 Czajka & Puchacz at Cafe Oto Cafe OTO
18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, UK
Sep 29 Czajka & Puchacz at Newcastle Jazz and Improvised Music Festival
Sep 30 Czajka & Puchacz at Darmstadter Jazzherbst Ludwigshöhstraße 42
64285 Darmstadt, Germany
Oct 1 Czajka & Puchacz at Fri Resonans Dokkhuset Scene
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway
Oct 16 Draksler/Bach/Masecki at Nona Mechelen kunstencentrum nona
Begijnenstraat 27, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
Oct 17 Draksler/Bach/Masecki at Bimhuis BIMHUIS
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 18 Draksler/Bach/Masecki at Handelsbeurs Handelsbeurs
Kouter 29, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Oct 25 Draksler/Santos Silva in Helsinki Helsinki
Finland
Oct 26 Draksler/Santos Silva at Le Dynamo Le Dynamo
11 Rue de la République, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France
Oct 27 Draksler/Santos Silva at FRIM Fall Festival Källarbyn
Stora Nygatan 31, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 28 Draksler/Santos Silva at Umea Jazz Festival Umeå
Sweden
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