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 is 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.

I spend my days with the piano, practicing and composing music, reading books, visiting friends, sitting at the airports and in the trains, and performing; mainly in Europe. I love the human voice, therefore I’ve always had singers in the groups I led. At the moment my main project is my octet, for which I am writing music on the poetry of Robert Frost.

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May 5, 20:00 Solo at Jazz + Festival Seidlvilla club e.V.
Nikolaipl. 1B, 80802 München, Germany
May 24, 20:30 Kaja Draksler Octet at Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 31, 20:00 Hearth at Lupino Gästrikegatan 13
116 32 Stockholm
Jun 6, 21:00 With Terrie Ex Paris
Jun 7, 21:00 With Terrie Ex at Cafe Oto Cafe OTO
The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, UK
Jun 14, 17:10 Doek Festival! Amsterdam

interdisciplinary collaborations:

Solid Surface-Vodnjak I/O