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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Aug 18, Hearth at Suture Soven Festival Soven
29451 Dannenberg (Elbe), Germany
Aug 19, Solo at Suture Soven Festival Soven
29451 Dannenberg (Elbe), Germany
Aug 25, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Saalfelden Jazz Festival Saalfelden
5760 Saalfelden, Austria
Sep 30, Kaja Draksler Octet at The Ex Celebration Paradiso
Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands

interdisciplinary collaborations:

Solid Surface-Vodnjak I/O