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, with which we are playing a new repertoire of music on the poetry of Robert Frost.

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Mar 26, G-bop Orchestra at H15 H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Apr 10, Solo at Underground/Mejeriet Mejeriet
Stora Södergatan 64, 222 23 Lund, Sweden
Apr 13, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Magdeburger Jazztage
Apr 15, + Andreas Bach at Mandagsklubben, 5e 5e
Slagtehusgade 5E, 1715 København, Denmark
May 2, Hearth: Portalegre Residency + Recording
May 9, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at X-jazz Berlin Skalitzer Str. 85-86
10997 Berlin, Germany
May 13, Kaja Draksler Octet at Studio Loos Studio LOOS
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20B, 2518 RA Den Haag, Netherlands
May 14, With Terrie Ex at Radio Student 50year anniversary Restavracija klub Cankarjevega doma
Prešernova cesta 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
May 18, Solo Handelsbeurs
Kouter 29, 9000 Gent, Belgium
May 23, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Arcub Arcub
Str. Lipscani nr. 84 – 90, București 030037, Romania
May 24, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at BMC Budapest Music Center
Budapest, Mátyás u. 8, 1093 Hungary
Jun 13, Doek Festival
Jun 20, Kaja Draksler Octet at Ljubljana Jazz Festival Cankarjev dom
Prešernova cesta 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jun 23, Late night collaborations at Vancouver Jazz Festival Vancouver
BC, Canada
Jun 24, Feecho at Vancouver Jazz Festival Vancouver
BC, Canada
Jun 27, 11:00 Feecho Toronto
ON, Canada
Jul 7, Teaching at Intertonale Proberaum Scheibbs
Feldgasse 1, 3270 Scheibbs, Austria
Jul 13, Kaja Draksler Octet at Copenhagen Jazz Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Jul 18, Kaja Draksler Octet at Molde Jazz Festival Moldejazz
Gørvellplassen 1, 6413 Molde, Norway
Jul 19, Kaja Draksler Octet at Wonderfeel Festival 's-Graveland
1243 's-Graveland, Netherlands
Jul 24, Solo at Jazz Platform Wytwórnia
Łąkowa 29, 90-554 Łódź, Poland
Sep 28, Kaja Draksler Octet at De Bijloke Music Center De Bijloke
Jozef Kluyskensstraat 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium

interdisciplinary collaborations:

Solid Surface-Vodnjak I/O Suture Soven Festival