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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Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album BIVALIŠČA is available for preorder, out on July 1st!
I started an INTERVIEW BLOG page, asking my friends- musicians, dancers and artists- about the future of music and their relationship with the concept of innovation. While the sitting at home lasts, I am planning to post an interview per week.
A recent interview for Centralala (in Slovenian). From Polish quarantene.
No need to mention that bunch of my concerts in the near future are being canceled due to coronavirus... I am keeping the Agenda updated.
An interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.
Czajka & Puchacz at Club Primi, January 2020.
A solo concert recorded by Intertonale, a super nice workshop in Austria where I taught past summer.
Ingebrigt Haken Flaten's "Exit KNARR", which was supposed to premiere at Vossa Jazz past March, got its birth online, you can see a video here.
Several concert-goers have asked me about a possibility to follow my activities. Since I am not using the social media, I decided to start a newsletter. If you would like to receive it, simply send an email entitled "Newsletter" to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
|Sep 9||Kaja Draksler Octet at Stadtgarten||Stadtgarten
Venloer Str. 40, 50672 Köln, Germany
|Sep 11||Czajka & Puchacz at Dragon||Klub Dragon
Zamkowa 3, 61-768 Poznań, Poland
|Sep 12||Czajka & Puchacz at Ciągnoty i Tęsknoty||Ciągoty i Tęsknoty
Wojska Polskiego 144A, 91-711 Łódź, Poland
|Sep 19||Czajka & Puchacz at Cerkno Jazz Festival||Bar Gabrijel
Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, 5282 Cerkno, Slovenia
|Nov 7||Solo at Jazzdor Festival||Strasbourg
|Nov 14||with Susana Santos Silva at Akut Festival||Frankfurter Hof Mainz
Augustinerstraße 55, 55116 Mainz, Germany
|Nov 16||Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Moods Jazz Club||Moods
Schiffbauplatz, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
|Nov 17||Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Jazz I Malmo||Malmö
|Nov 18||Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene||National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
|Nov 19||Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Dokkhuset||Dokkhuset Scene
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway
“The young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler shows off a wealth of sturdy ideas and nonchalant technique on this stunning solo recording.”
“/.../ 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.”