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:

My Octet just premiered a new repertoire commissioned by Amok Festival and KAAP at Concertgebouw Brugge October 7th. The pieces were written on the poetry of Matsuo Basho and video material from the concert is coming up soon!

My new solo record, Soothe My Soul, Feed My Thought just came out on vinyl with Idyllic Noise. Available for purchase 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.

Hearth's debut album Melt out on Clean Feed!

The renown Polish label Szara Reneta released a limited edition casette + mini casette Amagerbrogade 216B. A project by Michał Biel includes field recordings, musique concrète, noise, hisses, and two house concert recordings (one of them my solo) treated as field recordings.

Kiebitz & Uhu's first single Entschuldigung is now available on Bandcamp, Youtube, and other streaming services.

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik's second album Somit is out on INTAKT Records. Watch the trailer here.

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RECENT VIDEOS:

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

Nov 3 Solo at Sparkling Sound Festival Mayhem
Ragnhildgade 1, 2100 København, Denmark
Nov 4 Draksler/Santos Silva at Berlin Jazz Festiva Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin, Germany
Nov 18
to:
Nov 21
Ena Ena Onassis Stegi
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 107, Athina 117 45, Greece
Nov 21 With Ole Morten Vågan, Frederick Ljungkvist and Jon Fält at Kampenjazz Oslo
Norway
Dec 17 Solo (positive organ) at Organ Sound Art Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Dec 19 Solo @ Brokken Festival Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands

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  • “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