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.

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It is an absolute pleasure to announce the SUTURE FESTIVAL SOVEN 2021! I have been working on it for nearly a year now, together with Nadja and Manon and I can't wait for it to happen! The tickets are limited, so if you are thinking of coming, I would suggest you get one ASAP.

My collection of interviews On Innovation and the Future of Music (and art) is out digitally! The printed, 200 copies limited edition will premiere on August 1st (already available for preorder). 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.



Punkt.Vrt.Plastik FRAUSTADT


Kaja Draksler & Irena Tomažin for Glasbeni cikel JUTRI


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Jul 27 Czajka & Puchacz @ A4 A4 - Zero Space
Karpatská 2, 811 05 Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Slovakia
Jul 28 Czajka & Puchacz @ Śpiwie Sucha Beskidzka
Jul 29 Czajka & Puchacz at Klubokawiarnia Aquarium Klubokawiarnia Aquarium
3 Maja 11A, 43-300 Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Aug 5 Czajka & Puchacz @ improdimensija Vilnius
Aug 10 , 21:00 Czajka & Puchacz + Axel Dörner & Au Topsi Pohl Pohlstraße
10785 Berlin, Germany
Aug 13
Aug 16
29451 Dannenberg (Elbe), Germany
Aug 20 V:NM Graz Graz
Aug 21 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik @ Saalfelden Jazz Festival Saalfelden
5760 Saalfelden, Austria
Aug 22 KD Octet @ Saalfelden Jazz Festival Saalfelden
5760 Saalfelden, Austria
Aug 26 V:NM Ljubljana Cankarjev dom
Prešernova cesta 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sep 4 Open Form For Society Cologne
Sep 9
Sep 11
Ena Ena at Gaudamus Music Week Utrecht
Sep 11 KD Octet @ Gaudeamus TivoliVredenburg
Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 7 KD Octet @ KAAP Concertgebouw Brugge
Academiestraat 18, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Nov 3 Solo at Sparkling Sound Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark


  • “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.”

    Irish Times