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. After 13 years in Holland, I moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, just recently.

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For the past weeks I have been immersed into the process of preparing the 2nd edition of the Suture Soven Festival! Beautiful artist line-up, enchanting surroundings: August 23-25 2019.

My octet is getting ready to record the second album. I wrote the new repertoire on poems of Robert Frost. We will be recording the program at the wonderful De Bijloke in Gent, Belgium in September.

I was invited to teach at the Music Workshop Intertonale, happening in the beginning of July, close to Vienna, Austria. I was free to shape the workshop's content to my liking, which encouraged me to prepare a colourful collection of topics. Please read more about it on Intertonale's website.

Hearth (Santos Silva/Rasmussen/Rave/Draksler) recently recorded its debut at Portalegre Jazz Festival, Portugal for Clean Feed Records.

The trio Punkt.Vrt.Plastik (Draksler/Eldh/Lillinger) is playing several concerts in the upcoming months, promoting the new album, released on Intakt Records in November 2018. Christian Lillinger's new large ensemble project Open Form For Society, on which Petter and myself are playing as well, has just been released on Plaist in April.

Here is recent interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.


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


  • “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