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 titled In Time, commissioned by Amok Festival and KAAP at Concertgebouw Brugge. The pieces were written on the poetry of Matsuo Basho and you can watch the excerpts from the concert here.

My new solo record, Soothe My Soul, Feed My Thought came out on vinyl in August with Idyllic Noise.

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.

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.

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RECENT VIDEOS:

Kaja Draksler Octet: In Time, music on the words of Matsuo Basho

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

Feb 6
to:
Feb 8
Loft residency: playing J.S.Bach with Marcin Masecki Loft
Wißmannstraße 30, 50823 Köln, Germany
Feb 15 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Dokkhuset Dokkhuset Scene
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway
Feb 16 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonaljazz Scene National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Feb 17 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Malmo Malmö
Sweden
Feb 19 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 3 Czajka & Puchacz in Birmingham Midlands Arts Centre
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, UK
Apr 4
to:
Apr 8
Czajka & Puchacz+ Gianluca Elia Residency at Belfast Sonic Lab Queen's University Belfast
University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
Apr 8 Fish Scale Sunrise at Saarbrucken Saarbrücken
Germany
Apr 16 SOLO album release at the Bimhuis 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