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.

I spend my days with the piano, practicing and composing music, reading books, visiting friends, sitting at the airports and in the trains, and performing; mainly in Europe. I love the human voice, therefore I’ve always had singers in the groups I led. At the moment my main project is my octet, for which I am writing music on the poetry of Robert Frost.

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May 23, Kaja Draksler Octet at Loft, Cologne Loft
Wißmannstraße 30, 50823 Köln, Germany
May 24, 20:30 Kaja Draksler Octet at Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 26, Hearth at Nattjazz, Bergen Nattjazz
Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen, Norway
May 31, 20:00 Hearth at Lupino Gästrikegatan 13
116 32 Stockholm
Jun 6, 21:00 With Terrie Ex at Instants Chavirés, Paris Instants Chavirés
7 Rue Richard Lenoir, 93100 Montreuil, France
Jun 7, 21:00 With Terrie Ex at Cafe Oto Cafe OTO
The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, UK
Jun 8, With Terrie Ex at “Herr Seele Presents”, Oostende Ostend
8400 Ostend, Belgium
Jun 9, with Terrie Ex at Oude Kerk Charlois, Rotterdam Oude Kerk Charlois
Charloisse Kerksingel 35, 3082 DA Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jun 14, 17:10 Doek Festival! Amsterdam
Jul 6, With Susana Santos Silva at Konsberg Jazz Festival Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Kirketorget 2, 3616 Kongsberg, Norway
Jul 13, Kaja Draksler Octet at North Sea Jazz Festival Ahoy Rotterdam
Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, Netherlands

interdisciplinary collaborations:

Solid Surface-Vodnjak I/O