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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Punkt.Vrt.Plastik's second album Somit is coming out in March on INTAKT Records. Watch the trailer here.
Czajka & Puchacz is working on a new project, Kiebitz & Uhu, with German lyrics and disco beats. More soon.
I did my first ever remix as Pani Oko for Pimpono Ensemble x ____ album It's Not About Fun REMIXED. Musicians who also contributed to this very colorful album are: Trakt Abstraktu, Maciej Maciągowski, M8N, Brak Oczu, Solo Gemini, Din Pile, Gianluca Elia, Ogryzek and remo wschód.
The INTERVIEW BLOG about the future of music and musicians' relationship with the concept of innovation is going to be available in physical form in a couple of months. Working on it!
I started a Bandcamp page. Old and new music available here.
No need to mention that bunch of my concerts in the near future are being canceled due to coronavirus... I am keeping the Agenda updated.
Doek Composes: Guest Edition no.1, December 2020
Doek Composes: Passage by K. Draksler, November 2020
John Butcher, Stale Liavik Solberg, Kaja Draksler: at Kafé Hærverk, November 2020
Feecho: Live at Vancouver International Jazz Festival, September 2020
Christian Lillinger's Open Form For Society: LIVE, August 2020
Czajka & Puchacz: BIVALIŠČA, May 2020
Kaja Draksler & Irena Tomažin for City of Asylum Pittsburgh, Jazz Poetry Month
Kaja Draksler Octet: DANAS, JUČER, SUTRA
An interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.
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|Apr 29||Punkt.Vrt.Plastik @ JazziMalmo||Inkonst
Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden
|May 12||at V:NM||Graz
|Czajka & Puchacz at Cerkno Jazz F, date TBA||Cerkno
5282 Cerkno, Slovenia
03185 Peitz, Germany
|Solo at Motvind, date TBA||Oslo
|Jul 16||Solo @ Zagreb Biennale||DRIVE Unity
Trnjanski nasip, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
|!SUTURE SOVEN FESTIVAL!||Soven
29451 Dannenberg (Elbe), Germany
|Sep 4||Open Form For Society||Cologne
|Sep 11||KD Octet @ Gaudeamus||TivoliVredenburg
Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Netherlands
|Oct 7||KD Octet @ KAAP||Concertgebouw Brugge
Academiestraat 18, 8000 Brugge, 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.”