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.


Sep 28 Kaja Draksler Octet at De Bijloke Music Center De Bijloke
Jozef Kluyskensstraat 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Oct 1 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Birmingham Birmingham
Oct 2 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Vortex Vortex
11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ, UK
Oct 3 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Ljubljana Spanish fighters
Zaloška cesta 61, 1110 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Oct 4 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Porgy&Bess Porgy & Bess
Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien, Austria
Oct 5 To Pianost at Galway Jazz Festival Galway
Oct 7 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Jazzwerkstatt Cottbus Gladhouse Cottbus
Str. der Jugend 16, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
Oct 8 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Marburg Marburg
Oct 9 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at A-Trane A-Trane
Bleibtreustraße 1, 10625 Berlin, Germany
Oct 10 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Leipzig Jazz Festival Leipzig
Oct 15 Czajka & Puchacz at Club Primi H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Oct 19 Christian Lilliger's Open Form Society at Donaueschingen Donaueschingen
Oct 21 With Ståle Liavik and John Butcher at FRI form Dokkhuset Scene AS
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway
Oct 22 With Ståle Liavik and John Butcher at Blow Out Kafé Hærverk
Hausmanns gate 34, 0182 Oslo, Norway
Nov 1 Christian Lillinger's Open Form Society at Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin
Nov 3 Solo at Jazz on the Sofa Zeist
Nov 9 Solo at Novara Jazz Festival Novara
28100 Novara, Province of Novara, Italy
Nov 10 Novara Jazz Collective at Novara Jazz Festival Novara
28100 Novara, Province of Novara, Italy
Nov 11 Solo: Troika Concerten @Ouest Ouest
Rabotstraat, Ghent, Belgium
Nov 12 ImproCafe at Zaal 100 Association Hall 100
De Wittenstraat 100, 1052 BA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 13 Solo at Free Essen Festival Alte Mitte
Viehofer Pl. 20, 45127 Essen, Germany
Nov 25 at 5e Mandagsklubben, details TBA Copenhagen
Nov 27 Solo at Unerhoert Festival Zürich
Jan 18 Solo at the Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 21 with Martin Kuchen at Club Primi H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Feb 10 To Pianos at MetJazz Prato
59100 Prato, Province of Prato, Italy
Feb 25 With Terrie Ex at Club Primi (CPH Jazz Festival) H15 Cafeteria & Bar
Halmtorvet 15, 1700 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