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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Album The Swim (Terrie Ex/ Kaja Draksler), recorded live at Cafe Oto, is out on Terp records. A tour is following shortly though The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway, see agenda for details.

Soon (March) : the release of Kaja Draksler Octet's new album Out for Stars on Portuguese Clean Feed

Also soon (April) : the release of Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album on the Slovenian label Klopotec.

Creative Jazz Clinic Velenje is approaching! If interested, check the stellar mentors’ team + more about this great initiative of the Slovenian saxophonist Jure Pukl here

We started a house concert series in Copenhagen: Under Bakken Series. The first edition happened on the past Valentine’s Day. If you want to know more, write me at kaja@kajadraksler.com

Here is recent interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.

Several concert-goers have asked me about a possibility to follow my activities. Since I am not using the social media, I decided to start a newsletter. If you would like to receive it, simply send an email entitled "Newsletter" to kaja@kajadraksler.com. Thank you!


Feb 26
Mar 1
teaching at Creative Jazz Clinic Velenje Velenje
3320 Velenje, Slovenia
Feb 28 with Peter Evans at Orgelska Dvorana Velenje
3320 Velenje, Slovenia
Mar 5 Solo at AJMI AJMi Jazz Club - La Manutention
4 Rue des Escaliers Sainte-Anne, 84000 Avignon, France
Mar 6 Solo at Walter WALTER
Rue Van Lint 43, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium
Mar 11 Hearth at Dynamo Dynamo
104 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris, France
Mar 30
Apr 5
KNARR residency at Vossa Jazz Vossevangen
Apr 10 KD octet plays love songs De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 11 KD Octet at Stadtgarten Stadtgarten
Venloer Str. 40, 50672 Köln, Germany
Apr 13 , 17:00 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Stage Club Stage Club
Stresemannstrasse, Hamburg, Germany
Apr 14 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Moods Moods
Schiffbauplatz, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
Apr 15 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Victoria Nasjonaal Jazz Scene National Jazz Scene
Karl Johans gate 35, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Apr 16 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at DOKKhuset Dokkhuset Scene
Dokkparken 4, 7042 Trondheim, Norway
Apr 17 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at the Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 20
Apr 24
Residency: Czajka & Puchacz feat.Gavon at Belfast Sonic Lab Belfast
Apr 25 Czajka & Puchacz at Surge in Spring Festival Birmingham


  • “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