kaja draksler

pianist composer

Kaja Draksler Photo by KD

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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The Doek Composes series' November's release is a piece of mine called Passage, recorded (individually) by John Dikeman , Michael Moore, Ada Rave, Eric Boeren, Wolter Wierbos, Jasper Stadhouders and myself. You can listen to the piece here. An extra edition of Doek Composes with guests (in my case Gianluca Elia, Martin Küchen and Petter Eldh) playing the same piece is available here.

John Butcher has recently released a live recording we did in a trio with him and Stale Liavik Solberg at Kafé Hærverk in Oslo last year. You can listen to the music here

I started a Bandcamp page. Old and new music available here.

Feecho’s second album Live at Vancouver International Jazz Festival is available on DoekRaw Bandcamp page. Have a listen!

After a long period of enthusiasm for her music, I started a collaboration with Irena Tomažin, a Slovenian singer, dancer and performer. Together, we created a video recording for the Jazz Poetry Month at City of Asylum Pittsburgh, whose concerts are exclusively online this year. The performance, which includes music, poetry and movement is available here.

Czajka & Puchacz’s debut album BIVALIŠČA was out on July 1st! A review by Radio Študent (in Slovenian) available here

I started an INTERVIEW BLOG page, asking my musician friends about the future of music and their relationship with the concept of innovation.

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.



Kaja Draksler Octet: DANAS, JUČER, SUTRA

An interview with Tomaž Grom for Centralala.

Czajka & Puchacz at Club Primi, January 2020.

A solo concert recorded by Intertonale, a super nice workshop in Austria where I taught past summer.

Ingebrigt Haken Flaten's "Exit KNARR", which was supposed to premiere at Vossa Jazz past March, got its birth online, you can see a video here.


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Jan 19 With Irena Tomažin & Anja Golob- CANCELLED Splošna knjižnica Slovenske Konjice
Mestni trg 4, 3210 Slovenske Konjice, Slovenia
Feb 9 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik@ Club Primi Vinterjazz H15 Cafeteria
Bar, Studio & Scene, Halmtorvet 15, 1700 København, Denmark
Feb 10 With Lars Greve at Vinterjazz Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Feb 26 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik @Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • “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