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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News:

Kiebitz & Uhu's first single Entschuldigung is now available on Bandcamp, Youtube, and other streaming services.

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik's second album Somit is out on INTAKT Records. Watch the trailer here. The CD will be available on the label's and on my own Bandcamp.

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.

My interviews about the future of music and musicians' relationship with the concept of innovation are 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.

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RECENT RELEASES:

Kiebitz & Uhu: Entschuldigung, April 2021

Punkt.Vrt.Plastik: Somit, March 2021

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

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RECENT VIDEOS:

Kiebitz & Uhu ENTSCHULDIGUNG

Kaja Draksler & Irena Tomažin for Glasbeni cikel JUTRI

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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Agenda

Apr 29 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik @ JazziMalmo CANCELLED Inkonst
Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden
May 12 at V:NM CANCELLED Graz
Austria
May 20 Czajka & Puchacz at Cerkno Jazz F CANCELLED Cerkno
5282 Cerkno, Slovenia
Jun 19 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik Peitz
03185 Peitz, Germany
Jun 24
to:
Jun 26
Solo at Motvind, date TBA Oslo
Norway
Jul 2 with Lars Greve at CPH Jazz Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark
Jul 6 Czajka & Puchacz at Traszz Festival Lygten Station-concert venue
comedy club, theatre, Lygten 2, 2400 København, Denmark
Jul 16 Solo @ Zagreb Biennale DRIVE Unity
Trnjanski nasip, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Aug 13
to:
Aug 16
!SUTURE SOVEN FESTIVAL! Soven
29451 Dannenberg (Elbe), Germany
Sep 4 Open Form For Society Cologne
Germany
Sep 9
to:
Sep 11
NeCre at Gaudamus Music Week Utrecht
Netherlands
Sep 11 KD Octet @ Gaudeamus TivoliVredenburg
Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 7 KD Octet @ KAAP Concertgebouw Brugge
Academiestraat 18, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Nov 3 Solo at Sparkling Sound Festival Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark

Downloads

  • “The young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler shows off a wealth of sturdy ideas and nonchalant technique on this stunning solo recording.”

    Downbeat

  • “/.../ 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