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Kaja Draksler Octet

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The Kaja Draksler Octet is a colorful group featuring very diverse musicians from different countries that chose Amsterdam as their home base. The music of the Slovenian pianist varies from simple songs to intricate compositions with refined textures, which are often inspired by modern classical music. Greek artist Andriana Minou wrote lyrics for this group. Kaja Draksler received the 2018 Paul Acket Award, a yearly grant endowed by the North Sea Jazz Festival to a musician deserving wider ...

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Eve Risser & Kaja Draksler: To Pianos

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It's easy to forget that the piano is a percussion instrument, so hardwired are out brains to expecting tunes you can hum or whistle from its eighty eight keys. In this work commissioned by Jazz Festival Ljubljana and recorded there in 2016 and 2017, pianists Eve Risser (France) and Kaja Draksler (Slovenia) certainly mine the percussive sonorities of their two pianos but they explore so much more besides. Essentially, the duo's aim in these part through-composed, part-improvised pieces is to ...

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Kaja Draksler Octet: Gledalec

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Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler mines musical forms from much of the last century and beyond for her two CD collection Gledalec. This Octet date constitutes a departure from her more widely distributed work to this point, represented by the impressive solo performance The Lives Of Many Others (Clean Feed, 2013) and the intimate duet This Love (Clean Feed, 2015) with trumpeter Susana Santos Silva. Draksler fashions varied settings for three texts by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, three by London-based Greek ...

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Kaja Draksler / Susana Santos Silva: This Love

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Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler and Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva came together at Lisbon's Culturgest in March 2015 to create This Love. While it's their first duet album, they've been making music together in various groups since 2008, first in the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, an international big band of young up-coming musicians, and later in short-lived units like Cows in Trees. Apart both boast burgeoning discographies with Draksler's solo The Lives Of Many Others (Clean Feed, 2013) attracting favorable ...