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Kaja Draksler

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Kaja Draksler is a Slovenian pianist and composer. After her studies in the Netherlands (BA in jazz piano and MA in classical composition), she decided to stay in Amsterdam, where she is an active member of the improvisors scene, performing extensively all over the Europe. Besides her frequent solo concerts, she has been working regularly with Čudars-Draksler Duo, Feecho, BadBooshBand, and Draksler-Santos Silva duo. She is also one of the founding members of the interdisciplinary group I/O. She recently formed her Octet. As a composer she has been commissioned by various international groups, ranging from vocal and chamber ensembles to big bands and orchestras. Kaja is interested in finding ways to merge the composition and (free) improvisation by working with different structures and musical logics

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Article: In Pictures

ArtActs 22 - St. Johann in Tirol

Read "ArtActs 22 - St. Johann in Tirol" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: In Pictures

Festival Artacts 22 In St. Johann in Tirol, Austria

Read "Festival Artacts 22 In St. Johann in Tirol, Austria" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik


A collection of photos from the Artacts Festival in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria from March 10 to March 13, 2022 featuring Gnyxe: Irene Kepl, Carl Ludwig Hubsch , Punkt.Vrt.Plastik.: Christian Lillinger,. Kaja Draksler, Petter Eldh, Zimt: Angélica Castelló, Kai Fagaschinski, Burkhard Stangl, Sestetto Internazionale: Harri Sjöström, Gianni Mimmo, Phil Wachsmann, Achim Kaufmann, Ignaz Schick, Veli ...

Album

Melt

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Fading Icebergs; Tidal Phase; At Daybreak; In Oscillation; Diving Bells; Turbulent Flow.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases

Read "Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week's exploration of new and upcoming releases continues with a special focus on the late Frank Kimbrough through a preview of his posthumous CD Ancestors and some of the best renditions that appear on the monumental tribute conceived by pianist and producer Elan Mehler, Kimbrough, one of the best releases of the year. Punkt vs. ...

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Article: Album Review

Hearth: Melt

Read "Melt" reviewed by John Sharpe


Four of the most exciting young improvisers on the European scene assemble for the first time under the name Hearth. In a cosmopolitan roster overflowing with talents who each possess a distinctive individual voice, Amsterdam-based Argentinean reedplayer Ada Rave joins with the Copenhagen-domiciled Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler, Stockholm-located Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and Trondheim-resident Danish ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Piotr Damasiewicz, Three-Layer Cake & Fujii/Tamura

Read "Piotr Damasiewicz, Three-Layer Cake & Fujii/Tamura" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Highlights: Polish trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz's “Polska"—very powerful music with the roaring Power Of Horns ensemble pushing Damasiewicz all the way; pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura offering more proof that they are the most formidable duo in free jazz; Three-Layer Cake—the trio of bassist Mike Watt, guitarist Brandon Seabrook and drummer Mike Pride with a ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 3: Pino Basile & Mizuki Wildenhahn

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 3: Pino Basile & Mizuki Wildenhahn" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Swish Knocker, And More Early on in his career, the late Milford Graves abandoned the snare drum, substituting the resonance of the toms for the snare parts. He believed music of the drum reverberated from within the drummer and the listener without the need for extraneous instrumentation. Tyshawn Sorey's approach to music speaks to contempt ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi

Read "Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Non capita spesso di potersi confrontare con musicisti dal profondo livello culturale e dalla caratura internazionale di Alessandro Sgobbio. A pochi mesi dall'uscita di Transparence, disco d'esordio del quartetto Hitra, abbiamo avuto la fortuna di poter discutere con il pianista di origini pugliesi dei temi e delle idee all'origine dei suoi progetti passati, presenti e futuri, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd

Read "Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's much “hat-tipping in respect" by current musicians to their influences in this episode. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Charles Lloyd and Sweden's Fredrik Nordstrom are in an Ornette mood on their albums, while the Oles Brothers from Poland recognize the iconic Polish trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski on a recording of a rediscovered session. British avant-garde quartet featuring Paul ...


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