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Kaja Draksler


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


Article: Album Review

Fred Frith - Susana Santos Silva: Laying Demons To Rest

Read "Laying Demons To Rest" reviewed by John Sharpe

It seems Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva is riding the crest of a wave, following acclaimed collaborations with the likes of saxophonists Anthony Braxton and Mats Gustafsson and pianist Kaja Draksler. It is a trajectory only likely to be reinforced by her alliance with British guitarist Fred Frith on Laying Demons To Rest. They've been playing ...


Article: Album Review

George Dumitriu: Monk on Viola

Read "Monk on Viola" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In an NPR interview, avant-garde composer Volker Bertelmann--who wrote the soundtrack All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix, 2022)--talked about re-imagining music, saying: “You don't have to paint the river to express something about the river." That attitude applies to George Dumitriu's Monk on Viola, an unusually inventive reading of Thelonious Monk's work. The Romanian multi-instrumentalist ...


Article: Album Review

Ada Rave / Aaron Lumley / Onno Govaert: Bioluminus

Read "Bioluminus" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We can no longer refer to the music and creative Amsterdam scene with the title coined by author Kevin Whitehead as the New Dutch Swing. His 1998 book of the same name described the origins of the free jazz movement in The Netherlands and its now legendary masters such as Misha Mengelberg, Willem Breuker, Han Bennink, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ahmad Jamal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Others

Read "Ahmad Jamal, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This program features pianists such as Ahmad Jamal and Gonzalo Rubalcaba plus music from a wide variety of sources, including the String Trio of New York and Lennie Niehaus. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Reed Rapture With McPhee And Other New Releases

Read "Reed Rapture With McPhee And Other New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show a further look at Ivo Perelman's Reed Rapture In Brooklyn, this time he is in partnership with Joe McPhee. I have further examples of McPhee's work and in addition I am sharing new releases from Lazlo Gardony, Kaja Draksler & Susana Santos Silva, and, Paul Dunmall with Paul Rogers & Tony Orrell.


Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022

Read "John Sharpe's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022" reviewed by John Sharpe

From the 200 or so discs that I heard in 2022, here are eleven new issues (in roughly the order I came across them), which gave me the most pleasure. As ever I find it particularly invidious to pick and choose between honest artistic endeavours. So perhaps it's better to view these selections as a chance ...


Zurich Concert

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Nuremberg Amok; Axon; Trboje; Vrvica I; Amnion; Body Decline - Natt Raum; Morgon Morfin; Vrvica II; Membran; Traces Of Veins; Veins; Zug; Azan.



Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Moonrise; Close; Liquid Rock; Grow.


Article: In Pictures

Forlì Open Music 2022

Read "Forlì Open Music 2022" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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