© Francesca Patella
Kaja Draksler Octet
The central project of the Slovenian pianist and composer Kaja Draksler
brings together a colourful group of eight international musicians, all
based in Amsterdam. The first set of compositions was recorded for Clean
Feed and released as “Gledalec” in 2017. As in her solo performances,
Draksler combines composition and improvisation, drawing from a variety
of styles, places and historical periods, here inspired by the large
array of possibilities and talents of the ensemble.
After performing the very diverse program of “Gledalec”, Draksler decided
to focus the new repertoire on the poetry of Robert Frost. The process of
composing was very much informed by the experiences and the knowledge she
gained working with the group over the years, while still looking for
ways to raise the bar and challenge the musicians and herself.
This group is Draksler’s attempt to realize some of the thoughts on music
collected during her years of jazz and classical composition studies, as
well as her experiences as an active improviser.