Elina Silova & Laura Polence – Stimme
Ada Rave & Ab Baars – Reeds
George Dumitriu – Violine, Viola
Kaja Draksler – Piano, Komposition
Lennart Heyndels – Bass
Onno Govaert – Schlagzeug, Perkussion
The newest project of the Slovenian pianist and composer Kaja Draksler brings together a colourful group of eight international musicians, based in Amsterdam. Like in her solo performances, Draksler combines composition and improvisation, drawing from a variety of styles, places and historical periods, inspired by the large array of possibilities and talents of the ensemble. Strictly notated material meets free improvisation, singer-songwriter material is superimposed by the textures inspired by modern classical composition. Intricately structured pieces alternate with simple theme & chord-based songs that offer freedom on the level of form, instrumentation and interpretation. Several pieces feature lyrics written especially for this group by the Greek artist Andriana Minou. This group is Draksler’s attempt to realize some of the thoughts on music collected during the years of jazz and classical composition studies, as well as her experiences as an active improvisor.
The Octet release their debut album under Clean Feed in March 2017.
Kaja Draksler Octet live @Bimhuis: A promise is a promise
Kaja Draksler live @Bimhuis: Omlettio ad Absurdum
Kaja Draksler Octet live @Bimhuis: Canto XII