Kaja Draksler Octet (SI/LV/AR/NL/RO/BE/IS)
As a young woman, Kaja Draksler wondered whether she would study Latin and Ancient Greek or music. Music won, and at age 18 the Slovenian girl moved to Amsterdam to study classical composition. After a few years, she became engrossed by the vibrant improvisational scene of the city, and the elements of her own music became clearer.
Old and ultra-modern influences are wowen together. The band's enigmatic music spirals out from a kaledoscopic spectrum of styles and moods. The approach of the octet draws inspiration from different styles, places and time periods, although their goal isn't to be historically authentic: more like a kind of Cubist fusion. Although the material is carefully composed, there is free improvisation. Small-scale ballads are given a modern classical texture. The songs are composed to the poems of Pablo Neruda, Andriana Minou and Gregor Strnisa: they cover the essence of humanity through absurd yet fully believable ways. The singers bring together Opera, Broadway and musical theatre styles. Fluxus. Nexus. Action. BANG!
Gledalec blends chorale settings of poetry, composed chamber-like passages, and extended improvisation, weaving together threads of Cecil Taylor, Mengelberg, Boulez, and Ligeti.
- Kaja Draksler - piano
- Björk Níelsdóttir - voice
- Laura Polence - voice
- Ada Rave - tenor sax, clarinet
- Ab Baars - clarinet, tenor sax
- George Dumitriu - violin, viola
- Lennart Heyndels - double bass
- Onno Govaert - drums, orchestral percussion