Jazz Poetry Month: Kaja Draksler Ft. Dancer/vocalist Irena Tomazin at City Of Asylum @ Alphabet City

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Allison Ruppert uploaded this event on September 10, 2020


City Of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Jazz Poetry Month: Kaja Draksler Ft. Dancer/vocalist Irena Tomazin at City Of Asylum @ Alphabet City


Tue, September 29, 2020
7:00 pm

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(run-time 75 min)

Slovenian pianist and composer Kaja Draksler is a superb improviser, and is constantly thinking about innovation and the future of music—explorations that feel more salient than ever. Kaja is known for combining composition and improvisation, drawing from a variety of styles, places, and historical periods.

In this performance, Kaja duets with Slovenian singer/dancer Irena Tomazin, using music, voice, movement, and text in a Jazz Poetry performance like no other.

Kaja Draksler is a Slovenian pianist and composer. After her studies in the Netherlands (BA in jazz piano, MA in classical composition), she decided to stay in Amsterdam, where she became an active member of the improvisors scene, performing extensively all over Europe. Her main project is her Amsterdam-based Octet, which she formed in 2016. She is one of the founding members of the interdisciplinary group I/O and part of the internationally acclaimed Doek collective. 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. In the spirit of the Dutch jazz/improvised music legacy, she is drawn to the idea of erasing the stylistic and historical musical borders, and discovering personal expression and language through composition and improvisation....

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