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Czajka & Puchacz
julij 17 19:00
saturday, july 17, at 7 pm
Kaja Draksler (prepared piano, percussion)
Szymon Gąsiorek (drums, percussion, electronics)
Pianist Kaja Draksler collaborates with the Polish drummer Szymon Gąsiorek in the Czajka & Puchacz duo (Lapwing & Eagle Owl), which was formed in Copenhagen where Gąsiorek completed his studies at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory. The partially composed music of Draksler and Gąsiorek is created at the intersection of experiment and improvisation, additionally the musicians enrich this playful and unpredictable mixture with samples from Polish and Slovenian fairy tales. In July 2020, the tandem released their debut Bivališča (Klopotec). Its Slovenian concert premiere will be held in Cerkno. “A kind of simplified bow, woven by Szymon and Kaja on Bivališča, stretches from minimalism to maximalism, but all the time without unnecessary clutter.” (Urška Preis, Radio Študent)
We know Kaja Draksler from many projects, most of which she started in the Netherlands, where she also studied and lived. Most of her oeuvre is marked by a unique fusion of the worlds of classical music and jazz, and by her devotion to improvisation and experimental interventions in many various ensembles. Among her more recent bands, her octet with poems turned to music, which had its Slovenian premiere in Cerkno in 2017, is especially worth highlighting. Another one of her acclaimed international bands is the trio Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, comprised by our festival acquaintances, double bassist Petter Eldh (Koma Saxo 4) and German drummer Christian Lillinger. The Polish drummer, composer and improviser Szymon Gąsiorek works within a variety of musical contexts: as a leader or co-leader of various bands (Pimpono Ensemble, Past And Future Don’t Exist And Now Is The Rhythm, The Love And Beauty Seekers, Wood Organization, Gadedrengehop, I Love My Mother, Mother Urano, Alfons Slik), a member of other bands (G•Bop Orchestra, Franciszek Pospieszalski Sextet, Perfect Volume), a publisher (he founded a collective and a publishing house Love & Beauty Music) and an organizer of festivals and other events related to experimental music (Dzwieko Działka).