Thursday 7 June 2018, 7.30pm
Fantastic pairing of Dutch guitarist, Terrie Hessels (The Ex) and Slovenian pianist and composer, Kaja Draksler, who was recently awarded the Paul Acket Award – awarded yearly by the North Sea Jazz Festival to an artist who deserves wider recognition for their extraordinary musicianship.
Kaja Draksler (1987) is a Slovenian pianist and composer.
After her studies in the Netherlands (BA in jazz piano and MA in classical composition), she decided to stay in Amsterdam, where she is an active member of the improvisors scene, performing extensively all over the Europe. Besides her frequent solo concerts, she has been working regularly with Čudars-Draksler Duo, Feecho, BadBooshBand, and Draksler-Santos Silva duo. She is also one of the founding members of the interdisciplinary group I/O. She recently formed her Octet.
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. She is drawn to the idea of erasing the stylistic and historical musical borders, and discovering personal expression and language through composition and improvisation.
“The young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler shows off a wealth of sturdy ideas and nonchalant technique on this. stunning solo recording.” (Downbeat). “The young Slovenian pianist pulls together information from a century of experimental music and jazz. /.../ It's. hard, or maybe impossible, to predict where she's going to take you. That is not so common from a young musician.” (New York Times)
Terrie Hessels started playing guitar when he co-founded the Ex in 1979. Kind of coincidence; it was the instrument no-one wanted to play. Some 1900 concerts with The Ex ever since. More than 2000 in total.
Next to all The Ex releases, he started free-improvising from the very start. From a little guitarsolo on the Awara/Ex 7" in 1981, till recent tours with Han Bennink or impro-groups Offonoff or LeanLeft (with Ken Vandermark, Andy and Paal Nilssen-Love).
Drives a year along 21 African countries, with Emma Fischer. In 1996. Starts in 2000 the TERP label, for his own impro-projects and African Music. Produced Cd's with ao Tsehaytu Beraki, Getatchew Mekuria, Konono No.1 and Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed. 25 releases thus far. (www.terprecords.nl)
Lives with Emma Fischer and daughter Lena (13) in the Witte Villa in Wormer.
Played with: Sonic Youth, John Cale, Getatchew Mekuria, Herman Brood, Herr Seele, Kamagurka, Jan Mulder, Mekons, Chumbawamba, Tsehaytu Beraki, Peter Brozmann, Hamid Drake, Jan Akkerman, Djibril Diabate, Butch Morris, Mats Gustafsson, ICP, Wolter Wierbos, Wilbert de Joode, Zu, Guy Picciotto, Roy Paci, Cactus Truck, Christine Senaoui, Ig Henneman, Tim Hodgekinson, Michael Vatcher, Magpie Dancecompany, Alex d' Electrique, Ferrie Heyne, Saadet Turkoz, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Melaku Belay, Endris Hassen, Misale Legesse, Noel Akchote, Akira Sakata, Ada Rave, Jamie Breezy Branch
During late naughties Crystabel Riley toured Japan and Europe playing drums and electronics with industrial noise trio Maria and the Mirrors. She is also a pivotal member of ongoing improvisation project Debbie Leggo; collaboration with Scottish poet Gerry Mitchel and musicians such as Tom Jackson. She has played drums for Michael Rother and has performed with Daniel Thomson, Sue Lynch, Saadet Turkoz and John Edwards.