Slovene pianist Kaja Draksler winner of the EPTA Frans Schreuder Prize 2013
Kaja Draksler won the EPTA Frans Schreuder Prize 2013 for her master thesis on free jazz musician Cecil Taylor.
Kaja Draksler has graduated from the Classical Composition Department of the Amsterdam Conservatory with a master's thesis entitled Cecil Taylor: Life as … Structure within free improvisation under the mentorship of Vijay Iyer and Michiel Schuijer.
To discover why Taylor’s free improvisations sounded so coherent, Draksler analyzed his recording of Life as…. The EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) jury was impressed by her thorough approach and in particular by the effort she made in transcribing a very complex piece of music completely by ear, making it possible for the classically educated reader to gain insight into the structure of the piece with the help of music notation. She was also praised for the innovative quality of her work through which she derived the concept of ‘hand-centered logic’. This study offers new insights into the development of musical structure from small, definable building blocks. Her thesis will give rise to a worthwile article in the Piano Bulletin.
Slovenian delegation and the band Koala Voice heading to Sharpe Bratislava!
On 26 and 27 April, the Slovakian showcase festival Sharpe will take place in Bratislava for the second time. The event at the Nová Cvernovka former factory will feature 36 acts from twelve countries over two days. Half of the acts are Slovakian, while the foreign ones include Slovenian quartet Koala Voice (INES#talent), who have performed at numerous European festivals and clubs in recent years and released their third album “Woo Horsie” in February.
MENT Ljubljana – Festival & Conference
The fifth edition of MENT, produced by Kino Šiška and coproduced by the Slovenian Music Information Centre - Sigic, will fill different venues in Ljubljana with performances of more than 70 musicians and shed light on their individual creativity as well as the inner workings of the music industry at the international conference.
1. International youth choral festival and Choral conducting competition »AEGIS CARMINIS\'« 2019
First International choral competition for youth, high school and student amateur choirs (Dead-line for application: January 11, 2019) and choral conductors born after February 1979 (Dead-line for application: January 14, 2019) will take place in Koper from March 14. – 17. 2019.
Pianist Zala Kravos and the LX Export Prize 2018
The 16-year-old Zala Kravos made her debut at 14 and is now becoming an artist of international renown. This December she received further acclaim in Luxembourg.
Vox Arsana perform at The Worldwide Holiday Special
The global 1-hour show was broadcast on YouTube and featured selected vocal groups from Canada, the United States, Brazil, England, France, Sweden, Denmark, the Philippines, and Slovenia.