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Out for Stars

by Kaja Draksler Octet

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1.
I often see flowers from a passing car That are gone before I can tell what they are. I want to get out of the train and go back To see what they were beside the track. I name all the flowers I am sure they weren't; Not fireweed loving where woods have burnt- Not bluebells gracing a tunnel mouth- Not lupine living on sand and drouth. Was something brushed across my mind That no one on earth will ever find? Heaven gives it glimpses only to those Not in position to look too close. R. Frost
2.
I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain—and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, But not to call me back or say good-bye; And further still at an unearthly height, One luminary clock against the sky Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. I have been one acquainted with the night. R. Frost
3.
There's a place called Far-away Meadow We never shall mow in again, Or such is the talk at the farmhouse: The meadow is finished with men. Then now is the chance for the flowers That can't stand mowers and plowers. It must be now, through, in season Before the not mowing brings trees on, Before trees, seeing the opening, March into a shadowy claim. The trees are all I'm afraid of, That flowers can't bloom in the shade of; It's no more men I'm afraid of; The meadow is done with the tame. The place for the moment is ours For you, oh tumultuous flowers, To go to waste and go wild in, All shapes and colors of flowers, I needn't call you by name. R. Frost
4.
He would declare and could himself believe That the birds there in all the garden round From having heard the daylong voice of Eve Had added to their own an oversound, Her tone of meaning but without the words. Admittedly an eloquence so soft Could only have had an influence on birds When call or laughter carried it aloft. Be that as may be, she was in their song. Moreover her voice upon their voices crossed Had now persisted in the woods so long That probably it would never be lost. Never again would birds' song be the same. And to do that to birds was why she came. R. Frost
5.
She is as in a field a silken tent At midday when the sunny summer breeze Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent, So that in guys it gently sways at ease, And its supporting central cedar pole, That is its pinnacle to heavenward And signifies the sureness of the soul, Seems to owe naught to any single cord, But strictly held by none, is loosely bound By countless silken ties of love and thought To every thing on earth the compass round, And only by one's going slightly taut In the capriciousness of summer air Is of the slightest bondage made aware. R. Frost
6.
Away! 07:05
Now I out walking The world desert, And my shoe and my stocking Do me no hurt. I leave behind Good friends in town. Let them get well-wined And go lie down. Don't think I leave For the outer dark Like Adam and Eve Put out of the Park. Forget the myth. There is no one I Am put out with Or put out by. Unless I'm wrong I but obey The urge of a song: I'm—bound—away! And I may return If dissatisfied With what I learn From having died. R. Frost
7.
I've tried the new moon tilted in the air Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster As you might try a jewel in your hair. I've tried it fine with little breadth of luster, Alone, or in one ornament combining With one first-water start almost shining. I put it shining anywhere I please. By walking slowly on some evening later, I've pulled it from a crate of crooked trees, And brought it over glossy water, greater, And dropped it in, and seen the image wallow, The color run, all sorts of wonder follow. R. Frost

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Her tone of meaning but without the words.
-- R. Frost

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released March 1, 2020

Laura Polence, Björk Níelsdóttir voice
Ada Rave tenor saxophone (1, 3, 5, 6), clarinet (2, 4), mouth organ
Ab Baars clarinet (1, 2, 4, 5), tenor saxophone (3, 6), mouth organ, voice (5)
George Dumitriu violin, viola, mouth organ
Kaja Draksler piano, kalimba, cowbells
Lennart Heyndels double bass, voice (5)
Onno Govaert drums and percussion, mouth organ

All compositions by Kaja Draksler
All texts by Robert Frost
Transcription of G. F. Händel’s Dominus A Dextris Tuis from the Carmelite Vespers by Kaja Draksler
String overdubs on ‘The Silken Tent’ by George Dumitriu and Lennart Heyndels
The album title is from Frost’s poem ‘Come In’. The voice you hear in ‘Away!’ is his

Recorded on September 28th and 29th at De Bijloke, Gent, Belgium by Dieter Claeys
Mixing and mastering by Michał Kupicz
Produced by Kaja Draksler
Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul
Cover photo: Milko Matičetov (Slovene Ethnographic Museum Collection)
Band photo by Beata Szparagowska
Design by Travassos
Proofreading by Alexander Hawkins

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Kaja Draksler Kranj, Slovenia

I was born in a small village in Slovenia and grew up in the countryside.

At the age of 18 I moved to The Netherlands to study music. A few years later, I was immersed into the rich world of Amsterdam’s improvised music scene, which complemented my studies of classical composition in a great way. After 13 years in Holland, I now live between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Trboje, Slovenia. ... more

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