Drummer, cellist, director, screenwriter and composer

Kristijan Krajnčan / SI

Kristijan Krajnčan (Slovenia, 1986) was born in a family of musicians and started playing classical cello at five and jazz drums at the age of ten. After he finished Music High School on both instruments he moved to The Netherlands, where he graduated jazz drums at the Prince Claus Conservatory (Groningen, 2009) and obtained Masters in Composing for Film at the Amsterdam Conservatory (Amsterdam, 2013).

His ability to play various music styles in groups that range from trio to big band gave him the opportunity to work with several internationally acclaimed artists. As a drummer and cellist he is featured on 25 records and has performed in more than 25 countries in Europe, USA, Asia, Middle-East and Africa.

As a film-music composer he scored three features and nine short films. He has received several international awards in all fields of his work. Most notable include: 1st Prize jury award “Jazzon” for best Slovenian jazz composition (Slovenia, 2006), Best Screenplay Award at Arab Film Festival (Rotterdam, 2016), Best Director Award at Festival of Slovenian Independent Film (Slovenia, 2006), 1st Prize of National Competition for classical musicians of Slovenia (1997 and 2003), Semi-finalist of Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for Drums (Washington, 2012), Finalist of the Dutch Jazz Competition (Netherlands, 2008), Participant in “Dave Douglas Workshop: Creative Composition and Improvisation” at Carnegie Hall (New York, 2010).
His debut album as a leader “Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble: Siberian Bear” was released in June 2012 on Edict Records, featuring Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Greene.

He is a founder of interdisciplinary project “Hidden Myth”, a collaboration of several international artists, in which they connect music, dance, poetry, visuals, film, and the world of mythology into a united story.

He has directed several short films and music videos of classical, jazz, chanson and rock genres. His latest short film “And Suddnely It’s Evening” was shown in the competition program of Festival of Slovenian Film (September, 2015).

“DrummingCellist” is his most recent solo project, in which he performs both drums and cello; classical music and jazz. Krajnčan has always been interested in connecting conflicting ideas, because for him “in its inner core, there is no difference between Bach and African music”.

Kristijan about Manic drum:

“Matija from MANIC drum is a great craftsman who knows how to listen – both to your wishes and the instrument itself – and puts a lot of dedication and love into his work.
What I was looking for is a snare drum softer in volume, warm in sound, full in body and precise in ghost-notes. I let Matija choose the wood, depth, snares and rims, and he managed to make exactly what I wished for! Not to mention that MANIC has one of the best hardwares in the world.
On a personal level I respect people who always strive to perfect their work and accept new challenges.
Keep up the good work – so that sound inspires drummers, drummers inspire music, and the music inspires people!”
- Kristijan Krajnčan -