A Czech master player of the shakuhachi
Marek Matvija is an independent filmmaker, video artist and a player of the shakuhachi, bamboo flute of Japanese origin. His films and music reflect passion for fragility, impermanence and cunning juxtapositions.
He performs contemporary, improvised, and Japanese traditional ensemble and solo music. Marek has graduated from the Centre for Audiovisual Studies of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Additionally, has he has studied shakuhachi under Doc. Vlastislav Matoušek PhD. – composer renown for his aleatoric music and Czech pioneer of the instrument. Since 2009, Marek continues his studies with Japan’s leading shakuhachi player Mitsuhashi Kifu. Marek has performed throughout the Czech Republic and in Japan, USA, Hungary, Slovakia, Netherlands and Portugal. He is a member of the Topos Kolektiv, ensemble for site-specific music. His films and works have been shown internationally, including Liverpool Biennale (cinematography for Marat Sade Bohnice).
Along with Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and Vlastislav Matoušek, Marek co-founded the Prague Shakuhachi Festival (now International Shakuhachi Festival Prague) in 2007 and is a founding member and co-director of NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts.