MgA. Marek Matvija

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.


Works presented at (selected events):

Liverpool Biennial 2012
MFDF Jihlava 2011, 2012
Fluidum Festival 2012
Zlatý voči 2009, 2010, 2011
Scope session #14 / NTK / Berlin 2012
CAS: Co je to? (Futura Gallery, Prague), 2013

Selected performances:

Neu Now Festival, Amsterdam, 2016
64, U hradeb, Prague, 2016 –  review
The Firehouse Space, New York, 2015 – review
2nd International Fujara Festival, Zvolen, 2014


Methodology of Reading of the Moving Image, guest lecture at Charles University, department of Visual Anthropology, 2012
Lektorské úvody v K MAT, externí spolupracovník UK, 2009-2010


Ohlednutí za pěti lety festivalu japonské a soudobé hudby v České republice, in Živá hudba 2# 2011, NAMU

Internships and stages:

Yokohama, Kifu Mitsuhashi (Japanese music), 2016
Lisbon, Marcelo Dos Reis (improvised music), 2013-2014
Tokyo, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (Japanese music), 2009


Gradisca Film Conference, 2008

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