From the age of fourteen, the composer and multi-instrumentalist Jiří Slavík lived, studied and worked abroad – first in Italy, then England and later France. He studied classical and jazz double bass with many teachers at several institutions, is the laureate of a number of competitions and a true virtuoso, in the best sense of the word. After he moved back to the Czech Republic in 2014, he became a true sensation on the local scene, admired for how he combined his exceptional qualities as a performer with a unique talent for composition and arrangements. Animal Music has released his album Mateřština (Mother Tongue) which incorporates folk music heritage with Jiří Slavík’s own compositions and arrangements of traditional songs, and a trio project co-authored with Oskar Török and Vít Křištan. As an arranger, Jiří Slavík has also participated on the unique concert project by Dagmar Voňková, perofrmed at the Archa Theatre in Prague, which was later released by Animal Music as the album Archa (Ark). Currently, Jiří Slavík has been dedicating himself, among other things, to his own band The Survivors, with whom he has released the album Děti a rodiče (Children and Parents; Bivak Records, 2021), and to a collaboration with the Military Art Ensemble Ondráš with whom he has recorded a Christmas album, Cesta světla (The Way of Light; Supraphon, 2022).