Founded four years ago, Makak is an ambient music project of cellist Kateřina Koutná (b. 1987, Olomouc). Koutná gained her Bachelor Degree in Musicology at Masaryk University, Brno in 2012. She is known for her work with the band Teve, and her collaboration with Paramount Styles and Hope Astronaut. She originally performed with two other musicians under the name Makak and Neandr. The shows had the nature of a directed improvisation. Currently, Kateřina produces all the music herself and her performances are accompanied by the VJing of artist Anna Balážová. During live performances, she tries to maintain the improvised parts. In those, she combines acoustic and electronic instruments and responds to the place and audience. In 2014, Makak released on tape the first studio album called Stromy.
She lives and works in Brno and Nebovidy, Czech Republic.
For the Festivals of Live Cinema, Koutná has prepared an original audio-visual project Stone Horizon for the Stavanger Tou Scene and PAF, in collaboration with Veronika Vlková and Greg Pope.