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Chris Votek is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound engineer, producer, arranger, and educator living and breathing music in Los Angeles. Born the son of a wine grape grower in Sonoma County, Votek’s first musical endeavor was playing rock music on electric bass, but ceaseless curiosity and devotion to musical traditions from around the world have guided him along a musical path perpetually branching out. Chris is now an acclaimed cellist and composer who records, writes, and performs with ensembles ranging from Arabic, Electronica, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Western Classical, North Indian Classical, Pop, and Rock.

A sought after touring and studio cellist, Votek has performed at top venues throughout the world with Julia Holter, Amanda Palmer, The Dirty Projectors, Father John Misty, Jherek Bischoff, WildUp, and The Silk Road Ensemble. Votek is an active member of many world music and cross cultural ensembles. He is the principal cellist of Nabil Azzam’s Arabic Orchestra MESTO, a member of LA’s chamber orchestra of cultural diversity Bridge to Everywhere, and a collaborator with Iranian singers Homayoun Shajarian and Mamak Khadem.  A devoted student of master Gayaki-Ang violinist Dr N. Rajam and her disciple Jagannathan Ramamoorthy, Votek’s subtle and nuanced sound is greatly informed by his continual study adapting Hindustani raga to the cello.     

Votek began writing music at age 13 and never stopped. His chamber music and electro-acoustic works have been presented at REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, Clockshop, and SF Soundbox. A frequent collaborator with animators, film makers, and choreographers, Votek is constantly creating original music for new projects. 

Equally fluent in both the language of music and the science of recording technology, Votek produces and engineers all varieties of professional music productions out of his self-built recording studio the Echo Manor. Also a community leader and committed educator, Votek teaches through Harmony Project, an award-winning research-based non-profit that targets at–risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles.

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