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Chris Votek


Chris Votek is an acclaimed cellist, composer, arranger, and sound engineer living and breathing music in Los Angeles. He is a student of the legendary Indian violinist Dr. N Rajam, much of his work involves adapting the oral tradition of Hindustani raga to the cello and the cross-pollination of Western and Indian Classical Traditions.

As an intercultural music translator he has arranged symphonic music with Neelamjit Dhillon for Ustad Zakir Hussain, notably his Triple Concerto for Tabla, Bansuri, and Sitar premiered by the Symphony of India in 2023. Votek’s original chamber music and electro-acoustic works have been presented at REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, Clockshop, and SF Soundbox and his string quintet Memories of a Shadow received critical acclaim “superbly blending raga melody with early European polyphony”.

A sought after touring and studio cellist, Votek has performed or recorded with Chris Martin, Sigur Ros, The Marias, The Silk Road Ensemble, Father John Misty, WildUp, and Julia Holter. 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.

Chris Votek
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