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 who presently records and performs with ensembles ranging from Arabic, Electronica, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Western Classical, North Indian Classical, Pop, and Rock.
Chris plays regularly with composer/songwriter Julia Holter, Arabic Orchestra MESTO, chamber jazz group The Brad Dutz Quartet, double-cello wielding rock band Tes Elations, and various Western Classical Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles. He has also performed with Fun, Amanda Palmer, The Dirty Projectors, Father John Misty, and toured extensively at top venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and the United States. A devoted student of master Gayaki-Ang violinist Jagan Ramamoorthy, Votek’s subtle and nuanced sound is greatly informed by his continual study adapting this ancient music to the cello.
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. 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. For 4 years, Votek has worked promoting positive youth development at Harmony Project’s Glassell Park site as conductor, arranger, and cello teacher.
Chris can be reached at 707-536-5503