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Chris Votek

Memories of a Shadow

MicroFest Records
Release Date: April 8, 2022

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Duet - Chris Votek and Neelamjit Dhillon - Madhuvanti
1 Serpents  
2 Fossil Dance  
3 Migration of the Fires  
4 Bhimpalasi Chota Khyal  
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Acclaimed as a “creative force,” cellist and composer Chris Votek, who is one of LA’s most in demand studio artists and composers, is celebrating the release of Memories of a Shadow (MF•22) on MicroFest Records. The recording marks Votek’s bold recording debut as both a traditionalist performing Hindustani raga on cello, and an innovative composer exploring the intersection between Western and Indian classical traditions. 

Memories of a Shadow, a cathartic three-movement string quintet superbly blends raga melody with early European polyphony. Votek is joined by members of the Grammy®-nominated new music collective Wild Up including violinists Andrew Tholl and Adrianne Pope, violist Ben Bartelt and cellist Derek Stein. This cross-cultural chamber work is followed by a traditional rendering of the serene afternoon raga Bhimpalasi, which is perfectly suited to the deep voice of Votek's cello in delightful conversation with tabla maestro Dr. Neelamjit Dhillon.

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