We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Fossek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what matters most to you?
FUN! Life is a gift and it should be honored as such. I try to remind myself to have fun in any situation or circumstance…especially if it is one that most would consider unpleasant or negative. Remember, learning is fun so focus on learning when dealing with a tough experience. Taking on a challenge is fun so embrace a challenging moment knowing that it can make you better and stronger. Being inspired is fun so when all else fails, think of people you admire and try to be more like them in that moment. Take things seriously but do not take yourself too seriously…that’s no fun.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a musician, a composer and improviser (oftentimes an accidental improviser). My music is a direct reflection of the places I have lived and the people with whom I have studied and collaborated, and I love them all very much. I would say my music is a blend of flamenco, classical, and eastern European folk music, with a sprinkle of rock ‘n’ roll and improvisation. Living musically is a great way to go through life. life is not about holding on to things but rather letting go and giving. This could not be more true when it comes to music. Music not only demands that we let go and give all we have to give to the moment, it honors the listeners as well as the collaborators and is thus a celebration of life itself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where I currently live, so I will mention some of my favorite things about SB. Activities: Between the ocean and the mountains endless fun can be had surfing and swimming, hiking and biking, indulging in brunches and lounging. Wine country is just a hop and a skip away so wine tasting with my brother Carlos (who is a sommelier and a wine country tour expert) is a must! Restaurants: Arigato Sushi is a slam dunk every time. Bouchon is perfect for a romantic date night and the Boathouse is great for afternoon happy hour on the beach. A journey into the hills to Cold Spring Tavern would also be on the list. And for snacking during the day, Mony’s tacos are the best! Evening fun would include live music at Soho and the Brewhouse, along with possibly a ballet at the Granada Theatre or a show at the County Bowl under the stars. Also, some serious cooking would be happening at my place, which would include among many things homemade pizza from my wood burning brick oven, Napolitano style! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutout goes to my wife Leila. I know that may sound like I’m trying to “buy points” to cover for some “future disappointment,” and it’s not because Valentine’s day is around the corner and I haven’t planned anything, no… It’s because I love her more than anything for so many reasons and that brings some powerful influence.
Andre Yew, Carlos Mascherin, Leila Drake