Varying in size, this conducted ensemble performs major works from all eras, with an emphasis on recently-composed music.
Alphonso Johnson Combo
Jazz ensemble under the direction of Jazz Electric Bass faculty member Alphonso Johnson.
Aza African Music & Dance Ensembles
Instruction in the performance of authentic traditional music and dance of West Africa. These include singing in the language and playing percussion instruments indigenous to the area of origin.
Aza Talking Drum Ensemble
Music of the Dagomba people of Northern Ghana.
Instruction in the techniques of playing Balinese instruments, collectively called the Semar Pelgulingan.
Bach Aria and Baroque Chamber Ensemble
Period-specific performance studies for instrumentalists and vocalists.
Beginning Shakuhachi Workshop
Study of breathing, sound production, basic scales, Japanese music notation and repertoire, including traditional folk songs, meditative pieces, contemporary works, and improvisation.
Ensemble studies for brass, from quintets to dectets or more.
CalArts Salsa Band
Latin jazz ensemble regularly led by Jazz Program Chair David Roitstein.
A variety of project-driven chamber ensembles are formed each semester, with faculty members and students often playing side-by-side in these groups.
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Study and performance of literature from the 20th and 21st Centuries for small groups of singers. Studies of compositions by CalArts students and faculty are included.
Darek Oles Combo
Jazz ensemble under the direction of Jazz Bass faculty member Darek Oles.
Gender Wayang Ensemble
Small ensemble performances by quartet of metallophones as accompaniment to Balinese shadow plays.
Gong Suling: Balinese Flute Ensemble
Studies of Balinese flute ensemble music, with sixteen bamboo flutes of varied sizes and percussion instruments.
Grids, Beats & Groups
Musicians networked to share a common temporal context and explore live electronic performance of rhythmically complex music.
In leaderless ensembles, using structured and unstructured improvisational forms, the groups strive to develop collective and individual voice. Regular performances are presented.
A traditional choral ensemble focusing on music from the last 50 years and influential masterworks from the past.
Small jazz groups under the direction of Jazz Studies faculty perform regularly on concerts at the Institute.
Javanese Gamelan: Kyai Doro Dasih
Instruction in playing and singing in the central Javanese classical orchestra, a traditional Eastern art form that integrates dance, drama and music.
Joe LaBarbera Combo
Jazz ensemble under the direction of Jazz Drumset faculty member Joe LaBarbera.
Kecak: Balinese Monkey Chant Ensemble
Balinese Monkey Chant ensemble.
Larry Koonse Combo
Jazz ensemble under the direction of Jazz Guitar faculty member Larry Koonse.
Ensemble members write software, build interactive controllers, control robotic systems, project graphics and perform live interactive music in a networked system.
Miroslav Tadic Group
Ensemble under the direction of Guitar faculty member Miroslav Tadic.
Cross-disciplinary ensembles in which students from various programs within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts may combine for special projects.
Networked Music Ensemble
Live electronic music and video ensemble.
North Indian Music Ensemble
Vocal and instrumental performance studies using both Indian and European instruments.
Paul Novros Combo
Jazz ensemble under the direction of Jazz Reeds faculty member Paul Novros.
Ensemble studies for percussionists, in groups of various sizes.
An ensemble specializing in the techniques and performance of Persian music.
New works and repertoire for the spoken voice, playing with assigning parts, timbral combinations of voices, rhythms of speech, and spatializing the material.
An ensemble/band between avant-garde rock, noise, ambient, new music and other things that fall between the cracks. Explores the hidden tradition of experimental rock music.
Steve Lehman Ensemble
Jazz ensemble under the direction of Jazz Saxophone faculty member Steve Lehman.
The CalArts Tabla Ensemble is a performing ensemble that draws from the vast repertoire of North Indian tabla, ranging from classical to folk and traditional to contemporary.
Vinny Golia Large Ensemble
Large ensemble performing compositions and structured improvisations under the direction of faculty member Vinny Golia.
Vinny Golia Small Ensemble
Improvising ensemble under the direction of faculty member Vinny Golia.
A performance ensemble dedicated to studies of works for woodwinds. Audition preparation and woodwind fundamentals are also covered.
World Percussion Ensemble
An experimental performance group that works toward combining instruments and musical structures from various cultures, integrating improvisation, composition and performance practice.