Faculty

Daniel Newman-Lessler
DMA Lecturer, Performer-Composer
danielnewmanlessler@alum.calarts.edu
661 253 7816
B322

Noted by the LA Times for his “luxuriant theatricality”, Daniel is a composer, pianist, installationist, conductor, singer, and educator.  Daniel is pursuing a DMA at California Institute of the Arts, where he directs the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and studies composition with... Continue reading »

Paul Novros
Jazz: Saxophone
pnovros@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Paul Novros has been active in all areas of jazz—performing, arranging, composing and teaching. He is currently completing a major text on jazz improvisation titled The Craft of Jazz Improvisation.

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Phil O'Connor
InstrumentalArts: Clarinet
poconnor@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Phil O'Connor, has enjoyed a successful career performing in a wide array of musical environments. As a recording musician, his work is heard throughout all forms of major media. He has an extensive and eclectic place among his peers involved in the recorded arts. Phil has performed more... Continue reading »

Darek Oles
Jazz: Bass
doles@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B214

Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was born on February 20, 1963 in Wroclaw, Poland. At the age of five Darek began his music education at the State Music School in Wroclaw. Piano was his first instrument, but later he played guitar, electric bass and finally at eighteen years old, he switched... Continue reading »

Vardan Ovsepian
Faculty, School of Music
Jazz Piano
vovsepian@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer whose studies include Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helsinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music.  Performs solo as well as with artists such as Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Peter Erskine, Jerry Bergonzi,... Continue reading »

Jeff Parker
Faculty, School of Music
Jazz
jlparker@calarts.edu

Jeff Parker (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, 4/4/67) is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers - creating works that exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and... Continue reading »

Jacob Penn
Faculty, School of Music
Music Technology
jpenn@calarts.edu

Jacob Penn is a musician, programmer, entrepreneur, and MTIID alumni. Most recently Jacob has been the founder and CEO of Minimal Audio, a music software company which has deep roots in the CalArts music technology program. Prior to this he worked at Output, where he created multiple pieces... Continue reading »

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