Faculty

Victor Nani Agbeli
Faculty, World Music Performance: African Music and Dance
vagbeli@calarts.edu
661-255-1050 x2049
B204

Professor Nani Agbeli is Director of West African Music, Dance and Arts (Ghana) at CalArts. Nani came to CalArts after directing Kiniwe, the African drum and dance ensemble of the Music Department (Tufts University), as well as programs at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the... Continue reading »

Woody Aplanalp
Faculty, InstrumentalArts: Guitar Faculty
waplanalp@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Woody Aplanalp is a Los Angeles based guitarist whose work has taken him across the globe. He has toured and recorded with an unusually diverse array of artists that include multiple grammy winning singer and rapper Lauryn Hill, soul legend and rock n roll hall of famer Bobby Womack, indian... Continue reading »

John Baffa
Music Staff / Music Faculty, Music Technology
jbaffa@calarts.edu
661-255-1050 x2217
B400B

John Baffa has been working in the professional live audio business for almost 20 years; he has been a recording engineer for 12 of those years. He has toured mixing live sound in venues all over the world including the Sydney Opera House in 2010. John has mixed such artists as Lou Reeds Metal... Continue reading »

Timur Bekbosunov
Faculty, VoiceArts
tbekbosunov@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

TIMUR, “extravagantly transgressive tenor” with “stratospheric voice” (LA TIMES), is a noted Kazakh-American opera singer of contemporary and cross-cultural music. He has made solo appearances with the LA Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sarasota Opera, Santa... Continue reading »

Paul Berkolds
Co-Coordinator, VoiceArts Program
VoiceArts: Bass Baritone
berkolds@calarts.edu
661-291-3036
B232

Paul Berkolds is a voice teacher and performer of diverse repertoires including classical, contemporary classical, musical theater, music-theater and folk music.  During his 30-plus year career, he has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, England, Taiwan, the Baltic States... Continue reading »

Alison Bjorkedal
InstrumentalArts: Harp
abjorkedal@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Named "excellent player" and an "enterprising young harpist" by the Los Angeles Times, Alison Bjorkedal is a GRAMMY award-winning musician who joined the faculty of CalArts in 2016. She is a member of Southwest Chamber Music, Golden State Pops Orchestra and MUSE/IQUE and performs with the... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
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