Faculty

Michael Pisaro
Director, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices Specialization
mpisaro@calarts.edu
661.255.1050 x2542
B225

Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, and a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. He has composed over 80 works for a great variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. A particularly large category of... Continue reading »

Edwin Porras
World Music Survey
eporras@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Edwin E. Porras has conducted extensive field and archival research on folkloric, popular, and ritual music, music and tourism, diasporic music cultures, and musicians’ lives in Havana, Santiago, and several other provinces in Cuba. He is also interested in the effect of economic systems... Continue reading »

Houman Pourmehdi
World Music Performance: Persian Music, World Percussion
hpourmeh@calarts.edu
661.253.7816
B322

Houman Pourmehdi is a master percussionist, well known for his diverse abilities as a musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, performing and recording in numerous ensembles and at a variety of venues. He was introduced to Persian music by his father, and received his first Tonbak at the... Continue reading »

Vicki Ray
Coordinator, Piano/Keyboard and Collaborative Keyboard Programs
InstrumentalArts: Piano and Collaborative Keyboard
vray@calarts.edu
661.255.1050 x2530
B223

Sarah Belle Reid
Faculty; Doctoral Seminar
sreid@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B322

Sarah Belle Reid is a performer-composer who plays trumpet, modular synthesizer, and an ever-growing collection of handcrafted electronic instruments. Her unique musical voice explores the intersections between contemporary classical music, experimental and interactive electronics, visual arts,... Continue reading »

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