Faculty

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

Simon Reynolds
Faculty, School of Music
Experimental Pop
sreynolds@calarts.edu

Simon Reynolds is the author of eight books about music and popular culture, including Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84, Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past, and most recently a study of... Continue reading »

David Roitstein
Director, Jazz Program Specialization
Jazz: Piano
roit@calarts.edu
661-255-1050 x2235
B240

Pianist and composer David Roitstein is the Jazz Program Director at California Institute of the Arts.  He received his degrees from the University of Miami.  As a young musician in the culturally diverse Florida city, Roitstein performed and recorded with a wide variety of... Continue reading »

David Rosenboom
Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition
david@calarts.edu
661-253-7816
B208

David Rosenboom (b. 1947) is a composer-performer, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator, known as a pioneer in American experimental music. Since the 1960s he has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
Part-time Faculty
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