Michael Pisaro-Liu
Faculty, School of Music
Director of Composition and Experimental Music
mpisaro@calarts.edu

Michael Pisaro-Liu (born, Michael Pisaro) is a guitarist and composer and a long-time member of the Wandelweiser collective. While, like other members of Wandelweiser, Pisaro-Liu is known for pieces of long duration with periods of silence, in the past fifteen years his work has branched out in... Continue reading »

Houman Pourmehdi
Faculty, School of Music
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 »

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 »

Emmanuel "Def Sound" Ricketts
Faculty, School of Music
Experimental Pop
ericketts@calarts.edu

Def Sound is an Afro-Caribbean multi-hyphenate artist (parents from Belize & Panama) born and based in South Central LA. Def (mom given name Emmanuel Ricketts) is a non binary (pronouns they/them) Grammy Award considered contemporary hip-hop artist, producer, poet, and award winning... Continue reading »

David Roitstein
Faculty, School of Music
Director, Jazz Program Specialization
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 »

Justin Scheid
Assistant Event and Digital Media Manager
jscheid@calarts.edu

Justin Clark Scheid is a composer, performer, sound artist, and production technician based in Los Angeles, California. Justin enjoys writing music for both acoustic and electronic mediums, often collaborating with other artists to create unique environmental experiences. In recent years, he... Continue reading »

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