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Penka Kouneva

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The Music of Pandora w/ JOE KRAEMER & PENKA KOUNEVA


Go behind-the-scenes of the making of PANDORA's upcoming second season with Composers JOE KRAEMER (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher) and PENKA KOUNEVA (Prince of Persia, The Female Astronaut) as they discuss what it's like creating music on a weeky basis along with how they broke into composing and their favorite movie and TV soundracks. Also: fnd out what to expect when PANDORA returns this fall on the CW and learn secrets from the set you'll only hear on Unboxing Pandora, the official PANDORA podcast.  ** Check out the score for PANDORA - ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK from La-La Land Records ** Catch up on the entire season of PANDORA on the @TheCW app or download it on @iTunes, @Vudu or @Amazon. New episodes premiere this Fall on The CW in the U.S. and Space Channel in Canada. Pandora is distributed around the world by Sony Pictures Television. Follow us on social media at: Twitter: @seriespandora Instagram: @pandoraseries #PandoraCW @pandorawriters


1 Sep 2020

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WOMEN INFLUENCING POST PRODUCTION #18 - Interview with Penka Kouneva

Women Influencing Post Production

Penka Kouneva is a world renowned composer, orchestrator and soundtrack producer. Her work has included iconic video games and feature films. Check out her work on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0468008/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Connect with Penka on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/penkadkouneva/ The 5 priorities: 1- Earn money to stay alive 2- Grow as an artist composing music 3- Make Friendships 4- Research & Learn 5- Stay healthy To learn more visit: http://kristengoshorn.com/womeninfluencingpostproduction/


22 Jul 2020

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Interview with Penka Kouneva

Cinematic Sound Radio - Soundtracks From Films, TV and Video Games

Welcome to the latest in the continuing series of film, TV and video game composer interviews on the CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO NETWORK. Penka Kouneva arrived in Hollywood in the year 2000 with dreams of working as a composer in the film industry, but with no money or connections. The classically trained musician was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and came to the U.S. in 1990 to study music at Duke University, where she achieved a PhD in composition. Since arriving in Los Angeles 20 years ago, Penka has been led by determination and has managed to work as an accomplished orchestrator and composer for videos games (LEAGUE OF LEGENDS, PRINCE OF PERSIA, and THE MUMMY) and feature films (Oscar contender AGA, Sony Pictures’ ENCOUNTER and DEVIL'S WHISPER). In 2019, Penka scored The CW Network’s sci-fi drama PANDORA from creator Mark A. Altman—her first network television series in collaboration with Joe Kraemer. PANDORA is set in the year 2199, where a young woman named Jax who has lost everything, finds a new life at Earth's Space Training Academy where she learns to defend the galaxy from intergalactic threats. The co-composers created a futuristic-sounding orchestral-hybrid score and utilized their individual strengths, but ultimately created something coherent and stylistically holistic. The composer had a fascination with the sci-fi genre at an early age, given that her father was a scientist. And because she grew up in Bulgaria (a former communist country), she was intrigued by planes and rockets because they symbolized freedom to her. Much like the main character in PANDORA, Penka forged her own path undaunted by challenges—all she had were big dreams and ambition. In June 2020, for the CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO NETWORK, Jason Drury spoke to Penka Kouneva via Zoom at her home in Los Angeles. During the show, they will talk about PANDORA, how Penka came to Hollywood under the wing of composer Patrick Williams and her work as an orchestrator and composer. Also, during the show, you will be hearing more music from PANDORA and other projects featuring the music of Penka Kourneva. Enjoy! Enjoy! —— Check out our NEW Cinematic Sound Radio TeePublic Store! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/cinematic-sound-radio Cinematic Sound Radio Web: http://www.cinematicsound.net Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cinsoundradio Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cinematicsound Cinematic Sound Radio Fanfare and Theme by David Coscina https://soundcloud.com/user-970634922 Bumper voice artist: Tim Burden http://www.timburden.com

1hr 14mins

15 Jul 2020

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Ep 16: Penka Kouneva (Pandora, Prince of Persia)

Composer Talk

Our next guest is a Bulgarian-American composer, orchestrator and soundtrack producer who has contributed her musical voice to videogames including League of Legends, The Mummy, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Her music has received national press as "fantastic, luminous and breath-taking" (Billboard, NPR and Forbes). As one of the industry's most accomplished women composers, in 2019 she was invited by showrunner Mark A. Altman and composer Joe Kraemer to co-compose the CW primetime TV show, Pandora. In 2020, Penka scored the Super Bowl TV ad campaign for Olay, #MakeSpaceForWomen.  The composer is... Penka Kouneva--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/composertalk/support


10 Jul 2020

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Cherishing relationships, opening doors, a fascination with Space, Astronauts and NASA and striving for success with composer Penka Kouneva

For Love and Music

In this episode, Tara Joseph is joined by Penka Kouneva, a groundbreaking artist, composer, mentor, and passionate advocate for the advancement of female composers. Here, Penka shares the importance of her relationships across her career journey, even as she moved from Bulgaria to LA. She talks about the opportunities that opened up for her and the ways that people in her life contributed to those. Furthermore, with the COVID-19 pandemic right in front of us, we can't help but also feel its impacts in the creative community. Penka shares with us how she is keeping her passions and creative pursuits alive in this time of isolation and how she is moving forward to give her best self as an artist. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the For Love and Music Community today:jamartistsgroup.comFor Love and Music FacebookFor Love and Music Instagram


9 Jul 2020

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Special Event | "The Women Astronauts" Live at the Hollywood Bowl with composer Penka Kouneva

Experience Imagination: A Themed Entertainment Podcast by Falcon's Creative Group

Falcon's Creative Group had the honor of working with composer Penka Kouneva in the production of the video "The Women Astronauts", which was featured along with a live orchestra performance composed by Penka at the "America In Space" event held at the Hollywood Bowl.  Learn how the production of the "Women Astronauts" video came to be and listen to a moving interview with Penka Kouneva, which details her story, her interests in the space program, and her inspiration behind the musical piece.  ABOUT THE SHOW: “Experience Imagination” is a Themed Entertainment Podcast presented by Falcon’s Creative Group, a design studio and media house that works to create immersive experiences around the world. Learn more about us at www.falconscreativegroup.com. FALCON’S SOCIAL MEDIA: Tweet Falcon’s: twitter.com/falconscg Like Falcon’s: facebook.com/falconscreativegroup/ Follow Falcon’s: instagram.com/falconscg/ Have an episode idea? Send it to us by going to our site: https://falconscreativegroup.com/experience-imagination-podcast/


19 Sep 2019

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Ep 193-Penka Kouneva on Getting the Next Job

The Portfolio Composer

This episode is sponsored by Dorico by Steinberg, the future of scoring. Visit www.dorico.com/tpc for a free 30-day trial version. Join The Portfolio Composer community and support the creation of the platform on Patreon. Just $1/month to enable the creation of more great content to help you build your career! Film and media composer Penka Kouneva sheds light on how to get the next gig through building relationships and you should NEVER talk about your work first. Website: penkakouneva.com Help composers find the podcast by giving The Portfolio Composer a review on iTunes! This episode was edited by E.J. Sadler at Studio184.


6 Sep 2018

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SFP-NOW Featuring Composer Penka Kouneva

SciFiPulse Radio

In this latest episode of SFP-NOW Patrick Hayes joins me for some 'Star Wars' chat and we feature a brand new interview with music composer and orchestrator Penka Kouneva.Kouneva has done music for many film and video game projects, which range from 'Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time' to 'Elysium' and 'Enders Game'.During our chat Penka talks about her new concept CD 'The Woman Astronaut' and educate me about the relationship between an orchestrator and a composer and what the two jobs entail when it comes to working in film.You can learn more about Penka Kouneva and her work at www.penkakouneva.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 Aug 2015

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Composer Penka Kouneva

SoundWorks Collection

This week we spoke with Composer Penka Kouneva at this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Penka started her career working alongside Composer Steve Jablonsky, where she composed additional score for game titles such including Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Penka's music, which has been called "haunting and passionate," is a blend of her Eastern European heritage, classical training and media scoring. Penka has also worked as an orchestrator and composer on titles grossing $15 billion worldwide: films - Matrix, Transformers, Pirates, Elysium, Ender's Game; and video games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Gears of War 2 & 3, Sims 3, Diablo III, Need for Speed, and Dragon Age II.


18 Mar 2015