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Join this Hollywood composer & orchestrator as she records a new album of her cinematic orchestral music with 70 live musicians.
Join this Hollywood composer & orchestrator as she records a new album of her cinematic orchestral music with 70 live musicians.
327 backers pledged $34,616 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you so much! We've reached our goal and I'm announcing new stretch goals!

They're outlined in the video below (including a budget breakdown), but the basics are: if I reach 400 Backers or $40,000 I'll make a behind-the-scenes video of the recording session so you get to see how an album like this gets made. Please share with your friends and we can get there!

So you have an idea of what my music sounds like, here's a track from my last album, A Warrior's Odyssey.

 Click here to listen to even more of my music.

for A Warrior's Odyssey 

“Penka Kouneva is one of the most talented, hardest-working composers in media today. Her extraordinarily high work ethic is matched only by her ability to harness powerful thematic elements, emotion and structure to create music of the deepest beauty.” -Victor Rodriguez, Audio Director

"… If this were a film score it would certainly be in my top ten list this year. If it were a video game score, gamers would be clamoring to christen it one of the great modern-day game scores..." www.aintitcool.com

"Penka has proved once again how incredibly gifted she is. She is a star in the making …" Chris Young (composer, Spider Man 3, Priest)

"Soulful, gorgeous themes, mastery of both orchestra and electronics … this composer is the "real deal" …" George S. Clinton (composer, Austin Powers franchise)

"Evocative, contemporary and extremely theatrical." Patrick Williams (Emmy-winning TV composer)

"Fantastic album. Intelligent and creative compositions, killer sounds and textures. It's a triumph." Chance Thomas (composer, Avatar, King Kong video games)

"Penka is a real inspiration to young women who aspire to become great composers and orchestrators. In a field where women are so disproportionally represented, Penka sets the example that women can succeed in the film music industry." Amie Doherty, media composer

 Over the last 15 years I’ve scored independent feature films, video games and television. I’ve also been an orchestrator on Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Matrix. Last year I was the Lead Orchestrator on 2 sci-fi movies: Elysium and Ender’s Game. Now I’ve set my sights on composing for a studio film. 

And this album will make that possible. I’m confident about that because two years ago I released an album called A Warrior’s Odyssey to grow as a game composer and to get a game scoring job. It worked!! I’m just now scoring a big shooter game for the PS4. I got this job because a renowned game producer fell in love with AWO and thought the style was a perfect fit for his new game. (My new album is a separate project from the game.)

I've always been incredibly passionate about sci-fi and fantasy. Recently I've been thinking about the importance of role models, and why so few women are scoring studio films. I decided to research if there were more women astronauts than film composers. This is what I found:

  • 11% of all astronauts have been women
  • In 2013 NASA hired 8 new astronauts…
  • 50% were women

In 2014 still so few women are scoring top projects. In fact, in the history of Hollywood, fewer than 10 women have ever scored studio films. Though it seems unbelievable, a woman aspiring to be an astronaut has more role models than a woman aspiring to be a film composer.

We have to change that. And you can help.  

I’m taking action by composing another ambitious album of the highest caliber. With that I hope to prove to the decision makers that I can deliver as a composer on a studio film.

And to bring this album to life, I'll be collaborating with the most brilliant musicians in Hollywood today:

Find some great rewards for yourself and... 

Share this with all your friends. Spreading the word is so important. Most people have no idea about the odds women face in this business, particularly the lack of role models. Together we can make a difference.

Thanks for your support. 

And I can’t wait to share my music with you. 

Risks and challenges

"The Warrior’s Odyssey" was composed in 2 months, and took 5 months from concept to shipped CDs. I’ve spent 15 years producing, orchestrating and recording the music of other composers. While recognizing the risks, let me close with the assurance I’ll use every resource at my disposal to bring you the highest caliber recording with world-class musicians.

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    WARRIOR. You'll get a Digital Download of previous album "A Warriors Oddessy" & Thanks online.

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    ASTRONAUT. You'll get a Digital Download of new album THE WOMAN ASTRONAUT & Thanks online.

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    DOUBLE DOUBLE. You'll get a Digital Download of BOTH albums, Penka's String Quartet #1 & Thanks online.

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    ARTIFACT. You'll get a signed CD of the new album THE WOMAN ASTRONAUT & Thanks online & your name in the CD booklet.

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    MASTER CLASS. You'll get One (1) ticket to Day 1 of Penka's Film Composition Master Class (live in person in LA, Date TBD, Travel not included) + Thanks online & your name in the CD booklet.

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    CONDUCTOR. You'll get the entire orchestral score (PDFs) + a digital download of the New album & Penka's String Quartet #1 (PDF+mp3) & Thanks online & your name in the CD booklet.

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    AUTOGRAPH. You'll get signed CDs of BOTH albums, Digital Downloads of BOTH albums & your name in the booklet.

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    STREAMING. You'll get access to streaming seminars on artist development (on orchestration, putting together a composer demo, career cultivation), Digital Downloads of BOTH albums & your name in the CD booklet.

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    THE CAFFEINATOR. Coffee (or boba!) w/Penka, Digital Downloads of BOTH albums & your name in the CD booklet.

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    DEMO BOOST. A critique session on your demo, composition lesson, and career coaching (VIA SKYPE or EMAIL), Digital Downloads of BOTH albums & your name in the CD booklet.

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    BACK TO SCHOOL. Private composition lesson (in person), career coaching, Digital Downloads of BOTH albums & your name in the CD booklet.

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    THE TOUR. Visit to a Hollywood Scoring Stage (TBD) + a demo critique, Digital Downloads of BOTH albums & your name in the CD booklet.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. You'll receive an invitation to the recording session & Credit printed everywhere we credit producers. PLUS Your choice of ANY rewards above.

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