promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

Modern Techniques in Contemporary Film Scoring featuring Composer Ben Lovett

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 7 PM


Modern Techniques in Contemporary Film Scoring featuring Composer Ben Lovett

with Ben Lovett, Martin Espino, Marta Honer and Gina Luciani


Composer Ben Lovett shares modern techniques and his approach to composing for genre films with an in-depth look at the process of scoring three recently released films: Netflix’s horror hit “The Old Ways”, Sundance favorite, and Searchlight Pictures release “The Night House” & the just-released noir thriller, “Broadcast Signal Intrusion.” Joining the discussion are featured musicians from each score including Martin Espino demonstrating a variety of traditional Mexican folk instruments employed in the score for The Old Ways; while Violinist Marta Honer and Flutist Gina Luciani offer insights into remote recording and the changing aspects of the scoring process.


Ben Lovett is an American composer and songwriter best known for his original scores to a diverse range of breakthrough films.

Since scoring the Independent Spirit Award-nominated thriller The Signal, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on its way to enduring cult fandom, Lovett has scored over 35 feature films and documentaries including the popular Netflix original The Ritual, Jim Cummings’ werewolf comedy The Wolf of Snow Hollow, and the sci-if noir Synchronicity, which earned Ben a nomination for “Discovery of the Year” at the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards.

Lovett’s recent releases include a new collaboration with The Ritual director David Bruckner on the Searchlight Pictures thriller The Night House starring Rebecca Hall, Jacob Gentry’s retro-inspired conspiracy thriller Broadcast Signal Intrusion starring Harry Chum Jr. and The Old Ways starring Brigitte Kali Canales and Andrea Cortés which hit #1 Worldwide on the Netflix horror chart in 2021.  The last of Lovett’s five feature film scores releasing in 2021 arrives November 5th for director Jim Cummings’ new comedy The Beta Test.

Ben Lovett’s music can also be heard on Erin Derham's colorful taxidermy documentary Stuffed; Amy Seimetz’s award-winning noir Sun Don’t Shine, starring Kate Lyn Sheil; iHeart Radio’s original series Tomorrow’s Monsters, starring John Boyega; the Duplass Brothers’ survival thriller Black Rock, starring Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton, and; Emma Tammi's avant-garde western The Wind, starring Caitlin Gerard and Julia Goldani Telles.

In addition to his work in the world of film, Lovett continues to write and perform under the artist moniker Lovett, generating worldwide recognition for his many collaborative projects including the award-winning series of visual adaptations to his own original songs.



Martin Espino’s native heritage is Yaqui (Sonora, Mexico) & Tepehuano (Durango, Mexico). He is a performer, teacher, scholar and instrument builder. His work has encompassed ages as early as preschool to adults, special needs population and recently the deaf & hard of hearing community.

He has spent 50+ years of engaging audiences, transforming ordinary spaces into inviting and inclusive performance spaces, if not sacred spaces where the music can take place.

Since 1968, Martin has performed locally, nationally and internationally as a soloist and with his various acclaimed ensembles. He is one of the few "original revivalists" of the ancient musical instruments of Mexico who lives outside of Mexico. With these indigenous instruments, he has worked in nearly every field of music: Traditional/ceremonial Aztec dance; Classical ensembles (Quinteto Latino and Brass Band of Battlecreek); Modern composers (Justin Hurwitz, Ben Lovett, Carla Lucero, Tony Humecke,  Amy Knoles, Elisabeth Waldo, Brad Kelly, to name a few; mixing avant-garde music and world instruments with his ensembles "NO MAMBO" (1995-1998); creating new works for indigenous American wind instruments and world percussion for "NAHUALLI ENSEMBLE" (1992-2000) with Cassio Duarte and Brad Dutz. His latest project, ELECTRA AZTECA mixes world, electronic, native and jazz fusion. He is also an experimental “sound” artist.

As a Master Teaching Artist, Martin was one of the first to give lectures and educational performances on El Dia de Los Muertos, Ancient California as well as The Ancient Music of Mexico and other North, Central and South American music and culture, and Origins of Mexicanos. Since 1975, he has built a reputation as a recognized scholar in the music and culture of Ancient Mexico.

In the early 1980s, he developed a technique he calls "Interactive Performance," which involves the audience of all ages playing on ancient Mexican instruments at a time when no one used "interactive" in conjunction with music.

Martin gives strongly researched information, culture, history and breaks the myths about the Americas and its original people...but mostly he adds his passion, spirit and humor to reach out. He also provides Soundbath and Meditation events applying his study of Neuroscience!

Since the COVID pandemic, his career has been reinvented to more online work and music sessions for motion pictures!


Marta Honer is an active musician that has performed across the United States, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Finland. Working in both classical and contemporary fields, Marta has performed and recorded with a wide variety of groups including Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chloe x Halle, Kamasi Washington, BTS, Mariah Carey, and more.

Located in Los Angeles, Marta freelances as a viola and violin performer and session player. She enjoys time in the studio recording for film, TV, and albums, and regularly performs with the contemporary chamber ensemble Sonic Open Orchestra. Recent recording highlights include Beyoncé’s Grammy nominated album Lion King: The Gift, music for the Oscar-nominated film Promising Young Woman, strings on the 3x GRAMMY-nominated Chloe x Halle record Ungodly Hour, and the final season of NBC’s show The Good Place. Marta also participated in the orchestra for The Industry’s experimental opera Sweet Land, and is preparing to release original work this winter on International Anthem.

An avid teacher as well as a performer, Marta has enhanced her pedagogy training by taking Suzuki Method coursework at the American Suzuki Institute, DePaul Community Music Division and with teachers at the Colburn School. She currently is a teaching artist for the Harmony Project.

Marta holds a degree in music performance from DePaul University’s School of Music, where she studied with Rami Solomonow and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Flutist Gina Luciani has a diverse career in music that includes recording for top film and television soundtracks and main stage live performances. Most recently, Gina was the flute soloist on 6 time Oscar-Nominated Film, Minari, including Best Original Score and Best Picture Nominations. She was a member of the band for Kanye West's Sunday Service including at the Coachella Music Festival and has also performed alongside legendary artists such as Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Billy Idol, Julia Michaels, Chance The Rapper, DMX, Guns N' Roses, Hanson, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Josh Groban, Michael Giacchino, Pentatonix, Pete Townshend (The Who), Ty Dolla $ign and ”Weird Al" Yankovic.

Gina has recorded on many projects including Emmy-nominated soundtracks Planet Earth II, Chef’s Table and Penny Dreadful. She was the flute soloist on Cobra Kai, Locke & Key, Maniac, The White Tiger, and League of Legends. Her other credits include Lady And The Tramp, The Simpsons, The Nun, Straight Outta Compton, The Romanoffs, The Voice, Under the Silver Lake, The Middle and Halo Wars 2. She performed with the Wu-Tang Clan at the Coachella Music Festival and was the featured flute soloist on "Land Down Under" with Colin Hay of Men At Work for ABC’s nationally televised Greatest Hits.

In addition to her session work, Gina has performed as a soloist with the Colburn Chamber Music Society, Colburn Contemporary Players, Utah Valley Symphony, Long Beach Mozart Festival and the Salt Lake Symphony. Recently, she was a guest artist for the Grand Performances Concert Series, San Diego Guitar Festival, the National Flute Association Convention, and the “Sundays Live Series” at LACMA which was broadcast on KUSC. She performs with many ensembles throughout Southern California including the San Diego Symphony, The Echo Society, the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, The Long Beach Opera, and the American Contemporary Ballet.

Gina has released two albums. Her debut flute album (2016) features works by Rhenè Baton, Georges Bizet, Eugène Bozza, Ian Clarke, Benjamin Godard, Georges Hüe, Lowell Liebermann and Astor Piazzolla. The album includes flute classics, original arrangements, and rare flute works.

Gina received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music Degree from USC, both under the instruction of Jim Walker. She travels to top schools and universities throughout the country including Berklee School of Music, Colburn Conservatory of Music,  Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Orange County School of the Arts, Texas A&M, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Irvine, University of North Carolina School of The Arts and the University of Southern California as well as the NPR radio program, From The Top. Her masterclasses and recitals are sought after, as well as lectures on Music Technology, Branding, Social Media, Entrepreneurship, and Networking.

She is on the Alumni Advisory Council for USC's Thornton School of Music and has served on the Board of Governors for the University while being nominated to the Executive Committee as the Co-Chair for Student Outreach. Gina is an Avid Artist and was the face of Avid's "I Am Avid" campaign and is also a Global Ambassador and International Artist for Trevor James Flutes.


Event Date Saturday, November 6, 2021 12:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free
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