Women Warriors: The Voices of Change with Amy Andersson and the Hollywood Music Workshop, moderated by Larry Rench

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change with Amy Andersson and the Hollywood Music Workshop

featuring Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi & Lolita Ritmanis, moderated by Larry Rench

ASMAC and HMW are proud to present the award-winning composers, producers and the conductor of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change. This documentary feature film, as well as the live-to-picture symphony concert, has captivated audiences in twelve countries around the world. The soundtrack for the film received a 2022 GRAMMY and the BMI composers were awarded the 2022 BMI Impact Award in recognition of their groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and impact on the future of music.



Amy Andersson

GRAMMY-winning conductor and producer Amy Andersson is founder of Orchestra Moderne NYC, which made its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017, and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2019. Appearances on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News and press in the Wall Street Journal and Variety have led music critic Norman Lebrecht to call her America’s most watched Symphony Orchestra Conductor.” Andersson is writer and director of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, a live-to-picture symphony production which debuted with Orchestra Moderne NYC at Lincoln Center in September 2019.

Andersson is recognized for her commitment to performing the works of living composers, has performed in 22 countries and has made appearances with the St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Stockholm Concert Orchestra, Spanish Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Mexico, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), Classic FM Radio Orchestra of Bulgaria, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Music Festival, among others. Andersson led a two year world tour of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and opera productions at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, National Theater of Mannheim, Stadttheatre Aachen, Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and Colorado Light Opera. She teaches conducting at Brooklyn College/Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and the Hollywood Music Workshop, is a voting member of the Recording Academy and member of the advisory board of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.


Nathalie Bonin

Nathalie Bonin is a composer and violinist from Montreal, Canada now based in Los Angeles. She is composer and solo violinist for the GRAMMY winning “Women Warriors: The Voices of Change” soundtrack and has scored the music for numerous Hallmark movies, short films, and television series as well as theme songs and soundtracks for worldwide audiences. Her compositions have been featured on Netflix “Bridgerton”, NBC “New Amsterdam”, AppleTV+ “The Oprah Conversations”, Showtime, CBS, TF1, BBC, RTS, PBS, ESPN, MLB and CBC.Concertmaster of La Voix TVA (The Voice) in Montreal for 8 years, she has been a featured violinist with Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as performed or recorded with: Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti, Chance The Rapper, YES, Cirque du Soleil, DeadMau5, Alan Parsons, Peter Cetera, Charles Aznavour, Gino Vannelli, Moist and Bran Van 3000. She recently premiered 2 violin concertos by Quinsin Nachoff and Jairo Duarte-Lopez. Nathalie holds dual citizenship (USA/CANADA) and is Founder and Owner of Kinémuse Productions inc. in Montréal, Canada since 2015.


Miriam Cutler

Three-time Emmy nominated composer Miriam Cutler is passionate about documentaries. Her work includes HBO, CNN, PBS, Sundance, SXSW, Berlin FF, Tribeca, Emmy, and Oscar nominated films: RBG, Love Gilda, Gabby Giffords - Won't Back Down, Til Kingdom Come, Dilemma of Desire, Flannery, Dark Money, The Hunting Ground, Ethel, Lost in La Mancha, Thin, Poster Girl, Vito, KingsPoint, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, A Plastic Ocean, Licensed To Kill, and many more. Co-Produced and Scored Dark Money, One Lucky Elephant. Advisor/ Sundance Documentary Composers Lab, doc juror for Sundance FF, Spirit Awards, AFI, and more. Serves on AMPAS Documentary Exec Committee, Film Expert/USC Cinema/US State Department’s American Film Showcase. Past TV Academy Music Branch Exec committee member, long-time former SCL Board Member and Co-Founder Alliance for Women Film Composers. Serving on board of Reel Change Film Fund - New Music USA. Co-produced live jazz albums including Joe Williams (nominated for a GRAMMY as Co-Producer), Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Marlena Shaw. Most recently contributed 2 compositions to the GRAMMY Award winning album, "Women Warriors: The Voices of Change” and awarded the 2022 BMI Impact Award.


Anne-Kathrin Dern

Anne-Kathrin Dern is a German film composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to the animated Netflix Original Fearless (2020), the Netflix Christmas movie The Claus Family (2020), Disney's Four Enchanted Sisters (2020), and SONY's Help I Shrunk My Parents (2018), as well as her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on the animated movie Leap! (2016) and the iGG video games Castle Clash (2019), Lords Mobile (2018), and Galaxy Mobile (2020). Dern also contributed music to both seasons of ABC's musical comedy series Galavant (2015-2016), as well as Microsoft's HALO V: Guardians (2015), and wrote additional arrangements for Warner Bros. Ocean's 8 (2018). She has collaborated with and assisted composers such as Christopher Lennertz, Alan Menken, Steve Jablonsky, Ryan Shore, William Ross, and Pinar Toprak. Additionally, she has interned at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions and was a selected participant of the 2016 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. Dern's most recent releases include the comedy-adventure sequel Help, I Shrunk My Friends (2021), the Hallmark romance Her Pen Pal (2021), and the Hallmark drama One Summer (2021). She is currently completing her work on the horror movies Devil (2021) and Have.Hold.Take (2021), and the Netflix sequel The Claus Family 2 (2021). Additionally, she has been signed to write the score for the WWI drama The Last Front (2021), starring Iain Glen and Sasha Luss.


Sharon Farber

GRAMMY winner (for her music as part of the Grammy winning album WOMEN WARRIORS: THE VOICE OF CHANGE), a member of the Executives Committees of both the Motion Pictures and TV Academies, Four-time Emmy Award Nominated, ASCAP Board member, VP of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Winner of the Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for “Outstanding work in the Art of Film Music”, winner of the Visionary Award In Music by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase, winner of the Telly Award, an ASCAP Composer Choice Award nominee, Sharon Farber is a celebrated Film, TV and concert music composer. Sharon has been working with networks such as NBC, CBS, Showtime, Lifetime, and WB as well as writing music for feature films. Her latest film, “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”, premiered at Sundance and Berlin and will be released theatrically this fall, and her film music has been released commercially and performed in concerts. In the concert music world, Sharon has many national and international credits to her name, including The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Juilliard School of Music, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Sinfonietta, The Bellingham Symphony, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Symphony Orchestra, iPalpiti Artists International, The National Children Chorus and more.


Penka Kouneva

Penka Kouneva is a Hollywood composer whose music has been called "fantastic" (Billboard) and "breath-taking" (NPR). Her credits include Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands and League of Legends video games, a Harry Potter VR experience, a $30M multimedia attraction Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center, and The CW episodic TV series Pandora  co-scored with Joe KraemerPenka contributed 7 tracks to Women Warriors: The Voices of Change documentary by Amy Andersson whose soundtrack won a Grammy. Penka's film scores include the features Devil’s Whisper, Encounter (Sony Pictures), Aga (the 2020 Oscar contender in Foreign Languages) and the award-winning documentary Zero Gravity. Penka’s composer awards include:  Sundance Fellowship, Distinguished Duke Alumna, and the Recognition Award from Game Audio Network Guild. In 2019 Penka was commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic for the concert "America In Space" at the Hollywood Bowl; in January 2020, Penka scored the Olay's Super Bowl TV commercial campaign "Make Space For Women." In addition, Penka Kouneva is a lead orchestrator on films, video games and TV series.


Starr Parodi

Starr Parodi first came on the scene playing keyboards as part of the house band on the hit late-night Arsenio Hall Show and has performed or recorded with artists from Carole King, Al Green, Mavis Staples, Ray Charles to Mariah Carey. As a composer, Starr’s illustrious credits span feature films, episodic television, (gen:LOCK, The Starter Wife, Transformers: Rescue Bots, G.I. Joe: Renegades…), concert works and hundreds of iconic movie trailers (James Bond, Harry Potter, Dreamgirls…). Her darkly innovative production/arrangement of the JAMES BOND Theme (RIAA Gold Record) was credited by Forbes magazine as “reinventing the modern action movie trailer.” She is a passionate and innovative solo artist, pianist and producer whose work has been featured on NPR, KCRW, The BBC and iHEART Radio and has received numerous awards including a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) in 2021 and GRAMMY® in 2022 for her work on the iconic recording “Women Warriors: The Voices of Change”.

A trailblazer onstage and in the studio, Starr served as the President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers from March 2019-March 2021, currently sits on the advisory board, and is widely recognized as a leader in expanding the reach of women in the arts as a composer, producer, performer and cultural visionary.


Lolita Ritmanis

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2021, Lolita Ritmanis is an Emmy Award-winning and10-time Emmy Award-nominated composer, as well as a GRAMMY® Award-winning music producer, earning the coveted statue in 2022 for her work on "Women Warriors: The Voices of Change." Lolita was Oscar shortlisted for her 70 minute symphonic and choral score for the feature film Blizzard of Souls, which in 2021, had already earned her numerous awards. Lolita is one of the founders of the Alliance for Women Film Composers. Her symphonic work Overture to Light received its 2018 U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall. In addition to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, her music has been performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Koerner Hall in Toronto, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Krakow International Film Music Festival, Fimucité International Film Music Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and Playfest in Ubeda, Spain. Other career highlights include her original score for Christmas in Rome for Hallmark, the documentary Wild Daze (featuring Jane Goodall), music for the gender parity series Flip the Script (starring Lake Bell), Young Justice, Batman: The Killing Joke (starring Mark Hamill,) Justice League (the theme, composed by Lolita, received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination), Batman Beyond (Emmy Award Win), Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Animated Series, as well as composing score and songs for the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated musical Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister (starring Neil Patrick Harris). On May 9th, 2018 Lolita was honored with the BMI Champion Award and in 2022 the BMI Impact Award. A dedicated mentor, Ritmanis is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program, has been a guest instructor at Columbia College Chicago's MFA program in Music Composition for the Screen, as well as presented seminars at Berklee College of Music, NYU, UCLA, CalArts, and Hong Kong Baptist University.


Event Date Wednesday, June 15, 2022 12:00 pm
Cut off date Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2:00 pm
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