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Film, TV composer visits April 1

Public invited to April 1 talk by Mark Mancina

Mark Mancina, best known for composing the music for the Oscar-winning film Training Day, will lecture at California State University, Monterey Bay on April 1.

Mancina will address students in the university's Music and Performing Arts Department from 10 a.m. to noon in the Music Hall on Sixth Avenue. The public is invited to this free event.

He will discuss his varied career, explain the process of scoring a film from inception of musical ideas to final mix, talk about how music serves the narrative, and discuss the importance of capturing the emotional pace of a film while interpreting and translating the director’s vision.

Mancina has worked in almost every film genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense and period epic. Among the other films he has scored are Speed (1994), Moll Flanders (1996), Twister (1996), August Rush (2007), Camille (2008), Shooter (2007).

His scores frequently feature his own performances on piano, guitar, bass and percussion, highlighting unique sounds harvested from his personal collection of instruments from around the world.

Mancina has also composed music for television shows, including the CBS drama Criminal Minds. And he added Broadway to his list of accomplishments when he co-wrote songs, produced and arranged the score for the musical production of The Lion King.

Along the way, he earned three Grammy awards, an American Music Award, Britain’s Ivor Novello Award and a Tony nomination.

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