LKN Culture Catcher: Uncovering the Rich Tapestry of Local Arts and Culture

Esin Aydingoz & our own Robin Shupe @ Coco in Concert at the Schafer Center in Boone, NC

Seeing “Coco in Concert ” with the Orchesta Folclorica Nacional de Mexico, and watching Music Director & Conductor, Esin Aydingoz, in person was a transcendental experience for me, Esin, an emerging conductor and composer working in a wide range of genres, including animation, silent films, documentaries, TV series, video games and stage musicals was absolutely awesome. Originally from Turkey, Esin moved to the US to study at Berklee College of Music, where she recently served as the Assistant Chair of the Screen Scoring Department.

Esin was nominated by the Society of Composers & Lyricists for the prestigious David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent for scoring the feature film “Simchas and Sorrows” and her cello arrangement of Paint It Black, featured in Tim Burton’s Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series “Wednesday,” reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts, with over seventeen million Spotify plays.  Her latest documentary score for “Black Barbie” premiered at SXSW and her music for “The Monster of the Desert” and “Noor” both won multiple awards, including Best Score, on the indie film circuit.


Esin has conducted live-to-picture on tour with the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, is the assistant music director of Disney’s a cappella singing sensation “DCappella” and has created arrangements for multiple Disney recordings and performances. Ms. Aydingoz’s arrangements have been performed by Grammy-Award winning artists such as Lalo Schifrin, Booker T. Jones, and 2003 Eurovision winner Sertab Erener.


As a mentor for Sound Thinking NYC, board member for the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and an active leader of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Esin is dedicated to making the world a better place through music.

Robin, Quinn and 1st Chair Guitarron player, Sigfrido Ozelopan, in the Orchesta Folclorica Nacional de Mexico

AMP presents Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert on Tour featuring a screening of the complete film with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s musical score performed by the 20-member Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México, conducted by Esin Aydingoz. In addition to the original score by Giacchino, “Coco” also features the Oscar®-winning song “Remember Me” by Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina. For more information and tickets for the remaining upcoming performances follow this link…

Making the world a better place through experiencing various cultures speaks directly to me. As a LKN Magazine columnist for the new column, LKN Culture Catcher, I appreciate and enjoy cultural diversity, watching cultural dance, and immersing myself into the foods and flavors of many cultures. Get out, LKN Magazine readers and experience the diversity of  the many cultural scenes in the Lake Norman and surrounding areas where there is always something new to experience. Keep reading this column, monthly, for new experiences to immerse yourself in! 

Culture Catcher,

Robin Shupe


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