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Laura Karpman: Bio

A bold, incandescent talent, composer Laura Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her award-winning music, spanning film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflects an audaciously creative, prodigious, fresh spirit.
 
Karpman collaborates with the most creative filmmakers of our time, including Misha Green, Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney, Kasi Lemmons, Rory Kennedy, Sam Pollard, Laura Nix and Eleanor, Francis Ford and Sophia Coppola. The five-time Emmy winner's scores span the HBO hit series Lovecraft Country, 2020 Oscar-nominated Walk Run Cha-Cha, the Discovery Channel docuseries, Why We Hate, Miss Virginia, starring Uzo Aduba, the Netflix romantic comedy, Set It Up, Sony's Paris Can Wait, starring Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane, Lionsgate's The Cotton Club Encore, Fox Searchlight's Step and Black Nativity, starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson, the drama series Underground, Sony's L.A.'s Finest, Peabody award-winning series Craft in America, and Showtime's Sid and Judy.
 
Karpman received a Critic's Choice award for her song, Jump, co-written with frequent collaborators Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, sung by Cynthia Erivo. Her animated work includes Sitara, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, executive produced by Darla Anderson and Gloria Steinem, released by Netflix. Her celebrated scores for interactive media include Guardians of Middle Earth, Everquest 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Project Spark, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, and Untold Legends Dark Kingdom.
 
Across concert halls, Karpman is well known for her Grammy award-winning album, ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia opera based on the iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes. For this Carnegie Hall commission, Karpman collaborated with The Roots, soprano Jessye Norman, performer De'Adre Aziza and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Other notable works include All American, commissioned and performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; Brass Ceiling, commissioned and recorded by The U.S. Army Band, and And Still We Dream, commissioned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City honoring 100 years of suffrage; Wilde Tales, commissioned by Glimmerglass Festival; Balls, an opera chronicling Billie Jean King's 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match with words by NYTimes writer Gail Collins; and a pandemic opera for Opera Theatre of St. Louis with words by Taura Stinson.   
 
A fierce champion for inclusion in Hollywood, after founding the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Karpman became the first American woman composer inducted in the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, and was subsequently elected to be the first female governor of the music branch. During her short time as governor, Karpman has made indelible strides, advocating for Academy membership for dozens of underrepresented composers and songwriters, as well as spearheading the Academy Women's Initiative. Her leadership in creating opportunity and standing up for inclusion is unparalleled.
 
Karpman is an advisor for the Sundance Film Institute and on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program and the San Francisco Conservatory. She received a doctorate from The Juilliard School where she studied with 20th century icon Milton Babbitt.
 
She lives and works in her beachfront home in Los Angeles with her wife, composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, their son and two dogs.
1 DEDICATION
2 CULTURAL EXCHANGE
3 RIDE, RED, RIDE
4 SHADES OF PIGMEAT
5 ODE TO DINAH
6 BLUES IN STEREO
7 HORN OF PLENTY
8 GOSPEL CHA-CHA
9 IS IT TRUE?
10 ASK YOUR MAMA
11 BIRD IN ORBIT
12 JAZZTET MUTED - SHOW FARE, PLEASE
Questlove - Shades of Pigmeat - ASK YOUR MAMA
Ask Your Mama (promo video)
Nnenna Freelon + Ben Wendel -
Laura Karpman MASTER CLASS
BALLS by Laura Karpman and Gail Collins: First Take 2017

"Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing"- The New York Times
"Carnegie Hall reaches a climax with Laura Karpman's new work"- The New Yorker
"Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive."- Vanity Fair

"Audacious, mesmerizing… Karpman has the skill to shift musical gears with ease." - Gramophone

ASK YOUR MAMA - Setting of  Langston Hughes' 1961 epic poem by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman
A Carnegie Hall commission & RELEASED via AVIE RECORDS. A plural vision of the American dream deferred, ASK YOUR MAMA bursts the boundaries of time, place and expression, tracing the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas, from African to the Americas, the South to the North, cities to suburbs. The prophetic voice of Langston Hughes echoes throughout, "ONE'S COUNTRY IS YOUR MAMA." Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and released by Avie records.

11 New  106 Total
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PBS: NewsHour, Classical 24, TRH
Direct: MOOD
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Crossover Media Projects with: Laura Karpman