Laura Karpman Laura Karpman Laura Karpman


Laura Karpman is a composer who brings feverish imagination, impeccable musicianship, complexity, versatility and unbridled joy to her music. Through a rigorous, fearless approach, coupled with conceptual and progressive uses of technology and recording, Karpman's music reflects the acoustic lens of a true 21st century American composer.

Named one of the most important women in Hollywood by Variety Magazine, Karpman was a fellow and advisor to The Sundance Institute and she has served as Department Chair for Berklee College of Music's new graduate film scoring program. She has also lectured at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Doctorate, as well as USC, Mills College, and Columbia College, and is a professor at UCLA in the School of Theater, Film and Television and the Herb Alpert School of Music.

Most Notable Awards

6 Award Wins, 6 Nominations
BMI Award 1 Win
News and Documentary Emmy 2 Wins

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Karpman's multimedia Ask Your Mama, written for Jessye Norman, premiered to critical acclaim. Ask Your Mama premiered at The Hollywood Bowl in 2009 and was performed at the Apollo Theater in 2013. Other recent concert music commissions have included The Hidden World of Girls, a multimedia work in collaboration with NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, as well as works for the Juilliard School and the Czech National Symphony. Karpman is currently developing multimedia works for percussionist Evelyn Glennie, a new opera with New York Times columnist Gail Collins, as well as completing the recording and film of Ask Your Mama.

Filmography List

2014 States of Grace (Documentary)Original Music Composer
2014 Regarding Susan Sontag (Documentary)Original Music Composer
2007-2013 Craft in America (TV Mini-Series documentary) (11 episodes)Original Music Composer
2013 Black NativityOriginal Music Composer
2013 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (Documentary)Original Music Composer
2012 Guardians of Middle-Earth (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2012 Left to Die (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2011 Innocent (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2011 Last Man Standing (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2011 Extraordinary Moms (TV Movie documentary)Original Music Composer
2011 The Naked Option: A Last Resort (Video documentary)Original Music Composer
2011 Something Ventured (Documentary)Original Music Composer
2010 Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)Original Music Composer
2010 Sins of the Mother (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2010 Nothing SpecialOriginal Music Composer
2009 The TournamentOriginal Music Composer
2009 The Butch Factor (Documentary)Original Music Composer
2009 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr.Original Music Composer
2009 Whiz Kids (Documentary)Original Music Composer
2009 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2008 Center Stage: Turn It UpOriginal Music Composer
2008 One Night Stand Up (TV Series) (1 episode)Original Music Composer
2007 EverQuest: The Buried Sea (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)Original Music Composer
2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)Original Music Composer
2007 Out at the WeddingOriginal Music Composer
2007 What If God Were the Sun? (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2007 Man in the ChairOriginal Music Composer
2006 EverQuest: Prophecy of Ro (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2006 A Monkey's Tale (Short)Original Music Composer
2006 EverQuest II: The Fallen Dynasty (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2006 Field Commander (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2006 Hurricane Party (Short)Original Music Composer
2006 In Justice (TV Series) (12 episodes)Original Music Composer
2006 EverQuest II: Kingdom of Sky (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2006 Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2005 EverQuest II: The Splitpaw Saga (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2005 The Sandlot 2 (Video)Original Music Composer
2005 Fathers and Sons (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2004 The Last RunOriginal Music Composer
2004 EverQuest II (Video Game)Original Music Composer
2004 Girl PlayOriginal Music Composer
2004 Reversible Errors (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1997-2003 The Living Edens (TV Series documentary) (24 episodes)Original Music Composer
2003 More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2002-2003 Odyssey 5 (TV Series) (19 episodes)Original Music Composer
2003 Mysteries of the Bible (TV Series documentary)Original Music Composer
2002 Egypt Land of the Gods (TV Movie documentary)Original Music Composer
2002 Taken (TV Mini-Series) (10 episodes)Original Music Composer
1999-2002 Nature (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)Original Music Composer
2002 Carrie (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2002 Scared Silent (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2002 Fish Don't BlinkOriginal Music Composer
2001 Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (TV Movie) Original Music Composer
2001 Within These Walls (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2001 Egypt Beyond the Pyramids (TV Movie Documentary)Original Music Composer
2001 The Princess & the Marine (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2000 American Slices (Short)Original Music Composer
2000 The Moving of Sophia Myles (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2000 Love Lessons (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2000 Frankie & Hazel (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
2000 Run the Wild Fields (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1999 Climb Against the Odds (Documentary)Original Music Composer
1999 Brotherhood of Murder (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1999 The Annihilation of FishOriginal Music Composer
1999 Dash and Lilly (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1999 Journey Into Amazonia (TV Series Documentary)Original Music Composer
1998 RestlessOriginal Music Composer
1998 Emma's Wish (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1998 Break UpOriginal Music Composer
1998 Labor of Love (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1997 The Mysterious World: Search for Ancient Technology (TV Movie documentary)Original Music Composer
1997 Death by Vertigo (Short)Original Music Composer
1997 The Living Edens (TV Series documentary)Original Music Composer
1996 Blue Rodeo (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1996 Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television (TV Special documentary)Original Music Composer
1996 Lover's KnotOriginal Music Composer
1996 A Stranger to Love (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1996 A Promise to Carolyn (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1996 Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)Original Music Composer
1995 If Someone Had Known (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1995 Abandoned and Deceived (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1995 A Woman of Independent Means (TV Mini-Series)Original Music Composer
1994 The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic (TV Movie Documentary)Original Music Composer
1994 Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1994 A Century of Women (TV Mini-Series Documentary)Original Music Composer
1994 Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1994 Moment of Truth: To Walk Again (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1993 A Mother's Revenge (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1993 Shameful Secrets (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1993 Based on an Untrue Story (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1992 A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1992 The Broken Cord (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1991 The Sitter (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1990 WIOU (TV Series)Original Music Composer
1990 Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream (TV Movie)Original Music Composer
1989 My Brother's Wife (TV Movie)Original Music Composer

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