Wilde Tales
Music by Laura Karpman, Libretto by Kelley Rourke
August 9-14, 2016
Commissioned by Glimmerglass Festival
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-glimmerglass-festival-review-blameless-witches-and-a-wicked-barber-1471382475


February 15, 2016 ASK YOUR MAMA awarded 2016 GRAMMY Award December 7, 2015 Karpman's ASK YOUR MAMA receives 3 GRAMMY Nominations 58th Annual Grammy Awards 

February 15, 2016
ASK YOUR MAMA awarded 2016 GRAMMY Award

December 7, 2015
Karpman's ASK YOUR MAMA receives 3 GRAMMY Nominations
58th Annual Grammy Awards 

July 18, 2016 Karpman elected to Board of Governors June 26, 2015 Karpman joins Music Branch The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

July 18, 2016
Karpman elected to Board of Governors

June 26, 2015
Karpman joins Music Branch
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences



iTunes Album Release of ASK YOUR MAMA

ASK YOUR MAMA is Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s multimedia setting of Langston Hughes’ epic 1961 poem, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” ASK YOUR MAMA bursts the boundaries of time, place and expression, tracing the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas, from Africa to the Americas, the South to the North, cities to suburbs, opera to jazz, gospel to be-bop. It is an ‘Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing’ (New York Times) and a plural vision of the American dream deferred. Karpman fulfills Hughes’ musical instructions, which run in the margins of the poetry, evoking hot jazz, German lieder, cha-cha, patriotic songs, post-bop, Arabic music, Afro-Caribbean drumming, and weaves a compelling tapestry of American cultural life through the lens of 21st-century orchestral, genre-bending music.


Composer Laura Karpman
Poet Langston Hughes

Vocalists:
Janai Brugger
Angela Brown
Black Thought, The Roots
Nnenna Freelon
Taura Stinson
Monét Owens
Medusa
Tesia Kwarteng
Erin McGlover
Langston Hughes

Instrumentalists:
Questlove, The Roots, drums
Ben Wendel, saxophone
David Loeb, piano
M.B. Gordy, percussion
Bart Samolis, bass
Firas Hassan, Arabic percussion
The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Conductor George Manahan

 

Executive Producer Laura Karpman
Producer Judith Sherman
Co-Producers Leslie Ann Jones, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Recorded by Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm, Ltd. company; Assisted by Dann Thompson and Andre Zweers
Additional Recording by Laura Karpman, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Lawrence Manchester

Mixed by John Kilgore, Justin Merrill, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Mastered by Patricia Sullivan, Bernie Grundman Mastering

PR & Management Elizabeth Dworkin, Dworkin & Company

Licensing by Deborah Evans
Samples courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Corp., Universal Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Smithsonian Folkways, Fox Music Publishing, Concord Records, Arc Music c/o BMG Platinum Songs


ASK YOUR MAMA @ ALOUD
July 29, 2015
Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles

A special presentation of ASK YOUR MAMA adapted for the ALOUD stage, features Karpman and soprano Janai Brugger, and marks the release of the new recording. 


World Premiere of Siren Songs
A multimedia song cycle for vj and orchestra
 

The Pacific Symphony 
Conducted by Carl St. Clair
Poetry by Amy Gerstler
Projections by Tempe Hale
June 11-13, 2015

Radio Broadcast
KUSC
August 2, 2015, 7-9pm
 

 


2015 Opera America Commissioning Grant
Wilde Tales, The Glimmerglass Festival 
Composer Laura Karpman
Librettist Kelley Rourke

Three of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales — “The Happy Prince,” “The Remarkable Rocket” and “The Selfish Giant” — are brought together by composer Laura Karpman and librettist Kelley Rourke into Wilde Tales, a three-act opera written for adults as much as for children. Wilde applied his wit and talent for shrewd observation to these stories, which retain the enchantment and multiple meanings of traditional fairy tales. The stories address rivetingly prescient and timeless issues: poverty, selfishness, materialism, isolation, faith and redemption.

 


San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus Commission
Music by Laura Karpman
Text by Rebecca Walker


Karpman to serve as 
Advisor @ Sundance Film Music Program Lab 
July 2015, Skywalker Ranch


Comic-Con 2015 Presentation
July 11, 2015


The Hidden World of Girls
The Baltimore Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop
May 6, 2016

The radio series Hidden World of Girls by NPR’s Kitchen Sisters explores the diverse lives of girls and the women they become—stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities—women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide. The musical adaptation by Laura Karpman and other leading female composers brings those stories to the concert hall in a dramatic multimedia experience.