“Ms. Karpman’s music, melding Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing, morphed from one vivid section to the next [ASK YOUR MAMA] in a dream-like flow, with repeated phrases and motifs lending a strand of continuity. The audience thundered its approval.”

“Ms. Karpman’s music, melding Ivesian collage with club-culture remixing, morphed from one vivid section to the next [ASK YOUR MAMA] in a dream-like flow, with repeated phrases and motifs lending a strand of continuity. The audience thundered its approval.”

“Carnegie Hall...reaches a climax with Laura Karpman’s new work"

“Carnegie Hall...reaches a climax with Laura Karpman’s new work"

“Evocative original music” “Lilting, infections score.” “If Langston Hughes’ incantatory 12-poem cycle, “Ask Your Mama,” has been oddly neglected, that only adds to its feeling of freshness and uncanny currency. Karpman speaks Hughes’ multifaceted musical language…and in “Ask Your Mama!” she set out to realize all that music that Hughes alluded to. She seamlessly melds musical styles. In long passages she adds genuine dimension to Hughes whether by relying on Jessye Norman’s force-of-nature lower register to express elemental sadness or utilizing the combination of De’Adre Aziza’s and Nnenna Freelon’s soulful sizzle. She makes powerful use of the juxtaposition of Hughes’ restrained voice on recording and the excitable rhythmic recitation of Black Thought. “Ask Your Mama!” needs to be taken seriously.”

“Evocative original music”
“Lilting, infections score.”

“If Langston Hughes’ incantatory 12-poem cycle, “Ask Your Mama,” has been oddly neglected, that only adds to its feeling of freshness and uncanny currency. Karpman speaks Hughes’ multifaceted musical language…and in “Ask Your Mama!” she set out to realize all that music that Hughes alluded to. She seamlessly melds musical styles. In long passages she adds genuine dimension to Hughes whether by relying on Jessye Norman’s force-of-nature lower register to express elemental sadness or utilizing the combination of De’Adre Aziza’s and Nnenna Freelon’s soulful sizzle. She makes powerful use of the juxtaposition of Hughes’ restrained voice on recording and the excitable rhythmic recitation of Black Thought. “Ask Your Mama!” needs to be taken seriously.”

“…lively, energetic music that expresses thoughts and emotions the characters think or feel. The musical score [BLACK NATIVITY] by pop/soul singer/musician Raphael Saadiq (Precious) and co-composer Laura Karpman lifts spirits. The blend of pop, soul and gospel is absolutely enchanting and will make the film’s soundtrack a holiday classic.”

“…lively, energetic music that expresses thoughts and emotions the characters think or feel. The musical score [BLACK NATIVITY] by pop/soul singer/musician Raphael Saadiq (Precious) and co-composer Laura Karpman lifts spirits. The blend of pop, soul and gospel is absolutely enchanting and will make the film’s soundtrack a holiday classic.”

“an operatic road trip”

“an operatic road trip”

“The music’s great.”

“The music’s great.”

“words take flight, soaring to the rafters...both funny and prescient...playful and serious all at once.”

“words take flight, soaring to the rafters...both funny and prescient...playful and serious all at once.”

“Karpman’s star has risen, and it’s gone meteoric.”

“Karpman’s star has risen, and it’s gone meteoric.”

"You could feel the euphoria..."

"You could feel the euphoria..."

“Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive.”

“Fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns...always impressive.”

“...the score is superb.”

“...the score is superb.”

“A pioneer.”

“A pioneer.”

“Musically, Black Nativity is top notch, elevated by a score by Raphael Saadiq and Laura Karpman that blends R&B, hip hop, gospel and traditional music for stirring numbers that pop up in unexpected places yet fit seamlessly.”

“Musically, Black Nativity is top notch, elevated by a score by Raphael Saadiq and Laura Karpman that blends R&B, hip hop, gospel and traditional music for stirring numbers that pop up in unexpected places yet fit seamlessly.”

"The music enhances and highlights the dynamic and changing moods throughout the course of this intense action/adventure RPG game, and is wonderful to listen to on its own as well."

"The music enhances and highlights the dynamic and changing moods throughout the course of this intense action/adventure RPG game, and is wonderful to listen to on its own as well."

"impressive music...a rich new work that is both rhythmically and harmonically opulent.”

"impressive music...a rich new work that is both rhythmically and harmonically opulent.”

"...the composer has got some real chops. The orchestra played the piece with formidable gusto."

"...the composer has got some real chops. The orchestra played the piece with formidable gusto."

“The night belonged to Karpman [Hidden World of Girls], whose brilliant underscoring showed her cinematic chops through and through. Karpman is a true craftswoman, whose sensibilities in, and understanding of, multimedia served to uncover new emotional dimensions. Her compositions were bold and self-assured.”

“The night belonged to Karpman [Hidden World of Girls], whose brilliant underscoring showed her cinematic chops through and through. Karpman is a true craftswoman, whose sensibilities in, and understanding of, multimedia served to uncover new emotional dimensions. Her compositions were bold and self-assured.”