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.
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.
Accurate use of music helps transport you to Disneyland...the game convincingly captures the look and sound of Disneyland’s varied areas.
Lilting, infections score.
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.
Evocative original music
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’s great.
…imaginative, colorful, and often surprisingly varied music.
We just listened and marveled.
You could feel the euphoria of Disney Magic.
...the score is superb.
The refreshing musical experiences incorporating such disparate influences as New Wave, Jazz, and Classical, moved with a beguiling will of its own by turns startling and seductive.
Karpman’s star has risen, and it’s gone meteoric.
Music that is playful, rhythmic, and ever-changing. She dances amidst her progressions, her pieces carry the orchestration from traditional to avant guard….undoubtly one of the most vibrant composers…
[ASK YOUR MAMA] is fevered, restrained, super-lush in turns…always impressive.
‘Hidden World of Girls’ could become a work worth wide exposure.
The musical score, which consists of many spiritual and holiday standards as well as some winning new songs by Raphael Saadiq and Laura Karpman, bolsters the movie.
…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.
Laura Karpman’s joyous score is a pleasure.
‘Portrait of Jaco’ is impressive music. The composer is to be believed when she says ‘I grew up equally comfortable with Bach and Bird.’ She has not merely set down themes by Pastorius and given them transitions. She also has expanded them, given them a context, and composed a rich new work that is both rhythmically and harmonically opulent.