Karpman, Laura , American composer; b. Los Angeles, March 1, 1959. She studied with Bolcom and Bassett at the Univ. of Mich. (B.M., 1983), Harbison at Tanglewood (1984), and Babbitt at the Juilliard School in N.Y. (M.M., 1983; D.M., 1985). She taught at the Manhattan School of Music (1985–87), the New School for Social Research (1986–87), and Whittier (Calif.) Coll. (from 1989). Her compositions are vaguely surrealistic, and include Matisse and Jazz for Soprano, Piano, Percussion, and Saxophone (1987), Portrait of Jaco for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Piano (1988), and Caprices for String Trio (1990).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire