Karpman, Laura 1959– (Linda Karpman)

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Karpman, Laura 1959- (Linda Karpman)


Full name, Laura Anne Karpman; born March 1, 1959, in La Jolla, CA; daughter of Harold Lew and Rodelle (maiden name, Grisor) Karpman. Education: University of Michigan, B.Mus. (magna cum laude), 1980; Juilliard School, M.Mus., 1983, D.Mus., 1985; studied at Tanglewood Music Center, 1984, Aspen Music School, and Ecole des Arts Americaines.


Agent—Brice Gaeta, Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency, 9242 Beverly Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Composer, pianist and percussionist, orchestrator, music arranger, and music conductor; guest on television and radio interview programs. Manhattan School of Music, New York City, teacher, 1985-87; Lincoln Center Institute, New York City, teaching artist, 1985-87; New School for Social Research, New York City, teacher, 1986-87; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, director of Ken Boxley Institute, 1987-88; Whittier College, Whittier, CA, teacher, 1989-90; University of California, Los Angeles, visiting assistant professor, 2005—. Composer for dance, chamber groups, orchestra, symphony, and voice; Sony Online Entertainment, resident orchestral composer, 2005—. Holt, Rinehart & Winston (publisher), worked as associate editor, 1986.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nomination, outstanding music composition for a dramatic underscore for a series, 2003, for pilot episode, Odyssey 5; Cable Miniseries Award, Broadcast Music Inc., 2003, for Taken; Game Audio Network Award, best arrangement of a non-original score, and Game Audio Network Award nomination, best music of the year, both 2005, for EverQuest II; Annie Award nomination, best music in an animated feature production, International Animated Film Society, 2007, for A Monkey's Tale; also four Emmy Awards, individual achievement in the craft of music, for "Madagascar: A World Apart," "Manu: Peru's Hidden Rain Forest," "Denali: Alaska's Great Wilderness, " and "Patagonia: Life at the End of the Earth," episodes of Living Edens; five Emmy Award nominations, individual achievement in music, for "Big Sur," "Costa Rica: Land of Pure Life," "Palau: Paradise of the Pacific," "Namib: Africa's Burning Shore," and "Kamchatka: Siberia's Forbidden Wilderness," episodes of Living Edens; nine other awards from Broadcast Music Inc.; resident at MacDowell Colony; Margaret P. Jory grant from American Music Center; grants or fellowships from numerous organizations, including Sundance Institute, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Theodore Presser Foundation, Armand Hammer Foundation, and Harry J. Cohn Foundation.


Television Work; Series:

Orchestrator and music conductor, Taken (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents "Taken"), Sci-Fi Channel, 2002.

Television Work; Movies:

Musician, Fathers and Sons, Showtime, 2005.

Film Work:

Song arranger and performer, "Amazing Grace," Inferno (also known as Desert Heat), PM Entertainment Group, 1999.

Musician, Girl Play, Wolfe Releasing, 2004.

Video Game Work:

Orchestrator and music conductor, EverQuest 2: The Splitpaw Saga, Sony Online Entertainment, 2005.

Stage Work:

Orchestrator, Children and Art (benefit performance), New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Performer of many of her own compositions, including live performances of work composed for video games; guest conductor of symphony and studio orchestras in the United States and the Czech Republic.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Judge, Settling the Score, TCM, 2005.


Television Music Composer; Series:

WIOU, CBS, 1990.

The Living Edens (documentary), PBS, 1997-2002.

Taken (also known as Steven Spielberg Presents "Taken"), Sci-Fi Channel, 2002.

Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002-2003.

Title theme music, Playing It Straight, Fox, 2004.

In Justice, ABC, 2006.

Television Music Composer; Miniseries:

A Century of Women, TBS, 1994.

A Woman of Independent Means, NBC, 1995.

Sex, Censorship, and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996.

The XY Factor, History Channel, 2001.

Reversible Errors (also known as Scott Turow's "Reversible Errors"), CBS, 2004.

Craft in America, 2007.

Television Music Composer; Movies:

My Brother's Wife, ABC, 1989.

The Sitter, Fox, 1991.

The Broken Cord, ABC, 1992.

Doing Time on Maple Drive (also known as Faces in the Mirror), Fox, 1992.

A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (also known as A Child Lost Forever), NBC, 1992.

Based on an Untrue Story, Fox, 1993.

Shameful Secrets (also known as Going Underground), ABC, 1993.

A Mother's Revenge (also known as Desperate Justice), ABC, 1993.

Moment of Truth: To Walk Again, NBC, 1994.

Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges, NBC, 1994.

Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception (also known as Moment of Truth: Cult Rescue), NBC, 1994.

Abandoned and Deceived, ABC, 1995.

If Someone Had Known, NBC, 1995.

A Promise to Carolyn, CBS, 1996.

A Stranger to Love, CBS, 1996.

Blue Rodeo, CBS, 1996.

Labor of Love, Lifetime, 1998.

Break Up, Cinemax, 1998.

Emma's Wish, CBS, 1998.

(As Linda Karpman) Dash and Lilly, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Brotherhood of Murder, Showtime, 1999.

Run the Wild Fields, Showtime, 2000.

Frankie & Hazel (also known as Frankie & Hazel—Zwei Maedchen starten durch), Showtime, 2000.

Love Lessons (also known as A Time to Decide), CBS, 2000.

The Moving of Sophia Myles, CBS, 2000.

The Princess & the Marine, NBC, 2001.

Within These Walls, Lifetime, 2001.

Scared Silent, Lifetime, 2002.

Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.

Carrie, NBC, 2002.

More than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story, Lifetime, 2003.

Fathers and Sons, Showtime, 2005.

Television Music Composer; Specials:

Black Tide, The Discovery Channel, 1989.

Rita Hayworth: Dancing into the Dream, Cinemax, 1990.

Powers of the Russian Psychics, ABC, 1993.

The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic, ABC, 1994.

Earthquakes: The Terrifying Truth, ABC, 1994.

Here Comes the BrideThere Goes the Groom 2, CBS, 1996.

Classic Stand-up Comedy of Television: A Museum of Television & Radio Special, NBC, 1996.

Touched by a Dolphin, ABC, 1997.

In Pursuit of the Shroud, The Learning Channel, 1998.

"A Conversation with Koko," Nature, PBS, 1999.

Egypt Beyond the Pyramids, History Channel, 2001.

Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (also known as Surviving Gilligan's Island), CBS, 2001.

Egypt Land of the Gods, History Channel, 2002.

Gorillas: Primal Contact, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Also composer for the specials What Really Happened to Adolf Hitler, ABC; and The Los Angeles History Project: Hollywood Strike and The Los Angeles History Project: Chinatown, both KCET, Los Angeles.

Television Music Composer; Episodic:

"The General Zapped," Masters of Science Fiction, ABC, 2006.

"Little Brother," Masters of Science Fiction, ABC, 2007.

"Jerry Was a Man," Masters of Science Fiction, ABC, 2007.

Television Music Composer; Other:

Raines (pilot), NBC, 2006.

What if God Were the Sun?, 2007.

Also composer for Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

Film Music Composer:

Lover's Knot, Legacy Releasing, 1996.

Restless, Arrow Releasing, 1998.

Climb Against the Odds (documentary), GRB Entertainment/KQED San Francisco/Michelson-Carlson Productions/Breast Cancer Fund, 1999.

The Annihilation of Fish, 1999, Regent Entertainment, 2001.

American Slices (short film), 2000.

The Last Run, New Line Cinema, 2004.

Girl Play, Wolfe Releasing, 2004.

The Sandlot 2, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Hurricane Party (short film), Department of Theatre, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006. A Monkey's Tale (short animated film), MTR Corp., 2006.

Out at the Wedding, Goff-Kellam Productions, 2007.

Man in the Chair, Elbow Grease Pictures, 2007.

Also composer of music for the short films Death by Vertigo, Dogfight, and Johnny 99.

Video Game Music Composer:

EverQuest II, Sony Online Entertainment, 2004.

EverQuest: Depths of Darkhollow, Sony Online Entertainment, 2004.

EverQuest II: Desert of Flames, Sony Online Entertainment, 2005.

EverQuest 2: The Splitpaw Saga, Sony Online Entertainment, 2005.

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, Sony Online Entertainment, 2005.

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, Sony Online Entertainment, 2006.

EverQuest: Prophecy of Ro, Sony Online Entertainment, 2006.

EverQuest II: Kingdom of Sky, Sony Online Entertainment, 2006.

Field Commander, Sony Online Entertainment, 2006.

EverQuest 2: The Fallen Dynasty, Sony Online Entertainment, 2006.

EverQuest: The Buried Sea, 2007.

Stage Music Composer:

A Christmas Carol (musical), Noise Within, Glendale, CA, 1996.

Songs and underscore, As You Like It, Noise Within, 1996.

Songs and underscore, The Tempest, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 1997.

Songs and underscore, The Miser, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 1998.

Songs and underscore, Much Ado About Nothing, Noise Within, 1998.

Songs and underscore, Comedy of Errors, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 1998.

Songs and underscore, Twelfth Night, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 1999.

Underscore, Taming of the Shrew, Noise Within, 1999.

Underscore, The Misanthrope, Noise Within, 2000.

A Wilde Holiday (musical), Noise Within, 2001-2003.

Underscore, Electra, Noise Within, 2004.

Carroling (musical), Noise Within, 2004.

Underscore, The Homecoming, Noise Within, 2004.

Underscore, School for Wives, Noise Within, 2005.

Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2005.

American Songbook: Tonya Pinkins, Jazz at Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 2005.

The Cherry Orchard, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, 2005.

Songs and underscore, Othello, Noise Within, 2005.

Underscore, Phaedra, Noise Within, 2006.


Composer of "The Transitive Property of Equality," performed at Cabrillo Festival, 2005; and "Heebie Jeebies " (choral work), Juilliard Choral Union; composer of dozens of other works for dance, chamber groups, orchestra, symphony, and voice, many of which have been recorded by others.



Advocate, May 2, 1995; September 30, 2003.

Electronic Musician, November, 1995.

Film Score Monthly, June, 1997; July, 2003.

Jewish Transcript, June 25, 1999.

Jewish Week, April 23, 1999.

Out, November, 1995.


Laura Karpman Official Site,http://www.laurakarpman.com, April 21, 2007.