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Laura Karpman

American Fiction (OMPS)

Sony Masterworks
Release Date: December 22, 2023

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1 Family Is, Monk Is  
2 Boston, MA  
3 Bookstore  
4 Beautiful Family  
5 Humans Remain  
6 My Pafology  
7 Hi Lorraine  
8 Drips  
9 Goodnight Monk  
10 Mother Is (Missing)  
11 Brothers  
12 Splash  
13 Love All Of You  
14 Lunch Break  
15 Sorry  
16 Winner  
17 Romantic Ending  
18 (Elena’s) Monk Is  
19 (Patrice’s) Monk Is  
20 (Patrice’s) Family Is  
21 (Laura’s) Stagg R. Leigh  
22 (Laura’s) Fever Dream  
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Sony Music Masterworks today releases AMERICAN FICTION (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer LAURA KARPMAN. Available everywhere now, the album features original score music written by Karpman for Cord Jefferson’s boldly hilarious film, which follows a novelist named Monk as he confronts issues of race, identity and his own artistic commodification. A longtime jazz aficionado who spent her Julliard days playing piano in neighborhood clubs, Karpman was initially inspired by the protagonists’ namesake, American jazz pioneer Thelonious Monk, crafting a piano-heavy soundscape with slightly off-kilter flourishes to match the film’s darkly humorous tone. Originally premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award, American Fiction debuts in select theaters today, wide in January.  

Of the project, composer LAURA KARPMAN says, “When the brilliant Cord Jefferson asked me to write a jazz score for American Fiction, it was a dream come true. This thinking-person’s film so profoundly resonated with me because of its great humor and infinite heart. The score for American Fiction centers around two main themes: Monk’s theme, which plays with the craggy edges of both the protagonist and his musician namesake, and the family theme, which cradles the beautiful contours of love, harmonically in sync, but not always played perfectly together.”

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