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Laura Karpman: Bio

A bold, incandescent talent, Laura Karpman is an award-winning composer and a tireless champion for women in music. With a doctorate from Juilliard, she brings a uniquely vivid, conceptual voice to her body of work that spans film, television, concert halls, theater and video games.

The four-time Emmy winner's film and television credits include the Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney produced docuseries Why We Hate, Netflix romantic comedy, Set It Up, Eleanor Coppola's Paris Can Wait, Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club Encore, Fox Searchlight's Step (for which she won the 2017 Critics Choice Award for best song) and director Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity, WGN America's award-winning historical drama series Underground, PBS' Peabody award-winning series Craft in America, Spectrum's L.A.'s Finest, HBO's Regarding Susan Sontag, among others.

Across concert halls, Karpman is best known for her GRAMMY Award-winning album, Ask Your Mama, a multimedia opera based on an iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Karpman collaborated with The Roots and opera singer Jessye Norman on the piece. Karpman's concert music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Concordia, the American Composers' Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Northwest Sinfonia, Orchestra of St. Luke's, as well as the Detroit, Houston, National, New York Youth, Richmond, and El Paso Symphonies. Recent commissions include ALL American (LA Philharmonic), Siren Songs, The Hidden World of Girls, The One Ten Project, Different Lanes, The Transitive Property of Equality, Waxing Nostalgic and Now All Set. 

A fierce advocate for inclusion and equal opportunity, in 2014 Karpman founded The Alliance for Women Film Composers; in 2015, she became the first American woman composer inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and one year later, Karpman became the first woman composer ever elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A passionate educator, Karpman is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program, the New Media and Music Technology Program at the San Francisco Conservatory, and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Film Scoring Labs and The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program.

1 Why We Hate  
2 Stepping Stones  
3 Inhumane  
4 Commit Violence  
5 Hate Breeds Hate  
6 Keeping Hate At Bay  
7 Motivation  
8 Political Conflict  
9 Long Tradition  
10 Social Identity  
11 Tribal Psychology  
12 Mystery Of Hate  
13 Different Species  
14 Expression Of Hate  
15 Tribal Divisions  
16 Cruel Mechanisms  
17 Viewpoints  
18 Flag Comes Down  
19 Soldier Angels  
20 Let My People Go  
21 Governed By Fear  
22 Preachings  
23 Resist The Evil  
24 Extreme Genocide  
25 Nazi Trials  
26 Milgram Experiment  
27 Coerced Confessions  
28 Truth And Reconciliation  
29 All One  
30 Evolution  
31 The Worst Of Us  
32 Epilogue  
CBS This Morning - Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney
Laura Karpman MASTER CLASS
BALLS by Laura Karpman and Gail Collins: First Take 2017

Laura Karpman (Underground, Paris Can Wait, Step, Black Nativity) has scored the Discovery docu-series Why We Hate. The show is directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Sam Pollard and investigates the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The 6-parter traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion. Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, The Sixth Sense) are executive producing the Amblin Television & Jigsaw production with Stacey Offman, Richard Perello (Super Troopers), Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey (The Americans, The Haunting of Hill House), Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump, The Equalizer). Karpman has previously scored the Spielberg-produced 2002 mini-series Taken. Why We Hate will premiere later this year on Discovery.

Crossover Media Projects with: Laura Karpman