Laura Karpman: Orchestrating HBO’s Lovecraft Country

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM


Laura Karpman: Orchestrating HBO’s Lovecraft Country

A co-production of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers

Laura Karpman discusses her work on HBO’s 'Lovecraft Country' and the opera, ’Tulsa 1921: Catch the Fire,' crafted for the series 

The goal of this workshop is to examine the orchestrational challenges and hidden benefits of scoring remotely.
Suddenly, with perfect isolation, certain instruments of the orchestra can emerge where they wouldn’t have in a normal orchestrational setting.
Also, because of the way that the orchestra is recorded, different kinds of orchestrational decisions were made, especially with the strings.

“All of this gave Lovecraft Country a unique sound, and made the arranging experience something very fresh for me.” (L.K.)



A bold, incandescent talent, composer Laura Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her award-winning music, spanning film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflects an audaciously creative, prodigious, fresh spirit. Karpman collaborates with the most creative filmmakers of our time, including Misha Green, Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney, Kasi Lemmons, Rory Kennedy, Sam Pollard, Laura Nix plus Eleanor, Francis Ford and Sophia Coppola.

Across concert halls, Karpman is well known for ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia opera based on the iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes. For this Carnegie Hall commission, Karpman collaborated with The Roots, soprano Jessye Norman, performer De’Adre Aziza and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. The album's Grammy-winning recording would use vocalist Janai Brugger who would later perform a new original piece by Karpman called ’Tulsa 1921: To Catch a Fire’ from Lovecraft Country.

The five-time Emmy winner’s scores span the HBO hit series Lovecraft Country, 2020 Oscar-nominated Walk Run Cha-Cha, the upcoming Marvel Studios' series What If?, the Discovery Channel docuseries, Why We Hate, the Netflix romantic comedy, Set It Up, Sony’s Paris Can Wait, Lionsgate’s The Cotton Club Encore, Fox Searchlight’s Step and Black Nativity, starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson, the drama series Underground, Sony’s L.A.’s Finest, Peabody award-winning series Craft in America, and Showtime’s Sid and Judy. 

A fierce champion for inclusion in Hollywood, after founding the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Karpman was invited to join the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in 2015, and was subsequently elected to be the first female governor of the music branch.


Event Date Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
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