8 Jun 2015
FROM OPERA TO JAZZ, SPIRITUALS TO BE-BOP TO HIP-HOP, EMMY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER LAURA KARPMAN BRINGS LANGSTON HUGHES' MASTERPIECE ASK YOUR MAMA, A PLURAL VISION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM DEFERRED, TO LIFE WITH AN AVIE RECORDS RELEASE
Recording features Janai Brugger, Angela Brown, Nnenna Freelon, The Roots, George Manahan and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
It’s fitting that four-time Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s ASK YOUR MAMA will be released by Avie Records on July 3, one day short of Independence Day: as icon of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, says in his poem of the same name, “your country is your mama.” With her original musical setting of Hughes’s epic work, Karpman, described by Variety Magazine as “one of the most important women in Hollywood,” gives us a true 21st century marriage between her own bold, evocative all-embracing music and technological genius and the lyric legacy of Langston Hughes, the pre-eminent voice of the African-American experience. The cast of legendary performers features sopranos Janai Brugger and Angela Brown, hip-hop innovators The Roots and Medusa, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, along with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Grammy-nominated George Manahan.