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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Los Angeles, CA      

Composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (born New York City, 1979) leads a vibrant musical life. Her film scores, appearing at Sundance, Tribeca, IDFA, Telluride, theatrically and on HBO, include Stockholm, Pennsylvania, Regarding Susan Sontag, Powerless/Katiyabaaz, Money for Nothing, Stealing Summers, On Life’s Terms, The Shattering, The Apocalypse According To Doris, Joburg, Mesmerize Me, Foreign Language, Back To The Front, and Temporary Obsession, among others. As a producer, she has worked on such titles as Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Black Nativity, The Galapagos Affair, The Naked Option, Craft in America, VITO, In Justice, American Masters, Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jr., Guardians of Middle Earth Video Game, Kung Fu Panda 2 Video Game, and The Tournament.


With a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School studying with Milton Babbitt and Samuel Adler, her concert music includes Double Adventures for orchestra commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music conducted by Marin Alsop, Quotes, commissioned for the 40th Anniversary of the London Symphony Chorus with string orchestra, pieces for the Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, Hand Games, a dectet based on clapping games for the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Green in Los Angeles, Ouija, a book of music for solo piano commissioned by Soojin Anjou and premiered at the Berlin Musical Instrument Museum, Germany, A Simple Oath, commissioned by Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA, premiered on National Public Radio, and published by G. Schirmer, Inc. Kroll-Rosenbaum won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for her work, Two Songs from Days of Innocence, published by Boosey & Hawkes and released by Vital Records.


Nora served as co-librettist and executive music producer for the Carnegie Hall world premiere of Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama, a multimedia collaboration between Jessye Norman, Laura Karpman and The Roots. This live interdisciplinary experience was a natural outgrowth of her work as a co-founder of VisionIntoArt, the interdisciplinary new music group that fosters “flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations among choreographers, visual artists, actors and composers” (NYTimes). Recently, she produced songs for clarinetist Lone Madsen and Opus X, and tenor Michael Slattery for the SongFest 2014 Celebration of LA Composers. She was a fellow at the 2014 Sundance Composers Feature Lab, 2012 Sundance Composers Documentary Lab, 2005 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, and the 2004 UCROSS Foundation.


Nora makes joyful noise on the beach in Los Angeles, with her spouse, composer Laura Karpman, and their rambunctious son, Benny.


Regarding Susan Sontag (HBO)

Directed by Nancy Kates
Music by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Laura Karpman

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In collaboration with tenor Michael Slattery, a re-imagining of ‘Behold a Wonder Here’ from John Dowland’s 1603 Third and Last Book of Songs, for live processed voice, shruti box, and pre-recorded samples.

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Articles October 19 2010 | By Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Womb Music

By Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum I'm at the end of pregnancy, and in addition to now owning a car seat and burp cloths, the pressing question in the minds of the two...

Articles October 12 2010 | By Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Two Glorious Moments of Listening

By Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum I'm hungry for the almost-lost ideal of audiophiles craving the best in sound. But there is real utility and community online.

Articles October 5 2010 | By Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
The Joys and Sorrows of Digital Audio

By Nora Kroll-RosenbaumBetween the familiarity with the look of a sound (like how amazing a Fender Rhodes' waveform appears) to developing odd relationships with time because of digital editing, I...

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