Pinar Toprak Essentials

Pinar Toprak Essentials

Brie Larson wasn’t the only superwoman driving Captain Marvel’s blockbuster success—the 2019 film’s thundering orchestral score was provided by Turkish-American composer Pinar Toprak, the first woman to soundtrack a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. That experience made her a natural fit for her next big gig, supplying the hair-raising fight-scene themes and grandiose, operatic musical backdrops for the DC series Stargirl. But for the Pixar-produced short film Purl, she showcased an entirely different side, playfully recreating the sort of jazzy big-band swing that harkens back to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show tenure.

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