Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir – EMMY-Nominated Score By Kathryn Bostic Debuts!

Lakeshore Records has released Kathryn Bostic’s EMMY-nominated score to Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir — available now digitally on all major music services!  The 14-track album showcases her composition for the EMMY-nominated American Masters (PBS) documentary about pioneering author Amy Tan.  Keep reading for the album listening link and more about the film.

The score by award-winning composer Kathryn Bostic, who was recently shortlisted for an Oscar in 2020 for her song “High Above the Water,” is an emotionally rich backdrop to the documentary film profiling the pioneering author Amy Tan. The masterfully played piano as well as the strings and percussion, reflect the strength of Tan’s spirit as her life and career unfold in the film.

Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]

Track List
01. Open Main Title
02. The Original Joy Luck Club
03. Tragedy Strikes
04. Heading To Switzerland
05. All She Left Behind
06. True Love
07. American Born Daughters
08. Writing Second Book
09. Growing Expectations
10. Swimming With Sharks
11. It Went Into My Brain
12. Goodbye
13. Spontaneous Epiphanies
14. End Title Credits


From her painful past to her successful career after The Joy Luck Club, groundbreaking writer Amy Tan shares her life story. The film is an intimate portrait that interweaves archival imagery, including home movies and personal photographs, animation and original interviews to tell the inspiring story of Tan’s life and career.

Says Bostic: “I set out to capture Amy Tan’s spirit, courage, and resilience in creating original music for her remarkable story. We both share a common ground of growing up in households where playing piano was a way of life. This became central in defining the score for this film. I am so grateful to the director, the late James Redford, and the entire production team for entrusting me with helping tell this story with my score, and for being the most gracious and wonderful collaborators.”

Kathryn Bostic is an Emmy nominated and award-winning composer and artist. In addition to her composing credits on critically acclaimed films, TV, theater and symphony concert music, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and other accolades. Bostic created the score for the award-winning film “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”, with her original song “High Above the Water” Oscar Shortlisted in 2020. Her score garnered her a News & Documentary Emmy nomination and won ‘Outstanding Original Score for an Independent Film’ at the Society of Composers and Lyricists’ inaugural awards. In 2016 she became the first female African-American composer to become a member of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Kathryn Bostic’s diverse composing credits for features and documentaries include “Clemency,” “Black Art: In the Absence of Light,” “Dear White People,” “Middle of Nowhere,” and “Rita Moreno – Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for it”.

For the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards, Bostic is nominated for the PBS American Masters documentary “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir”, the final film directed by the late director James Redford, for ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special’.

Bostic recently created the original music for 2021 Television series “Delilah” on OWN network. Bostic has written for Broadway, most notably collaborating with the iconic playwright August Wilson on “Gem of the Ocean” and several productions of his last play “Radio Golf.” Prominent orchestras have taken note of Kathryn Bostic’s talents, earning her commissions to create concert works for The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta, where she was recently chosen as their first artist in residence.

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is now streaming on Netflix.


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