EXCLUSIVE! Listen To Nico Muhly’s ‘Pachinko’ Debut Score Track, Apple TV+ Original Series Debuts March 25

Pachinko Soundtrack Album Art

Lakeshore Records is set to release Pachinko—Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack featuring music by Nico Muhly (Kill Your Darlings, “Howards End”), digitally March 25. The evocative score showcases electronic and acoustic instrumentation that provide a vivid backdrop to the international dramatic series which will be told in three languages—Korean, Japanese and English.  We are privileged to premiere an exclusive track for “Hansu Sees Sunja”: 

Keep reading to view the album track list, pre-save link and film trailer.

Written and executive produced by Soo Hugh and starring Academy Award-winning actress Yuh-Jung Youn premieres on Apple TV+ March 25.

Pre-save the album: [Digital]

Track List:
01. Hansu Sees Sunja
02. The Mudang
03. Young Sunja
04. Abalone Dive
05. The Fishermen
06. The Cove
07. Fourteen Years
08. Hana Calls
09. This Reminds Me
10. You Haven’t Changed
11. A Man Who Doesn’t Matter
12. The Wedding
13. Packing
14. Final Call
15. Train
16. Sentimental Reasons
17. Osaka 1931 / Busan 1989
18. Bridge of Tears
19. A Thief
20. Without a Body
21. Let’s Call Him Noa
22. Stampede
23. Isak Arrested
24. A Communist
25. Isak Taken
26. White Rice
27. Proposal
28. Mushrooms
29. Kimchi

Epic in scope and intimate in tone, the story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.

Says Muhly: “The music for Pachinko had some heavy lifting to do: the show gracefully skips around from Japan to Korea, from the 1930s to the 1980s, and everywhere in between. The music had to bridge these time periods, bind the characters together, and keep the audience focused on the incredible performances on the screen. I immediately decided that the music had to be simultaneously acoustic and electronic, to avoid needing to immediately change “styles” with every change of period. Instead of writing themes for each character, I tried to establish a sort of “family tree” of material, which all stems from Sunja, her mother, and father.”

Nico Muhly, born in 1981, is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys (2011), and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Tallis Scholars, and King’s College, Cambridge, among others.

He is a collaborative partner at the San Francisco Symphony and has been featured at the Barbican and the Philharmonie de Paris as composer, performer, and curator.

An avid collaborator, he has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon.

His work for film includes scores for for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), and the BBC adaptation of Howards End (2017).

Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). 

His name is pronounced [‘ni:ko] [‘mju:li].

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Pachinko is a sweeping saga that chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations. Starring Academy Award-winner Yuh-Jung Youn, Lee Minho, Jin Ha, and Minha Kim, Pachinko premieres March 25, only on Apple TV+ 


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