Lakeshore Records is set to release Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally today, September 3. 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. The score received an Emmy nomination this year for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score).” The film’s showcasing series American Masters is also up for an Emmy Award this year.
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.
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