Interview with composer Nico Muhly for Apple TV+’s Pachinko


Enjoy this interview with Nico Muhly

Apple is betting big on their new show, pachinko, and that bet paid off. It has been called “redefining” and “extraordinary” in terms of beauty and drama. The first season begins in 1910s Korea and follows a family across generations and around the world.

While the composer Nico Muhly (Jhe reader, Kill your darlings) admits that tying these places and times together was a daunting task, he is more than up to the task. Muhly skillfully uses his love of Anglican choral music and American minimalism to create an original and emotional score for the 8 hour saga.

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Nico took time out of his busy schedule to tell me about his Grammy nominated work, Crossing line, as well as Apple TV+ Pachinko. We discussed everything from rating and recording during the pandemic to grappling with the history of the Japanese occupation of Korea.

In light of praise, Pachinko was recently picked up for season two. I sincerely hope Nico comes back to score. The music is always emotionally moving and sometimes painful. For those of you who are curious, my favorite songs were Hansu sees Sunja, Wrapping and Kimchi.

Pachinko stars Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn, Lee Minho, Jin Ha and Minha Kim, Pachinko premiere on March 25. All episodes are currently available.

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