The score for the film is by the prolific John Williams, the composer of the music for the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films, Jaws, Schindler's List , and many other hits over the last 30 years.
Rob Marshall is the director of Memoirs of a Geisha; the screenplay is by Akiva Goldman. The cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, and Ken Watanabe. The film opens on December 9; the Sony Classical soundtrack album will be released on November 22.
Ma has previously performed on the soundtracks of Seven Years in Tibet, which also had a score by Williams, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which had music by Tan Dun. Perlman played on the soundtracks of Hero, another Tan Dun score, and Schindler's List.