Biography

​Best known for his uniquely innovative sounds and hauntingly beautiful melodies, with scores contributing to many Academy Award winning films, Mark Isham is regarded musically as the inventive, bold master of the written note. Isham is not only recognized as a premier film composer but also a pioneer in electronic music, as well as a preeminent trumpet player. His provocative and melodic sounds have and continue to add drama, pathos and emotional texture to the films his music touches. It is this versatility and passion in creating music along with his dedication that has awarded him some of the highest honors in the music world.

Along with his achievements of Grammy, Emmy, and Clio awards, Mark has also received Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, and most recently received the ASCAP Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement.

Film composing for Mark began in 1983. Already an established performer and recording artist by that time, Mark had begun experimenting with electronic music. He circulated a demo CD intending to catch the attention of ECM Records, but fortuitously catching the attention of someone else as well. Director Carroll Ballard was searching for a new sound and came across Mark’s CD. He was impressed by the unique approach and hired Mark to compose Disney’s critically acclaimed NEVER CRY WOLF. From that beginning Mark has gone on to score nearly 100 films to date, including the 2005 Academy Award winner for Best Picture – CRASH.

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​Best known for his uniquely innovative sounds and hauntingly beautiful melodies, with scores contributing to many Academy Award winning films, Mark Isham is regarded musically as the inventive, bold master of the written note. Isham is not only recognized as a premier film composer but also a pioneer in electronic music, as well as a preeminent trumpet player. His provocative and melodic sounds have and continue to add drama, pathos and emotional texture to the films his music touches. It is this versatility and passion in creating music along with his dedication that has awarded him some of the highest honors in the music world.

Along with his achievements of Grammy, Emmy, and Clio awards, Mark has also received Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, and most recently received the ASCAP Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement.

Film composing for Mark began in 1983. Already an established performer and recording artist by that time, Mark had begun experimenting with electronic music. He circulated a demo CD intending to catch the attention of ECM Records, but fortuitously catching the attention of someone else as well. Director Carroll Ballard was searching for a new sound and came across Mark’s CD. He was impressed by the unique approach and hired Mark to compose Disney’s critically acclaimed NEVER CRY WOLF. From that beginning Mark has gone on to score nearly 100 films to date, including the 2005 Academy Award winner for Best Picture – CRASH.

Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 96

Birthday 1951-09-07

Place of Birth --

Official Site http://www.isham.com

Also Known As

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Sound TV ShowsMovies

2017 Sun DogsOriginal Music Composer
2017 Megan LeaveyMusic
2016 The AccountantMusic
2016 Mr. ChurchOriginal Music Composer
2016 Mechanic: ResurrectionMusic
2015 The Great Gilly HopkinsOriginal Music Composer
2015 Septembers of ShirazMusic
2015 The Longest RideOriginal Music Composer
2014 Beyond the LightsMusic
2013 HomefrontOriginal Music Composer
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PeteOriginal Music Composer
2013 42Original Music Composer
2012 The FactoryMusic
2012 StolenOriginal Music Composer
2011 Once Upon a Time(134 episodes)Music
2011 Dolphin TaleOriginal Music Composer
2011 WarriorOriginal Music Composer
2011 The MechanicOriginal Music Composer
2010 The ConspiratorOriginal Music Composer
2010 The CraziesOriginal Music Composer
2009 The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New OrleansOriginal Music Composer
2009 My One and OnlyOriginal Music Composer
2009 FameMusic
2008 The ExpressMusic
2008 The Secret Life of BeesOriginal Music Composer
2008 Pride and GloryOriginal Music Composer
2007 The MistOriginal Music Composer
2007 Lions for LambsMusic
2007 Reservation RoadOriginal Music Composer
2007 In the Valley of ElahMusic
2007 NextMusic
2007 The Black Donnellys(13 episodes)Music
2007 Freedom WritersMusic
2006 The Black DahliaOriginal Music Composer
2006 BobbyOriginal Music Composer
2006 InvincibleOriginal Music Composer
2006 Eight BelowMusic
2006 Running ScaredOriginal Music Composer
2005 In Her ShoesMusic
2005 Kicking & ScreamingOriginal Music Composer
2005 Racing StripesOriginal Music Composer
2004 SpartanOriginal Music Composer
2004 TwistedOriginal Music Composer
2004 CrashOriginal Music Composer
2003 The CoolerOriginal Music Composer
2002 Moonlight MileMusic
2001 The MajesticOriginal Music Composer
2001 ImpostorOriginal Music Composer
2001 Life as a HouseOriginal Music Composer
2001 Don't Say a WordOriginal Music Composer
2001 HardballMusic
2001 Save the Last DanceOriginal Music Composer
2000 Men of HonorMusic
2000 Rules of EngagementOriginal Music Composer
1999 IMAX: Galapagos 3DOriginal Music Composer
1999 Body ShotsOriginal Music Composer
1999 October SkyOriginal Music Composer
1999 Breakfast of ChampionsOriginal Music Composer
1999 At First SightMusic
1998 BladeOriginal Music Composer
1998 The Gingerbread ManOriginal Music Composer
1997 AfterglowOriginal Music Composer
1997 The Education of Little TreeOriginal Music Composer
1997 Kiss the GirlsOriginal Music Composer
1996 Night Falls on ManhattanMusic
1996 Fly Away HomeOriginal Music Composer
1996 GottiMusic
1995 Home for the HolidaysMusic
1995 The NetMusic
1994 NellOriginal Music Composer
1994 Quiz ShowOriginal Music Composer
1994 TimecopOriginal Music Composer
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleMusic
1994 The GetawayOriginal Music Composer
1993 Romeo Is BleedingOriginal Music Composer
1993 Short CutsOriginal Music Composer
1993 Made in AmericaMusic
1993 Fire in the SkyMusic
1993 Nowhere to RunOriginal Music Composer
1992 A River Runs Through ItOriginal Music Composer
1992 Of Mice and MenOriginal Music Composer
1992 Cool WorldMusic
1992 A Midnight ClearOriginal Music Composer
1991 Billy BathgateOriginal Music Composer
1991 Little Man TateOriginal Music Composer
1991 Point BreakOriginal Music Composer
1988 The Beast of WarOriginal Music Composer
1988 The ModernsMusic
1987 Made in HeavenOriginal Music Composer
1986 The HitcherOriginal Music Composer
1985 Trouble in MindOriginal Music Composer
1984 Mrs. SoffelOriginal Music Composer

Acting

2015 Brian Wilson and Friends: A Soundstage Special Event as Himself
2007 Lyle Lovett - In Concert as Himself
1999 Joni Mitchell - Painting With Words & Music as Himself
1900 Soundstage(1 episode)

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