Mark Isham

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Mark Isham
Birth nameMark Ware Isham
Born (1951-09-07) September 7, 1951 (age 68)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, electronic
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsTrumpet, synthesizer
Years active1976–present
LabelsECM, Windham Hill, Columbia, Virgin

Mark Ware Isham (born September 7, 1951) is an American musician. A trumpeter and synthesist, he works in a variety of genres, including jazz and electronic.[1][2] He is also a film composer, having worked on films and television series, including The Hitcher, Point Break, Of Mice and Men, Warrior, Nell, Blade, Crash, The Lucky One and Once Upon a Time.

Life and career[edit]

"Army Strong", composed by Isham in 2006.

Isham was born in New York City, United States,[3] the son of Patricia (née Hammond), a violinist, and Howard Fuller Isham, a Professor of Humanities.[4]

His discography is extensive and varied, including participation with artists like Group 87, Art Lande, Pharoah Sanders, Van Morrison, David Torn, and sessions with people like Joni Mitchell, Terry Bozzio, Bill Bruford, XTC, and Doug Lunn.[3]

Isham is a Scientologist.[5][6] He is married to Donna Isham.[6]


Contributions to soundtracks[edit]






See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mark Isham Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  2. ^ "Movies". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 649/50. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  4. ^ "Mark Isham Biography (1951-)". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Richardson, John M. (September 11, 1993). "The Scientology Church of Hollywood". The Globe and Mail. Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc.
  6. ^ a b Wright, Lawrence (February 14, 2011). "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Nickerson, Thomas (November 9, 2006). "The making of Army Strong". United States Army. Retrieved May 19, 2011.

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