About

Composer

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.

Other notable films include THE BLACK DAHLIA, BOBBY, THE COOLER, LIFE AS A HOUSE, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, MIRACLE, POINT BREAK, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, BLADE, NELL, OCTOBER SKY, FLY AWAY HOME, and OF MICE AND MEN. Isham has also cultivated an ongoing collaborative relationship with several directors including Paul Haggis, Robert Redford, Jodie Foster, Frank Marshall, Wayne Kramer and Gavin O’Connor. Through his film scores Mark has had the opportunity to work with many celebrated artists from Marianne Faithful, Sage Francis, Wayne Shorter, to Sting and Will.i.am.

Mark is well known for his compositions for film, but the movie theater is not the only venue in which to experience his phenomenal orchestral work. Isham’s expansive repertoire of Orchestral Compositions written for films and commissioned performances has delighted concert goers around the world. In 2005, audiences raved when Isham incorporated a DJ and a laptop into a command performance of his best-loved film pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Isham himself on trumpet.

SELECTED FILM SCORES

“Once Upon A Time” (2011-??) ABC / soundtrack on Intrada Records
“Stolen” Nu Image (2012) / soundtrack coming soon to MIM Records
“The Lucky One” Warner Bros. (2012)
“The Factory” Dark Castle/Silver Entertainment (2011)
“Dolphin Tale” Alcon Entertainment/Warner Bros. (2011)
“Warrior” Lionsgate Films (2011) / soundtrack available on Lakeshore Records
“The Mechanic” Nu Image (2011) / soundtrack available on MIM Records
“The Conspirator” The American Film Company (2010) / soundtrack available on MIM Records
“The Crazies” Overture Films (2010) / soundtrack available on Varese Sarabande
“Fame” MGM/Lakeshore (2009)
“The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call- New Orleans” Millennium Films (2009)
“Crossing Over” The Weinstein Company (2009) / soundtrack available on Varese Sarabande
“My One and Only” Herrick Entertainment (2009)
“The Express” Universal Studios (2008) / soundtrack available on Hollywood Records
“Pride and Glory” New Line Cinema (2008) / soundtrack available on Varese Sarabande
“The Secret Life of Bees” Fox Searchlight Pictures (2008)
“The Women” Picturehouse Entertainment (2008) / soundtrack available on MIM Records
“The Mist” Dimension Films (2007) / soundtrack available on Varese Sarabande
“Lions for Lambs” United Artists/MGM (2007) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Reservation Road” Focus Features (2007) soundtrack on lakeshore records
“In The Valley of Elah” Warner Independent Pictures (2007) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Gracie” Picturehouse Entertainment (2007)
“Next” Paramount Pictures (2007) soundtrack on lakeshore records
“Freedom Writers” Paramount Pictures (2007) soundtrack on hollywood records
“Bobby” MGM (2006) soundtrack on island/def jam Golden Globe Nominee – Best Picture, Drama
“The Black Dahlia” Universal Pictures (2006) soundtrack on silva screen records Named Best Original Score for a Drama Film – International Film Music Critics Association
“Invincible” Walt Disney Pictures (2006)
“Eight Below” Walt Disney Pictures (2006) soundtrack on disney records – iTunes onlyASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films
“Running Scared” Newline (2006) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Crash” Lions Gate Films (2005) soundtrack on superb records Academy Award for Best Picture
“In Her Shoes” Twentieth Century Fox (2005)
“Racing Stripes” Warner Bros. (2005) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Spartan” Warner Brothers (2004)
“Twisted” Paramount Pictures (2004)
“Miracle” Walt Disney Pictures (2004) soundtrack on Hollywood records ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie
“The Cooler” Furst Films (2003) soundtrack on commotion records
“Moonlight Mile” Walt Disney pictures (2002)
“The Majestic” Castle Rock Entertainment (2001) soundtrack on hollywood records
“Don’t Say a Word” New Regency (2001) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Life as a House” New Line Cinema (2001) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Save The Last Dance” Paramount Pictures (2001)
“Men Of Honor” 20th Century Fox (2000) soundtrack on motown records Grammy Nominated Album
“Rules of Engagement” Paramount Pictures (2000) soundtrack on milan records
“October Sky” Universal Pictures (1999) soundtrack on sony classical
“Varsity Blues” Paramount & MTV Films (1999)
“At First Sight” MGM Pictures (1999) soundtrack on milan records
“Blade” New Line Cinema (1998) soundtrack on varese sarabande ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box
Office Films
“From the Earth to the Moon” Hours 3 & 10 HBO Original Programming (1998)
“Afterglow” Sony Pictures Classics (1997) soundtrack on columbia records
“Kiss the Girls” Paramount Pictures (1997) soundtrack on milan records
“Night Falls On Manhattan” Spelling/Paramount Pictures (1997)
“Fly Away Home” Columbia Pictures (1996)
“Home For The Holidays” Paramount Pictures (1995) soundtrack on mercury records
“The Net” Columbia Pictures (1995) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Losing Isaiah” Paramount Pictures (1995) soundtrack on columbia records
“Nell” 20th Century Fox (1994) Soundtrack on fox records Golden Globe Award Nominee for Best Score
“Miami Rhapsody” Hollywood Pictures (1995) soundtrack on hollywood records
“Timecop” Largo Entertainment (1994) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Quiz Show” Hollywood Pictures(1994) soundtrack on hollywood records
“Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle” Parkbench Films (1994) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“The Getaway” Largo Entertainment (1994)
“Romeo Is Bleeding” Working Title Films (1994) soundtrack on verve
“Short Cuts” New Line Cinema (1993)
“Made in America” New Regency/Warner Brothers (1993) soundtrack on elektra
“Fire in the Sky” Paramount Pictures (1993) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Nowhere to Run” Columbia (1993)
“A River Runs Through It” Sony Pictures (1992) soundtrack on milan america Academy Award Nominee for Best Score
“Public Eye” Universal Pictures (1992) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Of Mice And Men” MGM (1992) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Cool World” Paramount Pictures (1992) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Billy Bathgate” Walt Disney Films (1991) soundtrack on milan america
“Point Break” Largo/ Twentieth Century Fox (1991)
“Midnight Clear” A & M (1991)
“Little Man Tate” Orion (1991) soundtrack on varese sarabande
“Reversal Of Fortune” Warner Brothers (1990) soundtrack on milan america
“Everybody Wins” Orion Pictures (1990) soundtrack on virgin u.k.
“Love At Large” Orion Pictures (1990) soundtrack on virgin
“The Beast” Columbia Pictures (1988) soundtrack on a&m records
“The Moderns” Alive Films (1988) soundtrack on virgin Los Angeles Critics’ Award for Best Score
“Made In Heaven” Lorimar (1987) soundtrack on elektra/asylum records
“The Hitcher” American Film Comp/HBO Theatrical Division (1986) soundtrack on silva america
“Trouble In Mind” Island Alive Films (1986) soundtrack on island
“Mrs Soffel” MGM/UA (1984) featured on album “film music” on windham hill
“The Times Of Harvey Milk” Cinecom International Films (1984) Academy Award for Best Documentary
featured on album “film music” on windham hill
“Never Cry Wolf” Disney Pictures (1983) featured on album “film music” on windham hill

MUSIC FOR TELEVISION

“Once Upon A Time” ABC (2011-2012)
“The Black Donnellys” NBC Universal (2007)
“Family Law” CBS (1999/2000) ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top TV Series
“Nothing Sacred” 20th Century Fox (1997) Emmy Nominee for Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music
“EZ Streets” Universal Television (1996) Emmy Winner for Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music
“Chicago Hope” 20th Century Fox (1994) Soundtrack on Sonic Images Two-Time Emmy Nominee for Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music