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Mark Isham

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Birth name
Mark Ware Isham

Years active

Donna Isham

Trumpet, synthesizer

Trumpeter ·

Musician, composer

Mark Isham

Jazz, electronic

Windham Hill

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September 7, 1951 (age 72) New York City (

Tibet: Windham Hill, Windham Hill: Western Light

Crash, Vapor Drawings, The Longest Ride (Ori, The Mist, Warrior


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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. He is also a prolific film composer, having worked on numerous films and television series, including The Hitcher, Point Break, Of Mice and Men, Nell, Blade, Crash and Once Upon a Time.


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Life and career

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

His discography is extensive and varied, including with his participation with units like Group 87, and David Torn's Cloud About Mercury project, and sessions with people like Joni Mitchell, Terry Bozzio, Bill Bruford, XTC, and Doug Lunn.

Isham is a Scientologist. He is married to Donna Isham.


  • Bernard Herrmann, Chet Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Miles Davis, Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin
  • Influenced

  • Chris Botti, Erik Truffaz
  • As sideman

    With Group 87

  • Group 87 (Columbia Records)
  • A Career in Dada Processing (Capitol Records)
  • With Art Lande

  • Rubisa Patrol (ECM, 1976)
  • Desert Marauders (ECM 1978)
  • With Pharoah Sanders

  • Journey to the One (Theresa, 1980)
  • With Van Morrison

  • Live at the Grand Belfast Opera House (Mercury, 1984)
  • With David Torn

  • Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987)
  • Studio albums and compilations

  • 1983 Vapor Drawings
  • 1985 Film Music
  • 1987 We Begin (with Art Lande)
  • 1988 Castalia
  • 1989 Tibet – a soundtrack
  • 1990 Mark Isham
  • 1991 Songs My Children Taught Me (music only, from the first four Rabbit Ears titles, see below)
  • 1995 Blue Sun
  • 1998 Mark Isham: A Windham Hill Retrospective
  • 1999 Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project
  • 2009 Bittersweet with Kate Ceberano
  • 2015 The Longest Ride (Original Score Album).
  • Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics

  • 1987 The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Narrated by Jeremy Irons)
  • 1988 The Emperor and the Nightingale (Narrated by Glenn Close)
  • 1989 Thumbelina (Narrated by Kelly McGillis)
  • 1990 The Emperor's New Clothes (Narrated by John Gielgud)
  • 1992 The Boy Who Drew Cats (Narrated by William Hurt)
  • 1994 The Firebird (Narrated by Susan Sarandon)
  • Other

  • 2000 Hymn of Asia: L. Ron Hubbard (Instrument Orchestration and Choral Arrangements)
  • 2006 Theme to the United States Army's Army Strong campaign
  • 2007 Human the Death Dance by Sage Francis (Production on "Good Fashion" and "Water Line")
  • 2009 Dallas et Kate with Kate Ceberano
  • References

    Mark Isham Wikipedia