Oscar-nominee, Mark Isham is a filmmakers’ composer and a musicans’ musician. He has collaborated with such top directors and artists as Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Chick Corea, Jodie Foster, Robert Altman, Sting, Will.i.am, Sidney Lumet, and Mick Jagger.
Isham began composing for film with Never Cry Wolf, and has written the scores for such films as Warrior, Dolphin Tale, Of Mice and Men, Nell (Golden Globe nominated), Fly Away Home, October Sky, Men of Honor, Life as a House, Miracle, Invincible, Werner Herzog’s The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, Reservation Road and Bobby.
His collaboration with Robert Redford has yielded the scores for A River Runs Through It (Oscar nominated), Quiz Show, Lions for Lambs, and most recently The Conspirator. He scored the Oscar- winning Crash, and the celebrated miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Most recently Isham completed the scores for Beyond the Lights directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Septembers of Shiraz for Wayne Blair, Brian Helgeland’s 42, The Longest Ride for Fox 2000, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete which he co-scored with Alicia Keys, The Great Gilly Hopkins starring Kathy Bates and Julia Stiles, the Warner Bros.’ crime thriller The Accountant starring Ben Affleck and the adventure feature Fallen directed by Wayne Blair Currently Mark writes the music for two hit ABC series, Once Upon a Time (in its fifth season) and the critically acclaimed American Crime. Coming up next for Isham is Fallen directed by Wayne Blair, the highly anticipated comedy Sun Dogs starring Melissa Benoist, A Family Man directed by Mark Williams starring Gerard Butler, and the war biopic Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.
The native New Yorker showed an early gift on the trumpet, and has recorded with Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin. He has released nine solo albums, and performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and Kenny Loggins. He has scored over 125 films, as both an innovator in electronics and as a lush orchestral melodist. He was recently given the Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement by ASCAP. “I create emotion through music,” says Isham. “And when I can take a person on this journey through film or recordings, there’s nothing more addicting, nor satisfying.”