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 The Conspirator. He scored the Oscar- winning Crash, and the celebrated miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Isham’s other scores include 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 Warner Bros.’ crime thriller The Accountant starring Ben Affleck, the Netflix film Sun Dogs, A Family Man starring Gerard Butler, war biopic Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara, the animated feature Duck Duck Goose, the feature film Bolden, the family feature film A Dog’s Journey and Togo, from Disney+. He has also contributed music to television projects including ABC’s Once Upon A Time, American Crime, Amazon Prime’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric, the hit Netflix series Black Mirror, the Freeform Series Cloak & Dagger, the FX series Justified: City Primeval, the Epix series Godfather of Harlem, and Amazing Stories for Apple TV+. Isham’s score to the Hulu Series Little Fires Everywhere earned him a Primetime Emmy Nomination. Isham’s other works include the crime drama feature Honest Thief starring Liam Neeson, the MGM sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music, the HBO Max historical drama Judas and the Black Messsiah, the sci-fi film Needle In A Timestack starring Orlando Bloom, the Netflix comedy drama series Sex/Life, the new Fox series The Cleaning Lady, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, starring Nicholas Cage, and most recently, Shooting Stars, currently streaming on Peacock.
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.”