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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.[1][2] 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.

Mark Isham
Birth name Mark Ware Isham
Born (1951-09-07) September 7, 1951 (age 66)
New York City
Genres Jazz, electronic
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trumpet, synthesizer
Years active 1976–present
Labels ECM, Windham Hill, Columbia, Virgin


Life and careerEdit

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

His discography is extensive and varied, including 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.[4][5] He is married to Donna Isham.[5]




As sidemanEdit

With Group 87

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

With Art Lande

With Pharoah Sanders

With Van Morrison

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

With David Torn

Studio albums and compilationsEdit

Rabbit Ears Storybook ClassicsEdit


Contributions to soundtracksEdit





See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mark Isham Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Film Reference
  4. ^ Richardson, John M. (September 11, 1993). "The Scientology Church of Hollywood". The Globe and Mail. Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc. 
  5. ^ a b Wright, Lawrence (February 14, 2011). "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Nickerson, Thomas (November 9, 2006). "The making of Army Strong". United States Army. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 

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