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Mark Isham
Born September 7, 1951
New York City, New York

Mark Isham (born September 7, 1951) is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and Academy Award-nominated film composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic, and film.

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Life and career

Isham was born in New York City, New York, the son of Patricia (née Hammond), a violinist, and Howard Fuller Isham, a professor of humanities.[1] He studied classical music at an early age and played trumpet, piano and violin. The Isham family later moved to San Francisco, where Mark found work in several of the local orchestras. He also became actively involved in the Bay Area rock and roll scene of the 1960s, performing live with several of the local groups.

He was a member of a Marin County band called Beefy Red from 1970-72, performing both on trumpet and soprano saxophone. (The group also included guitarist Barry Finnerty, who later played and recorded with Miles Davis, the Crusaders, and the Brecker Brothers, among others.) After performing in music venues ranging from Marin's 'Lion's Share' to San Francisco's Fillmore West, Beefy Red disbanded in January, 1972.

In 1974, Isham joined former Beefy Red members Phil Wood (flugelhorn) and James Preston (drums) in The Sons of Champlin. The Sons of Champlin, like Beefy Red, were unusual in the San Francisco psychedelic scene in featuring a large brass section. Isham wrote - and performed on keyboards and trumpet - his recording debut on the instrumental song 'Marp' (a takeoff on the name of the then-new 'Arp' synthesizer) on the Sons' self-titled album, released in 1975.

During the 1970s, he learned to program synthesizers and became active in the progressive jazz movement. In 1975 Isham and pianist Art Lande formed a quartet called Rubisa Patrol. They released two albums: Rubisa Patrol (1976) and Desert Marauders (1978). It was in this group that Isham surfaced as a solo trumpeter with a strong Miles Davis influence.

In 1977, Isham performed on the Taj Mahal album Evolution (The Most Recent). This was the beginning of Isham's career as a sessions artist, which continues to present day. He has worked with artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, David Sylvian, Hector Zazou, David Torn, Toots Thielemans and Tanita Tikaram.

In 1978, he formed a group called Group 87. Group 87 featured bassist Patrick O'Hearn, drummers Terry Bozzio and Peter Van Hooke (at different times) and guitarist Peter Maunu. All of these artists would work with Isham in future solo projects. They released two albums: Group 87 (1980) and A Career in Dada Processing (1984).

From 1979 through 1983, he worked with Van Morrison's band playing synthesizer and trumpet on five of his abums: Into the Music; Common One; Beautiful Vision; Inarticulate Speech of the Heart and Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast. He also features in the 1980 concert from Morrison's 2006 DVD Live at Montreux 1980/1974, playing trumpet and soprano saxophone.

In 1983, he released his first solo album, Vapor Drawings. Its style is an atmospheric and deeply experimental blend of modern jazz and electronic music. It was also the first album released on the Windham Hill label to feature extensive use of synthesizers.

That same year he also scored the soundtrack for the Carroll Ballard film Never Cry Wolf. This brought immediate attention and subsequent film score jobs. His second solo album was a compilation of these works titled Film Music (1985).

Additionally, in 1983, Isham was invited to play with RMS and Gil Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He flew in to Montreux and played the same night whilst extremely jet-lagged. The resulting concert was eventually released on DVD in 2004 on the Angel Air Record Label.

From 1987 to 1992 he composed scores for the "Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics" series of videos and CDs. These were narrated by famous actors such as William Hurt and Glenn Close.

His albums Castalia (1988) and Tibet (1989) were both Grammy-nominated. He won in 1990 with his album Mark Isham.

In 1992, he published his first orchestral work Five Stories for Trumpet and Orchestra. The same year he earned an Academy Award nomination for the soundtrack of the film A River Runs Through It. During the following years he became a prolific film score composer. Some of his film scores include: Save the Last Dance, Men of Honor and October Sky.

In 1995, he released an album titled Blue Sun. This was his first album to follow a mainstream contemporary jazz format.

From 1996 through 2000, he formed a group to interpret the music of Miles Davis's late 1960s through mid-1970s electric jazz fusion and released an album, Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project, which was recorded live.

Isham is a practitioner of Scientology.

In 2007, his music, "A Sense of Touch" from the soundtrack of Crash is featured in the Law & Order SVU season finale "Screwed".

Discography

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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 4 Rabbit Ears titles
  • 1995 Blue Sun
  • 1998 Mark Isham: A Windham Hill Retrospective
  • 1999 Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project

Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics

Other

Filmography

1980s

Year Title Notes
1983 Never Cry Wolf Soundtrack album released
1984 The Times of Harvey Milk Soundtrack album released
1984 Country Soundtrack album released only 2 tracks by Isham
1984 Mrs. Soffel Soundtrack album released
1985 Trouble in Mind Soundtrack album released
1986 The Hitcher Soundtrack album released
1986 Portraits of Anorexia  
Year Title Notes
1987 Made in Heaven Soundtrack album released only 3 tracks by Isham (LP, Cassette)
1988 The Moderns Soundtrack album released
1988 The Beast Soundtrack album released (LP, Cassette, CD)
1989 Cat Chaser  

1990s

Year Title Notes
1990 Everybody Wins Soundtrack album released
1990 Tibet Soundtrack album released
1990 Love at Large Soundtrack album released
1990 Reversal of Fortune Soundtrack album released
1991 Mortal Thoughts  
1991 Crooked Hearts  
1991 Point Break Limited Edition Soundtrack released
1991 Little Man Tate Soundtrack album released
1991 Billy Bathgate Soundtrack album released
1992 A Midnight Clear Soundtrack album released
1992 Sketch Artist Soundtrack album released
1992 Cool World Soundtrack album released
1992 A River Runs Through It Soundtrack album released
1992 The Public Eye Soundtrack album released
1992 Of Mice and Men Soundtrack album released
1993 Hawaii: Born in Paradise  
1993 Nowhere to Run  
1993 Fire in the Sky Soundtrack album released
1993 Made in America Soundtrack album released 1st track by Isham
1993 Short Cuts Soundtrack album released 1st track by Isham
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Soundtrack album released
1994 The Getaway  
1994 Thumbelina released - Rabbit Ears NOT soundtrack
1994 The Browning Version Soundtrack album released
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Soundtrack album released
1994 Quiz Show Soundtrack album released
1994 Timecop Soundtrack album released
1994 Chicago Hope Soundtrack album released
1994 Nell Soundtrack album released
1994 Safe Passage  
Year Title Notes
1995 Miami Rhapsody Soundtrack album released
1995 Losing Isaiah Soundtrack album released
1995 The Net Soundtrack album released
1995 Home for the Holidays Soundtrack album released
1996 Last Dance Soundtrack album released
1996 Gotti Soundtrack album released
1996 Fly Away Home Soundtrack album released
1997 Afterglow Soundtrack album released
1997 Kiss the Girls Soundtrack album released
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan  
1996 EZ Streets  
1997 Michael Hayes  
1997 Nothing Sacred  
1997 The Defenders: Payback  
1997 The Education of Little Tree Soundtrack album released
1998 The Defenders: Choice of Evils  
1998 The Gingerbread Man Can be found
1998 From the Earth to the Moon  
1998 Blade Soundtrack album released
1998 The Defenders: Taking the First  
1998 Free Money  
1998 The Blood Tide  
1999 At First Sight Soundtrack album released
1999 Varsity Blues  
1999 Breakfast of Champions  
1999 October Sky Soundtrack album released
1999 Family Law  
1999 Body Shots Soundtrack album released
1999 Galapagos Soundtrack album released

2000-

Year Title Notes
2000 Rules of Engagement Soundtrack album released
2000 Where the Money Is Can be found
2000 Trixie  
2000 Men of Honor Soundtrack album released
2000 What Women Want  
2001 From the Ground Up  
2001 Save the Last Dance  
2001 Life as a House Soundtrack album released
2001 Hard Ball  
2001 Don't Say a Word Soundtrack album released
2001 The Majestic Soundtrack album released
2002 Impostor  
2002 Moonlight Mile  
2003 Highwaymen Soundtrack album released
2003 The Cooler Soundtrack album released
Year Title Notes
2004 Spartan  
2004 Miracle Soundtrack album released
2004 Twisted Soundtrack album released
2004 Crash Soundtrack album released
2005 Racing Stripes Soundtrack album released
2005 Kicking & Screaming  
2005 In Her Shoes  
2006 Running Scared Soundtrack album released
2006 Eight Below iTunes exclusive
2006 Invincible  
2006 Bobby Soundtrack album released
2006 The Black Dahlia Soundtrack album released
2007 Freedom Writers Soundtrack album released, only 3 Isham tracks
2007 In the Valley of Elah Soundtrack album released
2008 Pride and Glory Soundtrack album released
2007 Lions for Lambs Soundtrack album released
2007 Gracie Soundtrack album released
2007 Reservation Road Soundtrack album released
2007 Next Soundtrack album released
2007 The Mist Soundtrack album released
2008 The Express Soundtrack album released
2008 The Secret Life of Bees
2009 Crossing over Soundtrack album released
2009 Not Forgotten  
2009 Fame
2011 The Factory

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