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Mark Isham

Mark Isham
Birth name Mark Ware Isham
Born (1951-09-07) September 7, 1951
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, electronic
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trumpet, synthesizer
Years active 1976–present
Labels Windham Hill
Website .com.ishamwww

Mark Ware Isham (born September 7, 1951) is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and film composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic, and film.[1][2] He is responsible for contributing the scores of nearly one hundred films.


  • Life and career 1
  • Discography 2
    • As sideman 2.1
    • Studio albums and compilations 2.2
    • Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics 2.3
    • Other 2.4
  • Contributions to soundtracks 3
    • 1980s 3.1
    • 1990s 3.2
    • 2000s 3.3
    • 2010s 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5

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.[3]

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.[4][5] He is married to Donna Isham.[5]


As sideman

With Group 87

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

With Art Lande

With Pharoah Sanders

With David Torn

Studio albums and compilations

Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics


Contributions to soundtracks






  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mark Isham Biography".  
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Film Reference
  4. ^ Richardson, John M. (September 11, 1993). "The Scientology Church of Hollywood".  
  5. ^ a b Wright, Lawrence (February 14, 2011). "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology".  
  6. ^ Nickerson, Thomas (9 November 2006). "The making of Army Strong".  

External links

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