Mark Isham

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Mark Isham
Background information
Birth name Mark Ware Isham
Born (1951-09-07) September 7, 1951 (age 69)
New York, NY, US
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trumpet, synthesizer
Years active 1976–present
Labels ECM, Windham Hill, Columbia, Virgin

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.

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]

Involvement with Mark Eitzel

Isham played trumpet on Mark Eitzel's 1996 album 60 Watt Silver Lining.


  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. 5.0 5.1 Wright, Lawrence (February 14, 2011). "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 16, 2011.