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Mark Isham


Mark Isham (Music) has scored dozens of feature films. In addition to the traditional orchestral approach, he has explored other musical styles.

Soon to be released are several movies for which he has composed the scores; Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs, Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah, and Gavin O'Connor's Pride and Glory.

Mr. Isham's previous film scores include the ones for Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It, for which he received Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations, and Quiz Show; Paul Haggis' Academy Award-winning Crash; Gavin O'Connor's Miracle; George Tillman Jr.'s Men of Honor, for which he was a Grammy Award nominee; Robert Altman's Short Cuts and The Gingerbread Man; Carroll Ballard's Never Cry Wolf and Fly Away Home; Michael Apted's Nell, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination; Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays and Little Man Tate; Rob Epstein's Academy Award-winning The Times of Harvey Milk; and nine films for Alan Rudolph (The Moderns [for which he was honored by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association], Trouble in Mind, Made in Heaven, Love at Large, Mortal Thoughts, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Afterglow, Breakfast of Champions, and Trixie).

He won an Emmy Award for scoring Paul Haggis' television series EZ Streets; and has been Emmy-nominated three additional times. He also won a Clio Award for his television commercials work. In 2006, Mr. Isham was honored with the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards' Henry Mancini Award.

A recording artist who explored electronic music early on, he also gained renown as a trumpet player. In that capacity, he has collaborated with such musicians as Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, and The Rolling Stones.

Mr. Isham continues to record solo albums, spanning jazz to New Age to world music. These have included such celebrated works as Miles Remembered and Blue Sun. He received Grammy Award nominations for his albums Castalia and Tibet, and won the Grammy for Mark Isham.