Mark Isham has always had a talent for crafting evocative new musical worlds. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, innovative sonic palettes have earned Isham many awards including a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Clio, in addition to multiple Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his material both as a composer and a recording artist. Most recently, Mark was honored by ASCAP with the Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Isham’s musical signature is evident in his memorable scores for such notable films as Crash, which was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture in 2005 (Isham’s score was named Best Soundtrack of 2005 by Cinescape.com), Bobby, which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture, and The Black Dahlia, with it’s critically lauded jazz noir soundtrack. Other highlights include the recent The Valley of Elah, Reservation Road, Lions for Lambs, Eight Below, The Cooler, A River Runs Through It, Blade, Nell, Men of Honor, and Miracle. He has composed over 75 film scores, exploring a wide range of musical styles – in addition to the “traditional” orchestral approach, he has incorporated modern minimalism, big band swing, avant-garde Americana, world music, ambient electronica and other elements that defy categorization.
As an accomplished trumpet player, Mark has added his unique sound – melodic, moody, sexy and cool – to a wide variety of genres. His solo albums have received critical acclaim all over the world. From his days as a pioneer of electronic music in the ‘80s to his current status as a world-renowned film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene.