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From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, innovative sonic palettes have earned Isham many awards ... See full bio »

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 2013 The Conjuring (composer: family theme)
 2013 42 (musician: piano solo)
 2011 Warrior (music producer)
 2009 Fame (score producer)
 2009 Crossing Over (musician: piano)
 2009 My One and Only (musician: trumpet) / (score producer)
 2008 The Secret Life of Bees (musician: piano solos)
 2007 Reservation Road (musician: piano solos)
 2007 Gracie (music producer)
 2006 Bobby (music producer)
 2004/I Crash (music arranger) / (music producer) / (musician)
 2003 The Cooler (musician: trumpet solo)
 2001 Impostor (score producer)
 2001 Life as a House (music programmer)
 2000 Trixie (orchestrator)
 2000 Where the Money Is (music producer) / (musician: electronics)
 2000 Rules of Engagement (musician: solo trumpet)
 1999 Body Shots (musician: solo trumpet) / (score producer)
 1999 Breakfast of Champions (score producer)
 1998 Hurlyburly (musician: trumpet)
 1997 Afterglow (musician: trumpet and electronics)
 1996 Night Falls on Manhattan (music arranger)
 1995 Miami Rhapsody (conductor)
 1994 Quiz Show (musician: trumpet solos)
 1993 Short Cuts (performer: music score)
 1991 Little Man Tate (musician: trumpet)
 1991 Point Break (producer: original motion picture score)
 1990 Love at Large (musician: saxophone and electronics)
 1989 Cat Chaser (musician)
 1988 The Moderns (musician: trumpet and electronics, Orchestre Moderne)
 1987 Made in Heaven (musical score performer)
 1985 Trouble in Mind (musician: trumpet and saxophone)
 1984 Country (composer: additional music)
 1983 Never Cry Wolf (musician: synthesizer performance) / (synthesizer programming)
 1982 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (musician: Soprano sax solo on 'Revetie')
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[on composing the score for 'Once Upon a Time'] I long ago gave up trying to predict popular tastes. I stopped thinking about whether something would be a success or not. I know that when I read the script I thought, 'Well, even if people decide they don't want to watch it, even if it falls apart and goes down and is not as successful as we'd all like it tho be, at least I will have taken on this... See more »


Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2007 by the International Film Music Critics Association.

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