Trained as a classical musician, Mark Isham began his professional career in the 1970s as a jazz and pop sideman and studio musician (trumpet and synth) for such notable acts as the Beach Boys and Joni Mitchell. He hovered for a while in two bands, Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol and his own Group 87, an instrumental supergroup featuring drummer Terry Bozzio and keyboardist Patrick O'Hearn, both of Frank Zappa's band. By the '80s, Isham found his definitive path as both a solo artist and a film composer. His Windham Hill releases are reflective and melodic, residing at a crossroads where New Age, ambient, and jazz meet. Similarly, his film scores--which have garnered several Academy Award and Golden Globes nominations--are recognized for their compositional power and intelligent orchestrations.
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