Award-winning composer Mark Isham scores Warner Brothers family film, “Dolphin Tale,” opening September 23. The film is inspired by the amazing true story of Winter the dolphin, that loses her tail in a trap and is saved by a young boy (Nathan Gamble), and refers his catch to a prosthetic specialist (Morgan Freeman). The film, directed by Charles Martin Smith, also stars Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Connick, Jr. and will play in 3D theatres as well. The score album is available October 11 through Varese Sarabande Records.
The gentle, lilting themes throughout the score reflect not only the emotional current of the film, but are reminiscent of the trademark sounds of dolphins interacting. Strings, including harp, and soft percussion prevail. Isham, whose scores for notable films, including Crash, Black Dahlia,
The Cooler, Bobby, Nell, and The Secret Life of Bees, among many, many others, have won him not only acclaim among film critics and music professionals, but with film score aficionados as well. He also recently completed the score for the critically acclaimed, currently playing, Warrior.
From his jazz roots to becoming one of the pioneering icons of hybrid electronic and orchestral scores, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. Isham is also a passionate anti-piracy advocate, evident from his “I Buy Music” campaign which focuses on educating a new generation of music lovers that CDs and other recorded music need to be purchased to ensure that artists are able to make a living from their craft.