Harlan Hodges is a pianist, composer from West Texas who has been actively performing and writing within a wide range of musical styles and performance mediums over the past decade. Drawing heavily from both the Classical and Jazz traditions, his main focus is to create engaging and imaginative works that are deeply concept oriented and embrace the intimate relationship between improvisation, modern technologies and the musical experience. Through collaborating with as many musicians, artists, and directors as possible he has created works that range from Big Band and Orchestra to large-scale art installations, films, commercials, therapy music, interactive VR, and arrangements for songwriters.  As the resident pianist/composer with the internationally touring Live-Action Graphic Novel “The Intergalactic Nemesis” 2014-2017 seasons, his live- score improvisations have laid the framework for his dedication to the responsibility and craftsmanship of musical story-telling.

He now lives in Los Angeles, California where he owns and operates a media-music house called PUSHBACK CREATIVE.

He creates a unique, mesmerizing, dreamy and powerful musical world all his own... Strong and gorgeous playing that has really been committed to. Bravo!
— William Westney, Pianist
I would prefer to create music that if anything... people can “feel” and enjoy through a relationship that seems very natural to them.
— HH

Educational History

  • B.M. Texas Tech University (double major Piano/Composition)
  • 3 years Composer Assistant to Paul English (Houston, TX)
  • CNMAT (Berkeley, CA)
  • Hub City Aviation (Private Pilot)
  • Member of SCL Los Angeles 2016 - 2017
In every performance he weaves his improvisational magic to create something new and unique for the audience that night.
— Planet Arts Melbourne
Serious, tightly-constructed compositions with intellect and imagination. Tremendously sophisticated textures with an ever-changing variety of gestures and unexpected evolutions... so well conceived in a sound, reminiscent of Messiaen, late Debussy, Scriabin, Ives, Del Tredici.... but of course, most importantly, this is Hodges!
— Becker KB, Composer-Pianist

Credits


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Film / Scoring Credits

  • The Intergalactic Nemesis: Trilogy 2014-2016 || Live Composition/Improvisation
  • Crystalline Dream - Fashion Film 2017 || Composer
  • Trust Your Instincts - Short Film 2017 || Composer
  • If - Short Film 2017 || Composer
  • Mustang Island - Feature Film 2016 || Additional Music Composition
  • New Brave World - Short Film 2016 || Composer
  • Haint - Feature Film 2015 || Composer
  • Alchemy - Short Film 2014 || Composer

Solo

  • The Somnambulist || 2016 || Solo Piano
  • Six Poems || 2006 || Solo Piano
  • Three American Etudes || 2006 ||  Solo Piano
  • Wind Poem || 2006 || Music for 2 Pianos
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 || 2004 || Solo Piano
  • Piano Preludes Book 1 || 2004 || Solo Piano

Chamber Works

  • Toward the South Plains || 2016 || 2 Pianos, String Quintet, Percussion, Electronics
  • The Couch || 2014 || Piano, Double Bass, Percussion
  • Enterprise Threat Intelligence || 2014 || Jazz Quintet
  • Portrait of Falling Asleep || 2013 || Solo Trumpet and Piano
  • Vision of a Mockingbird || 2011 || Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, and Piano
  • Fern the Indian || 2011 || Jazz Sextet

Large Ensemble / Orchestral

  • The Houston Suite || 2016 || Big Band, Strings, Percussion
  • Beetlebug || 2015 || Orchestra
  • Three Dialogues || 2015 || Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion
  • Songs For Phaeton Overture || 2015 || Orchestra
  • Waltz of Leaves || 2015 || Orchestra
  • Glass Tripper || 2014 || Vocalist, Big Band
  • Tattletale || 2014 || Vocalist, Big Band
  • Uninvisible || 2014 || Vocalist, Big Band
  • Symphonic Glitches || 2011 || Orchestra, Electronics
  • Jericho Can’t Die Yet || 2015 || Operetta

Performance Art / Installations

  • Color Space Etude No. 3 || 2012 || Airplane, Surround Sound, Flute, Piano, Electronics
  • Photos Graphein || 2011 || Light, Sound Sculpture, Electronics
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Child || 2011 || (75) Paintings, (42) Radios, Sound Design
  • Cibola || 2011 || Projections, Sound Sculpture, Electronics
  • Veils || 2011 ||  Fabric, 2 Pianos, Shadow Actors.
  • Color Space Etude No. 1 || 2010 ||  Audience, iPhone, Animation, Lighting, Electronics
  • Color Space Etude No. 2 || 2010 || 2 Performers, Boat, Tethered Balloon, HAAM Radio

Awards

  • Cactus Pear X-treme Composer Award || 2011 || for Vision of a Mockingbird