Harlan Hodges is an award-winning emerging 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.

He has written for artists such as Grace Potter, Steve Vai, the Trondheim Symphony orchestra and has worked alongside Donald Fagen, Eric Valentine, and the LA Opera.

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. 

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

I would prefer to create music that if anything... people can “feel” and enjoy through a relationship that seems very natural to them.
— HH