For years now, we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating closely with Harlan on branded campaigns both big and small. He is, and will continue to be, our first call for original compositions. His talent is unmatched, and he has a preternatural ability to interpret and distill creative visions into transcendental musical works that continually exceed expectations...- Adam Bagger, Managing Director | Yonder Content
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
In every performance he weaves his improvisational magic to create something new and unique for the audience that night.- Planet Arts Melbourne
West Texas born composer Harlan Hodges writes, performs and records music that blends the lonesome, smoky, and distant atmospheres of the American Southwest with the lush harmonic language of jazz and vibrant melodies of the Hollywood Golden Age. Educated in the classical tradition and self taught as a jazz musician, his music embraces the intimate relationship between styles, improvisation, performance, cutting-edge technology, and craftsmanship. The soulful call of blues, rolling rhythm of Western Swing, driving forces of rock and the great orchestral literature have all contributed to an eclectic and versatile background for his unique approach to scoring in modern cinema.
He was the 2019 recipient of the David Rose Award through the ASCAP Foundation, a finalist for the American Prize in composition for his work Three American Etudes (2017-2018) for solo piano, and is an alumnus of the 2019 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, SESAC Scores Composer Workshop, GRAMMY NEXT Program, and the SCL Mentors. Most recently he composed the music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019) for Disney theme parks and continues his ongoing geospatial composition entitled “Toward the South Plains” which is committed to the audio preservation of the lands of the American Southwest and the stories it holds.
He lives in Los Angeles, CA working full-time as a composer for films, documentaries, attractions, concerts, and records.
2018 American Prize Finalist for
“Three American Etudes”
2019 recipient of the David Rose Award