new music / jazz / world

  • As a performing artist Hank has remarkably played over 10,000 individual performances, composed 100 compositions, and produced over 140 arrangements.
  • "Hank is different from the traditional composer because he's a working jazz man. He brings that "player's" perspective to what he writes whether it's a jazz work or classical work" John Bustin - Austin American Statesman
  • “I am out to create a new, signature American sound, from a synthesis of contemporary art music, jazz, and world music, with a global approach and unique blend of influences, that gives my music a brand, its own distinctive place in the international scene. I wish to push my music in new directions, and continue focusing on socially engaged programming."
  • A contemporary composer's thoughts on new music, jazz, and the world culture in synthesis
  • H Project ensemble is in its 15th year with first performances of new works each year
  • Chick Corea and I talked jazz and piano. Details are in my Pathways blog.
  • "... very loose and open to possibilities, he takes it to another level, writing, playing, his compositions continue to evolve and grow. I had a chance to play with Hank and hear some of his compositions as well. A very fine musician, indeed! He demonstrates a strong sense of originality and compositional craft." Bob Mintzer - YellowJackets

  • featured pianist in "La La Land - In Concert", winner of six Academy Awards® including Best Original Score and Best Original Song. I'll be performing with the San Antonio Symphony Friday March 2, 2018 : 7:30PM, and Saturday March 3, 2018 : 7:30PM at the beautiful Majestic Theatre in downtown SA.

    The 180 page piano score is a combination Rachmaninoff piano concerto with orchestra, mixed with burning bebop jazz solos, and joined by a great jazz quintet,
    all performed Live to Film.

  • playing keyboards for one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, "THE KING AND I" which boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,”
    “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance”
    and “Something Wonderful.”

  • Looking forward to tonight! Playing with my great friends, bandmates, and colleagues at Texas State tonight:
    Stars At Night Faculty Showcase: Jazz Faculty
    Sept. 19, 7:30PM – 9:00PM
    I did an arrangement of a YellowJackets tune by my friend, Bob Mintzer

  • June 30 2017 - feature jazz solo performer w/ Austin Symphony:
    "La La Land - In Concert", at The Long Center, Austin, TX


    May 28 - June 3 2017 - keyboards,
    "Something Rotten!"
    Broadway Show, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX with Russell Scanlon, guitar

  • April 21 2017 - with the nation's most exciting and prominent poets for an evening of poetry and jazz - soloist w/ John Mills 16th Annual "Poetry at Round Top" Festival Institute, Round Top, TX

  • March 19 - 25 2017 - keyboards,
    "Carol King: Beautiful" - Broadway Show,
    Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX

  • March 2017 - Performed w/ Times Ten at the "SXSW International Music Festival", Austin, TX

  • February 2017 - Performed w/ Eddie Durham All Star Big Band, San Marcos, TX

  • January 2017 - "JEN International Jazz Conference": Feature player with Times Ten, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • FulbrightMay, 2016: just received my 2nd Fulbright Senior Specialist Jazz grant from the U.S. State Department! I will be guest professor / artist in residence at Instituto Profesional Projazz in Santiago, Chile during the summer!

  • shared a Terrific Master Class Jam /w legendary jazz trumpet Randy Brecker


  • Chick+Hank

  • The Chick Corea Workshop has commissioned me to transcribe Chick's improvisations from  :)

  • Master Class with YellowJackets' Bob Mintzer April 28, 2016



  • GR Hook, professional photographer, took some great action shots at a recent club date.

  • You can see them on my Press Kit Page. :)

  • paramountI was a featured speaker at the Athens Institute for Education and Research.
    As Academic Member of the Visual and Performing Arts Research Unit, my topic was:
    Creativity: The Myth and the Role of Research in Creative Work.

  • Here with my friend, B. Glenn Chandler, ex Director of the School of Music, and Professor, University of Texas at Austin at the
    6th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 1-4 June 2015, Athens, Greece

  • read: Full Circle – 100 Years of the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
    My dad was musical director 1915-1924. Now I'm there 100 years later!

    Hank performed at 2016 SXSW Official Jazz Showcase with
    John Mills' TIMES TEN at the Elephant Room
    2015 Dean’s Seminar Award winner
    Hank Hehmsoth, NEA Fellow in Jazz, and MacDowell Norton Stevens Fellow in Composition presented jazz in performance, and examined the role of research in his personal approach to the creation of new music.

    Eddie Durham Celebration 2015 Jazz Festival with special guests Doug Lawrence, Butch Miles, and NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern
    Times Ten

    with Grammy© nominated Times Ten group - 6th Annual International
    JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – San Diego, CA 2015 Times Ten

    Hank received an @ASCAP PLUS award for 2014, awarded to
    writer members whose catalogs have prestige value. 11/14/2014ascap

  • musicforum

    Hank Hehmsoth and Thomas Clark teamed up for a Musicians Forum presentation “Secrets of Professional Success” Thursday September 25
    at the new TxState Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

  • spotlight

    Hank is a Texas State University Spotlight on Excellence

  • army

    Trainer/Clinician for the Army – School of Music & Air Force Band 9/02/14
    a week presenting and performing w professional military career musicians

  • pres award
    2014 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence
    in Scholarly/Creative Activities - for my efforts in Composition


  • Austin Symphony Concert in the Park - Big Band Jazz 6/15/14

  • Hank was invited to present at the Atiner Athens Greece
    5th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts
    2-5 June 2014.
    He performed American Jazz, and presented his paper:
    New Jazz: Pushing its Boundaries with Harmonic, Metric,
    and Instrumental Devices

    Music Braille Code Project
    The U.S. Department of State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) braille

  • Hank performs with JazzBones at the 1st annual Austin Jazz Fest 2014

  • icarus
    Hank is principal pianist for Philip Glass' "Icarus At The Edge Of Time"
    33 piece orchestra w film - Austin premiere 4/10/14

  • Hank performs at ProJazz "Texas Jazz Night" - Santiago, Chile 2013

  • Hank Hehmsoth and Morris Nelms perform jazz duets on the new Steinways at TxState's new Performing Arts Recital Hall - Tues Mar 4 2014


Hank Hehmsoth was guest performing artist with Austin's premier jazz group JazzBonez Tuesday March 11, 2014 at the Brass House - SXSW Jazz Showcase

08.01.13 Hank Hehmsoth received the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities at the College of Fine Arts. The award is presented in August.


04.16.13 Premiere Performance: Hehmsoth's "Three Shades of Blue"
composition was commissioned by the Kandinsky Trio and is written specifically for the Common Experience theme for 2012-2013: "A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World." The Kandinsky Trio is celebrating one of the longest and most successful ensembles in the U.S. with over a thousand concerts of chamber music in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
pianist with the Grammy© nominated 10 piece jazz group Times Ten and featured at the International SXSW - South By SouthWest Music Festival Jazz Showcase at the Elephant Room, Austin, Tx
02.23-24.13 faculty performer at the 3rd Annual Texas State Trombone Symposium - Dr. Martin McCain, director - with Conn/Selmer Jazz Solo Competition Winner Jerrick Matthews - Michigan State University
02.8-9.13 featured performer at the Eddie Durham Celebration / Hill Country Jazz Festival with Vincent Herring, Doug Lawrence, and NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern
01.4.13 featured performer with the contemporary jazz group Invisible Designs at the 4th Annual International Jazz Education Network Conference January 2-5, 2013 • Atlanta, Georgia.
11.2.12 Times Ten presented the First Public Performance of "Still Hard Times 10" at Eighteenth Annual JAZZ AT ST. JAMES' Concert Series , funded and supported by the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement celebrating David "Fathead" Newman
10.21.12 premier jazz ensemble in Austin, Texas, Times Ten performs at The Domain
10.2.12 Jazz for Cancer Charity: Hank Hehmsoth and UT classical pianist Anton Nel performed in Austin at the Seton Breast Cancer Center charity fundraiser
9.16.12 Jazz Duets with James Walker, Flute, and Hank Hehmsoth, Piano - a living legend, and a true Renaissance Man of the Flute, Jim Walker is Principal Flute in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and first-call studio flutist for the better part of two decades.
05.13 - 05.23.2012 International Outreach - Lecture Concert tour - Chile, South America - representing the Texas State University School of Music Hank conducted a lecture/clinic at the Instituto Profesional Projazz in Santiago, and was guest artist, performing in Santiago and Valparaíso. (see photostream)

Hank joins the premier jazz ensemble in Austin, Texas, Times Tenon the last Wednesday each month at the Elephant Club. Times Ten is a one-of-a kind, 10-piece powerhouse of an ensemble, featuring the original music of long time Austin saxophonist/composer Dr. John Mills.

06.24.2012 Hank joins the Austin Symphony Orchestra for a Jazz Big Band Concert in the Park. In its tenth summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. more info

04.12.2012 First Public Performance: Freedom STOMP - a new composition by Hank Hehmsoth composed for The Common Experience theme for 2011-2012: "Freedoms: The First Amendment". The First Amendment protects the basic freedoms of religion, expression (speech), press, assembly, and petition.

Performed by H Project ENSEMBLE MEMBERS Steve Summer, Drums; Russell Haight, Saxophone/Flute; Glen Rexache, Bass; Rene Gonzales, Percussion; Robert Lopez, Percussion; Hank Hehmsoth, Piano; Martin McCain, Trombone Randy Zimmerman, Trombone; Mark Cruz, Guitar; Keith Winking, Trumpet

Mysterium for New Music Apr 12, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
- an ASCAP © performance
published by Time Space Fabrics © 2012

Recent magazine article featuring my music:
The Creation Myth




H Project Performing Arts Association

HPPAA is a non-profit organization based in Austin/San Marcos. The mission of H Project is to continually refresh and envision the contemporary, jazz, and world music experience. H Project fulfills its mission through commissioning, performing, presenting, recording and publishing contemporary music, and collaborating with, mentoring and encouraging other artists.

A contemporary composer's thoughts on new music, jazz, and the world culture in synthesis

Pathways you'll find many and varied writings of Hank Hehmsoth, from opinions, to articles and videos from related topics, and last but not least, his music. Hank frequently gives readings and talks in theTexas area as well as the rest of the country. If you are a creative composer or music professor and are interested in Hank teaching a master class on improvisation, composition, and related topics, such as jazz piano and harmony, at your college or university, contact him directly.


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04.10.2012 Guest Artist with Russell Haight quartet - faculty artist concert 8:00 p.m.Texas State School of Music
Music Building Recital Hall

04.17.2012 First Public Performance: Carlos 'n Charlie's
Audiences will hear the first public performance of this work April 17 at One World Theatre, Austin, Tx, performed by the Knights of Steel, one of the most respected steelbands in the country. This work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of New Music USA. Hehmsoth's composition received the JCOI Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Special Recognition award in 2010 from Columbia University, an affiliate of the ACO American Composers Orchestra, and is published internationally by Drop6 Media, Inc. and available at Steve Weiss Music.

03.01.2012 H Project Performing Arts Association gets IRS confirmation and designation as a non-profit tax-exempt arts association. This is great news, as now grants and funding from national and corporate entities are available. Follow HPPAA on Google+ and Facebook.

02.11.2012 performance with Austin Symphony Stardust Orchestraat RiverBend Centre

02.03.2012 Featured Artist at Hill Country Jazz Festival - with Doug Lawrence, saxophonist for the Count Basie Orchestra, and Rufus Reid, celebrated jazz bassist and NEA Jazz Master

01.04.2012 Hehmsoth awarded New Music USA grant in music composition The Composer Assistance Program assists composers to realize their music in performance. The grant is project-based, and facilitates the public performance of Hehmsoth's composition Carlos' n Charlie's at the worldwide 15th Annual Inside Out Steelband Festival in Austin. Additional funding and support is supplied in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. Audiences heard the first public performance of this work April 17 at One World Theatre, performed by the Knights of Steel, one of the most respected steelbands in the country. Hehmsoth's composition received the JCOI Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Special Recognition award in 2010 from Columbia University, an affiliate of the ACO American Composers Orchestra, and is published internationally by Drop6 Media, Inc.

12.28.2011 Guest Artist with Times Ten - John Mill's premier jazz ensemble

07.11.2011 Hank Hehmsoth received the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities at the College of Fine Arts. The award is presented in August.