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Hank Hehmsoth

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As a performing artist, Hank has remarkably played over 10,000 international, national, state and regional area performances, from classical to jazz to pop/rock, as well as Broadway, concert tour music, nightclubs, and symphony.
He is a lifetime voting member for the GRAMMY© Awards. Hank teaches Composition and Jazz Piano, and is the Director of Computer Applications and WebMaster for the School of Music. 

“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." 

Hank's students play piano, bass, sax, flute, guitar, and have won awards and scholarships including Berklee School and the Patti Strickel Harrison Scholarship. Composition students learn commercial arranging and contemporary techniques in jazz. His studio includes international students from Serbia, China, and  South America.

Recent student comments:

"...the best teacher I have had throughout all of my degrees. His work ethic is tremendous. I have recommended him to the best students I know. He continually gave more time than was required in our meetings, and was never in a hurry to end the lesson."

"...He's very knowledgeable and seems to like what he does. That quality is hard to read in others."

"...This is the most fun class in the School of Music."

"Thanks again for the awesome class. Seriously, this is the most useful stuff I've encountered in my education thus far."



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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 ensemble collaborations in the U.S. with over a thousand concerts of chamber music in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. 


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Hank is founder/chairperson of 

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.


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Quotes:

"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 …some of the best jazz you'll hear around here, or anywhere else, for that matter."
John Bustin - Austin American Statesman

"... 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 - jazz saxophonist, composer - Yellowjackets 




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Hank is pianist with the Grammy© nominated jazz group Times Ten
 


"The world is a continual emerging mystery of thought, visions, and sensations that you can view with fresh open eyes."
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Pathways is where 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 performance/lectures and talks in Texas 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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“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."


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A contemporary composer's thoughts on new music, jazz, and the world culture in synthesis
http://hankhehmsoth.com/blog

Graduate Jazz Piano Techniques class 2014

Graduate Jazz Piano Techniques class – these guys rock! well… they swing too! — TxState Jazz Studies Fall 2014 pic.twitter.com/wVzoD1HMr5 — Hank Hehmsoth (@HankHehmsoth) September 16, 2014 with Jerry Espinoza, Sam Thrasher, Ben Triesch, Brian Christensen, Nicholas Tozzo, Bjorn Johnson … Read more

The Role Of College Teaching In The Life of A Creative Musician

The Role Of College Teaching In The Life of A Creative Musician http://t.co/y71U7tQFWL by Payton MacDonald pic.twitter.com/st2XVIlVLJ — NewMusicBox (@newmusicbox) September 10, 2014

Trainer/Clinician for the Army – School of Music & Air Force Band

a week presenting and performing w professional Army and Air Force career musicians as a trainer/clinician, sponsored by the Dept. of Defense – DOD a week w professional Army and Air Force career musicians as a trainer/clinician, care of the … Read more

I’m in the Army now

Well, for a week. I was guest clinician/trainer at Fort Eustis, Virginia with the US Army School of Music, & the US Air Force band attending. I worked with adult professional career musicians on: Secrets of Success Innovative Practice Techniques Contemporary … Contin...

@JazzEdNet convention Jan 6, 2015 with the premiere tentet TimesTen from Austin WOW!

Very honored to perform at the @JazzEdNet convention Jan 6, 2015 with the premiere tentet “TimesTen” from Austin WOW! pic.twitter.com/S9l2t8vWNo — Hank Hehmsoth (@HankHehmsoth) July 13, 2014

New Jazz: Pushing its Boundaries with Harmonic, Metric, and Instrumental Devices

This is an online paper I presented at the Atiner Athens Greece 5th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts 2-5 June 2014. It is excerpted here with examples and audio. ABSTRACT This paper will explore devices used by musicians/composers Bob … Read more

Music Braille Code

I joined a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program to distribute Braille Music Notation Guides (both printed and in Braille) among Latin American Universities and libraries. The guides, music examples, exercises, and a double CD with recorded examples will expand the access … Read more

Sir Noël Coward

“Wit is like caviar – it should be served in small portions and not spread about like marmalade.” “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.” “Work is much more fun than fun.” “We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will … Continue rea...

Mozart

Today is the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Salzburg, Austria (1756). By the age of five, he was proficient at the violin and piano and had begun composing. In his short lifetime, he composed more than 600 works … Continue reading

Mercy

Mercy by Stephen Dunn The music was fidgety, arch, an orchestral version of twang. Welcome to atonal hell, welcome to the execution of a theory, I kept thinking, thinking, thinking. I hadn’t felt a thing. Was it old fashioned of … Continue reading →...
  • 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 find a signature American sound, with a global approach and blend of influences, that gives my music a brand, its own unique place in the international scene. I wish to push jazz in new directions, but never lose the soul of Bebop."
  • H Project ensemble is in its 15th year with first performances of new works each year
  • “... very loose and open to possibilities, he takes it to another level, writing, playing, his compositions continue to evolve and grow... A very fine musician, indeed! He demonstrates a strong sense of originality and compositional craft." Bob Mintzer - YellowJackets