Hi, my name is Haddon Kime. I'm a composer and lyricist and I'm excited you're here! Better yet, I hope you’ll listen to some of my music. Check out the featured tracks above, or explore more of my music for film and theatre below based on your interest.
Curious to know a bit more about me? Click on the arrow below to read my story.
I’ve been composing music for as long as I can remember. Two generations ago, in 1930’s California, my maternal grandmother worked hard in an industry dominated by men to become an accomplished cinematic organist. I like to believe that her talent, tenacity, and ability to match music to comedy and drama lives on in me today.
The rest of my story goes something like this… One day, 5-year-old me discovered an upright piano in my living room in Nova Scotia. Turns out, my grandmother (the cinematic organist) had gifted it to my family. My parents report that on that day I started making “noise with feeling” on the piano. Smash cut to three years later in our new home in Tucson: I’m still making noise with feeling, but now it’s at least organized noise. Melody, rhythm and harmony make the best toys! I play by ear, and I hate piano lessons. I won’t learn how to read music until years later... We’ll get to that.
As a Tucson teenager, my love for music expands, is challenged, and takes root. I perform in rock bands, big band orchestras, and latin jazz ensembles. I write and produce my first album of pop and rock songs (I went by Haddon S. Kime back then). As a high school senior, I am bit by the theatre bug, and I write my first theatrical musical adaptation. This musical earns me an audition, and eventually a scholarship, to study at Berklee College of Music. True to family tradition, I choose film scoring as my major; turns out that cinematic organ playing has evolved…
At Berklee, I finally learn how to read music, and I soon discover Boston’s thriving theatre scene! However, nobody is hiring composers for live theatre. But thanks to help from great friends, I learn the art and technique of theatrical sound design, so that I can hire myself to write music for live theatre. After some success in Boston theatre, and my Berklee degree in film scoring, I adapt another musical, this time for a legit mid-sized company. The show is not a hit, but it’s a transformative experience, and I move to NYC soon after.
In NYC, lots of things happen. I get married. I write more songs. I get married. I meet amazing artists. I get married. I develop and create and play. You get the point. Then, suddenly, my wife, (she’s amazing by the way) gets a job offer we can’t refuse. We move to Atlanta.
So ends the first chapter of my musical career. Though I collaborate on some cool projects in Atlanta, I keep returning to Boston and NYC for the work I really love. But that work dwindles the longer I’m in Atlanta. At some point I stop hustling for NYC and Boston gigs. Some desert years happen here; I write nothing new. My creative brain switches gears and I become fascinated with website development, content marketing, and social media management. I establish my own boutique media agency. Then I take a 9-5 job that is fantastic...until it very much isn’t. Cue the tiny, tiny violins. Just as I think my fate is chiseled in Georgia clay, my daughter is born, I get a call from one of my best friends and collaborators: would I be game for writing another musical?
Would I! In this way, a new chapter in my musical career commences. I’m a new father. I love my daughter, and I love raising her with my amazing wife who agrees to solo parent for 6 weeks while I fly to the Bay Area to spend every waking hour working on the biggest show I’ve ever written, with some of the most amazingly talented collaborators I’ve ever known. This musical is a hit and goes on to play Off Broadway in my beloved NYC the following year.
I return to Atlanta and decide to explore it again with new eyes. I quickly see a city pulsing with artistic energy and risk-taking. I’m introduced to Altanta's thriving animation and immersive theatre scenes. My wife and I hit on an idea to write our own immersive musical based on some of her research into the dream life of Carl Jung (by this time, she’s getting her PhD at Emory). We form an artistic team with a few talented friends and win a small but competitive grant to develop our idea further. My wife and I love getting to collaborate in an entirely new way, and after a year of development, selected scenes from our collaboration are staged in a workshop setting in the largest theatre in the southeast United States. This time, I perform along with the actors as part of the world of the show. It’s cathartic. Then, Switzerland…!
Again, my amazing wife (by now she’s finished her PhD) gets a job offer we can’t refuse. We fly off to live and work for a year and a half in Bern, Switzerland. Just before we leave, I’m invited to write a small but ambitious Ewok parody musical for an improv theatre. This sounds like too much fun, so I take that project with me.
It’s in Switzerland that I start the latest (and current chapter) in my musical love life, songwriting and music composition and production for films, tv, and music libraries. It’s as much of a return home as it is a new journey because two generations ago, in 1930’s California, my maternal grandmother worked very hard in a world and industry dominated by men to become an accomplished cinematic organist. I like to believe that her talent, tenacity, and ability to match music to comedy and drama lives on in me today.
I hope you enjoy listening to a few of my compositions here on this website and that you'll contact me using the form below if you'd like to talk further about original music for your project. Thanks for reading!