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April 28, 2016
Film Premiering with Original Score by Local Composer
Premiere at Canes Film Festival will feature musical score by UM graduate student
This Sunday, May 1st, make your way to the University of Miami for the 2016 Canes Film Festival, to see the release of the brand-new short film, A New Beat, directed by Shane Kinsler and featuring an original score by Anik Bhattacharya in collaboration with other local instrumentalists. The film feature local and student actors from the area, and has seen renowned film production and editing veterans working closely with the production team to ensure a polished final product that is sure to be compelling and memorable to your ears as well as your eyes!
Originally begun as a thesis film project earlier this year, A New Beat involves the story of a heart transplant that has some strange side-effects when the geriatric recipient begins taking on the personality of his dead millennial donor, much to the chagrin of his distraught and confused family. Interspersed throughout the film are snappy hip-hop and neo-soul grooves and a ethereal, pensive electro-acoustic score by Anik which highlights and emphasizes the ceaseless flurry of thoughts and emotions in the minds of the main characters.
For Anik this is only the latest in a series of similar works which received much acclaim. He composed an original score for a short film directed by Curtis Wayne McOsker, Bound, a possible contender for a major award and premiere at the 2016 OutFest. He was also responsible for an original score, sound design, and music direction for the theatrical production of The Missing Element, directed by Danya Gorel at the University of Texas at Austin, which premiered at the 2016 Cohen New Works Festival. He is currently a teaching assistant pursuing a M. Mus. in Media Writing and Production at the University of Miami’s Frost School, and is pursuing a career as multi-talented media composer, entertainer, and artist.
For more information, please use the contact information supplied above. More examples of Anik’s work, pictures, and more content can be found at the locations listed below (external links to additional content are available to the left, via the overhanging tabs)
2016 is shaping up to be yet another (surprise) horrendously busy year with a number of major projects lined up back to back.
This year, we’re finally going to have a few live recording sessions, the thought of which leaves me both excited and terrified, considering I’m not exactly much for conducting my own pieces, let alone with no rehearsal time and only 15 minutes to get it all right!
Also, towards the end of the semester, filmmaker Shane Kinsler’s thesis work, “A New Beat”, will be featured at the 2016 Canes Film Festival here at the University of Miami - featuring an original score written by yours truly!
This site will also be receiving some major cosmetic improvements and revamping throughout the end of April on through July, in my continuing efforts to provide visitors with the best possible experience and facilitate ease-of-access to fresh new content. Thank you for visiting!
The first stressful semester of my Master’s program has drawn to a close, and already I feel as though the kind of exposure, training, and hands-on experience I’ve received at the Frost School thus far has made the last few months nothing short of a transformative experience! Without any further ado, I’d like to share with you some of the best products of may labor from this semester.
First off is one of my projects for the Film Scoring class, in which we are assigned to compose a score for the famously score-less car chase scene from The French Connection. You can see the final product right here!
Secondly, I’d like to share one of my proudest creations from this semester - a song I produced for singer-songwriter Leila Sunier, entitled “Brooklyn Light” — my first attempt at working with anything remotely folk / country-esque. I had a lot more fun than I ever imagined was possible losing sleep over something. You can see the final product here on SoundCloud
Stay tuned for more exciting news and fresh content!
A massive thank you to all the musicians who made possible my Senior Recital here at the Butler School! The semester is all but over and I am glad I was able to find my way through an incredibly hectic workload to end my undergraduate study at the University of Texas at Austin on a very strong note.
A new year means new responsibilities, new opportunities, and new paths forward for all of us, and I hope everyone is doing well! My last semester at UT Austin is drawing to a close and as I look back on the last four years of undergraduate study, it’s fun to open up some of my old songs and writings, and simultaneously balk at how naive and churlish some of my words now seem, and also smile at how far I’ve managed to come.
Of course, I could not have come this far without the help and assistance I received from my family, my professors, and so many of my dear friends - indeed too many names to possibly enumerate. But I would like to specifically thank professors Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston, and Bruce Pennycook for being three key figures throughout my undergraduate study who have consistently pushed me to strive for more challenging tasks and explore areas of musical expression and composition where I was previously uncomfortable and uncertain.
Towards the end of this semester, I will have a major work performed as part of a theatrical production, entitled “The Missing Element”, produced by my good friend Danya Gorel for the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival at UT Austin. UPDATE: a full collection of my compositions for The Missing Element is now available for download, right here!
Also coming up towards the semester’s end is my Senior Recital! UPDATE: More information about the recital, which will be on Sunday, May 3rd, can be found here!
Last but certainly not least - I am proud to announce that I will be attending the University of Miami’s Frost School Music starting in Fall 2015, as I will be pursuing my M. Mus. in Media Writing and Production under the guidance of award-winning composer and entertainer Chris Boardman. I have accepted a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Frost School and will be one of two teaching assistants for the MWP program.
I hope the New Year finds you well, and I hope you’ll stick around for all the fantastic new content that I will continue to create —— exciting stuff lies ahead and I can’t wait to share with you the new creative works that are surely on the way!
I'm pleased to announce that I've finished a score for a new short film by student filmmaker Curtis Wayne McOsker, entitled “BOUND”, here at the University of Texas at Austin. Curtis was both screenwriter and director for this film, and we spent a lot of time painstakingly going through all the cues, testing what works and what doesn't. One of the things I've had to learn throughout this experience is the importance of having an open mind. In the world of film scoring, is that the film that is the final product, and as a composer, one has to keep that in perspective while scoring - as film composers we always strive to make sure that the director is satisfied with the final product, and ensuring that a close working relationship is established with the director and production crew is a key aspect of my workflow and something that I take seriously and pride myself on.
One of my most effective cues, I think, in this film, occurs at a moment of conflict, where the music is not so much apparent as a separate entity within the room, as a change of temperature within the room. Isaac, the main character snaps a picture of Tyler, who immediately is taken aback. I’ve attached a small showreel featuring some of the main cues in the film in the Scores section, but since you’re here, here’s a direct link to the video on YouTube!
I've just gotten back from Kenosha, Wisconsin after having taken part in the 2014 Fresh Inc. Music Festival, and it was a marvelous experience, to say the least. The Fresh Inc Festival is rather unique among music festivals because the focus of the camp is not so much to make you a better musician technically, but rather to give you a better chance of "making it" as a musician within the oft-unpredictable music industry. What makes for a successful musician is perhaps the same question as what makes for any successful business, and planning, it seems, would be at least one answer to that question. Planning was certainly the focus of this camp - but the challenge lies in teaching a roomful of performers and composers, who have devoted so much of their time to the refinement of their art, how to then create a sustainable business, a sustainable lifestyle out of it. How can one reconcile the acquisition of business skills and savvy with the laborious pursuit of musical expression?
Right off the bat we started things with a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Several such trips would follow, including one to the Kenosha Public Library, Boys and Girls' Club, Museum, and more. Each visit is a learning opportunity for the attendees to learn about their audiences' personalities and desires. The students were assembled into groups that took upon specific scenario projects where they attempted to create a startup, based on their observations at these locations. Here we are at a music camp, learning about what constitutes a 501(c)3 or LLC! We had teleconferences with composers in the fields of concert, film, and video game music, music entrepreneurs, social media experts, music business and marketing experts, and more. We learned the details of grant-writing, sales pitching, finding sponsors for events, you name it.
And, of course, there was music - tons of it. Oh, also: in between several concerts and a couple of salon nights, me and a few friends managed to make a little parody horror film in the forest surrounding the University of Wisconsin Parkside, where it all took place! The final concert at UWP's Bedford Hall featured a premiere of my piece, Quartet No. 3. (Prior to this concert, we were at Chicago the day before. After taking part the Make Music Chicago event, some pieces were premiered at the Constellation venue.) I would be remiss were I not to mention the wonderful friends I have made, many of whom I know I will be staying in close contact with moving forward. I thank every single one of them for making my experience at Fresh Inc a memorable one. I would also like to thank Melissa and Eric Snoza, Dan Visconti, Stacy Garrop, and all the members of the Fifth House Ensemble who made this wonderful event a reality.
Please check out the performance of the Quartet, which can be found in the SCORES section of this site, and will feature Caitlin Phillips of the Magic Deuce ensemble on flute, Rebecca Dora on oboe, Eric Salazar of the Magic Deuce ensemble on clarinet, and Jani Parsons of the Fifth House Ensemble on piano. And remember to check out my SoundCloud page for the latest installments from Fresh Inc. and beyond!
CHAMBER, SOLO AND ENSEMBLE WORKS
SONGS AND CHORAL WORKS
Since his arrival in the United States in 2000, Anik (b. 1993) has been steadily exploring a diverse range of creative pursuits. A media composer, entertainer, and artist based in Miami, FL, his music touches on a wide variety of genres and styles, including contemporary classical, new music, jazz, popular, electronic, and world music and draws upon a plethora of influences, from Indian Classical to R&B. Anik is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate across artistic disciplines with filmmakers, choreographers, artists, animators, and fellow musicians.
Anik has studied composition privately with Karim al-Zand of Rice University and has studied with Yevgeniy Sharlat, Donald Grantham, Bruce Pennycook, and Russell Pinkston at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music, where he received his B. Mus. in Music Composition. He studied jazz piano with Jeff Hellmer and played for a jazz combo while there. He was a member of composer-producer Gary Powell’s Ensemble 109, and was also known for his weekly Friday comics in the Daily Texan. He’s currently a teaching assistant at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he’s pursuing a M. Mus. in Media Writing and Production under the tutelage of award-winning film composer and entertainer Chris Boardman, and is teaching a brand new course on adaptive music for video games and working with game music middleware.
Anik has had work commissioned and performed at the Fresh, Inc. Music Festival, the American Festival of the Arts, the 2016 Canes Film Festival, the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival, and has performed in a number of prestigious venues from the Nassau Coliseum in New York, NY to the Stude Hall at Rice University in Houston, TX, to the famous Festival Hill Opera House at Round Top, TX.
Going forward, Anik prefers to open as many doors as possible as he forays into the world of entertainment. With a solid grasp on music technology and an avid interest in literature, politics, and history (not to mention a somewhat unhealthy obsession with science fiction), he seeks to undertake new projects in diverse media that serve not only to entertain but also to provoke thought and inquiry - and, most of all, to both inspire and collaborate with those who will build the future.
- Film composition studies: Chris Boardman, Carlos Rivera
- Composition studies: Yevgeniy Sharlat, Karim al-Zand, Bruce Pennycook, Donald Grantham
- Composition workshops: Aaron Alon, Michael Remson, Dan Visconti, Stacy Garrop
- Electronic music: Russell Pinkston, Ethan Greene
- Music Production, recording, mixing, mastering: Carlos Rivera, Joe Abbati
- Theory: David Neumeyer, Edward Pearsall, John Turci-Escobar
- Piano: Jeff Hellmer, Aaron Prado (jazz), Péter Tóth, Carlos Quesada, Joyce Mong (classical)
- Voice: William Lewis, Rose Taylor, Marcus DeLoach, Isabelle Ganz, Donnie Ray Albert (classical), Rosana Eckert, Michele Weir, Bob Stoloff (jazz), Gene Raymond, Eric Bruner, Tom McKinney, Greg Enriquez, Wendy Parr, Seth Riggs (Speech Level Singing / Contemporary), Renee Grant-Williams (Contemporary)
- Songwriting: Neil Diercks, Mark Seltzer
Festivals and Workshops
- 2016 Canes Film Festival (Miami, FL)
- 2015 Cohen New Works Festival (Austin, TX)
- 2014 Fresh Inc Music Festival (Kenosha, WI)
- 2013 New York University Summer Songwriters' Workshop (New York, NY)
- 2012 UT Film Camp - Screenwriting and Film Studies Workshops (Austin, TX)
- 2011 American Festival of the Arts (Houston, TX)
- 2008 - 2011 TMEA All-State Mixed Choir (San Antonio, TX)
- 2010 Berklee College of Music Five-Week Summer Program (Boston, MA)
- 2009 Speech Level Singing Summer Vocal Program (Los Angeles, CA)
- 2009 Grammy Camp Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Performances and Premieres
- 2016 Original score for the short thesis film A New Beat, which premiered at the Canes Film Festival (Miami, FL)
- 2015 Original score, sound design, and music direction for the theatrical production The Missing Element, which premiered at the Cohen New Works Festival (Austin, TX)
- 2014 Substratum premiered at the CLUTCH New Music Concert, at UT's Bates Hall (Austin, TX)
- 2014 Premiere of Bound, with original score by Anik (Austin, TX)
- 2014 Quartet for Piano and Wind Trio premiered at Fresh Inc Festival (Kenosha, WI)
- 2012 Torments, No. 2, "Regret" performed by the Definiens New Music Ensemble(Los Angeles, CA)
- 2011 Torments, No. 2, "Regret" premiered at American Festival of the Arts(Houston, TX)
- 2010 Berklee College of Music Performance Center (Boston, MA)
- 2009 Grammy Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
- 2008 Festival Hill Opera House (Round Top, TX)
- 2008 Stude Hall, Rice University (Houston, TX)
- 2007 Performed with A R Rahman at the Nassau Coliseum (New York, NY)
- Computers: Apple Mac Pro (6-Core, Dual-GPU, OSX Mavericks), Apple Retina MacBook Pro (OSX 10.7.4)
- Audio Hardware: RME Fireface UFX, SuperScope, Mackie 402-VLZ3 Line Mixer, Boss eBand JS-10 Audio Player and Effects Processor, Peavey Guitar Amplifier
- I/O: Focal CMS40 Monitors + Sub, Neumann TLM-101 Microphone, Shure SM78B Microphone, Sennheiser Stereo Transmitter ew300 IEM G3
- Accessories: Boss VE-20 Vocal Processor
- Keyboards: Roland V-Piano, Nektar Panorama P4, ROLI Seaboard Grand Stage
- DAWs: Pro Tools (12, 11, & 10); Cubase 6, Logic X, Sony SoundForge Audio Studio 9
- Notation: Sibelius 7
- Synthesis: Reason 7
- Electronics: CSound 5+, Max/MSP
- Sample Libraries: Vienna Symphonic Library (Vienna Ensemble Pro 5, Vienna Instruments Pro, Vienna Special Editions Plus, Vienna MIR Pro)
- Adobe CS6 Suite: Experience in working with Photoshop, Bridge, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Audition and After Effects