Dr. FRANK BENNETT
Composer/arranger/ percussionist Frank Bennett has worked in many
styles of music throughout his career. As a South Indian percussionist he has
performed with his wife Geetha India, Hong Kong, Canada and many venues
in the U.S. As a jazz percussionist he has performed with Benny Goodman,
Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, and others. His compositions have been played in
many recital halls and SUNY, Oneonta, N.Y has twice featured three day
festivals of his music. A New York Times review of his chamber pieces at Carnegie
Recital Hall stated: [Bennett] "uses Western forms, long-lined melodies,
and rich harmonies; but he also found ways to weave Indian rhythms and
modes into the textures in a way that lets them sound mildly exotic, but never
alien. Mr. Bennett's sense of balance...is impeccable". (Alan Kozinn,1989).
He studied Veena with M. A. Kalyanakrishnan, Muthulakshmi Ranganathan,
and Dr. S. Ranamanathan and Indian percussion with Ramnad V.
Raghavan, T. Ranganathan, and briefly with Palgat T. S. Mani
Frank has been an orchestrator and arranger for a number of feature
films including Spy Kids I and II, Gods and Generals, Dragonfly, America's
Sweethearts, Cats and Dogs, Princess Diaries, The Emperor's New Groove,
The Wedding Planner, Scream 3, End of Days, Inspector Gadget, South Park,
Patch Adams, My Favourite Martian, The First Wife's Club, George of the
Jungle, Liar/ Liar, In and Out, The American President, Dracula: Dead and Loving
It, White Fang II, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, City Slickers I & II, Hocus
Pocus, and Sneakers. He has also worked on the television shows "The West
Wing" and "The Simpsons". He has received two Emmy Award Citations.
Recently a concert of his
compositions was performed at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. In 2001 he participated in
lecture/workshops at Syracusue University, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oneonta, Hamilton College, UCLA, and
Colgate University. He has also accompanied his wife Geetha in concerts at
Goucher College, the Albany Hindu temple and the Siva Vishnu Temple in
Frank's orchestral pieces include a concerto for Indian violin and a
recent concerto for the South Indian Saraswathi Veena (lute), performed
by Geetha last October with the Utica (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra. He holds
a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University.