Amie Maciszewski is an American sitarist who has devoted her adult life to studying, performing, teaching, and promoting North Indian classical music. Amie's performances in North ...view moreAmie Maciszewski is an American sitarist who has devoted her adult life to studying, performing, teaching, and promoting North Indian classical music. Amie's performances in North America, India, Europe, and Japan over two decades have received acclaim, as have her teaching and research. She directs the Austin, Texas-based Sangeet Millennium Ensemble. She has co-produced and directed four documentary films about marginalized female performers from the courtesan lineages of India. Amie's training in North Indian music includes both ongoing traditional study with two leading gurus-- Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan and Hindustani vocal diva Padmabhushan Girija Devi – and formal academic training in India (B. Mus. And M. Mus., Viswa-Bharati University, Santiniketan) and the U.S. (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin). She received basic training from the late sitarist Prof. Suresh Misra for a decade while living in India. Although her performance focus is on sitar playing, she is also an accomplished vocalist and includes singing in some of her presentations.
(Watch an excerpt of Amie’s solo classical performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVUZiFN-TcQ&feature=related)
“. . . Amelia is one of my most hard working, sincere, and dedicated students. She realizes how deep and spiritual our music is and always tries to convey that in her performance and teaching. She is a very accomplished performer on sitar and a fine teacher and ensemble director of both instrumental and vocal music. . . . “ – Aashish Khan
“Amelia is a very sincere and dedicated disciple of mine whose deep interest in Hindustani music has led to notable understanding, accomplishment and professionalism as a vocal instructor and sitar performer. . . . “ - Dr. Girija Devi
"Amie . . . presented examples of India's diverse gharanas on sitar . . . the audience applauded each rendition . . . " Dainik Jagran, Jamshedpur, India, Dec. 14, 2009.
". . . Amie's sitar playing enchanted everyone. . . . " Prabhat Khabar, Dhanbad, India, Dec. 13, 2009.
". . . Amie charmed the audience with her classical songs . . . one by one she sang beautiful songs in Hindi and Bhojpuri. . . . Amie also earned the audience's admiration with her sitar playing . . . " Dainik Jagran, Dhanbad, Dec. 13, 2009.
“. . . Sunday's local 40th anniversary tribute to the Monterey International Pop Festival boasted numerous standout performances . . . Sitarist Amie Maciszewski opened with a mesmerizing nod to Ravi Shankar's seminal Monterey set . . . “ The Austin Chronicle, June 17, 2007.
The Sangeet Millennium Ensemble, a collective founded and led by Amie Maciszewski, fuses traditional Indian music with jazz and other world music. This work follows the precedent set by her guru, Sarode Maestro Aashish Khan, and his elders, in which players of diverse instruments collaborate to compose, arrange, and perform loosely structured pieces, often based on classical raags, which allow for considerable improvisation. Core members include Paul Klemperer (sax) and Shiv Naimpally (tabla). The ensemble’s artistic work receives support from the City of Austin and Texas Commission on the Arts, among others. The ensemble’s first CD, “Shimmering,” was selected as a Texas Top Ten in the Austin Chronicle Music Critics’ Poll 2007 year-end listings. Work on a new CD is in progress, scheduled release summer 2010.
(Watch an excerpt of the ensemble’s recent performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLYhJ6fQRJI)
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