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Amie And Sangeet Millennium
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United States
Influences: India , North American , Asian
Genres: south asian traditional music (classical, light classical, folk, devotional), jazz
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About: Sangeet Millennium Ensemble - Diwali 2019, Austin, TX
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Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an internationally acclaimed sitarist, teaching artist, and ethnomusicologist who has spent her adult life studying, performing, teaching, and promoting the music of South Asia. Her training includes a decade’s study in India, both academic (BMus Gold Medalist/MMus Merit Scholar, Santiniketan, W. Bengal) and immersion apprenticeship (under the late Pandit Suresh Misra); a Ph.D. (UTexas/Austin) and Post-doctoral Fellowship (UAlberta, Canada) in ethnomusicology; and mentorship with Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan (periodic since 1991) and the late Hindustani vocal diva Padmavibhushan Girija Devi (1996-2017).
Amie has performed in concerts and taught in residencies, workshops, and on several university faculties throughout North America, India, Pakistan, Europe, and Japan. She has been juried artist on the Texas Arts Commission Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance, Empaneled Artist of India World Cultural Forum, and multiple grant awardee from the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. She served as Visiting Musician-Researcher at ITC-Sangeet Research Academy/Kolkata, and New Mexico Arts Division Artist-in-Residence. She toured in 2013-14 with Oscar-winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere as soundtrack composer and performer for Enacte Arts’ production of Carriere’s Mahabharata.
She was awarded the Gandharva Puroskar in 2014 by Hindustan Art & Music Society (Burdwan, India) for her contributions to Indian music abroad. In 2016, upon invitation from the US Consulate/Lahore, Pakistan, she completed a cultural diplomacy performance and outreach tour, during which the Lahore/Mozang Rotary Club felicitated her for “using music as a tool for peace across borders.” In 2018, with a team supported by a grant from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, she conducted faculty training workshops for Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa, and sitar performance/music instruction at National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA), Karachi. Her 2019 South Asia tour included performances and workshops at Fatima Jinnah Women University (Rawalpindi, Pakistan), Aashish Khan School of World Music (Kolkata, India), and Sanatkada Institute (Lucknow, India). Passionate about women’s/human rights, she has published numerous scholarly articles and produced-directed three noted ethnographic films on socially marginalized musicians.
An active touring performer, she founded and directs the Sangeet Millennium Ensemble, an acclaimed collective of local, national, and international musicians who blend South Asian classical, folk, and devotional music with jazz and other world musics. The ensemble has three CDs to their credit. Currently based in Dallas, TX, she also offers lessons in sitar, Hindustani voice, and Raag Sangeet through her Sangeet Millennium Music Academy.