Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning musician, teaching artist, ensemble leader, and scholar. Audiences describe Amie’s traditional sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “magical” and “elegantly vibrant.” She is deeply committed to leading persons of various backgrounds, generations, and abilities in the exploration of the diversity of performance traditions in the world through sharing the traditional and new music culture of South Asia. She has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, performing in and hosting recitals, and conducting all-ages workshops on the music of South Asia, particularly Hindustani music, as well as on world fusion music. She was awarded the Gandharva Puroskar 2014 by Hindustan Arts and Music Society in Burdwan, India, for her contribution to Indian music internationally. Her brainchild, the critically acclaimed Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Austin Chronicle Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011), seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary defying sound.
Amie is a juried artist on the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), an Empanelled Artist of the India World Cultural Forum (IWCF), and a City of Dallas Cultural Services Contractor. She served as a Cultural Ambassador for the US Consulate/Lahore, Pakistan; Visiting Musician-Researcher at ITC-Sangeet Research Academy/Kolkata (2011-14); City of Austin Cultural Contractor (2000-13); and New Mexico Arts Division Artist-in-Residence (1986-91). The Rotary Club Lahore Mozang awarded her “for her tremendous contribution worldwide to promote the art carving love and harmony across the borders.” She is currently on tour in Pakistan as a scholar-performer and instructor, this time supported by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies and NAPA.
Amie’s musical credits include five CDs (two classical sitar and three with her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble), as well as sound tracks in three independent films, four film festival trailers, and two theater productions (notably Enacte Arts’ A Modern-Day Vyasa: Jean-Claude Carriere’s Mahabharata, 2013-14).
Her training includes both formal academic study (B.Mus. – Gold Medalist, M.Mus. – Merit Scholar, sitar performance, Viswa-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India; Ph.D. ethnomusicology, University of Texas/Austin) and traditional immersion mentorship in India (under the late sitarist Professor Suresh Misra, Santiniketan, West Bengal), as well as ongoing traditional study with two legendary gurus: Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan and, until her death in 2017, the late vocal diva Padmavibhushan Girija Devi.
Amie has served as visiting professor on the faculties of the Universities of Texas, Alberta, and Pittsburgh; as visiting artist-scholar at the Universities of Colorado, Chicago, and Louisiana State. She has also co-produced/directed four ethnographic films documenting her research with socially marginalized women musicians/dancers in India, two of them award-winning, which have screened at juried festivals, conferences, and other events in North America, India, Pakistan, and Europe.
Amie resides primarily in Dallas, TX, where she teaches sitar and Hindustani vocal lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Date: Thursday, 9th August
Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 500/-