Sitarist, teaching artist, ethnomusicologist
Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an internationally acclaimed 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. 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.
She has been a juried artist on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster since 2008, Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2010, and Empaneled Artist of India World Cultural Forum since 2010. She served as City of Austin Cultural Contractor (2000-13), Visiting Musician-Researcher at ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (SRA)/Kolkata (2011-2015), and New Mexico Arts Division Artist-in-Residence (1986-91). She was awarded the Gandharva Puroskar in 2014 by Hindustan Art and Music Society (Burdwan, India) for her contributions to Indian music abroad. In 2016 she was selected by the US Consulate-Lahore, Pakistan, Public Affairs Office/Fulbright-Hayes Commission, to complete a cultural diplomacy tour of Lahore and Islamabad as sitar performer and teaching artist, during which the Lahore/Mozang Rotary Club felicitated her for “using music as a tool for peace across borders.” The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs awarded her grants in 2017 and 2018 to support her artistic projects. In 2018, she was part of a Texas-based team awarded a grant by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies to conduct training workshops on social science research methodology (including ethnomusicology) for junior faculty at various universities and resource centers in Punjab and KP provinces, and sitar performance/music instruction at National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA), Karachi. She also performed on invitation at Karachi’s Peace Niche/T2F and opened for renowned Qawwali ensemble Fareed Ayaz-Abu Mohamed at their annual Munshi Rahimuddin Birth Anniversary celebration in Karachi.
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. Her scholarly work has been supported by a Fulbright IIE grant (UT/Austin), a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship (U of Alberta), and the Sangeet Research Academy Guru Pedagogy Project (ITC-SRA, Kolkata, India), among others. Passionate about women’s rights and creativity, she has published numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapters. 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, including, most recently, a community of Bhutanese refugees relocated to Dallas. She performs and tours frequently in the region and beyond. She travels to South Asia nearly every year. There, she consults with her gurus, performs and conducts workshops, and continues her advocacy research.
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