With a lifelong passion for learning the nuances of different cultures, I have always been interested in sharing those nuances and promoting understanding between people of different backgrounds. I do this through my various performances, but also through teaching classes on Hindustani vocal and sitar, through community outreach programs, and also by visiting and giving lectures to schools and organizations throughout the world.
If you are interested in learning to play Sitar, sing in the Hindustani vocal tradition, or are interested in having me visit your organization to give a performance or workshop, please visit the pages below and then feel free to contact me.
My Role as a Cultural Mediator
Intercultural communication is, and has always been, an integral part of Amie Maciszewski’s life. Growing up in rural New Mexico in a Polish immigrant family, she was exposed from infancy to least three cultures and languages.
Because she was bilingual in Polish and English, it was relatively easy for her to acquire a level of proficiency in Spanish and French by the time she was a teenager. This instilled in her not only a deep appreciation of diversity but also a keen awareness of social inequality. Thus, as a youth she began her lifelong quest to grasp the nuances of very different cultures found in their respective expressive traditions. In her nearly four decades of close association with the Indian subcontinent and its people and culture she has acquired fluency in Bengali, proficiency in Hindi, and working knowledge of Urdu.
Amie has chosen the lifelong study of the complex and diverse music culture of the Indian subcontinent because she believes that understanding one culture in depth will facilitate understanding of and appreciation for other cultures.
She seeks to re-present the music and culture of South Asia, in which she has been immersed for more than half of her life, in a manner that is accessible to people of diverse backgrounds, generations, and abilities. She uses her grounding in the music and culture of India as a foundation on which to lead students and community members in the exploration of the rich diversity of music and dance in the world, thus raising people’s awareness and, ultimately, their respect for different types of this ultimate human expression.
Through teaching music lessons and directing ensembles, she facilitates students of Hindustani music in the discovery of this art form’s formidable challenge, transformative quality, and joyous inspiration. She strives to motivate students and nurture their confidence and creativity by providing situations for them to perform together in public contexts. Her belief is that practicing this music and participating in its culture in diaspora will lead students from diverse backgrounds to improve their analytical, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills, as well as broaden their conception of sound and culture.
Thus, her role is that of a cultural mediator between music makers and performing artists of diverse communities, academia, and the public sector. In other words, she advocates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of musics around the world as a study of intercultural communication.