Sangeet Millennium, through the vision of Amie Maciszewski, is an initiative that presents mainly traditional, but also new music and dance of the Indian subcontinent through collaborative and interactive performance, workshops, classes, festivals, and sometimes films. Amie Maciszewski is a sitarist, teaching artist, and ethnomusicologist who founded and runs Sangeet Millennium.
Our mission is to raise awareness of and appreciation for the traditional and new music and dance culture of the Indian subcontinent. We do so by presenting highlights of Amie Maciszewski’s performance, scholarship, teaching, and the collaborative production of it. Amie seeks to use her music (and its co-creation with others) to promote intercultural understanding and concern for those whose lives are vastly different than ours.
Sangeet Millennium, 2019 in Review…
2019 was a year of expansion for Sangeet Millennium and Amie Maciszewski that included extensive outreach, both locally and globally. The year began with Sangeet Millennium Ensemble’s tour in the rural communities New Deal and Abernathy, near Lubbock, Texas, with performances at four schools reaching some 1400-1500 children in grades 1-6. In February, a configuration of Sangeet Millennium Ensemble performed a concert featuring a Sufi-influenced repertoire at the Dallas Museum of Art, and shortly thereafter Sangeet Millennium teamed up with veteran Andean musician Jacco Velarde to host a series of monthly World Music Open Stage events at Dallas’s historic Bath House Cultural Center. In late May, Amie and Sangeet Millennium Ensemble veteran, saxophonist Paul Klemperer of Austin, teamed up with Indian touring vocalist Rupan Samanta and tabla player Uddalak Samanta for a three-city tour of northern New Mexico, titled “From the River Ganga to the Rio Grande,” with performances in Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe. A feature article in the Taos Tempo stated, “Amie’s decades-long immersion into mastering the sitar has earned her an international reputation, and Sangeet Millennium is a rare collaboration that should not be missed.”
In June, Amie traveled to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she was invited to perform and chair a panel at “Canadian Mehfil,” a multidisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts. Amie also collaborated with Austin Dance India in two notable events in 2019. The first, held at Austin’s Mexican-American Cultural Center in June, was a two-show run of a unique multimedia production titled “Sacred Earth Stories,” In the second, she was part of a quartet who completed a 13-show tour of San Antonio area schools and senior centers which served some 3500 people of multiple generations.
Amie finished off 2019 with a tour of Pakistan and India. In Pakistan, she visited the innovative Leif Larsen Music Academy in historic Karimabad, dedicated to the preservation of the traditional music of its remote region, Hunza. She also conducted a 2-day workshop on ethnomusicology at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University. Her events in India included a performance in Kolkata at the Aashish Khan School of World Music for her Guru’s 80th birthday celebration, and as a performance, as well as screening of her documentary film at the Mahindra Sanatkada Festival in Lucknow.
A look back at 2018…
2018 was a year featuring a wide variety of musical projects by Amie and Sangeet Millennium. South Asian Music for the World was a huge success, Amie made her second consecutive trip to Pakistan, was selected for the Texas Commission of the Arts Touring Roster, and launched the Sangeet Millennium Academy for teaching Hindustani music in Dallas, TX. Let’s look back at some of the highlights from the year.
Highlights from 2016 and 2017
Looking back, the past couple of years were full of unique music programs and outreach by Amie and Sangeet Millennium. Here is a small glimpse of what we were up to throughout 2016 and 2017.
2017 – India Outreach, Tours, and Collaboration with Flamenco Artists
In 2017, Amie completed a performance and outreach tour in India, along with tours across the Southwest U.S. in New Mexico, the Texas borderlands and South Texas. In Dallas, SME held their second Declare World Peace festival, and co-produced Improvisation Across Continents, a collaborative concert with Ida y Vuelta Flamenco company which featured Kathak dance, Hindustani music, and Flamenco dance and music.
2016 – Touring Pakistan and Sangeet Millennium’s 3rd CD.
In 2016, Amie completed an extended tour of Pakistan at the request of the U.S. Embassy. This unique opportunity led to meetings with many great musicians and sharing music with new communities. Sangeet Millennium (SME) released their third CD and completed a regional tour of Oklahoma and Arkansas, a tour partially supported by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. To top this all off, SME held its first annual Declare World Peace festival in Dallas, TX.