Amie Maciszewski, Ph.D


Songs Of Benaras

Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi

A concert tour of northern New Mexico in remembrance of our GuruMa Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi on her 90th birthday.

Sangeet Millennium Ensemble will assemble a choice group of musicians to present an authentic two-part world music concert in a three-city tour along the Rio Grande river in northern New Mexico May 23-28, 2019. They will weave together classical South Asian vocal music, tabla, and sitar in the first half, followed by a blend of sitar, sax, and tabla for a fusion sound in the second half, featuring the Sangeet Millennium Ensemble with guest artists Rupan Samanta and Uddalak Samanta, on tour from India. The ensemble’s leader/project director, Dr. Amie Maciszewski, is a native New Mexican. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite; sponsorship options available.


Thursday, May 23, 7:00-9:30 pm – workshop, “Music of India: Introduction to Raag, Taal, and Naad Yoga,” at Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith SE, Albuquerque 87102 (TICKETS)

Friday, May 24, 7:30-9:30 pm – concert at Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith SE, Albuquerque (TICKETS)

Saturday, May 25, 7:30-9:30 pm – concert at Taos OnStage, 101-A Camino de la Placita, Ranchos de Taos 87557 (TICKETS)

Monday, May 27, 7:00-9:00 pm – concert at Paradiso Santa Fe, 903 Early St., Santa Fe 87501 (TICKETS)

The concert will consist of two parts:

Part 1. Songs of Benares, a performance of North Indian classical music showcasing the simultaneously earthy and spiritual style hailing from the ancient city of Benares, charmingly performed by acclaimed vocalist Rupan Samanta, on tour from India, with backup vocals and instrumental interpretations of the repertoire by Dr. Amie on sitar. Both artists are longtime disciples of the same legendary vocal guru and performer, the late Hindustani vocal diva Girija Devi of Benares. Uddalak Samanta will accompany on tabla.

Here is a link to a track from one of Rupan ji’s recent performances:

Part 2. Sangeet Millennium Ensemble – a collective of musicians founded by Amie Maciszewski who fuse non-commercial music of India with jazz and other world music styles, creating elegantly vibrant sounds that are both familiar and exotic. You can read more about them HERE. On this tour Dr. Amie will be joined by jazz saxophonist and songwriter Paul Klemperer of Austin, TX , and tabla player Uddalak Samanta, on tour from India.


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Who is Sangeet Millennium?
Sangeet (literally, sang – together; geet—song) is the Sanskrit word meaning “the performing arts,” inclusive of music (instrumental, vocal, percussion), dance, theater, and everything connected to these. Since the mid-20th century, sangeet has been used more commonly to mean music (all of the above included); however, the old meaning has not entirely fallen into disuse. We choose to maintain the original meaning.

Vision & Mission
Amie Maciszewski’s vision for Sangeet Millennium is to create and inhabit spaces where the performing and visual/media arts, knowledge, and social and environmental justice weave together as narrative threads of the same story, inspiring aesthetic delight, compassion, understanding, and, ultimately, positive change.

Our mission consists of utilizing the music and dance culture of the Indian subcontinent/South Asia as a foundation with which to bring together people of diverse backgrounds, generations, and abilities in the joyful exploration of the rich diversity of music and dance in the world for the common good: to raise people’s awareness of and, ultimately, respect for different types of this ultimate human expression.

We work to carry this out by investing in the community by assuming the role of cultural mediator/facilitator between performers and other artists, students, arts lovers, and arts scholars of diverse backgrounds, academia, and the public, working with all to place culture at the core of a strategy that uses art to express diverse (often under-represented) cultures, and
stimulating social impact in the community while becoming part of (and co-creating) a sustainable artistic ecosystem that supports non-commercial world music and dance.
Sangeet Millennium grew out of the Society for India Music, a non-profit organization founded in Albuquerque in 1990 and relocated to Austin in 1993. In 1999, Amie renamed the organization Sangeet, and in 2003, Sangeet Millennium. Amie and Sangeet Millennium’s programs and projects were supported from 2000 to 2013 by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.

Amie & Sangeet Millennium has been a juried artist of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster since 2008 and the Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2010. Relocated to Dallas in 2013, Amie/Sangeet Millennium has been receiving support from the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture since 2017. Our mission includes a strong educational component, through workshops offered by some of the distinguished visiting artists, as well as Amie’s ongoing classes, presentations of sitar and Hindustani vocal music, and community educational outreach events locally, nationally, and internationally.


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