Projects & Programs

Pakistan

In 2018, Amie was part of a Texas-based team that was awarded a grant by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Led by Dr. Michael Hirsch, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Huston-Tillitson University (in Austin) the team conducted training workshops on social science, education, and ethnomusicology research methods for diverse junior faculty selected by Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission. These were held at Punjab University, Lahore; HEC Resource Commission, Khanaspur, Khyber Pakhtunkwa; and Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, Rawalpindi.

Amie also completed a residency as visiting artist-scholar by the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi where she gave a sitar performance and led a workshop on doing ethnography. In addition while in Karachi, she performed upon invitation at Peace Niche/T2F, opened for renowned Qawwali ensemble Fareed Ayaz-Abu Mohamed at their annual Munshi Rahimuddin Birth Anniversary celebration, and presented a lecture-demonstration on Hindustani music to elementary school students at Ilmester Academy. In Lahore, she followed up on her interest in advocating for marginalized artists by participating in a program held at Fountain House that is part of an ongoing project to empower members of the Khwaja Sira (transgender) community, particularly seniors.

Read a review here of her performance at the National Academy for Performing Arts here.

In Islamabad, adjacent to Rawalpindi, following a visit by the team to Power99 FM, a progressive digital radio station dedicated to empowering people in under-served areas of northern and central Pakistan through interactive radio education broadcasts in multiple lesser-spoken regional languages, Amie accepted an invitation by the station directors to do an interview and performance on the nighttime music program. Amie’s performance in Islamabad, has been shared online by Power99.live.

At the end of 2019, Amie visited Pakistan for the third time. She traveled to Hunza, a remote northern mountain region, where she visited the innovative Leif Larsen Music Academy in historic Karimabad, dedicated to the preservation of the traditional music of the Hunza people. She is embarking on a pilot research project on this community. She also conducted a 2-day workshop on ethnomusicology at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, which included a sitar and tabla concert, in addition to coaching students to prepare multidisciplinary performances which they presented at the end of the workshop.

South Asian Music for the World

This multidisciplinary project consisted a series of performances and workshops throughout 2018. Dr. Amie Maciszewski and her co-performers showcased the music and dance of the Indian subcontinent and conducted numerous educational outreach workshops. A hallmark of Amie’s work style is the combination of her high-quality artistic product with education and outreach.

As part of the South Asian Music for the World series, we were proud to present the following events as part of this project:

  • Three intimate and interactive performances featuring Dr. Amie Maciszewski and world-class guest artists held at the historic Arts Mission Oak Cliff in Dallas.
  • Community and educational outreach programs including opportunities to learn traditional music from the Indian subcontinent.
  • A workshop entitled “Sangeet as Yoga,” in which Amie and dancer/choreographer/guru Anuradha Naimpally led participants in the exploration of the connections between traditional Indian dance (particularly hand gestures, or mudras), Indian vocal exercises (sargam), and yoga.
  • A conducted workshop-style music lessons with a group of Bhutanese refugee students in Dallas. This group performed at the Holistic Festival, Plano Event Center, in July, and later, led by teachers from their community, at Sangeet Millennium’s Third Annual Declare World Peace concert in September.

Program Schedule

Maihar Melodies

Maihar Melodies, the concert launching Sangeet Millennium’s 2018 series “South Asian Music for the World,” will showcase performances of North Indian instrumental music featuring virtuoso sarode performer and composer from Kolkata, India, Pandit Ranajit Sen Gupta, and Sangeet Millennium founder-director, sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski, expertly accompanied on tabla by Houston-based Pandit Shantilal Shah.

Songs of Benares

Songs of Benares, the second event of Sangeet Millennium’s 2018 series “South Asian Music for the World,” was a tribute concert in remembrance of Hindustani vocal diva Vidushi Girija Devi (1929-2017) featuring two of her longtime disciples, vocalist Rupan Sarkar-Samanta (from Dehradun, India) and sitarist Amie Maciszewski, accompanied by Uddalak Samanta on tabla and Amit Kelkar on harmonium. The artists performed select items from the Benares style repertoire, which they learned from Girija Devi.

Sangeet as Yoga

The fourth program of South Asian Music for the World was a collaboration between Amie and Anuradha Naimpally exploring the connection between Yoga, Bharat Nathyam dance, and Hindustani music.

Declare World Peace

Wrapping up South Asian Music for the World was the third annual Declare World Peace music festival. The one day program was a celebration of world music, dance, and poetry. This year saw performances by Impending Bloom Floating Ensemble, The Hathor Experience, Jamal Mohamed World Ensemble, Austin Dance India, Jacco Velarde & Vision Andina, and a joint performance from Austin Dance India and Sangeet Millennium Ensemble presenting their multidisciplinary, multimedia fusion performance piece “Moving Towards Light.” This concert was sponsored by Unity on Greenville and received support from the Texas Commission on the Arts in addition to that from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

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