An evening of instrumental music as tribute to Gurudev [Rabindranath Tagore] “India World Cultural Forum celebrated Gurudev’s 150 birth anniversary at Habitat Center. . . . The second and final performance was by Dr. Amelia Maciszewski, who presented her sitar recital and sang. . . . the sounds this artist coaxed from her strings continued to resound in the audience’s hearts and minds. . . . “ Naidunia, New Delhi, India, 05/26/11.
“Top Ten Best Performing Bands 2010 – World Music” – Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll – http://www.austinchronicle.com/Awards/MusicAwards/?mode=browse&category=Best%2520Performing%2520Bands&year=2010
” Sangeet Millennium, the Austin-based Indian music group, features sitar, tabla, and saxophone, and the blend of the three sounds is delightful. . . . The group spun a seamless web of improvised music that sounded as tight as if they had rehearsed endlessly. The music was, in a word, riveting. . . . “ From “Sangeet Millennium at the Whip In, June 18, 2010″ by Sammy Epstein (Austin Attorney and jazz aficionado).
“Amie . . . presented examples of India’s diverse gharanas on sitar . . . the audience applauded each rendition . . . ” Dainik Jagran, Jamshedpur, India, 12/13/09.
“. . . Amie’s sitar playing enchanted everyone. . . . ” Prabhat Khabar, Dhanbad, India, 12/13/09.
“. . . Amie charmed the audience with her classical songs . . . one by one she sang beautiful songs in Hindi and Bhojpuri. . . . Amie also earned the audience’s admiration with her sitar playing . . . ” Dainik Jagran, Dhanbad, 12/13/09.
Texas Top 10s
Thursday, January 4, 2008, Music
1) The Sangeet Millennium Ensemble featuring Amelia Maciszewski, Shimmering (Sangeet Millennium)
“. . . Sunday’s local 40th anniversary tribute to the Monterey International Pop Festival boasted numerous standout performances . . . Sitarist Amie Maciszewski opened with a mesmerizing nod to Ravi Shankar’s seminal Monterey set . . . “ The Austin Chronicle, 6/17/07.
Chronicler of a Dying Tradition
The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, Jan. 20, 2005
“. . . When she sits with her sitar, it is her honesty that rings the loudest.
The horns of buses speeding by, the crackle of the microphone, or the long interface that she had to take part in immediately before her performance could have been excuses enough for concentration faltering during the alaap (of raag shyamkalyan). But Amelia would have none of that. Even as listeners at the Srijan rooftop come forward to congratulate her for what ended as a wonderful recital, she keeps reminding herself and others that it should have started better. . . .”
“Amelia Maciszewski is a cultural gift, and Austin is the place fortunate to call her its own.
As an sitarist, teaching artist, and music educator, not only is she the cornerstone for Indian music serving Austin with an international reach, she also brings artists together cross-culturally.
Living in Wimberley, I rarely venture into Austin at night, but I have for Amie’s events. Why? She’s worth it. . . .
Austin needs musical diversity, especially accessing the caliber of someone who is gifted not only as an artist but as a collaborator. Amie is someone who cares about her musical message and so reaches out to others without her ego being the driving force.”
Virginia Goszewska, Resolved for Results, founder and facilitator, Oct. 18, 2010
“This is a letter of gratitude to Amelia Maciszewski for her outstanding support and participation in the Celebrate Me! India event held at the Carver Museum on Saturday, November 13, 2010.
Amie’s involvement was above and beyond–and example of truly exemplary service. Not only did she perform with her group the Sangeet Millennium Ensemble at the close of the event, her influence was present throughout Celebrate Me! India. Amie’s Sangeet Millennium students began the event by sharing their musical talents with our appreciative audience. Later Amie’s documentary Disrupted Divas-Conflicting Pathways, a thought-provoking film about socially marginalized women musicians in India was screened.
. . . We are grateful to her for sharing her gifts and love of Indian culture and music with the 200 participants of Celebrate Me! India.”
–Faith Weaver, Culture and Arts Education Specialist, Coordinator of Celebrate Me! India
George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, Austin, TX, Nov. 19, 2010
The Artpost Center for Creative Expression
4704 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
November 18, 2010
To: Amie Maciszewski, Sangeet Millennium Ensemble
Re: Many thanks.
Thanks so much for bringing your ensemble to perform for us during the Artpost Music and Arts Fair – celebrating the East Austin Studio Tour 2010.
Your performance on the afternoon of Saturday Nov 13th was enjoyed by all, and our artists were still talking about it this week. The beautiful interplay and harmonies between the sitar, saxophone and tabla were remarkable. Your exploratory blend of world music and jazz is superb and was very well received and appreciated by our arts crowd.
Thanks for supporting the arts and helping to make our music and arts fair a success.
We’d love to have you back again in the future.
All the best,
Jim McCurry, The Artpost