“Sufis, Seers and Sitars” presented by Sangeet Millennium Tonight
Sitarist and singer Amie Maciszewski has spent more than half her life studying and practicing the music of North India. She lived in Santiniketan, India for a decade, absorbing the music and literature of the region, and earning degrees from Viswa-Bharati University. She established the Sangeet Millennium Ensemble in Austin in 2006, using her skills and knowledge to create a different kind of world music, one that has contemporary sounds and instruments interwoven with traditional Indian music styles.
The ensemble will present a program titled “Sufis, Seers and Sitars” featuring performances by Maciszewski on sitar and vocals, tabla player Shiv Naimpally and Austin saxophonist and composer Paul Klemperer, in a fusion of traditional Hindustani music with jazz. The program also features Fulbright scholar, artist and sitarist from Pakistan Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, who will perform Sufi songs and ghazal (Urdu love poetry) from his region. Austin world music artist Oliver Rajamani is also a featured performer, with multi-instrumental and vocal arrangements of South Indian folk songs of fortune tellers.