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Sangeet Safar

by Sangeet Millennium Ensemble

Classical sitar meets jazz saxophone, supported by tabla, creating a musical traversing of continents, from India to North America to Africa and back, sometimes juxtaposing, but more often blending, traditional ragas with original compositions.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hamsadhwani/Sound of the Swan - Alap
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer
4:10 album only
2. Hamsadhwani/Sound of the Swan - Gat in sitarkhani
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer, Shiv Naimpally
8:24 album only
3. Todi/Dark Fawn - Alap
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer
4:51 album only
4. Todi/Dark Fawn - Bandish in teental
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer, Shiv Naimpally
14:15 album only
5. Doriana
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer, Shiv Naimpally
8:17 album only
6. Chandrakauns/Moonrays - Alap
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer
3:01 album only
7. Chandrakauns/Moonrays - Gat in teental
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer, Shiv Naimpally
11:13 album only
8. Metal Fruit Dream
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer, Shiv Naimpally, Jay Srinivasan
8:31 album only
9. Jazzy Joghi
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer, Shiv Naimpally
8:51 album only
10. Bhairavi Alap/After Our Eyes Have Met
Amie Maciszewski, Paul Klemperer
4:04 album only


Album Notes
"Sangeet Safar" ("Musical Journey") features the music of sitarist Amie Maciszewski's genre-bending Indo-jazz fusion project, the Sangeet Millennium Ensemble. In it, she collaborates with saxophonist-composer Paul Klemperer and tabla player Shiv Naimpally, regular members of the ensemble. The CD's seven tracks reflect a kind of musical traversing of continents, from India to North America to Africa and back. Through these sonic pathways, the artists sometimes juxtapose, but more often blend Maciszewski's arrangements of traditional ragas with original compositions by Paul, driven by Shiv's solid, lively, rhythmic pulse.

The Sangeet Millennium Ensemble, a collective founded and led by Maciszewski, fuses traditional Indian music with jazz and other world music. This work follows the precedent set by her guru, Sarode Maestro Aashish Khan, and his elders, in which players of diverse instruments collaborate to compose, arrange, and perform loosely structured pieces, often based on classical raags, allowing for considerable improvisation. The ensemble's artistic work receives support from the City of Austin and Texas Commission on the Arts, among others. The ensemble's first CD, "Shimmering," was selected as a Texas Top Ten in the Austin Chronicle Music Critics' Poll 2007 year-end listings.

Amie Maciszewski is an American sitarist who has devoted her adult life to studying, performing, teaching, and promoting North Indian classical music. Her performances in North America, India, Europe, and Japan over two decades have received acclaim, as have her teaching and research. She has co-produced and directed four documentary films about marginalized female performers from the courtesan lineages of India. Her training in North Indian music includes both formal academic training in India and ongoing traditional study with two leading gurus: Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan and Hindustani vocal diva Padmabhushan Girija Devi. She received her basic training from the late sitarist Prof. Suresh Misra while living in India for a decade. Although her performance focus is on sitar playing, she is also an accomplished vocalist and includes singing in some of her presentations.



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