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Amie Maciszewski, Amie & Sangeet Millennium

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How would you describe your music?

Traditional music of India and Indo-jazz fusion or world music

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

Leader and collaborator.

Describe your gear.

I own my instruments (sitar, tanpura, harmonium, esraj, tabla, electronic tanpura and tabla), have condenser mic, a dat recorder, and a video camera.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Yes! It's often hard to make your voice heard. Women's communication styles often differ from men's. I realized that as an instrumentalist I was usually in the company of men, often competing with them.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think the gender gap is/was greater for women of my generation (baby boomers) than for women today. It's easier for women today to navigate in traditionally male arenas.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

A publicist woman friend of mine told me: don't be afraid to get your work out there. This was valuable because I was always reticent about self-promotion. I had gotten too much discouraging feedback from men in the past. My advice to starting women musicians: understand what you want, mastermind your goal, and go after it. Be strong, work hard, and believe in yourself, but don't be afraid to be flexible.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

It cast a spell over me!

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