The reviews are in!

A musician with breath-taking technique-and not at the expense of soul. She holds her formidable technical skill in check with her emotional, passionate performances. Each song conveys a small story without one word. Her love of her guitar and music was only surpassed by her obvious love of the audience.”

— David Malachowski, guitarist/writer

The reviews are in!

Maria Zemantauski is a musical genius, whose performances leave her audiences asking for more. She plays with such passion and beauty, sharing cultural interpretations that make the music come alive for her audience. Building on traditional motifs and creating new and original works, Maria offers the best of both worlds. Her performance was magical, and the audience loved her!”

— Linda Pershing, California State University, San Marcos

Upcoming Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Annual Sangriafest Hudson Chatham Winery, Ghent NY 12075 Hudson Chatham Winery, Ghent NY 12075
House Concert  
Private Event Burlington, Vermont Burlington, Vermont
Sten & Maria Z Berkshire Food Project: First Congregational Church, North Adams MA Berkshire Food Project: First Congregational Church, North Adams MA
Arts In Education w/ Tacones y Manos Calientes Iroquois Middle School, Niskayuna, NY Iroquois Middle School, Niskayuna, NY
Sten & Maria Z CANCELLED Rocky Top Concert Series CANCELLED, Sprakers NY Rocky Top Concert Series CANCELLED, Sprakers NY
Guitar Workshop CANCELLED Old Songs , Voorheesville, NY 12186 Old Songs , Voorheesville, NY 12186
Maria Z Solo Concert CANCELLED Old Songs Inc. Old Songs Inc.
Sten & Maria Z Benefit Concert Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY
Sten & Maria Z Argyle Brewing Company, Cambridge NY Argyle Brewing Company, Cambridge NY
Sten & Maria Z The Strand Theatre, Hudson Falls NY The Strand Theatre, Hudson Falls NY
Sten & Maria Z First Night Saranac Lake NY First Night Saranac Lake NY
Sten & Maria Z @ The Linda The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio , Albany NY The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio , Albany NY
Sten & Maria Z Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie NY 12184 Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie NY 12184
Tacones y Manos Calientes Duo Albany Public Library , Albany NY 12210 Albany Public Library , Albany NY 12210
Sten & Maria Z Beverwyck , Slingerlands NY Beverwyck , Slingerlands NY
Private Event Beacon NY Beacon NY
Sten & Maria Z Music Haven Concert Series, Schenectady NY Music Haven Concert Series, Schenectady NY
Sten & Maria Z Rockin' on the River!, Troy NY Rockin' on the River!, Troy NY
An Evening w/ Cecilia Zabala wsg Maria Z The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio , Albany NY 12206 The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio , Albany NY 12206

About Maria

MARIA ZEMANTAUSKI is a nylon-string guitarist and composer whose style is most significantly influenced by the Spanish classical and flamenco repertoire. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse (1997), Seeing Red (2000), Under the Lemon Tree (2005), Petty Feet & Mistletoe (2010) and the self-titled, Maria Zemantauski (2018) have received stellar reviews from music critics around the world. 

Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. This is not surprising considering that as a child, she resisted guitar lessons, telling her encouraging parents that she wanted to “discover the instrument on her own without being told what to do.” As one reviewer wrote, “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it." She believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless and pursues her music with passion, confidence and grace. 

With a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology, she is a relentless promoter of the arts as a vital educational component and an integral part of society. She is highly regarded for combining both performance and sociocultural analysis and is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities nationwide, including the University of San Francisco, University of California at Santa Cruz, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College School of Music, St. Lawrence University, California State University at San Marcos and The University of Kentucky at Lexington. Her music can also be heard in the award-winning documentary, “Radical Harmonies,” an historical perspective of Women’s Music Festivals and “The Heretics” a documentary film about the Women’s Art Movement of the 1970’s in the USA. 

Maria performs extensively as a soloist, with percussionist Brian Melick (aka Uduboy), guitarist/mandolinist, Sten Isachsen ("Sten & Maria Z") and with the unique and flexible, Maria Z Ensemble. She has been the Coordinator of Cultural Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. since 2004 and is on the faculty in the college's Department of Fine Arts, Theater Arts & Digital Media.

photo: kiki vassilakis

photo: kiki vassilakis