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
Sten & Maria Z in Concert De Blasiis Music Series De Blasiis Music Series @ The Hyde, Glens Falls, NY 12801 De Blasiis Music Series @ The Hyde, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Arts In Education w/ Tacones y Manos Calientes Iroquois Middle School, Niskayuna, NY Iroquois Middle School, Niskayuna, NY
¡La Guitarra Fiesta! Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Conn. 06105 Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Conn. 06105
The EDDIES Regional Music Awards Proctors Theater , Schenectady NY 12305 Proctors Theater , Schenectady NY 12305
First Night Saranac Lake Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake NY 12983 Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake NY 12983
Private Engagement  
A Benefit For Kids Need Music Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown NY 12165 Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown NY 12165
Kids Need Music: A Benefit for Mekeel Christian Academy Mekeel Christian Academy, Scotia, NY 12302 Mekeel Christian Academy, Scotia, NY 12302
TAUM Annual Benefit Bush Memorial at Russell Sage College, Troy NY Bush Memorial at Russell Sage College, Troy NY
Sunday Service Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady , Schenectady NY 12308 Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady , Schenectady NY 12308
Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase: String Sampler Concert Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock NY 12498 Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock NY 12498
Private Engagement  
Maria Z Ensemble Freedom Park, Scotia, NY Freedom Park, Scotia, NY
Maria Z Solo Concert Mohonk Mountain House , New Paltz NY 12561 Mohonk Mountain House , New Paltz NY 12561
"Jazz" on Jay! Schenectady NY Schenectady NY
La Guitarra Fiesta! Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie NY 12184 Valatie Community Theatre, Valatie NY 12184
Maria Z Solo Concert Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany NY Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany NY
Private Engagement Troy NY Troy NY
Private Engagement  
Maria Z in Residence w Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli NY 12583 Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli NY 12583

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 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