Maria Zemantauski

About Maria...

Maria Zemantauski is a nylon-string guitarist and composer whose style is heavily influenced by Spanish classical and flamenco music and dance. 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) and Petty Feet & Mistletoe (2010), 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 or with her ensemble, "Alegria," which has been described as an “elegantly understated global music ensemble.” She is also a founding member of "GX3+" trio. Maria has been the Coordinator of Cultural Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. since 2004 and is also on the faculty in the college's Department of Fine Art, Theater Art & Digital Media.

On the radio

Fans around the globe:

 From Old Stringhouse Music/Radio Teutoburger Wald, DJ Andrea Stolle: "Emotional and produced perfectly. First Class Acoustic Music." "Maria Zemantauski creates music which one can feel. Fantastic!" Herford, Germany


Radio Hoeksche Ward, dj Peter Kranendonk, The Netherlands

CJLX-FM, "Sunday Coffeehouse" dj Greg Schatzmann, Ontario, Canada

99.7 -FM, "Sidestream" dj Arthur Elliott, Brisbane, Australia

CH97.1-FM, dj Raymond Phillips, Whittlesea Victoria, Australia

Radio Gold Popular Network, dj Giovanni Scazzola, Italy

BBC Radio Shetland, dj James Pearson, Scotland, UK

ECMA Radio/Archangel's Music Corner, dj Kurt Gabriel, Austria

dj Tommy Truesdale, Ayrshire, Scotland

Radio Incontro, dj Maurizio Benvenuti, Pesaro, Italy

101-FM Honky Tonk Blues, dj Henry Prockup, Australia

Ultima Fronteira, dj Roberto Vales Fernandez, Galicia, Spain

98.5 FM CKWR, Songs From the Wood/Friday Night Folk Show, Doug Gibson, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Radio Voce Spazio, dj Massimo Ferro, Italy

WORT-FM, dj Sue Goldwomon, Madison, Wisconsin

WPCR, dj Jay Apicelli, Plymouth, New Hampshire

KVMR-FM "Nevada City Limits", dj Dennis Brunnenmeyer, Nevada City, California

OASD/WOAS-FM, dj Ken Raisanen, Ontonagon, Michigan

WMHB Radio, dj Jerry Saint Armand, Maine

90-FM, dj Jim Canales, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

WLRN, dj Michael Stock, Miami, Florida

WEXT, dj Bill Winans, Capital Region, New York