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When: Sunday, September 01, 2019 @ 03:00 PM
Location: Sierra City - California, United States
Venue: Kentucky Mine Amphitheater, 100 Kentucky Mine Rd.
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Ancient Future Times: Spectacular Summer Show in the Sierras, School Sale, Scene Seeks Support   Ancient Future Times: Spectacular Summer Show in the Sierras, School Sale, Scene Seeks Support Summer 2019 Issue : Ancient Future in the Sierra Nevada September 1 •Music at the Mine in Sierra City for Your Labor Day Weekend Holiday! Back to the Ancient Future Back to School Sale • Recordings, Music Training Materials, Skype Studies, and Musical Scavenger Hunt 3 Ways to Contribute to the World Fusion Movement •Make a Tax Deductible Contribution to Ancient Future, Make a Direct Donation, Support A.F.A.R. Ancient Future in the Sierra Nevada September 1 Pictured: Matthew Montfort (guitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla), Doug McKeehan (keys). Music at the Mine in Sierra City for Your Labor Day Weekend Holiday!Featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Doug McKeehan (keys), and Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla) Sunday, September 1, 3 PM Music at the Mine Kentucky Mine Amphitheater 100 Kentucky Mine Rd. Sierra City, CA 96125 Tix: $22 adv., $25 door, $10 kids 7 to 17 years old. Kids 6 and under are FREE!  Buy Tix . Info: Call Chris Stockdale at 530-862-1076 or email cstockrock@gmail.com Facebook Event Press Release Ancient Future returns to perform at the Music at the Mine series at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheater for the first time since 2000. This outdoor amphitheater is in a stunningly spectacular setting nestled below the Sierra Buttes. This uptempo program features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, virtuoso keyboardist Doug McKeehan, and world famous Indian tabla phenomenon Aditya Kalyanpur, who is flying in from India for the event! Montfort and McKeehan have played hundreds of concerts together with master musicians from many different traditions, and Montfort and Kalyanpur are known for their duet program that emanates strains of passionate flamenco and ethereal Indian raga and fires up crowds at outdoor festivals. This virtuoso trio's uptempo program is an exhilarating and improvisatory take on Ancient Future's broad repertoire. Featured Musicians Aditya Kalyanpur (Indian tabla) Beginning his studies at the age of five under the vigilance of tabla maestro late Ustad Allarakha and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, Aditya Kalyanpur is considered as one of the most promising torchbearers of the Punjab Gharana style of tabla performance. Aditya was first seen with his guru Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. Having the honor of being recognized as an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his guru. Since then he has lent the enchanting music of his tabla to numerous commercials. We hear his tabla ringing in the background of the film "Everybody Says I am Fine" where Zakir Hussain composed the background score. To quote the acknowledging words of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain for his young, talented disciple; "Even a young player like, say, Aditya Kalyanpur has the ability to approach the instrument with much more expertise than someone of his age would do 30 years ago." Honored with the title of 'Taal – Mani', Aditya Kalyanpur is the recipient of I.T.C's prestigious "Vidyasagar Award" as well as the "Sangeet Visharad." He has performed with many famous groups in a variety of genres, including the Rolling Stones. Doug McKeehan (keys) Doug McKeehan started his piano studies at age five, and began his first professional work at the age of twelve. He studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory, Kent State University, and the University of Otago (New Zealand). He has toured Europe twice and spent considerable time in India studying with notable Indian music teachers such as Pandit Ram Narayan, Ustad Kursheed Khan and Pandit A.G. Bhattacharya. He has composed original music for stage and T.V. productions in San Francisco and Los Angeles and has been musical director of two original musical comedy productions. He cofounded Air Craft with violinist Bruce Bowers, which released a highly acclaimed progressive jazz album, So Near, So Far (Crafted Air CA 30100). Since joining Ancient Future in 1985, he has performed hundreds of concerts with the band. Matthew Montfort (band leader, scalloped fretboard guitar) Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world fusion music ensemble Ancient Future. He is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). Montfort spent three months in intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. In 2009, he released his first solo guitar recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar , which debuted at #8 on Zone Music Reporter's Top 100 February 2009 World Radio Chart, and held the #34 spot on the Top 100 of 2009. He has performed concerts worldwide, including at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona and the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay. He has performed live on national radio and TV shows such as the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities : Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India , which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills. Back to the Ancient Future Back to School SaleRecordings, Music Training Materials, Skype Studies, and Musical Scavenger Hunt Purchases at the Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store directly support the artists and the music, and our back to school sale offers bargain prices! Five for Fifty: Five Releases Just $10 Each Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. Signed Audio/Video E-CD-R. List $17.98. SALE $10. Buy 1 Now . Planet Passion by Ancient Future. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2010. List $17.98. SALE $10 . Buy 1 Now . Sangria by Mariah Parker. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2017. List $17.98. SALE $10 . Buy 1 Now . Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2008. List $17.98. SALE $10. Buy 1 Now . Sympathetic Serenade by Matthew Montfort. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2012. Signed EP CD-R. List $12.98. SALE $10. Buy 1 Now . The Ancient-Future.Com Record Store is the only place where all of the Ancient Future band recordings , including out of print major label recordings, are available on CD. The site also features releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records , the band's artist coalition label, and side projects by Ancient Future band members on other labels. Educational Materials Sale: Get More Enjoyment Out of Music World Music Studies for Listeners and Musicians! Want to get more out of listening to music? Study of music traditions isn't just for musicians. The more you know about music, the more you will get out of listening to it. For example, many listeners are attracted to the spiritual feeling of Indian classical music. But knowing the basics of tala (Indian rhythm cycles) will greatly enhance what one experiences while listening. A great way to get started on a journey to become a better listener is to visit the education section of Ancient-Future.Com. Included are explanations of African, Arabic, Balinese, and Indian traditions along with some basic exercises to practice that require no instruments to perform. Your site surfing can even win prizes in this issue's Musical Scavenger Hunt ! And as you learn more, you may wish to take a private Skype lesson to continue your studies. Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book. $46.95 SALE $33.95. Buy 1 Now . Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI Files. $74.95 SALE $53.95. Buy 1 Now . Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download. New Best Buy! $69.95 SALE $49.95. Buy 1 Now . Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set. New Release! $34.95 SALE 24.95. Buy 1 Now . Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set. $39.95 SALE $29.95 . Buy 1 Now . This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists. The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks. Digital Liner Note Discounts Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes . 7 page .pdf of liner notes for Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. Features detailed explanations of the musical concepts of raga and tala behind the music. $1.98 list. SALE $1.50. Buy 1 Now . Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar Digital Liner Notes . 17 page .pdf of liner notes for Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Explains the inspirations and musical concepts behind each serenade. Sheet music is included for those who want to delve deeper. $2.98 list. SALE $2. Buy 1 Now . Sympathetic Serenade Digital Liner Notes . 9 page .pdf of liner notes for Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Features explanations of musical concepts. $1.98 list. SALE $1.50. Buy 1 Now . Planet Passion Digital Liner Notes . 11 page .pdf of liner notes for Planet Passion by Ancient Future. Features comprehensive notes detailing a mythical story of love through the musical traditions of the world. $1.98 list. SALE $1.50. Buy 1 Now . Skype Studies Sale Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site via private Skype lessons with Ancient Future bandleader and guitarist, Matthew Montfort. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists , Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar) along with record production , composition, world rhythms , music theory, and repertoire for all instruments. Skype Lessons 60 Minute Lesson. $75. SALE $60. Buy 1 Now . Custom private one hour online lesson. 45 Minute Lesson. $65. SALE $48. Buy 1 Now . Custom private 45 minute online lesson. 30 Minute Lesson. $50. SALE $36. Buy 1 Now . Custom private 30 minute online lesson. Gift certificates are available for online lessons worldwide via Skype . The lessons can also be conducted through other webcam chat and conferencing services. And for a limited time, an additional discount is automatically offered on a Skype tutorial with purchase of Matthew Montfort's book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India at Ancient-Future.Com ! Musical Scavenger Hunt 3 Ways to Win Start the school year with this scavenger hunt to win music education materials and learn about the ancient musical traditions of the world! Hunt through Ancient-Future.Com to answer the scavenger hunt questions. All of those who get any answer right win an educational digital liner note download of their choice! Get all of the answers right and also win your choice of the Audio Guide or MIDI Groove companion tracks to the world rhythms training manual, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities . 3 Scavenger Hunt Questions Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan? What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats? This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through September 15, 2019. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com . 3 Ways to Contribute to the World Fusion Movement 1. Make a Tax Deductible Contribution to Ancient Future Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings. In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. You can help by supporting it financially: Make a Tax Deductible Donation . Ancient Future was accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations made through them on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law! 2. Make a Direct Donation (Not Tax Deductible) Make a Direct Donation (not tax deductible). This works well for those who are not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 3. Support the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings Help Push A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings , Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks totaling 43 minutes are already in production. The new tracks will represent a 50% expansion of the project! We have raised 21% of our funding goal so far. This is substantial, but averages just a little more than 2% per year, so we need to greatly speed up our fundraising to complete the project. Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. And if you are already a supporter, you can still upgrade to higher quality downloads until each supporter level is sold out. Once you become a supporter, you will receive all of the tracks in the archive (and all of the tracks that will be added in the future), and you will be eligible to buy a limited edition CD-R of the Best of A.F.A.R. So Far , which is includes all of the best tracks that will (barely) fit on a CD-R. The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030) Recording Newsletter. $15 (receive 128 kbps downloads): Subscribe @ $15 . Download Supporter. $25 (320 kbps downloads): Subscribe @ $25 . Limited Edition CD Sponsor. $50 (all previous plus CD quality audio): Subscribe @ $50 . Honorary A & R Representative. $75 (all previous plus video and 24 bit audio): Subscribe @ $75 . Donor VIP. Make Additional Donation . A.F.A.R. So Far CD-R. $20 Additional. SALE $15. Buy CD-R Now . Progress A.F.A.R. Beyond Kalyan Hundreds and hundreds of hours have already gone into the composition, rehearsal, pre-production, and recording the guitar tracks for this new piece by Matthew Montfort. Beyond Kalyan is based on Rag Kalyan, but takes it in new directions, even altering the basic recipe for the raga, hence the title. It is a very expansive, emotional, and difficult to perform piece. Mindia Devi spent several weeks practicing her bansuri flute parts, and then did a five hour recording session, nailing all of the composed parts. The next step will be to record her improvised solos. After that, it will be Vishal Nagar's turn to contribute tabla tracks. Right now, we need to raise funds to pay musicians so that they can carve out time to practice their parts and record them. To complete the project, it would really help to have funds coming in more quickly. Please sign up to support the project! more
Ancient Future Times: Soon to See in San Francisco + Summer Circuit   Ancient Future Times: Soon to See in San Francisco + Summer Circuit June 2019 Issue : Ancient Future at S.F. International Arts Festival •Soon to See if San Francisco Still Supports its Scene Ancient Future 'World Without Walls' Lineup Press •Articles Covering Ancient Future 1990 to 1994 Ancient Future Summer Circuit •Central Coast and Sierra Nevada Festivals Ancient Future at S.F. International Arts Festival Soon to See if San Francisco Still Supports its SceneAncient Future 'World Without Walls' Reunion Concert Note: This is the ONLY Ancient Future concert booked for the rest of the year in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is only the fifth time that this historic lineup has performed since the 90's when they toured and performed hundreds of concerts. DON'T MISS THIS VERY RARE PERFORMANCE. Photo by Irene Young of Ancient Future circa 1990 Sunday, May 26, 2019, 5 PM San Francisco International Arts Festival Gallery 308, Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94109 Tix: $25 general. $30 reserved table, $35 reserved front table, $15 youth 17 and under. Box office: 415-345-7575. 20% Off Tix (Enter Discount Code Future20 at Checkout. Case Sensitive. No Spaces) Press Release Invite Friends on Facebook Poster (1.1 MB .pdf) The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The reunion show features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion, plus Kash Killion on bass and Mariah Parker on santur. This lineup of Ancient Future played over a hundred concerts together from 1988 to 1995, more than any other lineup of Ancient Future. In 2011, they reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and Yoshi's in San Francisco. In honor of the reunion concerts, World Without Walls was re-released by Capitol Records . Twenty two years after its initial 1990 release, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012. This show at the San Francisco International Arts Festival will be their fifth reunion concert. 'World Without Walls' Reunion Video YouTube Video of Ancient Future Performing Bookenka at 'World Without Walls' Reunion Support the Concert with a Tax Deductible Contribution! Ancient Future's 40th Anniversary Concert at the Freight and Salvage was a big success in no small part due to an anonymous last minute contribution that made it possible to pay for advertising we would not have been able to afford otherwise. World music concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area can not pay for themselves through ticket sales alone, so we are very thankful for the help of those who can afford to give. By making a tax deductible donation to Ancient Future through InterMusic SF , you can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings. Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF! You can also help by signing up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings . Ancient Future 'World Without Walls' Lineup Press 'World Without Walls' Reviews & Articles World Without Walls Media Report (6.4 MB)                 'Asian Fusion' Reviews & Articles Asian Fusion Media Report (11.4 MB)                   Articles Covering Ancient Future 1990 to 1994 The world music scene in the early 90's was very vibrant, and there were a lot of articles written about Ancient Future in local, national, and international publications. A few have been compiled here. They include everything from very in-depth articles and reviews to a humorous but rave record review extolling the benefits that amass for dentists who include Ancient Future on patient playlists. Probably this dental review should stay buried deep in the Ancient Future archives, but it's funny so here's an excerpt and you can read the entire review if you wish (probably you do): "I played this CD over my office audio system, and it was just like Novocaine. The patients love it! I can go right in and fill their cavities, yank their wisdom teeth, drain gum abscesses, whatever, when they go into their open-but-very-distant-eyed, puffed-cheek trance upon hearing this stuff...Great, authentic performances from Chinese board zither performer Zhao Hui and Bui Huu Nhut, whose dan bau (single-string Vietnamese instrument) plucking adds color and resonance to already beautiful songs." – Biff Mockowski, D.D.S., Secret Guide to Music Ancient Future was very early on the world music bandwagon, and at the beginning was often confused with New Age music. This led to to comparisons such as the one in the Boston Rock review on page 58 of the 'World Without Walls' Media Report that calls Ancient Future "Shadowfax with teeth," although Shadowfax wasn't really a New Age band either, and Ancient Future never bit anyone. But by the early 1990's, world music was finally getting coverage in the media. It was a promising period, but the progress that world music made was to some degree erased by the fear of foreign cultures that come to the front after 9/11. In the current age of polarization, world music is needed now more than ever, as is professional writing in respected publications that care about facts. Download some of these articles and have some fun looking at the birth of world music into the mainstream media through the way back machine. Jazzziz: Percuscapes 11/1/1990 Urban Street Tribal Village by John Diliberto JAZZIZ Article (7.8 MB pdf)             Talking Leaves 6/1/1991 Creating a World Without Walls by Matthew Montfort Talking Leaves Article (10.8 MB pdf)             San Francisco Bay Guardian 6/5/1991 Music Sans Borders by Derk Richardson Bay Guardian Article (5.2 MB pdf)             Heartsong Review 3/21/1992 World Fusion Music Interview by Acacia Heartsong Interview (5.1 MB pdf)             Roland Users Group 9/1/1992 Ancient Futures Random Noise Roland Feature (7.1 MB pdf)          Suono 1993 Un Mondo Senza Muri by Cristina Palesi Suono Article (560 k pdf)               BAM 6/18/1993- 8/10/1993 One World Beat by Jonathan E. BAM Articles (16.7 MB pdf)                 India Currents 7/1/1993 Asian Fusion: 9 Rasas by Teed Rockwell India Currents Article (1.2 MB pdf)           Philippine News 7/21/1993 World fusion music festival by a Staff Reporter Philippine News Article (832 k pdf)             India-West 8/13/1993 Ancient Future Releases 6th Album by a Staff Reporter India-West Article (424 k pdf)             S.F. Chronicle 8/15/1993 East and West Meet in Ancient Future by Calvin Ahlgren SF Chronicle Article (33 MB pdf)               Pacific Sun 8/25/1993 East meets West with Ancient Future by Greg Cahill Pacific Sun Article (10 MB pdf)               Secret Guide to Music 10/1/1993 Just Like Novocaine by Biff Mockowski, D.D.S. Secret Guide Humor (676 k pdf)               Tower Pulse! Top 10 11/1/1993 Ancient Future absorbs Asian sounds 12/1/1993 by John Diliberto Tower Pulse! Articles (5.1 MB pdf)             Oakland Tribune Cue 2/17/1994 Ancient Future blends sounds by Dave Becker Oakland Tribune Article (3.8 MB pdf)             Guitar Player 4/1/1994 Picks April 94 Pick by a Staff Reporter Guitar Player Pick (1.2 MB pdf)                   Ancient Future Summer Circuit Central Coast and Sierra Nevada Festivals The summer festival season is coming, offering a chance to see Ancient Future in a wonderful vacation setting! Sunday, July 28, 5 PM, Ancient Future , Mosaic Festival , See Canyon Fruit Ranch , 2345 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 . Tix: $40 grass, $60 table. Buy Tix . Sunday, September 1, 3 PM, Ancient Future, Kentucky Mine Amphitheater , 100 Kentucky Mine Rd., Sierra City, CA 96125. Tix: $22 adv., $25 door, $10 kids 7 to 17 years old. Kids 6 and under are FREE!  Buy Tix . Do you know of a festival in your area that might hire Ancient Future? Send contact information to info@ancient-future.com and we will follow up.     more
Ancient Future Times: Secret Code for the Future Ancient Future Times: Secret Code for the Future May 2019 Issue : Future40 Secret Code •40% Off Tix for 5/26/19 @ SFIAF Guitar A.F.A.R. •First Recording of Martin Scalloped Fretboard Guitar World Fusion for the Future •Movement Needs Young People Honoring the Departed •In the Ancient Future Beyond Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series •Each Concert Program Features Different Material! Future40 Secret Code 40% Off Tix for 5/26/19 @ SFIAFAncient Future 'World Without Walls' Reunion Concert Photo by Irene Young of Ancient Future circa 1990 Sunday, May 26, 2019, 5 PM San Francisco International Arts Festival Gallery 308, Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94109 Tix: $25 general. $30 reserved table, $35 reserved front table, $15 youth 17 and under. Box office: 415-345-7575. 40% Off Tix (Enter Discount Code Future40 at Checkout Through May 11) Press Release Invite Friends on Facebook Poster (1.1 MB .pdf) The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The reunion show features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion, plus Kash Killion on bass. This lineup of Ancient Future played over a hundred concerts together from 1988 to 1995. In 2011, they reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and Yoshi's in San Francisco. In honor of the reunion concerts, World Without Walls was re-released by Capitol Records . Twenty two years after its initial 1990 release, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012. This show at the San Francisco International Arts Festival will be their fifth reunion concert. 'World Without Walls' Reunion Video YouTube Video of Ancient Future Performing Bookenka at 'World Without Walls' Reunion "Ancient Future is a rare kind of band that might simultaneously aggravate purists, confound New Age dilettantes, seduce skeptics, and dazzle just about everybody else. Delicious compositions, intricate arrangements, crisp playing and impeccable production put these ambitious voyagers in a league of their own." - Derk Richardson, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN Releases Featuring This Lineup World Without Walls by Ancient Future (Sona Gaia/MCA 163). Asian Fusion by Ancient Future (Narada Equinox ND-63023). Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010). Guitar A.F.A.R. First Recording of Martin Scalloped Fretboard Guitar Montfort's custom guitar is the result of a collaboration between Montfort, Dick Boak of the Artist Relations Department of C.F. Martin & Co., and San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman. Starting in 2014, Dick Boak worked with Montfort to help design the instrument, which features a very large sound hole to add volume, an extra upper bout sound hole so that Montfort can hear the guitar better, a cutaway with extra frets protruding into the sound hole to accommodate his extended playing range, and a short scale yet wide neck to allow for greater string bending capability. Master luthier Alan Perlman scalloped the fretboard and added other finishing touches to complete this amazing instrument in 2016. The instrument is now broken in, and the first recording featuring it is in the works. The rehearsals for the Ancient Future's 40th Anniversary Concert helped put a focus on a new 30-minute suite in production for the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings , Ancient Future's fan funded recording project that already includes over 86 minutes of music available exclusively to supporters. Hundreds of hours have already gone into the composition, rehearsal, pre-production, and recording some of the guitar tracks for this new piece by Matthew Montfort. Beyond Kalyan is based on Rag Kalyan, but takes it in new directions, even altering the basic recipe for the raga, hence the title. It is a very expansive, emotional, and difficult to perform piece. The focus of A.F.A.R. this spring will be recording Mindia Devi Klein's bansuri flute and Vishal Nagar's tabla tracks. Right now, we need to raise funds to pay musicians so that they can carve out time to practice their parts and record them. Please sign up to support the project and receive tracks as they are created! You can also make a tax deductible donation through InterMusic SF to support new compositions and recordings. World Fusion for the Future Movement Needs Young People As of this moment, all types of virtuoso instrumental music are suffering from a lack of young audience members. At concerts of top performers in jazz, classical, and world music, there is a lot of gray hair in the audience. There are very few people in their 20s, 30s, or 40s, and often the few in those age groups turn out to be musicians themselves. In honor of our 40th year of world fusion, we recently embarked on cleaning up the Ancient Future postal list in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in the process found the vital statistics that are compiled in the chart below: Scary ChartAge GroupFans in Group< 402.4%40's6.5%50's20.2%60's41.1%70's23.3% > 806.6%Young Musicians Music pedagogy has come a long way since Ancient Future was formed, and we are producing wonderful young virtuoso performers. But we've cut music education in public schools, so new musicians are coming from those few school districts who have found a way to keep music programs, or families that can afford to pay for private lessons. But there aren't many performance opportunities for young performers because we haven't also developed an audience with musical knowledge. People need to be exposed to the elements of music to develop an interest in the higher forms of the art, and if that exposure doesn't happen in the formative years, music loses its base. Americana in the Age of Polarization In the past decade or so, Americana has enjoyed a resurgence at music festivals, venues, and radio shows, with young musicians joining the ranks. This has been a bright spot in music. However, since 9/11, support for world music has declined in America. Americana shows have replaced many world music shows on public radio, and even supposedly left leaning outlets like KPFA have cut world music programming. While it is important to keep Americana alive, it should not be at the expense of opening up people to music from cultures other than their own. World music can help alleviate the fear of "the other" that is so prevalent in public discourse today. America has always been a melting pot, so Americana shows should embrace American-made world fusion music. But they tend to favor music with a lot of Irish influence, undervalue the role of African music in American music forms, and ignore Asian influenced music altogether. What You Can Do About It Take younger relatives and friends to concerts. Share playlists of high quality world fusion music. Free streaming should be abolished due to absurdly low artist payments, so it is best to purchase music. But streaming is how young people experience music, so we need to reach them before it is too late for an interest in higher art forms to develop. That said, streaming is a low quality music experience, and the subtleties of high level music get lost between data compression and lo-fi phones. This is quite a puzzle to fix. For now, here are some playlists to share: World Music Connections . World fusion music and the traditional music that inspired it side by side. Indian Guitar . Guitarists working in Indian music utilizing everything from slides to scalloped fretboards. Interspecies Music . Intriguing music influenced by interspecies interactions and nature, from live jams with Pacific tree frogs from Ancient Future's Natural Rhythms to elephants playing instruments! World Jazz . Jazz that influenced Ancient Future along with some more recent world jazz recordings. Asian Fusion . World fusion music with Asian themes. Send younger friends to the music education pages at Ancient-Future.Com . Contact your local public radio station and ask them to bring back world music shows. Honoring the Departed Photo of Phil Fong Circa 1979 by Geoffrey Chandler In the Ancient Future Beyond Updating Ancient Future's mailing list resulted in almost 100 sad discoveries of fans of Ancient Future who have passed away, including the loss of visionary artist and musician Geoffrey Chandler (1951-2017), who took three of the photos on Ancient Future's first recording, Visions of a Peaceful Planet , including the above photo (originally in beautiful color, but the original is hopefully to be found buried deep in the Ancient Future archives) of original member Phil Fong (1954-2016). Also in the ancient future beyond are composer and flautist Randy Mead (1954-2012), who is prominently featured on the Quiet Fire release, and Mahanaim Satya (1945-2010), a noted jazz musician and producer who held down the bass at a number of Ancient Future concerts in the early 80's. We've just received the very difficult news that Elias Lammam, Arabic accordion master and brother of Ancient Future performers Antoine and Georges Lammam , passed away on April 23 after suffering an aneurism on stage during a tour in Florida. This is a huge loss to the music world and our musical community. Our deep condolences go out to his family. YouTube Video of Elias Lammam We want to honor all of our departed fans and fellow musicians by passing the torch to future generations and working to bring more young people into the world fusion music movement. Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series YouTube Video of Very First Meeting of Matthew Montfort and Shenshen Zhang Each Concert Program Features Different Material! Ancient Future bandleader and scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer will be joined by master musicians from many traditions for this series of hour long free concerts at libraries in Sonoma County. Each show will feature different material from recordings by Matthew Montfort, Ancient Future, and the master musicians he is performing with. Press Release . Saturday, April 27, 2 PM, Guitar and Pipa Duet with Matthew Montfort and Shenshen Zhang (pipa), Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. Free. Info: 707- 996-5217 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . Saturday, May 4, 2 PM, Ancient Future Duet , Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park Expressway / State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Free. Info: 707-584-9121 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . Saturday, May 11, 2 PM, Ancient Future World Jazz Trio , Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Free. Info: 707-433-3772 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event .   more
Early Bird Gets the World Ancient Future Times: Early Bird Gets the World April 2019 Issue : Early Bird Gets the World Without Walls Reunion Concert •$15 Tickets for 5/26/19 @ SFIAF Available Through 3/31/19 Progress A.F.A.R. •Beyond Kalyan Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series •Each Concert Program Features Different Material! Contributions to Ancient Future Make a Difference •Tax Deductible Donation Helped Make 40th Anniversary Concert a Success! Early Bird Gets the World ... ... Without Walls Reunion Concert$15 Tickets for 5/26/19 @ SFIAF Available Through 3/31/19 World Jazz featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keyboards, piano), Ian Dogole (percussion) Photo by Irene Young of Ancient Future circa 1990 Sunday, May 26, 2019, 5 PM San Francisco International Arts Festival Gallery 308, Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94109 Tix: $25 general. $30 reserved table, $35 reserved front table, $15 youth 17 and under. $15 general admission early bird tickets available through March 31 while supplies last. Box office: 415-345-7575. Buy Early Bird Tix Now (Price Goes Up April 1) Invite Friends on Facebook . Poster (1.1 MB .pdf) The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The reunion show features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion. This lineup of Ancient Future played over a hundred concerts together from 1988 to 1995. In 2011, they reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and Yoshi's in San Francisco. In honor of the reunion concerts, World Without Walls was released digitally by Capitol Records for the first time ever at major digital retailers such as iTunes . Twenty two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012. In September 2012 they performed at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then at the Freight and Salvage in October 2013. This show at the San Francisco International Arts Festival will be their fifth reunion concert. 'World Without Walls' Reunion YouTube Video of Ancient Future Performing Bookenka at 'World Without Walls' Reunion. Shown: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keyboards, piano), Ian Dogole (percussion), Kash Killion (bass), and Mariah Parker (santur). "Ancient Future is a rare kind of band that might simultaneously aggravate purists, confound New Age dilettantes, seduce skeptics, and dazzle just about everybody else. Delicious compositions, intricate arrangements, crisp playing and impeccable production put these ambitious voyagers in a league of their own." - Derk Richardson, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN Releases Featuring This Lineup World Without Walls by Ancient Future (Sona Gaia/MCA 163). Asian Fusion by Ancient Future (Narada Equinox ND-63023). Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010). Progress A.F.A.R. Beyond Kalyan Ancient Future's 40th Anniversary Concert at the Freight and Salvage was a tremendous success, with two standing ovations and over 200 people attending on a Tuesday night in the midst of the rainy season and safety issues on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge! The rehearsals for the event helped put a focus on a new 30-minute suite in production for the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings , Ancient Future's fan funded recording project that already includes over 86 minutes of music available exclusively to supporters. Hundreds and hundreds of hours have already gone into the composition, rehearsal, pre-production, and recording the guitar tracks for this new piece by Matthew Montfort. Beyond Kalyan is based on Rag Kalyan, but takes it in new directions, even altering the basic recipe for the raga, hence the title. It is a very expansive, emotional, and difficult to perform piece. The focus of A.F.A.R. this spring will be recording Mindia Devi Klein's bansuri flute and Vishal Nagar's tabla tracks. Support for A.F.A.R. has been substantial but slow to come in. Right now, we need to raise funds to pay musicians so that they can carve out time to practice their parts and record them. To complete the project, it would really help to have funds coming in more quickly. Please sign up to support the project! Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series YouTube Video of Very First Meeting of Matthew Montfort and Shenshen Zhang Each Concert Program Features Different Material! Ancient Future bandleader and scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer will be joined by master musicians from many traditions for this series of hour long free concerts at libraries in Sonoma County. Each show will feature different material from recordings by Matthew Montfort, Ancient Future, and the master musicians he is performing with. Press Release . Saturday, March 30, 2 PM, Ancient Future World Jazz Trio with Matthew Montfort , Doug McKeehan (keys), and Ian Dogole (percussion), Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Free. Info: 707-546-2265 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . Saturday, April 20, 2 PM, Ancient Future Guitar and Arabic Percussion Duet with Matthew Montfort and Antoine Lammam (Arabic percussion), Central Santa Rosa Library , 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Free. Info: 707-308-3020 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . Saturday, April 27, 2 PM, Ancient Future Guitar and Pipa Duet with Matthew Montfort and Shenshen Zhang (pipa), Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. Free. Info: 707- 996-5217 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . Saturday, May 4, 2 PM, Ancient Future Guitar and Tabla Duet with Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar (tabla), Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park Expressway / State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Free. Info: 707-584-9121 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . Saturday, May 11, 2 PM, Ancient Future World Jazz Trio with Matthew Montfort , Doug McKeehan (keys), and Ian Dogole (percussion), Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Free. Info: 707-433-3772 or visit sonomalibrary.org . Facebook Event . YouTube Video of 'Yearning for the Wind' Featuring Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar Contributions to Ancient Future Make a Difference   Tax Deductible Donation Helped Make 40th Anniversary Concert a Success! An anonymous contribution to Ancient Future through InterMusic SF was a big help in making Ancient Future's 40th Anniversary concert at the Freight and Salvage a success. Receiving the contribution before the concert allowed us to spend more money on promotion and pay for travel and other costs that ticket sales alone would not have covered. THANK YOU ANONYMOUS! The sad truth is that ticket sales alone are insufficient to support this music. In the past, many fine arts concert presenters were supported with grant money and so our concert fees were often subsidized, which helped cover travel expenses, booking costs, and fees for the master musicians required to perform this music. But with drastic cuts to arts budgets and so many extremely famous artists on the road most of the year now because they can't make money anymore from their recordings, concert fees have declined and subsidized concerts are now few and far between. This has made it difficult for Ancient Future to tour. But you can help us bring music to the world in our 40th season of world fusion music. Your tax deductible contribution can provide seed money to help cover travel costs to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, or support new compositions and recordings. Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF! Other Ways to Support the Music Not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but still want to contribute? You can make a direct donation (not tax deductible), or sign up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings .     more
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