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
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)
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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.
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
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.
Creating a World Without Walls
by Matthew Montfort
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Music Sans Borders
by Derk Richardson
World Fusion Music Interview
Un Mondo Senza Muri
by Cristina Palesi
One World Beat
by Jonathan E.
Asian Fusion: 9 Rasas
by Teed Rockwell
Ancient Future Releases 6th Album
by a Staff Reporter
East and West Meet in Ancient Future
by Calvin Ahlgren
East meets West with Ancient Future
by Greg Cahill
Tower Pulse! Top 10
Ancient Future absorbs Asian sounds 12/1/1993
by John Diliberto
Oakland Tribune Cue
Ancient Future blends sounds
by Dave Becker
April 94 Pick
by a Staff Reporter
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 email@example.com and we will follow up.
World's Longest Running Band Dedicated to the Creation of World Fusion Music "Ancient Future offers evocative world music imbued with graceful simplicity." – Bob Tarte, THE BEAT BILLBOARD calls the group "trendsetters" for contributing to the emerging movement known as world fusion music, a term Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort coined at the... more
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