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Issue 16. Summer 2018: In this issue: Arabic Rhythms Chiftitelli Elzaffa Ancient Future Live Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest World Music Lessons Via Skype Arabic Rhythms Rhythm in Arabic music is organized into cycles of beats and pauses. Each cycle consists of a fixed number of metric pulses, including a hierarchy of strong beats, weak beats, and silent beats that define a groove. In performance some of the rests or silent beats may be filled in, but the underlying feel is maintained. The sounding beats vary in timbre and are described with onomatopoeic syllables. The strong beat is described using the syllable "dum" for the heavy low-pitched center sound of the drum. The weak is represented by the word "tek" for the bright, high-pitched edge or side sound of the drum and is not necessarily less loud than the strong beat. In some ways, it shares a similar feeling to the off-beat in Western music. Chiftitelli MIDI . >play Chiftitelli is the Turkish word for belly dancing. It is an 8 beat rhythm with 3-3-2 accent pattern in the first four beats that is very popular with belly dancers. 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   | 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   + |
dum     tek tek     tek tek       dum     dum     tek
1    2   3    1    2   3    1    2            Elzaffa MIDI . >play Elzaffa is a musical procession. The main pattern is 8 beats long. 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   | 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   + |
dum     tek ka  tek     tek       dum     tek     tek    (tek ka)
Drum Syllables dum (right hand clear low tone) tek (right hand high crisp tone) ka (left hand, sounds like tek) After studying the traditional rhythm, check out Ancient Future's performance of Matthew Montfort's world fusion composition in this rhythmic mode, " El Zaffa ." 'El Zaffa' YouTube Video URL: https://youtu.be/mHle2ipjQsU El Zaffa 4:26 (Matthew Montfort. © 2001 Ancient Future Music). iTunes . >YTmusic . Full version/best audio quality appears on Planet Passion (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2010) CD, $17.98 (SALE $10!) : Buy CD Now . Ancient Future Live Concert Poster (259k pdf) Arabic Fusion Program This program blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration and migration. Ancient Future's performance features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam , Arabic percussion master Antoine Lammam , and keyboardist extraordinaire Doug McKeehan . These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place. Saturday, July 28, 8 PM Throckmorton Theatre 142 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941 Doors open at 7:30 PM Adm: $20 adv, $25 at door, $35 reserved seating Tix: tickets.throckmortontheatre.org Event: throckmortontheatre.org/event/ancient-future/ Info: 415-383-9600 Facebook Event Listen on Spotify Sunday, August 4, 8:30 PM (SOLD OUT!) UCO Lick Observatory Benefit Main Building Hall Mount Hamilton, CA 95140 Adm: $45 general seating, $90 preferred, $199 VIP Concert Review "Woe, is for all of you who missed the Ancient Future event sponsored by Rhythm & Bliss. The group Ancient Future is made up of Musical Masters in their genres. The band consists of 24 musicians that come together in different configurations and create fused music. This configuration was an Arabic/Rock fusion. I have no words to describe what it is to hear live musical virtuosos. After hearing and dancing to this quality of music nothing else stirs my soul the same way. It was truly a grand evening. I was so very glad to have been there." – Mary Wheeler, The Harrakat, Eugene, Oregon Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest   13 Ways to Win Participate in this educational 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 . 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 . New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95) : Buy 1 Now . Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform. 13 Scavenger Hunt Questions What rhythm was used as the basis for the fast section of the title track from the Ancient Future album Quiet Fire ? Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan? What rhythm was used as the basis for the composition "Gamarock" from the Ancient Future album Dreamchaser ? What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats? What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle? What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track? What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal? What is the name of the second, higher part of a North Indian melodic composition? How many sympathetic strings does a North Indian sitar typically have? What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar? What instrument was traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo? Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com. 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 August 13, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com . Scavenger Hunt PrizesAudio Guide Tracks Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks . By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now . A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear. MIDI Groove Tracks Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India . Version 4.0 . By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now . A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps. Digital Liner Notes Educational 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 (SALE $2) : Buy 1 Now . Educational Digital Liner Notes . 7 page .pdf of liner notes for Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. These entertaining and educational liner notes feature cover art, musicians biographies, and detailed explanations of the musical concepts of raga and tala behind the music. $1.98 (SALE $1.50) : Buy 1 Now . Educational Digital Liner Notes . 11 page .pdf of liner notes for Planet Passion by Ancient Future. The liner notes are a digital version of the cover art and comprehensive CD booklet, which details a mythical story of love through the musical traditions of the world. $1.98 (SALE $1.50) : Buy 1 Now . World Music Lessons Via Skype And Other Multimedia File Exchange MethodsPrivate Lessons with Matthew Montfort Now you can study any of the subjects on the education section of Ancient-Future.Com through private correspondence lessons (via Skype or any method of file exchange) with Ancient Future bandleader and guitarist, Matthew Montfort . Feel free to email info@ancient-future.com with any questions you may have about how correspondence lessons can help you in your musical development! © 2018 Ancient Future Music. All rights reserved. more
Global Guitar Summit Summer Tour Global Guitar SummitFeaturing Konarak Reddy (India), Matthew Montfort (USA), and Teja Gerken (Germany) Konarak Reddy, Matthew Montfort, and Teja Gerken Hi-Res Photo (1.9 MB): www.ancient-future.com/images/konarak_matthew_teja300dpi5x7.jpg Sunday, July 31, 6:30 PM - 9 PM Fenix 919 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901 Tix: $12 advance, $15 door. For advance tix and reservations, visit www.fenixlive.com/dining/reservations , call 415-813-5600 or email info@www.fenixlive.com Venue website: www.fenixlive.com Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:30 PM Don Quixote's International Music Hall 6275 Highway 9 Felton, CA 95018 Tix: $12 advance, $15 door. Info: Call 831-603-2294 or email tmm@cruzio.com Venue website: www.donquixotesmusic.info Saturday, August 6th, 6:30 PM Gryphon Stringed Instruments 211 Lambert Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Tix: $20 suggested donation. Info: Call 650-493-2131 or email michael@gryphonstrings.com Venue website: www.gryphonstrings.com Friday, August 12th, 8 PM Sebastopol Community Center Annex 425 Morris St. Sebastopol, CA 95472 Tix: $20 advance, $23 door. For advance tix and reservations, call Kevin at 707-824-1858 or email krussellmft@aol.com Venue website: www.seb.org This Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos who will perform solo and ensemble pieces. The summit features Indian nylon string guitarist Konarak Reddy, American scalloped fretboard and fretless guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, and German fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken. Poster (100 k .pdf): www.ancient-future.com/pdf/pdf/global_guitar_summit2016poster.pdf Konarak Reddy Konarak Reddy Hi-Res Photo (682 k): www.ancient-future.com/images/konarak300dpi5x3.jpg Hailing from Bangalore, India, Konarak Reddy is a legend among music aficionados in his home country. From the start, Konarak drew his inspiration from multiple sources, immersing himself in both Western classical theory on guitar and traditional Indian music on the sarod, which he studied with Gurus Debi Prasad Ghosh and Rajeev Taranath. Konarak later studied jazz improvisation at Boston's Berklee College of Music and the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, from which he graduated with honors. Today, his playing integrates Hindustani and Carnatic styles into contemporary solo guitar masterpieces, which frequently include live looping. Konarak was featured in a TEDx talk in 2013 ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0ZP-hG7CN4 ), he frequently performs in Europe, and his own World Guitar Night, which has become an annual event in Bangalore, and featured international guitarists such as Andy McKee, Don Ross, Kevin Eubanks, Peter Sprague, Peter Finger, and others. His two albums, Searching for the Goddess and Solar Avatar have received critical acclaim. For more info, please visit www.konarak-reddy.blogspot.com . Video Konarak Reddy performing live in Budapest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DMYe5YHq6U Press "He is known as one of India's most versatile guitarists. For over 35 years he's absolutely ruled the roost. Konarak Reddy has needed no introduction." - BANGALORE MIRROR BUREAU Matthew Montfort Matthew Montfort Hi-Res Photo by Julie Marten (2 MB): www.ancient-future.com/images/matthewmontfort600.jpg Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world music ensemble Ancient Future . Featured in the December 2009 commemorative Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine, Montfort is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. Montfort immersed himself in an intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. He has released two solo CDs: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade , for which he is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com , a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Adrian Legg, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Toni Rice, Alex De Grassi, Stefan Grossman, Artie Traum, Joni Mitchell, and Peppino D'Agostino. He is also known for his work on Glissentar (11 string fretless guitar), electric guitar, flamenco guitar, sitar, charango, mandolin, and gamelan. He has performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has worked with many world music legends, including tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain and Chinese zither master Zhao Hui. 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. For more info, please visit www.matthewmontfort.com . Video Matthew Montfort performing 'Soul Serenade' at Ancient Future's 30th Anniversary Concert: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLfKTbpgO1Q Press 5 Page Guitar Player Magazine/GuitarPlayer.com Media Report (1.4 MB): www.ancient-future.com/pdf/MatthewMontfortGuitarPlayerMag.pdf "Because Montfort’s guitar has a scalloped fretboard, his fingers touch only the strings, enabling him to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. This album reveals a thorough knowledge of Hindustani microtonal ornaments, transferred in ways that create one of the most distinctive guitar sounds in contemporary music. However, it also reveals a lifetime of exploration in world music, which can be immediately summoned in a flash of inspiration. When this level of mastery is reached, there is no need to rewrite. The first improvisation has the depth of a reworked composition." – Teed Rockwell, INDIA CURRENTS, March 2009 Teja Gerken Teja Gerken Hi-Res Photo (1 MB): www.tejagerken.com/High_Res_Images/teja_color2.jpeg More Hi-Res Photos: www.tejagerken.com/photos/ German-born Teja Gerken is a contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitarist whose playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Micheal Hedges. Known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, Teja will also bring Celtic, jazz, and classical styles to the Global Guitars show. For more info, please visit www.tejagerken.com . Video Teja Gerken performing "1948" live: www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7khy_8uhCA Press "Releasing his second CD, Postcards, is San Francisco area fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken, who delivers solo instrumental compositions with enough surprises and innovative twists to delight aficionados of the world music and folk genres. His tunes employ physical techniques such as two-handed tapping, alternate tunings, and percussive effects, but his developed sense of melody is what will keep his CD playing in your mind long after the 'stop' button is pressed. Another impressive feature is that Gerken's playing is captured without overdubs; the intricate arrangements delivered as you might hear the artist in concert. Gerken is one of a rare breed - a guitarist's guitarist with equal appeal for the non-musicians out there. His Postcards album is highly recommended." – GUITAR9.COM more
Ancient Future Concert to Stream on ConcertWindow.com 'World Without Walls' Reunion Concert Streams Live October 16 at 8 PM PDT In a first for Ancient Future, their upcoming 'World Without Walls' reunion concert at the Freight & Salvage will be available for viewing anywhere in the world as a live stream. This is a very rare chance for Ancient Future fans worldwide to view a live concert of the exact  lineup  of the pioneering world music group that performed on Ancient Future's influential  World Without Walls  and Asian Fusion  recordings. They will perform their fourth reunion concert after a 15 year hiatus on Wednesday, October 16, at 8 PM at the  Freight and Salvage , located at 2020 Addison Street in Berkeley. Online tickets are available now for $5 at  concertwindow.com/shows/ancient-future . The webshow will not be archived – it's offered only in real time starting at 8 PM Pacific Daylight Time on October 16. It is recommended to purchase a ticket in advance to sign up for an email reminder to tune in for the show at the correct time.  ConcertWindow.com  includes a show time count-down clock, or a site such as  timezoneconverter.com  can be used to calculate the local time the concert will begin streaming. For example, for music fans in Mumbai, India, the concert stream will begin at 8:30 AM on October 17. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 8 PM PDT Streaming Live at  ConcertWindow.com   Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 Tix: $18.50 in advance, $20.50 at the door, or $5 for live stream at  concertwindow.com/shows/ancient-future . Info: Call 510-644-2020 or email  info@freightandsalvage.org   Facebook Event . 'World Without Walls' Reunion Video of 'Indra's Net' Released in Celebration Live Medley of 'Alap' and 'Indra's Net' Recorded at Yoshi's, San Francisco, 6/7/11 To celebrate Ancient Future's first worldwide live streaming video concert, a live video recording of a medley of Matthew Montfort's 'Alap' and Jim Hurley's 'Indra's Net' composition is being released, available for viewing at  http://youtu.be/fCVQZLBS43c . Inspired by Hindu mythology, 'Indra's Net' was used as a soundtrack for a United Nations documentary film,  Closing the Curtains of Death , about drift net fishing. This version was recorded at Yoshi's San Francisco on June 7, 2011, the day of their first performance together in 15 years. The video features Doug McKeehan on piano, Kash Killion on bass, Ian Dogole on percussion, Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, and Patti Weiss on violin. 'Indra's Net' is the third video to be released from the reunion concert, joining '14 Steps' by Matthew Montfort ( http://youtu.be/Ro0VAo7a9BY ) and 'Turkish Taffy' by Doug McKeehan ( http://youtu.be/e0YyuM7YTIo ). 'World Without Walls' by Ancient Future on Capitol Records Hi-Res Square Cover Art  (3 MB) Featuring Tabla Master Zakir Hussain (Sona Gaia/MCA 163): CD - $24.98 (collectable signed copy):  Buy Link .  >audio . Press Audio Downloads:  Lakshmi Rocks Me  (Jim Hurley)  MP3  (excerpt, 976k).  >audio .  14 Steps  (Matthew Montfort)  MP3  (excerpt, 1 MB).  >audio . As its name suggests,  World Without Walls  depicts a musical world without borders. Originally released in 1990, it features performances by such world music luminaries as Zakir Hussain, the master of the North Indian tabla.  World Without Walls  was reissued digitally by Capitol Records in 2011 to honor Ancient Future's reunion concerts. In 2012, broadcasters worldwide voted the reissue as one of the top 5 world music releases of the year, 22 years after its initial release. The inviting melodies and ingenious use of ethnic textures make this recording one of Ancient Future's most accessible and broadly appealing releases ever. Tabla master Zakir Hussain Ancient Future Band Biography Sepia photo for print  (14.7" x 9.7" sepia jpg, 7.2 MB). Ancient Future circa 1990. Photo by Irene Young. Pictured: Matthew Montfort (guitars), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keys), Ian Dogole (percussion). 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 band’s inception for music that blends musical ideas from many different cultures. Formed in 1978, Ancient Future is the world's first and longest running ensemble dedicated exclusively to the mission of the creation of world fusion music. Their original music is an exhilarating fusion of exciting rhythms and sounds from around the globe that combines contemporary jazz and rock with the irresistible rhythms of African, Balinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and South American percussion, the rich harmonies of Europe, and the beautiful melodies of Asia. In the years since the initial CD release of  World Without Walls , Ancient Future has expanded from its core lineup through collaborations with noted masters of various world music traditions who are now an integral part of what is today more than just a band. Ancient Future has grown to become a large chamber ensemble of more than thirty performers from around the world with over a dozen smaller ensembles within it, enabling Ancient Future to realize its core mission of creating world fusion music. Quotes World Without Walls Media Report  (13.9 MB) Below are just a few of the rave reviews for the reissue of  World Without Walls : "Bloody hell, get me some Alzheimer's drugs, will you? Ancient Future was on Narada's Sona Gaia subsidiary with a world beat album that was ahead of it's time and they were hanging out with Zappa's world beat buddies and I don't remember any of it? Each track has a different taste and a different texture making this a world beat travelogue that gleefully genre bends whatever the crew felt like with a merger of hillbilly and Indian music, the sound of an African traffic jam and more stuff that tastes good without the over riding vibe of being good for you. And it's not empty calories either. No wonder the group labored so long and so hard to get Capitol to reissue this, it's time. More bloody hell, new copies of this are going for over $200 on Amazon! How did I miss this? This is the world beat/jazz/pop album for people that shy away from things called world beat and jazz. Fun stuff throughout that still sounds fresh and in the moment today."  - Chris Spector, MIDWEST RECORD (July 2011) "21 years after the release of the already classic 'World Without Walls,' the original lineup of 'Ancient Future' reunited in a series of shows at Yoshi's in SF. On this occasion Capitol/EMI Records launched the first digital version of this influential album that marked not just the career of the band and its members but represents a reference of the World Music phenomenon. The original album released in 1990 features 10 songs that mix Oriental, Celtic and African inspired rhythms with modern jazzy beats, and subdued lyricism with melodic creativity. As the title of the album suggests there's no walls between musical influences but we can say that there's no wall between these virtuoso performers, whose joyful interplay delights the listener with a fusion of exotic and western harmonies that sound like chamber music. The three composers of the album (Jim Hurley on violin, Matthew Montfort guitars, Doug McKeehan piano, synthesizers) looked for inspiration to ancient lands of musical tradition, bringing the African, Balinese, Chinese, Indian, Middle eastern sounds into a modern setting that preserves their original savor. It is a surprising and enchanting synthesis of classical, modern and exotic crafted with the art of a jeweler. Talking drum, bells, chimes, dumbek, udu, bass drums, sleigh bells and tabla (played by Zakir Hussain on 3 songs) keep the rhythm alive and fresh, while organically blending into the compositions. An album that is also inviting to listen more from what this legendary band has produced over the years."  - Stephen Bocioaca, WORLD JAZZ NEWS (July 2011) "Ancient Future is a well known group inside the interesting world of the World Fusion Music (or World Music with fusions of many other styles). It is a group with a perfect fit of traditional instruments (flutes, percussion of different parts of the world, violin, etc) with others more associated with rock (bass and electric guitar, synthesizers...) and is made up of musicians who are capable of playing them all, which opens up many possibilities. The band was originally formed in 1978, with what at present is one of the most long-lived formations that has been dedicated exclusively to World Music, a genre (or perhaps an assembly of genres) that is very common at present, but that was not the case at end of the 70's. Ever since their beginnings they have mixed diverse forms of music, originating from Africa, Bali, the India, the Near East, South America, Europe and Asia in general. 'World Without Walls' was originally released in 1990, but is now being re-issued, principally for Internet distribution. The 10 themes they composed gravitate between African and Asian ethnic rhythms and melodies adorned with a lot of Hindu sounds and wrapped, as is the usual custom in Ancient Future, with sounds of multiple instruments that move the disk towards rock or jazz in certain moments (such as guitars, piano and synthesizers). The Hindu influence is especially present due to the contribution of Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain. Hussain is a musician of great prestige inside the musical circle of the members of Ancient Future, so his percussive embellishments fit perfectly with World Without Walls. Zakir Hussain participates in the pieces entitled 'Lakshmi Rocks Me,' '14 Steps,' and 'Gopi Song.' 'World Without Walls' has a very appropriate title. Music is, without doubt, an authentic universal language and Ancient Future shows it, by mixing in such a stunning manner so many styles that appear antagonistic, that nevertheless, they insert perfectly upon filtration through the group's sieve ."  - Jorge Sergio Iglesias, Articmist.org, (Aug 2011) "Sona Gaia and Narada were two of the more interesting World/New Age labels to erupt as the arts scene began diversifying with a seriousness that arose following the collapse of the 60s/70s ethos. Narada was a sketchy proposition at times, tending to the New Agier side of the house, whereas Sona always held a more serious attitude, and one of their best releases—this one, Ancient Future's World Without Walls—was never quite critiqued or marketed as it should have been: as a set of works in the tradition of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Between, Shakti, and other adventurous bands with almost inhuman chops. After all, the entire World gig pretty much rooted in the inestimably superlative Oregon, an ensemble that was and still is eons ahead of its time, talented beyond compare. Thus, those who came after should have been of-a-kind and acclaimed as such, right? Ah, but then the micky-marketeers entered, and what should've been a quantum leap became, well, Private Music, Steven Halpern, and Georgia Kelley, alas… although, in Shadowfax and others, the path was never quite erased. Well, now that everyone has sobered up and finds him- and herself able to ponder backwards, a few gems are being rescued. This re-release very much demonstrates that we missed quite a bit, even though Matthew Montfort continued his musical evolution and the band itself realigned for a dazzling concert last June (go to http://www.youtube.com/ancientfuture  and click on 14 Steps for a marvelous example). Along with Montfort came Ian Dogole, Doug McKeehan, and Jim Hurley, masters of their instruments, and the quartet played and still plays as though it were twice that size, complicated narrative and rhythms filling each track. 'World Without Walls' is drenched with the most enticing and hypnotic of essences, a record that, despite the passage of 21 years since its debut, cannot age, a document upholding a spirit of creativity ahead of its time hundreds of years ago and remaining so in the hands of masters such as these. Thank goodness some things never change."  - Mark S. Tucker, FOLK & ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE (Sept 2011) "When one listens to the melodies and musical textures of the fifth release 'World Without Walls' by the group Ancient Future, words like exotic, elegant and sublime immediately come to mind. Check out the group on  YouTube  and see if you are not drawn into their hypnotic enchantment. Ancient Future offers a musical vision of a 'world without walls' which is both appealing and accessible to the average listener and is highly recommended for anyone wishing to explore the amazing genre of World music."  - Jack Montgomery, Amplifier, BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS (Sept 2011) "It's hard to remember — with the plethora of World Fusion albums currently available — a time when this sort of music was the new kid on the block. This classic album by Ancient Future was a breath of fresh air at the time of its release in 1990. With inspired skill and a great respect for the other cultures from which they took much of their inspiration, the band blended western music with that of pretty much every other continent, weaving magic with their melodies and rhythms. And you know what? 'World Without Walls' sounds as fresh and invigorating today as it did all those years ago upon its initial release. There's not a single bad moment on the album."  - Charles de Lint, SleepingHedgehog.com (Nov 2011) "Not insipid easy-listening 'World Music', 'World Without Walls' is a remastered re-release of their 1990 classic, and doesn't sound dated at all. 'World Without Walls' is a fusion of musical stylings, scales and rhythms from around the world. The main influences I hear are Middle Eastern, Indian and South American, though there's also Jamaican 'Island Music' sounds, Balinese and probably dozens of other influences too subtle for me to notice. The instruments run the gamut of acoustic instruments like violins, piano, tuned percussion instruments and tablas (by renowned master Zakir Hussain) and also electric guitar synths and synthesizers. Leader Matthew Montfort plays (along with other guitars) a unique scalloped-fretboard acoustic guitar which allows for subtle pitch-bending and timbre-modulation effects. A careful listen will reveal that this is way beyond the usual health-food store 'World Music' offerings and is instead a high-energy, very experimental fusion of styles from around the world. Highly recommended."  - Fred Trafton, GILBRALTAR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK (Nov 2011)   more
Sept 2013 Issue : Ancient Future 'World Without Walls' Reunion •Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, Oct. 16: Fourth Reunion Concert After 15 Year Hiatus Fall into the Future Sale • Four Acclaimed Releases Just $10 Each, 25% off Books, and New Tracks A.F.A.R. Musical Awakening of Indian Jazz Concert • Harris Center, Folsom, Sept. 14, Featuring Binay Pathak, George Brooks, Matthew Montfort, Abbos Kosimov, and Vishal Nagar Ancient Future  World Without Walls  Reunion Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, Oct. 16: Fourth Reunion Concert After 15 Year Hiatus Ancient Future Performs 'Turkish Taffy' at "World Without Walls" Reunion  Wednesday, October 16, 8 PM Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704 Tix: $18.50 in advance, $20.50 at the door. Info: Call 510-644-2020 or email  info@freightandsalvage.org   Poster  (703k pdf).  Facebook Event . This exact  lineup  of Ancient Future appeared on the band's influential  World Without Walls  and  Asian Fusion  recordings and 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, the band performed at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This show featuring 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 will be their fourth reunion concert. Don't miss this very rare event!  Read more . Fall into the Future SaleFour Acclaimed Releases Just $10 Each, 25% off Books, and New Tracks A.F.A.R. For a limited time, Ancient-Future.com is hosting a "Fall into the Future"  sale  with rollbacks to the lowest prices we have ever offered on the following releases, so now is the time to pick them up! They also make great gifts. Plus, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings is close to a fundraising milestone that will propel the project to fall into the future with two new studio tracks! CDs Planet Passion  by Ancient Future. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2010. List $17.98. Sale: $10.  Buy 1 Now . ( >audio .) Sangria  by Mariah Parker. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2017. List $17.98. Sale: $10.  Buy 1 Now . ( >audio ). Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar  by Matthew Montfort. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2008. List $17.98. Sale: $10.  Buy 1 Now . ( >audio ). Sympathetic Serenade  by Matthew Montfort. Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2012. Signed EP CD-R. List $12.98. Sale: $10.  Buy 1 Now . ( >audio ). Books Ancient Traditions–Future Possibilities  by Matthew Montfort. Book/Enhanced CD set with MIDI  Soundfiles . List $69.95. Sale: $52.95.  Buy 1 Now . "You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions--Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together  the  book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands."  – Richard Kadrey,  SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings Ready to Fall into the Future The  Archive of Future Ancient Recordings   concept is to involve fans of world fusion music in supporting the creation of a collection of new recordings that are available to subscribers as they are created, including beautiful digital liner notes of the recording in progress, downloads of all available files in MP3, CD, or hi-res audiophile quality, and files to print an  A.F.A.R. So Far  CD label, cover, and tray card for CD and hi-res subscribers. You can subscribe for as little as $15 (a real bargain for so much music), or as much as you care to donate. So far, we've raised $2850 of our total project goal of $25,000, and there are already eight tracks in the archive totaling 52 minutes and 31 seconds. Two more studio tracks were completed and mixed over the summer, and will be added when we reach the fundraising milestone of $3000. Please help Ancient Future "fall into the future" by supporting the  Archive of Future Ancient Recordings  now! 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 . Musical Awakening of Indian Jazz Concert Shown: Matthew Montfort, Binay Pathak, George Brooks, and Vishal Nagar Harris Center, Folsom, Sept. 14, Featuring Binay Pathak, George Brooks, Matthew Montfort, Abbos Kosimov, and Vishal Nagar Saturday, September 14th, 2013, 7 PM Harris Center Stage 2: City Studio Theater 10 College Parkway  Folsom, CA 95630 Tix: $25. Students with ID & seniors 65 and older, $20. Info: 916-608-6888.  Facebook Event . Pandit Binay Pathak (renowned Indian vocalist, harmonium player and composer), George Brooks (jazz saxophonist and composer who's considered a "leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion"), Matthew Montfort (leader of Ancient Future and guitar innovator who's considered one of the world's "Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists"), Abbos Kosimov (Uzbekistan's legendary percussionist) and Vishal Nagar (one of the finest Indian tabla masters of his generation) will perform original compositions that lace ancient elegant melodies with the rhythms of North India and a taste of modal jazz. more
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Guitarist Matthew Montfort is known as a world guitar innovator and an inspiring  music instructor  who helps students of all levels and ages learn whatever style they desire. He is on the  100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists  list at  DigitalDreamDoor.com  along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Adrian Legg, Merle Travis, J... more
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