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Matthew Montfort
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September 2023 #13 - Top 40 for Mediterranean Influence Sympathetic Serenade (track)
August 2023 #7 - Top 40 for Mediterranean Influence Sympathetic Serenade (track)
June 2023 #18 - Top 40 for Mediterranean Influence Sympathetic Serenade (track)
Free Music Workshops in Northern California Wine Country View online: https://www.ancient-future.com/pr2024.html#juneworkshop

June 12 & 19, 2024, 7 PM
Free Music Workshops
Study World Rhythms and All Styles of Guitar

A series of free introductory in-person music workshops at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance taught by guitarist and Ancient Future bandleader Matt...
Global Guitar Summit at S.F. International Arts Fest Featuring Matthew Montfort and Teja Gerken On Saturday, May 10, at 8 PM, Matthew Montfort and Teja Gerken will perform a Global Guitar Summit at the S.F. International Arts Festival, at the Community Music Center, located at 544 Capp Street, in San Francisco, California. Tickets are $20 for Early Birds, $25 for advance, and $28 at the door. For more information, visit www.sfiaf.org.
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Free World Music Workshops in Person and Online Free Music Workshops at Cloverdale Arts Alliance Start 2/21/24
Learn World Rhythms and All Styles of Guitar

To celebrate moving Ancient Future Studios to Sonoma County, a series of free introductory in person music workshops is being offered at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance in Northern Sonoma County. For those not in Northe...
Birthday Performance from Ancient Future’s Alternate Reality Concert Series This first video from my world music band Ancient Future’s Alternate Reality Concert Series was recorded at the inaugural concert on my birthday. It's also the first video to feature my custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar! It’s a modal improvisation based on Rag Bhairavi and Spanish guitar music.

Reading, Rhythm, and Raga: Take a Break from Election Coverage with Matthew Montfort\'s Masterclasses Ancient Future Times
November 2020 Issue:

Reading, Rhythm, and Raga
•Take a Break from Election Coverage with Matthew Montfort's Masterclasses

Vote to Help Ancient Future Play Here Somehow
•Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Fut...
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, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Tony Rice, Alex De Grassi, Stefan Grossman, Artie Traum, Joni Mitchell, and Peppino D'Agostino. He is the leader of the world music group Ancient Future, a skilled music producer, a composer, and the author of a rhythm training book used at many music schools including the Berklee College of Music. He performs on many instruments, including scalloped fretboard guitar, Glissentar 11-string fretless guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, flamenco guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, sitar, charango, mandolin, and gamelan.

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GuitarPlayerMag.pdf (1.4 MB)

This five-page story from the December 2009 collectible commemorative Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine includes a full-page feature with a photo of Matthew Montfort superimposed over psychedelic artwork portraying Jimi Hendrix, an interview, a GuitarPlayer.com video of Matthew Montfort performing his 'Purple Raga' composition live at Ancient Future's 30th Anniversary Concert, and a lesson entitled "The Music of Jimi Hendrix Applied to Indian Raga," which explains Montfort's musical concepts behind the 'Purple Raga' track on Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar.
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