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Pijenda - Kineyo New Album Review by TunedLoud

If there is one thing that musicians and artists loathe, it is being put in labeled boxes in an attempt to define their sound. Genres are a creation of Record Labels in a bid to find specific markets for their artists. This has, over the years, become a mixed bag of fortunes working in favor for those artists seeking commercial success and against the underground artists who are usually more concerned with just making good music. Whether it becomes a hit or not is usually secondary. We are in a world defined by all manner of awards, competitions and radio stations to make the super star grade – the things that define how many opportunities an artist will be able to access, such as concerts, brand endorsements etc.

Therefore, unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at the subject, music genres and categorization of sounds is here to stay. The best we can do, is use this machinery to highlight new good music coming from Africa – that new music which has its roots in African Folk, Soul and Jazz sounds, which we often refer to as world music, for lack of a better more defined and better labeled box.

One such purveyor of Afro Jazz, and Jazz Fusion, is Pijenda, a talent from the North West Region of Cameroon. Named “The Humming Bird”, Pijenda blends his unique high pitched voice with a soprano sax and Cameroonian-style rhythm guitar playing, to bring us the eclectic 8 track album entitled “Kineyo”, released via the US based World Music Label Akumba Music LLC. One listen through this debut album, and we can feel Pijenda’s powerful, soulful, confident presence.

He is among the new breed of musicians that are pointing the way towards Afro-Jazz’s future as much as giving homage to its legacy. He is the type of musician that is pushing the boundaries of musical experimentation and expression and making it current and accessible to a new audience.

Pijenda is a young man enjoying the work and collaboration around him. As a child he used the native West Africa Flute to transmit the rich cultural and ethnic sounds from his environment, which led him to later pick up the guitar and blend it into his acute musical style. It is said that good music entertains. Great music makes you feel a truth. The best music does both.

After listening to tracks like “Talali”, “Kineyo”, “Owofu” and “Mundwa”, the audience can be assured that Pijenda has the capability to do both. Singing in Chrambo, a language spoken by the Ngoketungia people, Pijenda excels in the scat style, creating extremely precise and nimble vocal arrangements, combining voice and sax, with teasing tones that keep the 4/4 and 6/8 rhythms on its toes.

Pijenda’s voice is pure sound, pure feeling, pure like a saxophone is pure, like a young and transforming heart is pure as it seeks a better world. I do not obviously understand the lyrics to these songs, but to be sure, Pijenda’s message is his music, but it is also his unflinching desire to turn the negative into a positive that inspires his performances. Like many artists from his continent of origin, I would imagine that delving into the very roots of black music, Pijenda uses spirituals as a source of inspiration, reflecting faith, resistance and resilience.

Thankfully this music was allowed to reach our shores via the extraordinary work of AKUMBA MUSIC LLC, an Afro Jazz and World Music Label based in the US, focusing on blending African rhythms with jazz. Aside from producing Pijenda’s debut album, at the end of 2016, the label produced another pair of artists: Achu Normad’s album “Alieh” and “Right Perspective” an album by Wazih. These recordings are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CDbaby and all major music sites.

Official Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akumbamusic
Website: http://akumbamusic.com/album/kineyo/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/akumbamusic

 

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Andrew Mancilla Gets Colorful

Andrew Mancilla conjures that heady mix of pheromones, cocktails, and infectious beats that envelope you in a dance club. His soulful falsetto leads the charge through a fantasyland. “Ultimately, my new record Subtractive Color, is about fun, love, and youthful excitement. It’s about taking a limited set of emotions and creating a broad spectrum of vividly intense ones. Thus, the title.”

 

A pre-fame Lady Gaga was a creative catalyst for Andrew. Despite showing promise early on as an adept multi-instrumentalist, versatile and competent on trumpet, baritone sax, piano, and guitar, he lacked focus and discipline. The pair casually worked together while attending NYU.

 

Listen to “Rewire” & “It Wasn’t Me” from Subtractive Color here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewmancilla

 

 

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Reid Lee Shares Prominent Video for \

Reid Lee brings to us today his hard-hitting video for "Save the Best," which focuses on domestic violence in the LGBTQ community.

 

Watch "Save the Best" herehttps://youtu.be/5DrQGpdkaa4 

Reid explains, "I’ve been in love, but love isn’t always healthy or good for you. As I went down memory lane with clearer eyes (and some therapy), I saw the reoccurring pattern of behavior in not only myself, but my partners as well. For me personally, it stemmed from alcoholism in my family that unfolding later in partners. Abuse can be subtle, it can sneak into your life under the guise of affection, or jealousy, or worry;  and once it takes root, it grows quickly and can explode without warning.


This video, for me, is about how the nebulous line between affection and aggression is like the wave on the sand, constantly moving; and just how uncomfortable living in that space can be. The shoreline is constant, but just because you’re dry at the moment doesn’t mean you won’t be flooded when the tide comes in. You can wake up one morning and realize that you’ve slowly let yourself drown because the water kept saying “I love you.”"

 

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Kat Pace Sets Eyes on her \

Kat's a hometown Philly girl who writes with empathy, earnestness, poetic elegance, and dashes of quirkiness. Her previous release was reminiscent of a post piano-pop decade Sara Bareilles, but in 2017 she's exploring a whole new sound. After hitting the studio with nine-time Grammy award-winning producer Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo (Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill), Kat is embracing a more soulful pop aesthetic. The resulting first single "Revenge" is a track rooted in R&B that touches on the strength that comes from heartbreak.​ Lately, Kat’s music infuses those early influences to create a soul-pop aesthetic. Lyrically, Kat writes with empathy, earnestness, poetic elegance, and dashes of quirkiness. Her vocals possess a dynamic emotionality that doesn’t sacrifice pristine pitch and melody for plaintive, from-the-heart expression. 

 

Listen to Kat Pace's "Revenge" via Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/katpace/revenge

 

 

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Christopher Hawley Stuns with \

Singer-Songwriter Christopher Hawley is spreading his wings in a way he never has before with co-writer Randy Wooten on board. His latest album endeavor, Stories, is beautifully produced as it takes a roots-rock palate and adds memorable touches like barrel-house piano, reverb-soaked guitar, and even modern synth sounds. Hawley’s up-front vocals lend the songs a remarkable sense of intimacy.However it’s the collaboration between the two songwriters that makes Stories shine. The songs are smart and compelling, and there’s a depth to the tales they tell that makes you want to listen closer.

 

Christopher Hawley "9 Tattoos"

https://soundcloud.com/chrollers/9-tattoos-1

 

Christopher Hawley Socials:

https://www.facebook.com/CHRollers/

https://www.christopherhawley.net/

https://twitter.com/c_hawley

 

 

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McCoy Tyler Shares Stunning New EP \

Leading us into the weekend, we give a listen to the latest record from Americana-laced McCoy Tyler, titled “26.” Throughout the record he impresses with an eclectic sound that entices with every listen. Focus track “Neighbors” is an excellent summer time song - a blast to have playing during a barbecue or during a roadtrip. Swooping piano melodies and fun classic guitar riffs carry the listener to a happy, sunny day with friends. All the while, the lyrics spread the love, genuinely persuading you to have a good time regardless of what the neighbors might think.

 

 

Similarly, his use of instruments is that of an experienced Americana rock artist; it brings with it fond memories of popular songs such as “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. The lyrics dab in topics such as love, heartbreak, and getting together with friends, while still bringing something new to the table and maintaining a level of maturity that isn’t often found in pop culture today.“26” is very impressive release. It is clear that McCoy is an exceptional vocalist, with a voice that is unique while simultaneously familiar enough to be accepted into the hearts of listeners happily. 

 

Purchase McCoy Tyler's "26" on Bandcamp now: https://mccoytylermusic.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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Daemonia Nymphe headliners at the Wave Gotik Treffen 2017!!

Very happy to announce that Daemonia Nymphe are the headliners of the Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 in Leipzig/Germany!!

On Saturday, 3rd of June at the Heidnisches Dorf!!

Performance time: 21:50
#wgt2017 #daemonianymphe #HeidnischesDorf

 

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Music Matters - Restoring the Ritual of Reverent Resonance

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Music Matters - Restoring the Ritual of Reverent Resonance

June 2017 Issue:

Guest Castaway on Desert Island Jazz on KCSM
•Inspirations for the World Fusion Music of Ancient Future

Get a SFIAF Festival Pass!
•Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1; Mariah Parker, June 3; Global Guitar Summit, June 4

'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker on JazzWeek/ZMR Charts!
•Six Weeks in the JazzWeek Top 50 and Debuting at Number #22 on ZMR World

Music Matters
•Restoring the Ritual of Reverent Resonance

Listen and Learn
•Expand Your Experience of Music


Guest Castaway on Desert Island Jazz on KCSM

Alisa Clancy Interviews Matthew Montfort on KCSM

Inspirations for the World Fusion Music of Ancient Future

On Friday, May 26, at 9 AM, Matthew Montfort was Alisa Clancy's Guest Castaway on Desert Island Jazz on KCSM Jazz 91.1 FM, playing his music right along side the music that influenced it. He even brought out the original vinyl copies of the recordings that he listened to over and over in his youth!

This is a rare chance to hear timeless music from the past along with unreleased music from Ancient Future's Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. Also discussed are three concerts at the San Francisco International Arts Festival: Ancient Future on 6/1, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz on 6/3, and the Global Guitar Summit on 6/4.

The radio show will be archived through June 8, 2017, at radiofreeamerica.com, so stream it now!

KCSM Desert Isle LP Picks

Desert Island Picks

Intro: Mariah Parker, Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert, Milo's Moment, Ancient-Future.Com Records
# 1: Ancient Future, The Best of A.F.A.R. (So Far), Purple Nam/Purple Haze, Ancient-Future.Com Records
# 2: Django Reinhardt, The Essential Django Reinhardt, Minor Swing, RCA
# 3: The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Birds of Fire, Hope, Columbia
# 4: Osamu Kitajima, Benzaiten, Benzaiten, Antilles
# 5: Paco de Lucia, Paco, Entre Dos Aguas, Island
# 6: Ancient Future, The Best of A.F.A.R. (So Far), Tres Tarantas Tres, Ancient-Future.Com Records
# 7: Diga Rhythm Band, Diga, Sweet Sixteen, United Artists
# 8: Ravi Shankar, Music Festival from India,Vandana, A&M
# 9: Ancient Future, Planet Passion, Socha Socha, Ancient-Future.Com Records
# 10: Oregon, Out of the Woods, Yellow Bell, Elektra
# 11: Ancient Future, The Best of A.F.A.R. (So Far), East of the Sun, Ancient-Future.Com Records
# 12: Instruments for Elephants by Dave Soldier and Richard Lair, Thai Elephant Orchestra, Thun Kan Sunrise, Mulatta Records
# 13: Ancient Future, Natural Rhythms, Hummingbird, Ancient-Future.Com Records

Book: Classical Music of North India, the First Years of Study: The Music of the Baba Allauddin Gharana as Taught by Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar College of Music, George Ruckert, Ed.

Luxury Item: Chocolate


Get a SFIAF Festival Pass!

San Francisco International Arts Festival Logo

Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1; Mariah Parker, June 3; Global Guitar Summit, June 4

Ancient-Future.Com Records artists will perform three different concerts as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason. A festival pass let's you see five different SFIAF shows for only $70!

Ancient Future Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1, Chapel, Fort Mason

Matthew Montfort and Pandit Habib Khan

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8 PM, Ancient Future Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), and Ferhan Najeeb Qureshi (tabla), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason Chapel, Upper Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94109. Take Franklin Street from Bay Street. The Chapel is located near Park Head Quarters and the General's Residence. Admission: $25 general, $12.50 under 18. Full time students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price. Festival Pass, 5 shows for $70 (also see Global Guitar Summit 6/4, Indo Latin Jazz 6/3, and 2 more!). Buy Tix. Concert Poster. Press Release.

Jugalbandi is a classical North Indian musical duet (meaning literally "tied together"). This jugalbandi works well because Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar with knowledge of sitar, and Pandit Habib Khan has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the sitar” by L'Orient le Jour, Beirut's French language newspaper. They will be accompanied by tabla master Ferhan Qureshi.

Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Quintet, June 3, Gallery 308, Fort Mason

Band Photos

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6 PM, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz with Mariah Parker (piano, santur), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Ian Dogole (percussion), Kash Killion (upright bass), and Jim Hurley (violin), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Gallery 308, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94109. Admission: $25 general, $12.50 under 18. Full time students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price. Festival Pass, 5 shows for $70 (also see Ancient Future 6/1, Global Guitar Summit 6/4, and 2 more!). Buy Tix. Concert Poster. Press Release.

According to Latin Beat Magazine, "Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music." This chamber variation of the ensemble with its emphasis on strings will explore new arrangements of existing work.

Global Guitar Summit, June 4, Chapel, Fort Mason

Photos of Global Guitar Summit

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 3 PM, Global Guitar Summit with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Giacomo Fiore (classical guitar), and Teja Gerken (acoustic guitar), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason Chapel, Upper Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94109. Take Franklin Street from Bay Street. The Chapel is located near Park Head Quarters and the General's Residence. Admission: $25 general, $12.50 under 18. Full time students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price. Festival Pass, 5 shows for $70 (also see Ancient Future 6/1, Indo Latin Jazz 6/3, and 2 more!). Buy Tix. Concert Poster. Press Release.

This Global Guitar Summit features American scalloped fretboard guitar and world fusion music pioneer Matthew Montfort, master Italian guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore, and German fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Teja Gerken.


'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker on JazzWeek/ZMR Charts!

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

Six Weeks in the JazzWeek Top 50 and Debuting at Number #22 on ZMR World

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142).

Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. The recording includes Ancient Future musicians along with top Indian musicians and jazz and Latin players who have performed with Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, and Oregon. For example, jazz wind virtuoso Paul McCandless is known for his groundbreaking work with the seminal chamber jazz group, Oregon. Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert spent six weeks on the very prestigious JazzWeek National Airplay Chart where it reached #32, and just debuted at #22 on the ZMR World Chart!


Music Matters

Photo of Instruments Used on Visions of a Peaceful Planet by Ancient Future

Restoring the Ritual of Reverent Resonance

Much is being lost in this age of connected cars and smart phones. The convenience of the quick click to free lo-fi streaming has made music simply a taken-for-granted background soundtrack to life.

Yet the real power in music comes from absorbing it into one's being and letting it resonate there to do its magic. One must become the music, and that isn't possible while scrolling through a twitter feed. The digital distraction of constant connection is keeping people from experiencing the moment they are in. Indeed, it is common to see people at live concerts buried in their phones ignoring the music pouring from the master musicians on stage.

Clearly it is time to bring back quality to your music listening experience. Instead of streaming background playlists for daily activities, devote time to become the music you love. Just listen and absorb the glorious sound into your being. In this way, music can be an antidote to the negative effects of digital distraction.

To accomplish this, buy hi-fi music and play it on a nice stereo. It is best to set up a home listening station. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, but the old fashioned home stereo with a CD player and even a turntable is a fantastic option, and you can get one used cheap these days. Or, you can get a hi-resolution audio interface for your computer and buy a pair of powered monitors. Just make sure to play at least CD quality audio files. There is a big difference between CD quality and the standard compressed audio formats of the major download sites. You will hear and feel the difference when you are truly absorbing the music, and this difference is more pronounced on music with a lot of detail. Streaming music is even lower quality, and the major streaming sites don't even come close to making a sustainable financial contribution to an artist's ability to make new recordings, as payments are now measured in thousandth of a cent increments.

Mariah Parker's new CD is having an amazing run on the radio airplay charts. Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert is available at all of the major download and streaming sites. But a hi-resolution copy is needed to hear the record in its full glory. Yet, in a sign of the times, despite the great success of the record on radio, no one has purchased a CD copy at the Ancient Future website! Indeed, there have only been two CDs sold at Ancient-Future.Com this year. Before downloads and streaming, monthly sales ranged between $200 and $1000. Of course, this has a detrimental effect on the artist's ability to bring you new music.

You can be the very first to buy her CD at Ancient-Future.Com to hear it in its full glory. While you are at Ancient-Future.Com, take advantage of sale prices on a variety of CDs. There are even still a few very rare original copies of Ancient Future's first LP, Visions of a Peaceful Planet, available on vinyl for a truly analog listening experience!

In other news, work is being done right now to make it possible to download 24-bit hi-resolution audio at Ancient-Future.Com. Stay tuned!


Listen and Learn

Second Grade Rhythm Class

Expand Your Experience of Music

Learning about music is another way to absorb more of its magic into your life. Those who understand the structures of various musical traditions get more out of listening to them. The World Music Education section of Ancient-Future.Com provides a good introduction to that magic.

Matthew Montfort's book, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India, can provide the next step on your path to getting more out of music. The book takes the student on a musical voyage through these great ancient rhythmic traditions with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Through hand clapping, foot tapping, and vocal recitation, the traditions move right into your body. While the book does use standard music notation to convey the exercises, for those who can't read music counting is provided and the book is typeset so that page space equals time, which provides an excellent visual cue to the rhythms.

The exercises are available as a complete 2 CD set of 115 audio guide tracks to supplement the book for those who don't read music. For those comfortable with music production file formats, the exercises are also available as Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves, a set of 128 MIDI percussion groove tracks for loading into a music sequencer or web browser. Work is being done to expand the educational offerings at Ancient-Future.Com through educational downloads, and Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves is the very first to be offered!

Matthew Montfort offers private lessons on the traditions on the Ancient-Future.Com world music education web site via Skype. Instruction is tailored to the individual needs of the student, so don't be shy if you are just looking for explanations that will help you enjoy the music more. Music lessons make an excellent gift, and introductory sale rates on individual Skype lessons are being offered for a limited time.

 

 

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Looking for Events and Festivals thats Booking

Greetings friends in the music world. We are new to EthnoCloud and are very happy to be here. We are a music artist promotion and management company. we look for opportunities for our artist and help guide them in the right direction with their music careers. we have latin music artist in Spain (Canary Islands), Dominican Republic and the U.S.A. We would appreciate anyone assisting in booking our artist for shows in these areas. you can see visit our web page for bios, music, photos, videos and epks on our artist at, www.openflamezmusic.com...Thank you for taking time to get to know us. hope you all enjoy our music.......Admin. at Open Flamez Music Group LLC of SWFL U.S.A.

 

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VI School & Jazz Competition 1st prize!

We are so happy we have won the 1st prize at VI School & Jazz Competition 2017.

Our pianist, Karolina Wiercioch have won individual award.

 

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Introducing Brian Fitzy....

 

Hailing from PA, Brian Fitzy is steadily proving himself to be a musical mainstay. With the release of his new single "No Idea," he brings out his Soulful side that is sugary sweet without all the fluff. This year we see Fitzy sharing his new record, and "No Idea," is the first taste of what he has to offer...and it's a delicious one. Of note, his vocals are sultry and notable, as the music and production value are on point. With a bit of retro flair picking up the pace, the result is a well-crafted song that will stand the test of time. From his upcoming ambitious release, "Hard Time for Dreamers," Brian Fitzy shows the world what he has to offer, one note at at time. Listen to "No Idea," below.

 

Brian Fitzy "No Idea" 
https://soundcloud.com/brianfitzy/no-idea-single

 

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Daemonia Nymphe in the Netherlands at the EFF 2017 this weekend!

#DaemoniaNymphe at the Elf Fantasy Fair 2017 in the Netherlands! The Haarzuilens fair is the largest fantasy event in Europe and attracts some 22,500 visitors every year.

This weekend, 29th and 30th of April 2017

http://elfia.com/index.php/events/elfia-haarzuilens-2017-nl-nl-en-gb/program-2/daemonia-nymphe-band

 

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Happy Abandon Announce East Coast Jaunt

Happy Abandon are currently on the road, as they take to the East Coast this month and next. With a stop at The Compound in Asheville, North Carolina tonight, we experience a band on the rise. Their unique and captivating sound has seen the group opening for artists such as Ben Sollee, The Love Language, Rubblebucket, Mutual Benefit, Vacationer, Widowspeak, Elephant Revival, Mother Mother, and more. Steadily making their way into the same realm of popularity, the group have been hitting the East Coast yet again with an unstoppable force, that also sees them heading overseas this Fall. Check out the remaining tour dates, below.

 

TOUR DATES:

Thursday April 13th – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave
Wednesday, April 19th – Asheville, NC – The Compound w/ TOMA (Austin, TX)
Thursday, April 20th – Salem, VA – Parkway Brewing Company w/ TOMA
Friday, April 21st – Washington, DC – The Velvet Lounge (headlining) w/ TOMA
Saturday April 22nd – New York City – Rockwood Music Hall w/ TOMA
Sunday, April 23rd – Philadelphia, PA – Pentajawn (house show) w/ TOMA
Saturday, May 20th – Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s Cradle
Friday, May 26th – Wrightsville Beach, NC – The Palm Room
 
 

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Cardamohm\'s first album \

A Seed is Cardamohm's first album, made of 8 tracks mixing wind instruments and electronic music. The CD comes in a beautiful digipack including a 12 pages booklet with a painting for each track, drawn by BaBa Shikoine. 

This CD also features 3 remixes as bonus tracks:
- La Embarcación (Johnfaustus Remix)
- A Seed (4bstr4ck3r Remix)
- Tazmania (Via'on Remix) 

Get it now for 15e (digipack CD) or 8e (digital HQ download) !



 

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New Waulk Records release

Waulk Records' latest release, due out in May 2017, is 'Veer', a scintillating and original collaboration between Portuguese percussionist and flute player Ricardo de Noronha and ethnic string player Griselda Sanderson. Guests include Soufian Saihi from Morocco on Oud, Nuno Silva on dulcimer and Louis Bingham on Tambura and cittern. More info coming soon!

 

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DOS PARAISOS

The Bolero. This song is the first one of a Tribute album to this kind of Latin musical genre.

This melody is a fantasy to the imagination. And bring back those times when this exceptional

music was at the top of the latin hit parade. Help us to rescue the Bolero. 

 

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about. Band IJM(아이즘)

Band IJM _ Eng

In a manifesto of “We don’t know world music. It’s just music.”, IJM as a band consists of West African percussion, sitar(Indian string), flute, Brazilian woodwind, base in a style of African blues and a Korean string called Haegeum.

 This mysterious(marvellous) combination of instruments bears each country’s soul. Every single one distinguishes itself by the indigenous playing skills and unique sounds, however, the polyphony they make together does not only stay as a simple integration but it recreates a new world.

 The new world stands definitely outside of traditional, jazz or experimental music. Therefore we are only able to say that it’s just music since our music is too multicolour to be tied up in the single category of ‘World music’.

  The rigid rhythm from Haedong, who learned percussion in West Africa, presents as the backbone with its rigidity and dryness rooted from hot country. Hansaembawy studied Indian classical music in Varanasi, India and his Sitar leads the melody with its exclusive and clear resonance. LeeKihyun vitalise IJM’s music with richness by playing the instruments including flute, Brazilian & West African woodwinds. Having trained on African blues and Brazilian music, Travis, the bassist, opens an infinite space to the band with his unconstrained rhythmical sense. On the top of that, ChoiMinjee who joined the band late as a Haegeum player gives a scent to the music through an echo of her sweet voice and Haegeum.

 

Bande IJM _ Fr

Mettant « On ne sait pas la musique mondiale. C’est juste une musique. » en avant, IJM est bande musicale qui se constitue de percussions de l’’Afrique de l’ouest, de Sitar(un instrument à cordes de l’Inde),  des bois Bréziliens à commencer par flûte et basse de sud-Afrique, y compris de Haeguem(un instrument traditionel de la Corée).

  Dans cette compostition mystère, les sentiments de chaque région se mettent et tous les instruments se représentent au clair par leur son et les techniques des musiciens. Néanmoins, l’harmonie qu’ils font surpasse une unité musicale, elle recrée un nouveau monde.

 Ce monde n’appartient ni à musique folkloriqe, ni à jazz, ni à musique expérimentale. Or, cette musique est si polychrome qu’on ne peut que dire « C’est juste une musique. » en abandonnant le cadre de musique mondiale.

Le rythme sec et rigide, donné par Haedong qui a appris la percussion en afrique de l’ouest, soutient la bande à travers les instruments et Hansaembawy qui s’est spécialisé en musique classique indienne à baranasi guide la mélodie avec son sitar dont le son est net et vivant. Lee Kihyun qui joue les bois du brézil et de l’afrique de l’ouest d’ailleurs la flûte, vitalise la musique d’IJM en brillance et Travis, qui établit ses fondements basés sur le blues africain et la musique brésilienne, ajoute un espace étendu par son rythme libre. En plus, la voix douce de Minjee Choi et son Haegeum redoublent d’éclat au parfum.

 

Digital album

iTunes _ goo.gl/biVg1M

Apple music _ itun.es/us/XJCHgb

BandCamp _ goo.gl/wvXBoK.

 

Review

http://canthisevenbecalledmusic.com/mini-reviews-lxviii/

 

Contact : facebook.com/IJMmusic, soundcloud.com/haedong

 

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Jacob Davich Shares \

If you are not familiar with Jacob Davich's music, you may recognize him from his film work as he appeared in such movies as The Aviator, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl and more. Currently taking a hiatus from his acting career, Davich has been making a name for himself with a string of successful singles in the past couple of years. Opening up 2017 with another impressive track, recently he reveals the new single, "My Father's Gun."

My Father’s Gun” serves as a classic folk and Americana song, which weaves a story of love, loss, and revenge as told through Davich’s soulful resonance. Davich’s voice can be seen as a hybrid of James Taylor and Jackson Brown, and the single features his crooning vocals, which pour over a beautiful orchestral arrangement. Davich’s classic style and vocal swagger truly represent what would be the transplant of a classic man in the modern day.“My Father’s Gun” is the lead single from Davich’s upcoming studio album Between the Lines, which was recorded at the famed Oceanway Studios, the hallowed hall of recordings by James Taylor, Count Basie, and Frank Sinatra.

 

Listen Jacob Davich "My Father's Gun"
 

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Judge Roughneck Unleash New Track \

The Ska mainstays of Colorado, Judge Roughneck, are in full effect with their latest single, "The Girl." One of the most highly-regarded bands in the genre, the group goes above and beyond to create an eclectic sound all of their own. Throughout the track we hear the band at their best; with rich Ska tones doused in Reggae influences, they bring the heart of the genre to life. "The Girl" is a perfect introduction to the band if you are not yet aware....and trust me, you SHOULD be. They enlighten the senses, one song at a time.

Judge Roughneck "The Girl"

https://soundcloud.com/user566272161/sets/judge-roughneck-the-girl/s-k5L9O

 

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Emmaline Muchmore Goes \

Emmaline Muchmore is a stunning Indie-Pop infused artist that needs to be on your radar now. This year we saw Muchmore releasing her latest album endeavor, Back to Right, a perfect glimpse into the budding musician's world. Throughout the record we hear Muchmore showcase her strong vocal abilities, as intensity builds in tracks such as "Solid," which lives up to its title.

 

On Back to Right we experience different sides of Emmaline Muchmore, in which she displays her talents as a musician. Standout pieces on the album include gorgeous tracks such as "My City Lights," and "Only Human," which will delight your ears as each piece tells a story.

Muchmore's vocals recall a bit of Annie Lennox and Amy Winehouse, which can be seen on two different sides of the spectrum. From soft to boastful, each song is built with an intricate intensity, and carefully crafted, to create an album that is not only memorable, but one you will fall in love with.

 

Prominent and warm instruments make an appearance on the album from synthesizers to keyboards, which create a familiar sound that Muchmore puts her own unique twist on. Her boastful sound proves that every note and lyric on Back to Right is a true labor of love. Emmaline Muchmore's Back to Right quickly proves to be a timeless record that shine from start to finish.

 

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Ancient Future Times: The Early Bird Gets the World

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: The Early Bird Gets the World Music Tix Half Price

March 2017 Issue:

San Francisco International Arts Festival Early Bird Tickets Half Price!
•Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1; Mariah Parker, June 3; Global Guitar Summit, June 4

Gyani Indo-Jazz Ensemble In Concert March 28
•World Music Series at Capistrano Concert Hall, CSU Sacramento

'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker
•New Release on Ancient-Future.Com Records Coming to Internet and Radio Stations Near You


S. F. International Arts Festival Early Bird Tickets Half Price!

San Francisco International Arts Festival Logo

Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1; Mariah Parker, June 3; Global Guitar Summit, June 4

Ancient-Future.Com Records artists will perform three different concerts as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason. Half price early bird tickets are available online until March 31, so get yours now!

Ancient Future Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1, Chapel, Fort Mason

Matthew Montfort and Pandit Habib Khan

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8 PM, Ancient Future Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), and Ferhan Najeeb Qureshi (tabla), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason Chapel, Upper Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94109. Take Franklin Street from Bay Street. The Chapel is located near Park Head Quarters and the General's Residence. Admission: $25 general, $12.50 under 18. Full time students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price. Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50. Buy Tix. Concert Poster. Press Release.

Jugalbandi is a classical North Indian musical duet (meaning literally "tied together"). The guitar is not often used in the music of India. However, Matthew Montfort has studied sitar and is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar. This jugalbandi works well because Matthew Montfort is a guitarist with knowledge of sitar, and Pandit Habib Khan has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the sitar” by L'Orient le Jour, Beirut's French language newspaper. They will be accompanied by tabla master Ferhan Qureshi.

Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Quintet, June 3, Gallery 308, Fort Mason

Photo of Mariah Parker (piano, santur), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Ian Dogole (percussion), Sascha Jacobson (upright bass), and Jim Hurley (violin)

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6 PM, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz with Mariah Parker (piano, santur), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Ian Dogole (percussion), Sascha Jacobsen (upright bass), and Jim Hurley (violin), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Gallery 308, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94109. Admission: $25 general, $12.50 under 18. Full time students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price. Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50. Buy Tix. Concert Poster. Press Release.

According to Latin Beat Magazine, "Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music." Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal says they "fuse Latin rhythms with influences from South America and India with a dash of straight-up American jazz… an intoxicating blend of East and West. Like all the best jazz bands, this group is as disciplined as it is innovative." This chamber variation of the ensemble with its emphasis on strings will explore new compositions as well as rearrangements of existing work.

Global Guitar Summit, June 4, Chapel, Fort Mason

Photos of Global Guitar Summit

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 3 PM, Global Guitar Summit with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Giacomo Fiore (classical guitar), and Teja Gerken (acoustic guitar), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason Chapel, Upper Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94109. Take Franklin Street from Bay Street. The Chapel is located near Park Head Quarters and the General's Residence. Admission: $25 general, $12.50 under 18. Full time students with ID and seniors, $4 off cover price. Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50. Buy Tix. Concert Poster. Press Release.

This Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos who will perform solo and ensemble pieces. The summit features American scalloped fretboard guitar and world fusion music pioneer Matthew Montfort, master Italian guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore, and German fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Teja Gerken. The music performed will include new arrangements of classical works, Celtic music, Indian classical, contemporary compositions, popular songs, and much more.


Gyani Indo-Jazz Ensemble In Concert March 28

Photo of Matthew Montfort, Binay Pathak, George Brooks, and Vishal Nagar

World Music Series at Capistrano Concert Hall, CSU Sacramento

The Gyani Indo-Jazz Ensemble combines Indian raga, jazz, Arabic melodies, and global rhythms to make a unique brand of music blending classic Hindustani forms and cutting-edge improvisation. The California-based ensemble brings together world class musicians who share a passion for exploring and expanding the possibilities of merging Indian music with other genres. The result is stirring, stimulating, and breathtaking in its beauty.

Tuesday March, 28th, 2017, 8 PM, Gyani Indo-Jazz Ensemble featuring Pandit Binay Pathak (vocals, harmonium), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Osam Ezzeldin (keyboards), Abbos Kosimov (percussion), and Vishal Nagar (tabla), World Music Series, Capistrano Hall, CSU Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Adm: $15 general, $12 senior, and $8 student (free to Sac State music students on the night of the show, subject to availability). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (916) 278-4323.


'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

New Release on Ancient-Future.Com Records Coming to Internet and Radio Stations Near You!

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142).

Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael.

Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert is already on all of the major download sites and streaming sites such as Spotify and YouTube, so check it out online and then buy the CD at Ancient-Future.Com to hear it in its full glory. The add date for terrestrial radio airplay isn't until March 27, but already programmers on over 50 stations and eight countries are giving the record rave reviews. The record even debuted as the #2 World Music release on Stanford's KZSU, which played cuts from the record early to promote some local concerts!

The Streams They Are a-Changin': Be The Change You Wish to Hear with Deep Listening*

Streaming music sites do not even come close to making a sustainable financial contribution to an artist's ability to make new recordings, as payments to artists are now measured in thousandth of a cent increments. The free ad-supported streaming business model is not viable and balances its books on the backs of artists, so Ancient-Future.Com Records supports the Content Creators Coalition, which is working hard to advance the interests of musicians in the digital age. Since streaming has just overtaken digital sales of music, new artists do need to have a presence on streaming sites to be positioned for a future where artists' rights and interests are are actually considered in the equation. But we are far from that goal at present, so in the meantime please take the following steps while streaming:

  1. Listening to music should be cherished actitivy. Don't waste your listening time with low-res streaming on a cell phone or computer. Turning your master volume down to homeopathic levels while streaming will allow you to appreciate later deep listening to hi-res music on a good stereo.
  2. Share these WorldFusionMusicRadio.com playlists featuring Mariah Parker's music to gain greater exposure for world fusion music:
    1. World Music Connections: World fusion music and the traditional music that inspired it side by side.
    2. World Jazz: Jazz that influenced Ancient Future along with recent world jazz recordings.
    3. Women of World Music: World music inspired by the mythology of the feminine.
    4. Spanish Diaspora: A rich tapestry of music resulting from migrations into and out of Spain.
    5. Indian Guitar: Guitarists working in Indian music utilizing everything from slides to scalloped fretboards.
    6. Indian Fusion: Top artists in Indian fusion music.
    7. Shakti and Ancient Future: Musicians who have performed with John McLaughlin and Shakti or Ancient Future.
    8. Interspecies Music: Intriguing music influenced by interspecies interactions and nature, including live jams with Pacific tree frogs, elephants playing instruments, and Mariah Parker's 'Milo's Moment,' which was named by her cat Milo using refrigerator magnets!
  3. Buy recordings at Ancient-Future.Com and then host a deep listening party with your friends!

*Apologies to Bob Dylan, Mahatma Gandhi, and Pauline Oliveros. No apologies to streaming sites.

 

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A few words about this great formation

Finding an old photo of my grandfather,

taken on the bridge of a ship in the 30s,

brings back memories of the evenings

as a child where he told me stories

of his many travels around the world.

 

So, as all children know how to do,

I imagined myself sailing the oceans with him

and having extraordinary adventures.

 

Wishing to share these souvenirs with you

the childhood souvenirs of imaginary voyages,

we invite you Eva, Gabriel, David, Gérard and myself,

to pack your bags and embark on this musical cruise.

 

So if you are ready, the journey can begin …

Have a god trip !

 

 

 

 

 

Lien YouTube :

https://youtu.be/yXVFkWUQ-gw

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuRk7ctH0GQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdOIZ2-MK9g

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHJ1rZyBJ6I

 

 

Philippe Brunel Acoustic Band’s Website :

Buy the album

http://www.philippe-brunel.com/

 

Virtual Womex :

https://www.womex.com/virtual/association_l/philippe_brunel_band/recits_de_voyages

 

Booking l’Hacienda (Musik) :

http://www.haciendamusik.com/artiste/philippe-brunel-acoustic-band/fr/

 

Buy the album on Itunes :

https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/r%C3%A9cits-de-voyages/id1208167489

 

Deezer :

http://www.deezer.com/album/15429318

 

 

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Silence Flooded Trance Album Review

Review By Grahak Cunningham.

Monk Party has just released Silence Flooded Trance. Made up of father and son duo, Pragunya and Nelson Myers-Daly their influences include the kirtan devotional music scene, ancient Indian mantras, Moroccan and middle eastern music plus a wide range of world and spiritual music genres. The melodies of Sri Chinmoy, their meditation teacher, which Monk Party play, aim to uplift and inspire the audience. Sri Chinmoy once said that “music will play a most important role in bringing about world oneness.” 

The music on the album is mesmerising, rhythmical, and mantric. The group uses a number of instruments darbuka, riq, frame drums, badhran, cajón, pennywhistle, nylon guitar, gongs, bansuri flute and Vocals. Pragunya has become an expert at the oud and it is heard in many of the songs. Nelson has been playing on world music instruments since he was four. “I was never pushed into to playing music but rather I learnt music like a language by always being around it and being absorbed in it,” he says. “Pragunya had a wide variety of types of music he played and listened to which has really helped colour my approach to creating art.”

They have performed in North America and Australasia and collaborated with Krishna Das. Monk Party (and yes they are monks, practicing daily meditation to keep themselves in a creative flow) has emerged as one of the best outfits of their genre around, their tight nit sounds and love of music are obvious in their latest offering. Silence Flooded Trance follows on from their acclaimed debut CD Daily My Promise. 

https://monkparty.bandcamp.com/album/silence-flooded-trance

www.monkparty.com

https://m.facebook.com/MonkParty/

 

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Polar Waves Debut New Record \

Polar Waves is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Julio Duran. Hailing from Chile, now residing in Athens, GA , the home place of artists such as REM and of Montreal, Polar Waves is about to carve their own history in the scene.

 
Today the endeavor launches the debut record "No One Needs Help Anymore."  A collection of psychedelic tracks, Duran quickly proves himself as a prominent musician. The record is filled with swirling tones that take Polar Waves to a whole new level, as he breaks out of the realm of what is normal. Standout pieces on the record such as the debut single "Stoner," and "Enough" will draw you in with their unique eclectic vibes.
 
The psychedelic rock vein continues throughout the album to make Polar Waves a standout for 2017. "No One Needs Help Anymore" is out today via iTunes and Amazon.
 
 

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Kathy von Shares Stunning Release, \

Songstress Kathy von offers up a graceful release with her newest record, "Symphony"out today, March 1st. Opening with the vibrant and inviting lead single, "Drive Away", the jaunty track launches the album into a musical explosion. Kathy's voice is powerful yet very soft, as the welcoming, sweet undertones float throughout. This is a theme that carries throughout the record and one that is evident right from the start.

10-pieces bring a playful and unique sound to the forefront, filling the space with bright and alluring guitars from Kathy von herself. A standout track on the record for me would be "Then Came Love" in which Kathy showcases her voice in a stunning spotlight, as she provides a lovely and touching harmony intertwined. To be of note, she also has a remarkable knack for writing elaborate songs that manage to showcase her talents.

Touching upon subjects that range from lighthearted to the deep, dark corners of the mind, Kathy speaks the universal truth. One of the most heartfelt songs on the record is the title track, "Symphony" which is a piece that speaks straight from the heart. Every word she sings evokes a great emotion, as it lays on a subtle bed of music. Before recently, I was completely unaware of Kathy von's special brand of music, and I am certainly glad she has graced my ears. "Symphony" displays beauty inside and out; within every guitar strum, within every lyric whisper. This gorgeous record is highly recommended.

 

Listen to "Drive Away":
https://soundcloud.com/kathy-von-broembsen/1-drive-away?in=kathy-von-broembsen/sets/symphony

Purchase "Symphony" via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/symphony/id1200177290

Find Kathy von Online:
https://twitter.com/Kathyvon
https://www.facebook.com/kathyvonmusic
https://www.reverbnation.com/kathyvon

 

 

 

 

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Janet Blair Makes Her Debut with \

Springing to life on her latest endeavor meet songstress Janet Blair and her new single "Eternity Grows." Hailing from New Mexico she offers up an impressive first look into her musings and musical ambitions. Together Blair's vocal work and harmonious piano playing combine in perfect unison. Her angelic voice stuns with a passion that brings her delicate lyricism to life. This March we see the release of her epic debut, "Songs for the Waiting," which will surely put her enchanting brand of music on the map. With heartfelt lyrics that use an emotional driver, she bares her soul to the world as she's waiting to be heard; and we're listening intently. Janet Blair's music is elegant and accessible as it is made for the masses.

 

Give a listen to Janet Blair's "Eternity Grows" here: https://soundcloud.com/user-650038933/eternity-grows-1

 

 

 

 

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Afreekanism Album release

Hello Friends! 

 I'm pleased to annouce  the pre-release of my second Album Afreekanism  today on Itunes  while Official release date is 3rd of March with european tour to support, you can check the link below to  enjoy the preview or listen to a full track on Itunes. -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jamBtPpePIk

 kindly visit my website www.adedejiadetayo.com for more information on the tour. 

 

Musically Yours 

Adedeji

 

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Jetty Rae Releases New Album \

Jetty Rae's newest release, Can't Curse the Free hits stores today. The diverse record that will bring you real life happiness, tears, heartbreak and free-your-soul tendencies, proves to be a must listen for the new year. Since early Winter we have heard Jetty Rae sharing a string of gorgeous singles from "Queen of the Universe" to title track "Can't Curse the Free," which shows are beauty and range as an artist, lyricist, singer and songwriter. It's evident that Jetty Rae's songs flow from the soul with a heartbreaking and prominent honesty that you will not be able to shake. As Jetty Rae welcomes you into her world, she provides comfort as she shares the love and passion in her heart for all.

 
Jetty Rae's Can't Curse the Free is out today via Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cant-curse-the-free/id1200191246
 

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MIN AWARDS 2017, PREMIOS MIN 2017

This month my second album, "Vida", is a candidate for the "Premios MIN" (MIN Awards, Indendent Music) as "Mejor álbum de músicas del mundo y fusión" (Best World Music and Fusion Album), If you like you can vote, the voting is popular: Thanks to all . 

http://www.premiosmin.com/candidatura/pepe-canto

http://www.premiosmin.com/

 

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Welcome from the Director

From time to time you run into people across the world who has a "Flamenco" feeling when they play their instruments. Feeling music is not always a culturally conditioned response.

 Flamenco music  and culture can be felt everywhere. This is the greatness of human being, the way way the connect each other by their feelings. This culture has a deep and very particular way of feeling life.

  Flamenco music and art doesn´t belong to any country but the humanity. That´s the reason why this art has been declared a Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO.

 Flamenco is something else that cannot be described in words, but I can assure that it is not only music; it is more something related with the way you understand life.

 

Jose Deluna

Director

SFGS-Spanish Flamenco Guitar Society

 

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Ancient Future Times: Celebrating 38 Years of World Fusion Music

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Performances Celebrating 38 Years of World Fusion

February 2017 Issue:

Ancient Future Performs Live on KPFA, 94.1 FM, Feb. 9, 10 PM PST
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort, Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar, & Pianist/Santurist Mariah Parker

Trinity Chamber Concerts Presents Ancient Future Feb. 11, 8 PM
•38th Anniversary Show at Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker
•New CD Release on Ancient-Future.Com Records

Save the Dates: San Francisco International Arts Festival
•Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1; Mariah Parker, June 3; Global Guitar Summit, June 4


Ancient Future Performs Live on KPFA, 94.1 FM, Feb. 9, 10 PM PST

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort, Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar, & Pianist/Santurist Mariah Parker

Ancient Future will be performing LIVE on Derk Richardson's "The Hear and Now" on KPFA 94.1 FM on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 PM PST. Listen on your radio, or stream it live from the link below. Afterwards, it will be archived for two weeks.

https://kpfa.org/program/the-hear-and-now/


Trinity Chamber Concerts Presents Ancient Future Feb. 11, 8 PM

Concert Poster

38th Anniversary Show at Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

Celebrating the exact 38th anniversary of their first concert, the trailblazing world music group Ancient Future will perform as part of the Trinity Chamber Concerts Series in Berkeley on February 11, 2017.

Blending ancient world music traditions from fiery flamenco to resonant raga with the contemporary colors of jazz and rock, this variation of the world fusion music group Ancient Future features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, and composer/pianist/santurist Mariah Parker performing new music and favorites from the band's eight ground breaking recordings.

Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. The term was coined by bandleader Matthew Montfort in 1978 to describe Ancient Future’s unusual blend of musical traditions from around the world. BILLBOARD calls the group “trendsetters” for their early contributions to the movement, which seeks to show how people from different cultures can grow by learning from each other. Their first concert was February 11, 1979, at the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 8 PM
Trinity Chamber Concerts
Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street between Bancroft Way & Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $20 general, $15 senior/disabled/student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Info and reservations: 510-778-1719 or email info@trinitychamberconcerts.com. Press Release. Facebook Event.


'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

New Release on Ancient-Future.Com Records

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142).

Released Jan. 20, 2017, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi's in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael.

"A collection of smartly imagined original tunes that touch on range of cultural influences. You'd expect nothing less from a cast a master musicians whose credits range from Wynton Marsalis to Sun Ra to Bolivian pan flute maestro Gonzalo Vargas. The cultural mix changes from song to song and often within the song. Reeds master Paul McCandless starts the opening track, 'Affinity Minus One,' with a passage that lightly but firmly references Indian classical music before shifting into a more Coltrane-y mood later in the song. Guitarist Matthew Montfort similarly does a brilliant sitar imitation at the start 'Close Passage' before dialing back to a more natural timbre. The group makes its boldest cross-cultural stand with 'Sangria,' which combines McCandless's Indian-flavored musings on oboe and bass clarinet, yet more of Montfort's sitar evocations and Rice variously suggesting flamenco and salsa with his percussive flourishes. Plus Parker playing the santur, a dulcimer of Persian origins. On paper, it looks like a recipe for disaster, but the musicians pull it off with aplomb. So who cares if the zeitgeist is turning to xenophobia and isolationism—viva multiculturalism!" – David Becker, AllAboutJazz.Com


Save the Dates: San Francisco International Arts FestivalMatthew Montfort and Pandit Habib KhanGuitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1; Mariah Parker, June 3; Global Guitar Summit, June 4

Ancient-Future.Com Records artists will perform three different concerts as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason. Save the dates for these three unusual performances!

Ancient Future Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, June 1, 7:30 PM, Chapel

Jugalbandi is a classical North Indian musical duet (meaning literally "tied together"). The guitar is not often used in the music of India. However, Matthew Montfort has studied sitar and is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar. This jugalbandi works well because Matthew Montfort is a guitarist with knowledge of sitar, and Pandit Habib Khan has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the sitar” by L'Orient le Jour, Beirut's French language newspaper. They will be accompanied by tabla master Ferhan Qureshi.

Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Quintet, June 3, 6 PM, Gallery 308

According to Latin Beat Magazine, "Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music." Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal says they "fuse Latin rhythms with influences from South America and India with a dash of straight-up American jazz… an intoxicating blend of East and West. Like all the best jazz bands, this group is as disciplined as it is innovative."  This chamber variation of the ensemble with its emphasis on strings will explore new compositions as well as rearrangements of existing work.

Global Guitar Summit, June 4, 3 PM, Chapel

This Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos who will perform solo and ensemble pieces. The summit features American scalloped fretboard guitar and world fusion music pioneer Matthew Montfort, master Italian guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore, and German fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Teja Gerken. The music performed will include new arrangements of classical works, Celtic music, Indian classical, contemporary compositions, popular songs, and much more.

 

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Freshly releasing Tolerance Ends, Love Begins  this week, North Carolina's The Pinkerton Raid is in full force. One the most surprising releases from a new(er) band in the past several months, their raw and honest tones are brought to life with a vibrant and quirky energy that will put a smile on your face.

Together the group create something very special, which shines brightly on the release. Their knack for songwriting is also a key element to be noted as the intricate and intimate songs truly come from the heart. With lyrics that are equal parts graceful and meaningful, their songs are filled with elements of life lessons and attributes.

Main frontman Jesse James DeConto's vocal work is nuanced and accomplished, and his technical ability is well-matched with his honest songwriting style.What’s great about the songs included on Tolerance Ends, Love Begins  is the warmth and sincerity of The Pinkerton Raid's performance; it's approachable and magnetic, as is the band.

 

Purchase a Copy of Tolerance Ends, Love Begins

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thepinkertonraid3
https://pinkertonraid.bandcamp.com/album/tolerance-ends-love-begins

 

Social Links:

https://www.facebook.com/thepinkertonraid
http://pinkertonraid.com/home.html

 

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Jeremy D. Simmons Shares the Tasty \

Jeremy D. Simmons possesses the perfect vocals for the Americana – Alt-Country world, with boomy vocals that hold a substantial mid range bravado to peak at the top of each composition. On his recent release “Pie in the Sky” we hear the artist making a name of himself in every song. Standout songs such as lead single “24/7 OTC,” and “Cash Cow,” show the diversity in this record,which follow him throughout the release.


The arpeggiated patterns create an interesting contrast between the full-fledged chords and the picking configurations through Simmon’s masterful songwriting capabilities. The classic Rhodes and Mark 1-sounding piano was a throwback tonal capacity that was an endearing quality to “Pie in the Sky” as well.

 

Music heads are already pleased with the dedication Simmons has put forth to bring about traditional panaches of music and creating a conscious flow of sound that will pave the way for a collection of enthusiasts resonating brilliance through their melodies...and we can't wait to hear what he has to offer up next.

 

Find Jeremy D. Simmons via his website at: www.jeremydsimmons.com

 

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Violin Virtuoso, Deni Bonet, Shares New Release \

 

There are two types of maverick artists: the ones who adopt different styles as a way of switching costumes, and the ones who take a variety of musical concepts and subvert them wholly to their own ideas, and their own identities. Deni Bonet is clearly the latter. Her new project aptly entitled, “Bright Shiny Objects,” is a musical conglomerate of creativity, passion, and breathtakingly beautiful interpretations of musical sensation. 

 

This project is simply a music fan’s dream, there’s so many musical treats to the ear, harmonicas, pianos, strings, drums, and the list goes on.   “Bright Shiny Objects,” is more than an album, it’s more than an album, it’s a refreshing glass of water in the somewhat cottonmouth sound we are slowing becoming accustomed to hearing more and more these days.  It’s a break from the, “norm,” and a view of something extraordinary.

 

"Bright Shiny Objects" is out today, HERE

 

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Emmaline Muchmore Shares a \

Emmaline Muchmore returns to the spotlight once again with an exciting new single, "Solid." The Electro-Soul singer is gearing up to release her newest EP endeavor in February, after a small hiatus which had Muchmore finding a sense of freedom as she learned to record and produce her own music. "Solid," is the first single to launch from the EP, which is filled with an array of sounds from soulful, sultry, empowering and strong, hypnotic beats. Laced with Muchmore's alluring vocals, her new music is her most ambitious and well-polished to date. Releasing albums since 2001, Muchmore's music has notably evolved over time, as we hear a confident artist calling the shots on her own terms.So how does Muchmore want her music perceived? “As a strong, independent woman heading up a super-soul groove machine,” she says. Sounds just right.

 

Emmaline Muchmore "Solid"


Emmaline Muchmore on Socials:

 

Emmaline Muchmore returns to the spotlight once again with an exciting new single, "Solid." The Electro-Soul singer is gearing up to release her newest EP endeavor in February, after a small hiatus which had Muchmore finding a sense of freedom as she learned to record and produce her own music.

 

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Jetty Rae Shines with \

Songstress Jetty Rae is back at is again with her latest endeavor, "Can't Curse the Free." The follow up single to "Queen of the Universe," we hear Jetty Rae shine once again with a powerful and stunning track, that showcases her flawless vocals and musicianship. The thought provoking song is taken from her upcoming EP Can't Curse the Free which is set to fly this year. The piece captivates within every listen, as Jetty Rae proves she is a musical force that will soon be taking over stages across the world. Her heaven-sent sound blends with stunning instrumentation that carries the song throughout. Listen closely...

 

Jetty Rae's "Can't Curse the Free" is out now available via Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/jettyrae/cant-curse-the-free-single

 

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Down on Maddy is a Dream on  New Single
Down on Maddy entices with his new single, "Titania." Showing an artist on the rise, Down on Maddy, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Patrick Kleven, skillfully crafts a hazy and dreamy sound that brings a retro flare into the mix. Kleven's voice is fitting to the piece, as it floats along the clouds and brings charming harmonies throughout that showcase his vocals. Down on Maddy has it all; his unique songwriter, captivating riffs and heaven-sent voice create an enticing combination that enlightens and delightens from start to finish. "Titania" is a fantastic piece to kick off your Down on Maddy obsession with...you can quote me on that.
 
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FIRST RE-RELEASE FOR 2017, OUT on the 15th of January 2017!!

FIRST RE-RELEASE FOR 2017,OUT on the 15th of January 2017!!
Working on two projects/albums at the moment, one of which will be released or re-released to be precise; on Sunday 15th of January 2017 on bandcamp. It is of course "The Bacchic Dance of the Nymphs/Tyrvasia" as you might have guessed already, released in a CD format by the French label #Prikosnovenie, consisted of the classic LP/vinyl “#TheBacchicDanceoftheNymphs” and the mini cd “#Tyrvasia” all of which are now sold out, including the CD re-release. It will be available again only via the official bandcamp of the band: https://daemonianymphe.bandcamp.com/
#daemonianymphe

 

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Mezmerizing Chill Lounge Track Distorted Time Feat. EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ from SAN DIEGO Mind Blowing Chill Lounge Track Distorted Time Feat. EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ from SAN DIEGO
 
Mind Blowing Chill Lounge Track Distorted Time Feat. EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ from SAN DIEGO

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We live in a world where humans strive to accomplish more and more tasks in a shorter amount of time.  Sometimes it just feels like time is “flying by.” Albert Einstein explored this, and theorized that the world around us is actually speeding up gradually. Side effects of this stretching and bending of time cause many of the issues we face in our day-to-day lives.  Distorted Time is a musical reflection of this process. 

The song infuses world instruments from Turkey, Persia, and India and combines standard, jazz, pentatonic, and non-standard semi-tone scales.  Our hope is that this 3- minute track will bring you back to your roots, cause you to pause and take a deep breath, and help you to shine your light on all that is real and true within yourself. We hope you enjoy this track and thank you for supporting our project!

Expected release: February 11, 2017

Art Tawanghar’s latest musical gem grew out of his collaboration with composer Ruth Weber.  The two wanted to create a never-been-done before duet for the Oboe and Duduk.  Tawanghar “distorted “ the original four-four meter of Weber’s beautiful classical melody and melded in elements of jazz and middle-eastern music to create this wonderful hybrid.  The warm romantic tones played by oboist Emilia Lopez-Yañez are sure to weave their way into your heart. Art's Official Soundcloud Page

EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ

She is an up-and-coming artist already sharing her music on the international stage.  After graduating with a degree in Oboe and Voice from Chapman University, she performs on both instruments at concerts and festivals while completing her Masters degree in music at USC.  Emilia's Official Website

RUTH WEBER

Received her Bachelor of Music degree from San Diego State University and her Masters of Music degree from California State University Northridge. She has performed internationally as a pianist/accompanist, as well as with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Opera Aguascalientes, The San Fernando Valley Men’s Choir and as a recording artist on the Music-Minus- One CD’s put out by the Marantz Piano-Corder company. Ruth’s songs have won many prestigious competitions including the New York Pro/Am Songwriting Festival, The Music City Music Festival, The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, The Shalshelet Music Festival, The Global Music Awards, and The Akademia Music Awards, to name a few. Ms. Weber is the director of the award-winning San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir, and is on the music faculty of Palomar and Miramar Community Colleges in San Diego, CA.
Ruth's Official Website

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Genres:
Chill, Lounge, New Age, Classical Crossover,  Jazz Fusion 
Sub Genre's: 
Contemporary Instrumental, Indie 
Instrumentation: 
Oboe, Duduk, Vocals, Soprano, Drums, Loops, Strings, Synths, Cello 
Rhythm and Tempo
90BPM
Additional Descriptors: 
Laid Back, Dark, Middle Eastern, Romantic, Relaxing, Mysterious, Easy, Flavorful, Cool, Hip, lounge, Sensual.
Oboe, Romantic Music, Jazz oboe, Duduk, Jazz Fusion, Classical Fusion, Valentine's Day music, Soaring Vocals, Angelic Vocals, 
Oboe and Duduk Duet, chill, lounge, middle-eastern,  middle-eastern fusion, instrumental, instrumental music, Emilia Lopez-Yañez, Ruth Weber, Ruth Hertz Weber, Emilia, easy listening, jazz alternative, Art Tawanghar

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Beau + Luci Share Stunning New Single

The duo of Beau + Luci have been making quite an impression on the ears of music listeners the past few weeks, as they share their  latest single, "Deeper Well." Inspired by the likes of classic songwriters such as Emmylou Harris, Beau + Luci recall artists such as Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash but on their own terms. Throughout the track we hear the group infusing elements of rock and soul music, with a heavy dose of folk sensibility on the side. Taken from their upcoming EP Fire Dancer, which is out on March 3 of this year, the duo channel a very dark place of struggle and survival for the record. I personally cannot wait to hear what Beau + Luci have to offer on the EP as a whole, as "Deeper Well," was able to charm and attract my attention, without a second thought.

Fire Dancer is out March 3rd.

 

Fire Dancer is out March 3rd.

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Jackie Paladino Offers Help with New Video
 
Jackie Paladino is becoming one of the most prolific indie-songstresses of our time. For Paladino, she writes from the heart, and uses her past experiences in her music, which brings to life very heavy topics. For her latest single "Rescue Me," we hear Paladino take the lyricism to a whole new level. Her grace throughout the track offers not only compassion, but inspiration to other as well.

Never a songwriter to stray away from topics that bring to life vulnerability, "Rescue Me," is a very personal piece for the artist as it was literally essential to her survival. During a very chaotic period in her life, in which she herself was struggling with an eating disorder, it touches upon the often delicate subject, and the shame, isolation and nature that often comes with it. On her road to recovery, with the help of her own musical inspiration, Jackie Paladino let's us all know that we are not alone in our fights and struggles.
 
 
 

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Jody Quine's eccentric new single "Stand Up," rises as a standout piece for 2016. With captivating vocals she stuns from beginning to end with a piece that literally stands up on its own. Quine brings a beauty and essence to the track with gorgeous vocals and stunning instrument-work that keeps you on the edge of your seat with every listen. The haunting piece chronicles her deep storytelling skills, as the song helps to set the tone for the rest of the album, also named Stand Up. Jody Quine is an absolute delight on the track, and we are eager to hear what she has up her sleeve for 2017.

 

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Justin Michael Williams Gets Personal On \
Justin Michael Williams shares his stunning and electrifying new single, "Here With Me," from his phenomenal release, Metamorphosis. The 11-track record features an array of song with "Here With Me" as the standout single that grabbed my attention. Williams' fierce and fiery sense of style, brings to life many messages, that carries throughout the entirety of the record. "Here With Me," is a heartfelt ballad that is filled with R&B hooks and flare, with a smooth and charming instrumentation to boot. Channeling elements of loss, love and self-acceptance throughout the record, Williams proves to be a mainstay in the music scene right from the very beginning.
 
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Ancient Future Times: News from Alternate Universes

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: News from Alternate Universes

New Year's 2016-2017 Issue:

Future Ancient News from an Alt-Left Universe
•President-Elect Sanders Proposes US Musical Ambassador to the United Nations

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Release Celebrations
•Alt-Left Universe Shows at Freight & Salvage 1/22, Don Quixote's 1/29, Occidental Center for the Arts 2/4

Meanwhile in the Alternate Reality of Eleven Nine
•World Fusion Musician Awakes in a Polarized Tribalized World

Education in an Alternate Reality
•Study World Music in the Virtual and Real Worlds


In Honor of the Current Trend Towards Fact-Check-Free News, Ancient Future PresentsFuture Ancient News from an Alt-Left Universe

An Ancient Future to Believe In

President-Elect Sanders Proposes US Musical Ambassador to the United Nations

WASHINGTON (Ancient Future Press). President-elect Bernie Sanders today announced his intention to create a new cabinet-level position: United States Musical Ambassador to the United Nations.

A Sanders Transition Team internal memo marked as "for discussion purposes only" has been obtained which states that the idea came to Sanders after hearing some music by the band Ancient Future, the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. The memo states that in cases of international conflict, it will be the duty of the USMAUN to employ Ancient Future to facilitate jam sessions between musicians from the countries involved.

The Senate confirmation process can begin when Congress convenes on Jan. 3, two weeks before Sander’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Due to the new Green/Democratic coalition majority in the Senate that was swept in on Sanders's coattails, it is widely believed that Ancient Future's upcoming Feb. 11 anniversary concert is likely to become a celebration of more than just the band's 38 years of cross-cultural collaboration.

Ancient Future Performs at Trinity Chapel on 38th Anniversary of the First Ancient Future Concert

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort, Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar, and Pianist/Santurist Mariah Parker

Exactly 38 years after their first concert on Feb. 11, 1979, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, Ancient Future will perform in Berkeley as part of the Trinity Chamber Concert Series. With President-elect Sanders's proposed new duties for Ancient Future at the United Nations, reservations are strongly encouraged for those who want to be part of what could be an historic celebration for world fusion music.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 8 PM
Trinity Chamber Concerts
Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street between Bancroft Way & Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $20 general, $15 senior/disabled/student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but with the new Guaranteed Income Act that is expected to pass in Sanders's first week in office, funds for the concert shouldn't be a problem for anyone.
Info and reservations: 510-778-1719 or email info@trinitychamberconcerts.com. Press Release. Facebook Event.

Concert Poster

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Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Release Celebrations

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

Alt-Left Universe Shows at Freight & Salvage 1/22, Don Quixote's 1/29, Occidental Center for the Arts 2/4

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142).

To be released the day of Bernie's inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. It is the perfect party music to feel the Bern! Plus, two days after Bernie becomes president, Mariah Parker's CD release tour starts at the Freight & Salvage.

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, 7 PM
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz CD Release Concert
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $24 adv., $28 door. Purchase tickets.
Info: Call 510-644-2020 or email info@freightandsalvage.org

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 7 PM
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz CD Release Concert

Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
Info: 831-603-2294 or email info@donquixotesmusic.info

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 8 PM
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz CD Release Concert

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct. (Bohemian Hwy. at Graton Rd.)
Occidental CA 95465

Tix: $20 general. Purchase tickets.
Info: 707-874-9392 or email info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org


Meanwhile in the Alternate Reality of Eleven Nine

Hands Around World

World Fusion Musician Awakes in a Polarized Tribalized World

He awoke at nine eleven on eleven nine. Eleven nine. Did he just wake up in an alternate reality? Was that a dream, or did a New York billionaire real estate mogul turned reality TV star convince just enough rural working class voters that he was on their side to win the Electoral College? Did political polarization result in a descent into tribalism and the elevation of fear-based feelings over facts? Did voters believe that immigrants were to blame for lost jobs rather than tech disruption, automation, outsourcing, union busting, and the failure to invest in education? And will a man with no political experience be the commander-in-chief of the world's largest military as countries around the world are splitting into ethnic factions?

Nine eleven. He remembered teaching music that day 15 years earlier, and saying that he feared the likely reaction of the US more than he feared another terrorist attack. How prophetic that turned out to be. He remembered that before nine eleven, he was able to perform music with Arabic or Indian influences at state fairs for crowds more used to rodeos and country music, and turn them on to music from other cultures by including familiar elements from American music. After nine eleven, a lot of folks grew fearful of anything foreign, so it became much more difficult to reach them. Funding for the military expanded, as did destabilizing wars, while arts and education were severely cut. They never recovered.

Eleven nine. He turned on the TV, expecting the stock market to have crashed as forecast by the market elites afraid of the unpredictability of a reality TV star. But in this alternate universe Wall Street suddenly forgot all of that and was in party mode over the possibility of tax cuts for the rich, repealing financial regulations, and running up the deficit with military spending.

That night he performed with Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble at a post election party that had become a wake. First they played soft and uplifting music while the conversations of gloom echoed about the room, and then slowly turned up the heat until everyone was dancing at the end. The whole experience made everyone feel better, not about the outcome of the election, but about how to deal with the darkness that resulted to create conditions for the return of light in the future.

In the days that followed, while many of his friends were walking around in a state of denial, he started to exhibit signs of Stockholm syndrome and began to hope that since this reality TV star had changed his mind almost daily on many issues that perhaps there would be some moderation of positions. But those hopes were dashed as tweets were unleashed and cabinet choices rolled out, including a climate change denier to head the EPA. While the new alternate reality seemed bleak, he came back to thinking how sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. He's been saying that his whole career, but perhaps this time people will wake up and get to work.

For his own part, he made a commitment to do what he can as a musician. It was clear to him that world fusion music will be needed now more than ever in this alternate reality where tribalism is running amuck all over the world and the existence of climate change is denied by the party in power in the world's largest economy. World fusion music can serve as an antidote to polarization. Its mission is to show how ideas from different cultures can work together. Not a genre, it is a process that brings musicians from different traditions together to learn from each other. To an audience, successful world fusion music presents both something exotic and something familiar, and it creates advancements in the art of music that can inspire people to do good things in their own lives.

With enough support, the arts can make a positive difference in how humans behave. But that support is not going to come from elected officials hostile to the idea of arts funding or tech companies that profit off of free artistic content but don't want to pay for it. It will now be up to the people who do believe the arts can help create a better future for humanity to support them directly in whatever ways they can.

Ways to Help Make World Fusion Music Great Again (and Again)

  1. Support the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030).
  2. Make a direct donation. Any amount helps!
  3. Follow Ancient Future on social media and share posts (a good option for those who can't afford to donate directly):
    1. Facebook now charges bands to show their posts to fans, but if after liking the Ancient Future Facebook page, you select the "Follow" button that is right next to the "Like" button, and then select "See First" from the "IN YOUR NEWSFEED" menu that pops up, you will see more posts without Ancient Future being charged. You can also periodically check the Ancient Future page for new posts, and share them.
    2. Twitter. Follow @Ancient_Future and be sure to retweet to your followers.
    3. Google Plus. Be among the first to follow Ancient Future's new profile!
    4. Ethnocloud. Sign up and follow Ancient Future on this great site for world music artists.
    5. You can also share pictures from Ancient Future's website on Pinterest, or write blog posts about world fusion music.
  4. While streaming services don't yet support artists financially in a sustainable way, world fusion music needs to gain a higher profile, so in the meantime stream these playlists linked at WorldFusionMusicRadio.Com with the sound at a homeopathic background level. Then purchase high quality copies for deep listening at Ancient-Future.Com.
  5. Ask your friends to subscribe to the Ancient Future Times. Don't forget to use the tools at the bottom of each newsletter to forward it to anyone you think might be interested. Repeat as necessary.

Education in an Alternate Reality

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Guitar Player Magazine Feature on Matthew Montfort Plus Online Lesson (1.4 MB pdf).

Study World Music in the Virtual and Real Worlds

Where will the next generation of master musicians come from in this era where music creation is considered something that you do by cutting and pasting loops on a computer? In the USA, some public schools in high property tax districts do still have good instrumental music programs, and children of rich parents who like music have the opportunity to study privately. But for the rest of the populace, studying music is a rarity. Not only are we not prioritizing training the musicians of the future, we aren't creating an educated audience for music. In this alternate reality, it is unlikely that restoring music education to public schools will become a priority anytime soon.

But Ancient Future makes education a priority. The Ancient Future website has a large section devoted to music education, and it is free to learn some of the basics of world music, including African polyrhythms, Balinese gamelan, and Indian raga and tala. And you can sign up for a free subscription to Ancient Future's World Rhythms educational newsletter complete with explanations of musical concepts and exercises to master them.

If you know of someone who could benefit from individualized music lessons, you can give them the gift of learning music. Matthew Montfort offers all styles and levels of guitar (and other plucked instruments such as bass, mandolin, and ukulele) instruction as well as lessons on any of the subjects on the Ancient-Future.Com world music education web site via Skype, and in person in the real world in the San Francisco Bay Area. For further information, visit matthewmontfort.com or send an email to info@ancient-future.com.

Skype Sale

Skype online music lesson guitar pick icon carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

30 Minute Skype Lesson. Normally $50. Sale $36. Buy 1 Now.
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Recommended Training Manual

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Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort (Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2). Sale $52.95. Buy 1 Now. A must-have for all students of world music, plus there is an additional discount on a Skype lesson with your online purchase at Ancient-Future.Com!

 

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World Citizen Artists ONE FOR ALL and made it to the finals.

Jobarteh Kunda wish everyone a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 017 may love always guide you !!!!

WE HAPPY FOR THIS GOOD NEWS !!!

We took part of this competition 016 World Citizen Artists ONE FOR ALL and made it to the finals.

Please support this great organisation !!!

Welcome to the World Citizen Artists Family!

Congratulations! You are the 9th finalist of the World Citizen Artists ONE FOR ALL competition 2016!

Check this link for Results

 http://worldcitizenartistsawards.com/one-for-all

Right now we working in the studio to record our new CD release in spring !!!

Thank you for your Support !!!

Tormenta Jobarteh

 

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Ska Legends Judge Roughneck Share New Video

Denver Ska legends, Judge Roughneck take their music to a whole new level with their latest endeavor "Mirror in the Bathroom." A stunning video that showcases the very essence of the band as musicians and live performers, we experience the band crafting their skills even more so (if that was even possible)! Throughout the years they have become staples, especially in the Denver, Colorado scene which they call home. Pulling out all the stops for the latest video, the track features Angelo Moore of Fishbone on vocals.

Their infectious blend of Ska and Reggae pays homage to the early 80's British 2-tone movement as well as influences of Jazz and Soul. Going strong since 1995, the band have headlined countless venues opening for artists such as UB40, Burning Spear, The Specials, The Skalites and The English Beat just to name a few.


Check out Judge Roughneck's "Mirror in the Bathroom," here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ4hY9k89hc&feature=youtu.be

 

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Live Review: Don DiLego at Hotel Utah - San Francisco

Don Dilego took to the stage at Hotel Utah in San Fransisco like the rock star that he is. Throughout the evening the crowd, which was highly receptive, experienced an artist uniquely and elegantly in his element.

 
Playing tracks from his latest record, Magnificent Ram A, DiLego played like an old pro as he brought the crowd to life. His set really brought his music to a whole new level for me as he bursts from energy on the stage. 
 
With a playful and vibrant mentality, his vocals and instrumentation had burst from the stage as he played his latest singles and older ventures. Don DiLego has definitely been a standout act for 2016, and I for one am very excited to hear what he has to offer in the New Year.
 

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New CD RELEASE SPRING O17

Hello and greetings to all of you....Jobarteh Kunda is in the studio recording the 6 album and it will be wonderfull.

we have some special guest on the record so watch out the news.

thank you for your support!!!

Tormenta Jobarteh

www.jobarteh-kunda.de

 

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Diving Deep with Paulo Franco

One of the most intriguing artists of the year is a rising musician by the name of Paulo Franco. His release this year, the blissful, "The Last Card," takes a step in a charming direction that sees him taking center stage on the release. As we head into the New Year, we are hoping to except more from Paulo, as he covers the bases with his  musical endeavors. Recently I had the honor of catching up with Paulo Franco for an interview that is ever  most insightful, which you can read below.

 

When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?

It depends. The usual process is to pick up the guitar and wait for something musical to take shape. The next step is to listen for something to pop into my head lyrically.

I think I'm better at putting music together than writing lyrics. That's why I enjoy co-writes and collaborations so much!

There are times when something will pop into my head out of nowhere and a song is born. That happened to me on my last day visiting my mom in Medellín. I was walking up a the mountain thinking about a tragedy that struck here a few hours before  (a plane crashed killing an entire Brazilian soccer team scheduled to play a match against a local team for the South American championship).

By the time I was done walking I had a few verses and a chorus banged out along with the melody in my head.  I picked up a guitar as soon as I walked into my mom's house and recorded it on my phone so I wouldn't forget!

 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind "The Last Card"?

 

The inspiration was the unexpected death of my best friend at the end of 2014. As I was recording the record and thinking about a title that quickly became the obvious choice.

As far as aspirations I hope to reach a wider audience not only geographically but demographically as well. There are three songs in Spanish on this record.  I hope to build on that. I'm coming back from my trip to Colombia with a new Spanish song and a sapling of a second one.

 

What is the meaning behind the title of the record, and what does it signify?

As I mentioned before the title track is about the death of my best friend.  I love playing cards especially poker and blackjack. It's a metaphor I use often.

There are specific people that the card characters represent in the song.

With slick lyrics, that read like poetry, how do you write the lyrics? What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?

I appreciate that characterization of the lyrics!!

I tend to do better with story songs than more poetic and abstract lyrics. The inspiration comes from all sorts of places. Some of it things I've lived through or care about and often times about my family. On this last record, Rolling Back to Raleigh tells the story of taking my daughter to school for the first time. Anything for you is a song I wrote for my wife. We had been together for a while and got married during the recording of the record.

Run Rene Run was a song I wrote in a dream. It's about an illegal immigrant that is running from the Texas Rangers because of a crime he didn't commit. He tried to do the right thing but winds up getting blamed for the crime.

Immigration is a hot button issue right now. My parents immigrated to the US from Medellín, Colombia  (legally) and my sister and I were born here. My dad came here to finish his medical training (he was a general surgeon) My dad became an illegal immigrant by over staying his visa. That ultimately got sorted out but not until after he had to leave the US for a short while. A decade later he and my mother formally became US Citizens. They retired for good in 2006 and went back to Colombia but sadly my dad passed way in 2007.

So the idea in that song is to put someone that you might not automatically identify with due to him being an illegal immigrant. But it's hard not to sympathize with him due to his predicament. My objective with the song is to get people to think that no matter what a person's immigration status is they are still a human being. Each with a unique story. Some are running away from something, others simply running for a better life. They stay for a host of reasons. My parents promised theirs they would come back. And they did. Only my father was told if he wanted to be a doctor in Colombia he would have to do his residency all over again despite being Chief Resident at Georgetown University and despite being named to to the medical faculty at so young an age. He wasn't willing to do another four years of residency, and he realized my sister and I would have better opportunities in the US.

As for Rene, his happy ending came by the good fortune of a phone call. I was finished with the song except for the last verse. I happened to be talking to my songwriting partner Shane Cooley and asked him what should become of Rene. I already had three songs in which a character is killed. So he told me, "too many people die in your songs, Paulo. Let him live." So I guess Shane deserves a credit as the Deus Ex Machina for Rene!!

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? How did you record The Last Card?

 

The Last Card was recorded and produced by Bob Rupe, who was a founding member of the Silos, one of my favorite bands that I had been listening to since my days in law school in the 80s. He is also a friend and a neighbor. He recorded my last effort which was the Green Porch EP I did with Shane Cooley. The record was recorded in his amazing studio called P&P Studios located in Richmond.

Bob and I enlisted the help of some great musicians for this record. Stephen McCarthy who plays with the Long Ryders and has played with the Jayhawks contributed lead guitar on Leaving the River City, Daniel Clarke who plays in Ryan Adams backing band The Shining and also with kd Lang plays keys, Johnny Hott of House of Freaks (another law school  fave) fame plays some drum tracks, Dusty Simmons who is playing in the Cris Jacobs band also plays drums, local session legend Charles Arthur, who is featured on several Slaid Cleaves records, Dan Sessler who plays in my band, and Shane Cooley helped me out on one of our cowrites (One More Night).

We hear you have a video in the works! What can you tell us about the theme of the upcoming  piece, if you can spill any details of course.

The video is for Leaving the River City. That song is something I wrote as a response to Chris Knight's Rita's Only Fault, a sad song about domestic abuse. Rita goes to jail for killing an abusive lover or husband. I didn't like that ending and I figured Rita could have used a better lawyer. That's where I come in. A songwriter with a law degree and license to practice law in Virginia (I hold down a day job prosecuting lawyers for ethical violations for The Virginia State Bar). The heroine in my song gets away with it if you read the words literally.

The idea for the video was based on a review from Amy McCarthy at The Boot. She suggested the song was about a woman who may or may not have iced an abusive lover.

So in the video we leave the issue of whether the girl actually kills the man or simply dreams it up to the viewer. We don't show what happens.

It was a fun shoot because my daughter Camille stars as the heroine and a good friend of mine Andy Vaughan plays the antagonist. Andy has his own awesome honky-tonk outfit here in Richmond called Andy Vaughan and the Driveline. He and I also play together in a 70s Country Rock/Gram Parsons tribute band called The Burrito Riders League. He was kind enough to play the bad guy even though he's as nice as he could be. Bob Rupe provided his awesome early 60s Ford pick up! My friend Nick Baker who is also a great songwriter in his own right did the filming, directing and editing.

 

What are your key musical goals for 2017? (It seems like you are off to a running start!)

To tour a little behind this record and possibly record another one soon. I Have tons of new songs!!

I also plan on playing in Colombia again in 2017.

Thank you so much for your time, and I appreciate you taking time out to answer these questions. 
All the best, Jeremy

Thank you for asking the questions Jeremy! I appreciate you and Ethnocloud taking an interest in and liking of my music!!

 

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News from an Alt-Left Universe: President-Elect Sanders Proposes US Musical Ambassador to the United Nations

In Honor of the Current Trend Towards Fact-Check-Free News, Ancient Future Presents

Future Ancient News from an Alt-Left Universe

Dec. 1, 9:00 PM EST

President-Elect Sanders Proposes US Musical Ambassador to the United Nations

An Ancient Future to Believe In

WASHINGTON (Ancient Future Press). President-elect Bernie Sanders today announced his intention to create a new cabinet-level position: United States Musical Ambassador to the United Nations.

A Sanders Transition Team internal memo marked as "for discussion purposes only" has been obtained which states that the idea came to Sanders after hearing some music by the band Ancient Future, the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. The memo states that in cases of international conflict, it will be the duty of the USMAUN to employ Ancient Future to facilitate jam sessions between musicians from the countries involved.

The Senate confirmation process can begin when Congress convenes on Jan. 3, two weeks before Sanders's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Due to the new Green/Democratic coalition majority in the Senate that was swept in on Sanders's coattails, it is widely believed that Ancient Future's upcoming Feb. 11 anniversary concert is likely to become a celebration of more than just the band's 38 years of cross-cultural collaboration.

Ancient Future Performs at Trinity Chapel
On 38th Anniversary of the First Ancient Future Concert

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort, Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar, and Pianist/Santurist Mariah Parker

Exactly 38 years after their first concert on Feb. 11, 1979, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, Ancient Future will perform in Berkeley as part of the Trinity Chamber Concert Series. Blending ancient world music traditions from fiery flamenco to resonant raga with the contemporary colors of jazz and rock, this variation of the world fusion music group features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, and composer/pianist/santurist Mariah Parker performing new music and favorites from the band's eight ground-breaking recordings.

With President-elect Sanders's proposed new duties for Ancient Future at the United Nations, reservations are strongly encouraged for those who want to be part of what could be an historic celebration for world fusion music.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 8 PM
Trinity Chamber Concerts
Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street between Bancroft Way & Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $20 general, $15 senior/disabled/student. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but with the new Guaranteed Income Act that is expected to pass in Sanders's first week in office, funds for the concert shouldn't be a problem for anyone.
Info and reservations: 510-778-1719 or email info@trinitychamberconcerts.com
Venue website: www.trinitychamberconcerts.com
Press Release

Concert Poster

New Releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records

Berning for the Win

Berning for the Win

Berning for the Win by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF-90352).

Berning for the Win is the first audio/video release in Alt-Left Ancient Future history, and is thought to have played a part in Bernie's narrow victory in the primary after a recount in 34 states, and his landslide victory in the general election.

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings

Ancient Future on Rachel Maddow Show in Alternate Universe

This video from the future ancient was mysteriously transported through the Ancient Future time portal.

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030).

Kent Jones reports on A.F.A.R. on the Rachel Maddow Show on X.N.N.B.C. in a parallel universe. Apparently, Kent Jones got lost in a time vortex while listening to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future, and reported on his experience in his "Just Enough" segment exploring the farthest reaches of musical culture.

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF-20142).

To be released the day of Bernie's inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. It is the perfect party music to feel the Bern! Plus, two days after Bernie becomes president, they are performing at the Freight and Salvage as part of their CD release tour.

 

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