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PRAED new album DOOMSDAY SURVIVAL KIT

Akuphone presents « Doomsday Survival Kit », PRAED’s fourth album. This is the ultimate kit to prepare calmly for the sixth extinction! The Lebanese duo delivers a raging interpretation of the chaabi – popular Arabic music – using synthesizers, drum Machines, samples and other devices. The result is hypnotic and psychedelic, on the verge of trance. The clarinet of Paed Conca and the soaring lyricism of Raed Yassin sound like distant calls for help emerging from a world that is falling apart and slipping away. The record itself is enhanced by its sleeve – designed by the Lebanese artist Raphaëlle Macaron – printed in 5 Pantone colors making it as explosive as the music.

 

get the album here: https://akuphone.com/catalog/1pRd1timEEwy#content

 

book us for festivals/concerts here: http://www.paed.ch/praed

 

 

 

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Hope For The Meek

Dear  Fans,

 

I've started writing the music to my new project titled "Hope For The Meek". I've also created an online reflections log page for my fans to keep up with the production process. So far, things are going really good thanks to God. This project is a spiritual album with most of the songs praising our creator the one true God, The God of Abraham, King of the Universe who has many names. Click below to read more about the project and keep me in your prayers to be able to create a project that will justly give hope to the meek.

 

Much Love,

 

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our 24th CD "Old School" today, 9/26/13.

This is a very special CD to us for a few reasons. We have always wanted to do a "Live" recording of our group, James Kennedy & Friends. This year, we were fortunate enough to do so at Catamount Recording in Cedar Falls. Thank you to  Travis Huisman who did a superb job of helping us capture the "live" sound of the group. This gave us a chance to do some of the tunes that have always been "audience favorites" at our concerts but which just didn't work right in a "multi-tracking" situation. So the CD has tunes you love to hear and that we love to play!  We also want to thank Russ Block for the fantastic drawing of our group which graces the cover of the CD. Russ, you really captured the "vibe", thanks!   And of course, we thank all of our who've come to our concerts over the years. You guys are the reason we keep on keepin' on!   So, here's "Old School" - we hope you enjoy it!

 

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Heart Consort Music is proud to announce the release of "25" by James Kennedy today, 9/25/14. This is the 25th release in our catalog and it was recorded "Live" in the studio. The music is a blend of jazz, blues, world music and more performed by James Kennedy on guitars, Catherine Lawson on violin, Matt Alles on bass and Eric Madison on drum set.  It is currently available here: http://bit.ly/12LVR2i
It will soon be available at a variety of other online and ground vendors.
Thanks to everyone whose continued support has made this possible! 
 

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An article about my music background and my tune Eastern Neck Island was written for the Winter 2018 edition of the Rookery (publication of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge).

Winter 2018 Rookery Interview

 

Here is the recording of Eastern Neck Island.

 

 

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Ancient Future Times: Festivities Begin for Ancient Future\'s 40th Year of World Fusion

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Festivities Begin for Ancient Future's 40th Year of World Fusion

February 2019 Issue:

40th Anniversary Preview Performance Streams Live
•KPFA 94.1 FM (kpfa.org), Thursday, February 7, 10 PM PST

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert
•Tuesday, February 12, 8 PM, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Get More Enjoyment Out of Music
•World Music Studies for Listeners

Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series
•Each Concert Program Features a Different Lineup!

Ancient Future World Without Walls Reunion Concert
•Save the Date: 5/26/19 at SFIAF


40th Anniversary Preview Performance Streams Live

Picture of First Ancient Future Line Up
Original Members Benjy Wertheimer, Phil Fong, Mindia Devi Klein, Matthew Montfort

KPFA 94.1 FM (kpfa.org), Thursday, February 7, 10 PM PST

Want to hear some of Ancient Future's early music performed live, but don't live in the San Francisco Bay Area?

You are in luck, because Ancient Future will perform live on The Hear and Now with Derk Richardson on KPFA, 94.1 FM, Berkeley, California. The broadcast will take place on Thursday, February 7, at 10 PM PST, which is Mindia Devi Klein's birthday.

Special thanks go out to Jason Ranjit Parmar (tabla, udu) and Mariah Parker (piano, santur). They will be filling in for original Ancient Future members Benjy Wertheimer, who will be flying in for the 40th anniversary concert, and the late Phil Fong.

The broadcast also streams live. Visit kpfa.org at 10 PM PST and click the Listen Live link. The archived broadcast will be available for two weeks.


Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert

Ancient Future Circa 1981 with Mindia Devi Klein, Benjy Wertheimer, and Matthew Montfort
Ancient Future Circa 1981

Tuesday, February 12, 8 PM, Freight and Salvage, BerkeleyWith Founding Members Matthew Montfort (Guitars), Mindia Devi (Flutes), and Benjy Wertheimer (Tabla)
Plus Georges Lammam (Violin), Vishal Nagar (Tabla), Doug McKeehan (Keys) and Mariah Parker (Santur)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8 PM
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Purchase Tix: $20 in advance at the F&S, $24 at the door. All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.
Box Office Phone: 510-644-2020, open 12:30 PM – 7 PM (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Email: info@freightandsalvage.org
Press Release
Facebook Event

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert Poster
Poster (384k .pdf)

Ancient Future's first concert took place on February 11, 1979, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, a vegetarian cafe and music club co-op that was the center of a vibrant local music scene. It was the day before Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's birthday, who was not yet of nightclub age. This concert on Montfort's birthday celebrates Ancient Future's 40 years at the forefront of the world fusion music movement. Purchase your tickets now to insure the success of this one time event!

Support the 40th Anniversary Season with a Tax Deductible Contribution!

By making a tax deductible donation to Ancient Future through InterMusic SF, you can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

You can also help by signing up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

First Set

The first set of the 40th anniversary concert will feature original band members Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Benjy Wertheimer on tabla, and Mindia Devi Klein on bansuri and silver flutes. Mariah Parker will play piano and fill in for the late Phil Fong on santur.

Original Ancient Future Video
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Circa 1978

'Visions of a Peaceful Planet' Reunion Concert Edition With Long Lost 1978 Video

Visions of a Peaceful Planet LP Cover Art

Visions of a Peaceful Planet by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2004) $19.98 list. Buy Audio/Video E-CD Now.

Second Set

The second set will feature band members from Ancient Future's major label releases along with top master musicians from around the world who have a long history of cross cultural music collaborations with the band. Confirmed performers include Georges Lammam on Arabic violin, Vishal Nagar on tabla, and Doug McKeehan on keyboards.

Video of El Zaffa
YouTube Video of 'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future

Yearning for the Wind on YouTube
YouTube Video
of 'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future


Get More Enjoyment Out of MusicTones of Balinese Gamelan: Ding, Dong, Dèng, Dung, DangWorld Music Studies for Listeners!

Want to get more out of listening to music? Study of music traditions isn't just for musicians. The more you know about music, the more you will get out of listening to it. For example, many listeners are attracted to the spiritual feeling of Indian classical music. But knowing the basics of tala (Indian rhythm cycles) will greatly enhance what one experiences while listening.

A great way to get started on a journey to become a better listener is to visit the education section of Ancient-Future.Com. Included are explanations of African, Arabic, Balinese, and Indian traditions along with some basic exercises to practice that require no instruments to perform. As you learn more, you may wish to take a private Skype lesson to continue your studies.

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.


Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series

Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Shenshen Zhang (pipa) on youtube
YouTube Video of Very First Meeting of Matthew Montfort and Shenshen Zhang

Each Concert Program Features a Different Lineup!

Matthew Montfort leads this series of free hour long educational library concerts. Every show in the series features a different program with different musicians!

  • Wednesday, February 20, 7 PM, Ancient Future History with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Mindia Devi Klein (bansuri, silver flute), and Mariah Parker (santur), Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma, CA 94952.
  • Saturday March 9, 3 PM, Global Guitar Summit with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Teja Gerken (fingerstyle guitar), Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville, CA 95446. (Also performing Friday, March 8, 8 PM, Wu Wei Tea Temple, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, CA 94930. Donation: $10 - $20.)
  • Saturday March 30, 2 PM, World Without Walls Trio with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Doug McKeehan (keys), and Ian Dogole (percussion), Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2 PM, Guitar and Arabic Percussion Duet with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Antoine Lammam (Arabic percussion), Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
  • Saturday April 27, 2 PM, Guitar and Pipa Duet with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Shenshen Zhang (pipa), Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.
  • Saturday, May 4, 2 PM, Guitar and Tabla Duet with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Vishal Nagar (tabla), Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

Ancient Future World Without Walls Reunion Concert

Ancient Future Photo Circa 1990 by Irene Young
Photo by Irene Young of Ancient Future circa 1990

Save the Date: 5/26/19 at SFIAF

The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The reunion show features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion.

Sunday Evening, May 26, 2019, 5 PM
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Gallery 308, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94109

 

 

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Lucie Périer\'s talent taps into legacy of postwar Irish hospital in Normandy

Article by Robert McmIllen in the Irish News - Dec 14, 2028 : Trad/roots: Lucie Périer's talent taps into legacy of postwar Irish hospital in Normandy

 

The town of Saint-Lô in Normandy was the scene of an unusual and little-known postwar link between Ireland and north-west France, a link that decades later has borne fruit in the form of the formidable musical talents of Lucie Périer.

SAINT-Lô is a town located in Normandy, France. During the Second World War it had become German headquarters and in 1944 was completely wiped out by US bombings.

Ireland, which had remained neutral during the war, decided to help France after the bombings and Saint-Lô was selected to host the Irish Red Cross Hospital that would heal and rescue survivors of bombings. The hospital opened on April 9 1946. Among the doctors and nurses, was Samuel Beckett, working as a translator and store-keeper.

The Irish brought life back to Saint-Lô, they were remembered as kind and joyful people, and their help did not cost a penny.

Only two years after the hospital opened, the Irish were forced to go back to Ireland, history faded and an American Hospital was set up in 1950. Fifty years later, in 1995, Jacqueline Fontanel and Christian Périer, started to organise Irish music, dance workshops and sessions in Saint-Lô.

With the help of a Mme Théot, a 70-year-old lady who had never forgotten the Irish and who was determined to honor their memory, Jacqueline and Christian set up a non-profit organisation the named Shanaghy after the Gaelic word seanchaidhe, the story-teller, the bearer of memory.

For more than 20 years, Shanaghy has worked to promote Irish culture in Saint-Lô in memory of the Irish Red Cross Hospital, through music, dance, conferences and lectures, film projections, etc.

In 2016 Saint-Lô celebrated, thanks to Shanaghy, the 70th anniversary of the Irish Red Cross Hospital through a week-long festival, ending with a big night of music and dance with flute player Lucie Périer and Alicia Ducout on harp, and the Roazhon Ceili Band.

Today, Lucie – Christian and Jacqueline's daughter – is making huge waves playing traditional Irish music as well as Breton and French folk music for dancing on her silver Boehm flute.

Growing up, she says, “all this music just made me want to dance all around the place".

"And, traditional music is, whether you like it or not, linked with dancing," she affirms. “To me, the study of music began with the study of the dance. It helps you fully understand – in your body, not just in your mind and intellect – the rhythm, the groove, the structure of the tunes."

However, there was a piano at home and, aged seven, Lucie started to play along with her favourite tape at that time: Gilles Poutoux (box) and Jean-Christophe Lequérré (piano).

“I would spend hours and hours trying to find the chords. That's when my mom put me to piano lessons, but it did not last long. Then I tried the box, and the fiddle, and finally the flute.

"My parents were my first teachers. Daddy taught me my first tunes [Jessica's Polka and The Strayaway Child, to begin with]. Then the musical friends quickly took over, and that was the best training ever, having all these people sharing their love and passion for music in a very simple way with their best friends' daughter – that was pure magic.”

Lucie also took lessons with jazzman and saxophone player Jean-François Millet and spent three years in a classical music school and passed the exams to enter the Conservatoire de Caen, but chose not to study as she was a lot more attracted to the traditional way of learning music.

With both Irish and Breton musical traditions very strong in the family, how does she compare the two styles? Are they like two accents of the same language?

“I do not compare Breton and Irish traditional music,” says Lucie. “It's always been clear for me that these two genres are two different languages, very specific in their own way.

"The dances are totally different, and so are the rhythm, the phrasing, the ornamentations... And actually, some Breton tunes and dances have more striking similarities with Middle-Eastern music and dance than with Irish or French traditional music.

“Breton and Irish trad music do have something in common, like most traditional music from all parts of the world – the soul of a true cultural identity on the one hand and their geographic location on the other hand.

“This is western traditional music we talk about, so of course, you find some similarities, in the structure of the tunes for example [AA-BB], the scales [but not the modes!] or the context of the tunes [work music, dance music, songs about wars and exiles...]."

I ask Lucie where she played her music early on and she says the place was “with my dad.”

“As soon as I could 'properly' play a dozen or so tunes, my dad would take me everywhere to play along with him, which meant sessions in pubs, gigs and festivals.

“The first significant 'on-stage' experience was during July 2000 when my father and I went to play for a world music festival in Bourg Saint-Maurice [in the French Alps]. There I discovered music and dance from all over the world and got to know wonderful musicians and dancers.

"Later on I made my own way playing at sessions but also for bals folks [evenings of traditional modern folk dancing] and festou-noz [night festivals] mostly with Les Round'Baleurs and Trio Tarare for over a decade.

Then, in April, 2017, Lucie and husband Nicholas Latouche decided to leave France and travel to the other end of the world, to New Caledonia, hundreds of miles off the Australian coast “to see what was happening beyond our borders”.

“I remember saying 'OK, let's just go there a couple of months, see what happens, and then we go back to France and Ireland'. In the end, the journey lasted a whole year.

“The two of us were lucky enough to play quite extensively in Nouméa, the island's capital and more particularly at the Musée de Nouvelle-Calédonie where we were able to introduce Irish traditional music and dance and share beautiful musical moments with all the communities that shape the face of New-Caledonia,” she says.

The couple also set up L'École Anémochore to introduce private flute lessons in Nouméa.

"It was pretty successful, and my husband Nicolas also started to give guitar and box lessons," she tells me.

Now back in France, Lucie and Nicolas plan to set up a place where musicians, singers, and dancers can discover, listen, learn and practice all kinds of traditional music and dance (with a special focus on Irish music, but not solely).

On top of that, Lucie has joined with Jérôme Marchand on cello, Yvonick Fortin on guitar to form Keveiled (Keveil is the Breton for friend or friendship) to “fully break our inner glass ceilings as far as music was concerned".

She says: "We trusted each other, and all of us took the risk to play this kind of music. The cello was the spine that let the flute sing and lead the melody, while the guitar enhanced the rhythm of the tunes.

"Making up our music was like writing poetry. We explored different musical shades, colours and moods to tell our own story about Breton music and dance."

:: You can listen to Lucie and her various collaborators at soundcloud.com/lucie-perier

 

 

 

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Beats Promotion - African Producers Hub

Vip Music Group in conjunction with African Producers Hub presents Cheap Exclusive & Non Exclusive beats promotion to enhance upcoming artists careers. We understand that creating and promoting your own music can be costly. Artists don't always have room in their budget to pay a producer licensing fees . This is why African Producers Hub is presenting this promotion -- by using our library of high-quality royalty beats from different producers in our hub, you can get a professional sound at less cost and save your money for studio time, promotion, etc. This promotion is specifically for upcoming artists with music passion.

*Contact - Jason Millz*
Call / App -+263773016936

Or email @ african_produ_hub@gmail.com

 

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Cozmic Kicks off the New Year

COZMIC is a name you need to know NOW! With his new single "Worth the Wait," the Cali and Brooklyn native creates an honest and unique sound that brings our eardrums to life. With elements of electro and pop that is placed perfectly throughout the track, it's no wonder why Cozmic is quickly becoming a househould name. His earnest lyricism that reads like poetry creates a blissful bed of music for the instrumentation that follows him on the song. Co-written by Cozmic and key collaborator Charlie Snyder (Bebe Rexha, Max Schneider, X Ambassadors, Illenium, Gnash..), what the two create is song that is truly magical...

 

Make sure to give a listen, below:

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

 

Connect online!

facebook.com/iamcozmic 

Spotify (250K+ streams) 

instagram.com/iamcozmic

 

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CLOUZINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS Spring 2019

Great Opprtunity for World Music Artists ! !

 

Don't Forget To Submit CLOUZINE International Music Awards

CLOUZINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS is an international music competition initiated by Clouzine Magazine.

Submission link: https://jotform.com/72060343501139

As for submissions we have a list of categories (New Age, World, Dance/Electronic, Instrumental, Americana/Country, Classical, Children, Pop, Rock, Latin pop/Latin Jazz and Brazilian, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic/Folk, Native American/Hawaii, Indie, Ambient, Hip Hop, Funk plus an option for others where artists have the possibility to put their genre if not listed). In addition to the above we have a Music Video option.
We try to represent and promote all your achievements on our websites, blogs and social media.
We don't limit the submissions to new works only. Any of your works from any year is eligible. So keep this in mind.
Decisions will be made by our BillboardⓇ charted team of Clouzine plus some European journalists (they listen to submitted material without being informed about the artist, so only the music counts). 
Winners get their award certificates sent to their addresses. 
You may check that on our Facebook sites:
https://www.facebook.com/ClouzineMusicAwards/
https://www.facebook.com/clouzine/
Winners who were not featured before, have a slot for an interview in one of coming issues of Clouzine Magazine.
Maybe your work gets now the recognition that it had already deserved. Wishing all the best to our alums and all artists who submitted their awesome works.

Best
Clouzine Team

Still Questions??
You can always send an email to Demir at clouzine@yahoo.com

 

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busy finish, busy start - Time to bring some news, and there are quite a few!

   Dear music lovers,
 
   It's time for "good resolutions", but for me it's just the continuation of the same project.
 
   I am lucky to have my muse - which amuses me a lot, yes – I only need to take any instrument, and in a few moments, new musical ideas are there, ready to be developed.
 
   As for example what I showed in two videos that I put on my YouTube, with the monochord borrowed from my friend Shiatsu artist Helmut Kreil (and most of all my overtone singing teacher), and the basic scale explained by Plato in the Timaeus.

  The important thing being the discovery for any music lover - also a musician - that to make or listen to music is to act at the level of the World Soul (nothing less, indeed), therefore the psychic level. I hope to make it clear why one should be very careful where one puts one´s fingers, and ears ...
 
   I have done a page with a never published article written by my other friend artist, photographer, poet and metaphysician, Xavier Mignon, but, as it is in French, and much too long and special to translate, I prefered few explanations and a link to a wonderful book in free Download on the English page.
 
                              The Wind Cries Satie - new CD
 
  Ah, here he is! The Friday before Christmas, I received the 11 pieces of the mastering, and I could have finally published all, unfortunately, I had to refuse them for purely technical reasons, that are, however, good news for me: I spent so much time on the mixes that I could almost do without mastering. In short, my friend Hartmut had a little too much compression, and all the refinements of the arrangements were somewhat jeopardized. As mastering is necessary for internet and pressing, I prefer here to have the touch of a professional.
 
 With the end of the year holidays, we´ll have to wait, I think it's only a matter of a week though. On my newly actualized homepage you can see a preview of the cover.

 It will be for the moment available only online, perhaps will I do a pressing later in the year if I find enough concerts, and my finances allow it...

Tweedledee, tweedledum, that's all folks!
Oh no, I forgot:
I wish you all the best you wish for the next year!
Gilles
 

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Ancient Future Times: Reunion Celebrating 40 Years of World Fusion

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Reunion Celebrating 40 Years of World Fusion

New Year 2019 Issue:

Ancient Future Original Band Reunion Plus!
•Celebrating 40 Years of World Fusion Music 2/12/19 at the Freight & Salvage

Please Watch and Share: 40th Anniversary Reunion Video
•Featuring Footage from First Ancient Future Video

First Set: Original Band Reunion
•Featuring Benjy Wertheimer, Mindia Devi Klein, and Matthew Montfort

Second Set: Ancient Future Hear and Now
•Master Musician Lineup Depends on YOU!

Contribute to Ancient Future's 40th Year of World Fusion
•Last Chance for 2018 Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF


Ancient Future Original Band Reunion Plus!

Ancient Future Circa 1981 with Mindia Devi Klein, Benjy Wertheimer, and Matthew Montfort
Ancient Future Circa 1981. Shown: Mindia Devi Klein, Benjy Wertheimer, Matthew Montfort

Celebrating 40 Years of World Fusion Music 2/12/19 at the Freight & Salvage

Ancient Future's first concert took place on February 11, 1979, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, a vegetarian cafe and music club co-op that was the center of a vibrant local music scene. It was the day before Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's birthday, who was not yet of nightclub age. Exactly 40 years and one day later, this anniversary concert on Montfort's birthday celebrates Ancient Future's four decades at the forefront of the world fusion music movement.

We are thrilled to announce that the first set of the concert will feature original band members Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Benjy Wertheimer (tabla, esraj), and Mindia Devi Klein (bansuri, silver flute)!

The second set will feature band members from Ancient Future's major label releases along with top master musicians from around the world who have a long history of cross cultural music collaborations.

Purchase your tickets now to insure that there is a budget for robust roster of musicians, and check the Facebook Event and Press Release pages for surprise lineup announcements of featured performers. You can also help by making a tax deductible donation to Ancient Future through InterMusic SF.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8 PM
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $20 in advance, $24 at the door, plus $4 per ticket facility fee.
Purchase Tix. Box Office Phone: 510-644-2020.
Email: info@freightandsalvage.org
Press Release
Facebook Event

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert Poster
Poster (384k .pdf)

Please Watch and Share: 40th Anniversary Reunion Video

Original Ancient Future Video
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Circa 1978.

Featuring Footage from First Ancient Future Video

This concert video teaser features an amazing archaeological find: the very first video of Ancient Future, recorded in late 1978, months before Ancient Future's first concert! Please watch it and share it to insure that YouTube will feature it in searches. Thanks to Jonah and Mariposa at Marin Artists International who, after learning of the reunion concert, were able to rescue parts of Ancient Future's first video recording session from archival oblivion. This video showcases an excerpt from 'Eternal Embrace' by Phil Fong. Performances of two complete pieces have been recovered, and are now included as a video session on the eCD version of Visions of a Peaceful Planet, available exclusively at Ancient-Future.Com.

Reunion Concert Edition With Long Lost 1978 Video

Visions of a Peaceful Planet LP Cover Art

Visions of a Peaceful Planet by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2004) $19.98 list. Buy Audio/Video E-CD Now.

First Set: Original Band Reunion

Ancient Future Circa 1981 with Benjy Wertheimer, Mindia Devi Klein, and Matthew Montfort
Ancient Future Circa 1981. Shown: Benjy Wertheimer, Mindia Devi Klein, Matthew Montfort

Featuring Benjy Wertheimer, Mindia Devi Klein, and Matthew Montfort

Ancient Future was formed in late 1978 by students at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, including Mindia Devi Klein (who went by Mindy in those days), Matthew Montfort, Benjy Wertheimer, and Phil Fong. On April 19, 2015, the original lineup of Ancient Future performed together for the first time this century to a full house at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Sadly, Phil Fong was unable to attend the reunion as he was battling ALS. He passed away on July 18, 2016.

The first set will feature all three surviving original Ancient Future band members: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Benjy Wertheimer (tabla, esraj), Mindia Devi Klein (bansuri and silver flute). If enough funds are raised through ticket presales and donations, there may be additional featured guest artists. Check the press release and Facebook event pages periodically for surprise announcements.

This lineup of Ancient Future made two recordings that are now considered world fusion classics. In December, 1978, the band went into Tres Virgos Studio in Mill Valley to record Montfort's song Moonbath. The song became the springboard for the first Ancient Future record, Visions of a Peaceful Planet. The concept for Natural Rhythms, the band's second record, grew out of a spontaneous recording session at a friend's recording studio near a frog pond. The sound of croaking frogs was leaking into the studio, so Montfort went out to the pond with a zither and began to play, and found that certain rhythms produced musical responses from the frogs. Several months later, Montfort and Klein went to Bali to study gamelan music. They were amazed to find paintings all over the island portraying Balinese rice paddy frogs playing gamelan instruments, so they ventured out into the rice paddies where a frog jam session ensued.

Original Lineup Releases

Visions of a Peaceful Planet LP Cover ArtNatural Rhythms CD Cover

Visions of a Peaceful Planet by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2004).
Natural Rhythms by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com 2005).

Second Set: Ancient Future Hear and NowMaster Musician Lineup Depends on YOU!

The second set will feature band members from Ancient Future's major label releases and top master musicians from around the world. The lineup will depend on funds raised through ticket presales and donations, so get your tickets now so we can afford to bring more musicians. Check the press release and Facebook event pages periodically for surprise announcements!

Major Label Period

Ancient Future Photo Circa 1990 by Irene Young
Ancient Future Circa 1990. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Jim Hurley, Doug McKeehan, Ian Dogole

"Ancient Future is a rare kind of band that might simultaneously aggravate purists, confound New Age dilettantes, seduce skeptics, and dazzle just about everybody else. Delicious compositions, intricate arrangements, crisp playing and impeccable production put these ambitious voyagers in a league of their own." - Derk Richardson, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

This lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential major label recordings played over a hundred concerts together. In 2011, they reunited and began to perform concerts at venues from Yoshi's in San Francisco to the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In honor of the reunion, World Without Walls was released digitally by Capitol Records for the first time ever at digital retailers such as iTunes. Twenty two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012.

Major Label Releases

Quiet Fire CD CoverDreamchaser CD CoverWorld Without Walls CD CoverAsian Fusion CD Cover

Quiet Fire by Ancient Future (Narada/MCA 1012).
Dreamchaser by Ancient Future (Sona Gaia/MCA 154).
World Without Walls by Ancient Future (Sona Gaia/MCA 163).
Asian Fusion by Ancient Future (Narada Equinox ND-63023).

Video

Bookenka by Ancient Future Youtube Video
YouTube Video of Ancient Future at their 'World Without Walls' Reunion at the Freight and Salvage. Shown: Doug McKeehan (keyboards, piano), Kash Killion (bass), Ian Dogole (percussion), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Mariah Parker (santur)

World Music Collaboration Period

Photo of Pandit Habib Khan and Matthew Montfort
Photo of Ancient Future Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi by Julie Marten. Shown: Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar)

Over the years, Ancient Future has expanded its musical vision through collaborations with master musicians from more than two dozen countries, cultures, and musical traditions who are now an integral part of what is today more than just a band. Ancient Future has grown to become a large multinational music ensemble with many smaller ensembles within it, enabling Ancient Future to realize its core mission of creating world fusion music. Some popular offerings include the Indo-Arabic, Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi, and Asian Jazz programs.

Photo of Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin), Vishal Nagar (Indian tabla)
Ancient Future Indo-Arabic Roots. Shown: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin), Vishal Nagar (Indian tabla)

World Music Collaboration Releases

Planet Passion CD CoverTemporary CD Cover

Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2010).
Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030).

Video

Video of El Zaffa
YouTube Video of El Zaffa from Planet Passion by Ancient Future. Shown: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin), Salaheddin Takesh (Arabic percussion), Doug McKeehan (keyboards), Sapphira (belly dance).


Contribute to Ancient Future's 40th Year of World Fusion

 

InterMusic SF LogoLast Chance for 2018 Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF

Ancient Future has big plans to celebrate 40 years of world fusion music. Help us bring music to the world in this important milestone year. Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, and support new compositions and recordings.

In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. You can help by supporting it financially:

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

Other Ways to Support the Music

Not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but still want to contribute?

You can make a direct donation (not tax deductible), or sign up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, which has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks totaling 43 minutes are already in production. The new tracks will represent a 50% expansion of the project! Help us finish them in our 40th year.

 

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Mauri is the highly-anticipated second album from singer-songwriter, lead guitarist Riqi Harawira.

Passion is the fire that lights the way with Riqi embracing the importance and uniqueness of both his Maori and Pakeha roots and the gravity of restoring his Mauri in this adventurous odyssey of music.

Riqis sound is Maori fusion. Upbeat, bilingual, reggae and rock music. A blend of Maori indigineous instruments and Maori weaponary.
His kaupapa is about bringing positive change to negative Maori statistics through his music, embracing unity and understanding between all cultures.

With the support of Waatea Music, Riqi is now able to share his journey through his music. The album Mauri is available on Spotify , Apple music and iTunes 
Jan 17th 2019. 

Kia ora the first single/video is out now Dec 14th 2018, 
followed by Wairua Tuturu Jan 17th 2019.


Riqis partner Flossie Drake works as an advocate for Safe menSafe womanSafe families and the Its not OK campaign MASsive (men against sexual violence). This is a frontline approach, working with victims of domestic and sexual violence in our communities. As part of the Safe Men, Safe Women, Safe Families approach our mission is to encourage Victims and abusers to start the healing process with the support of others who have made the choice to live Violence free lives.

First step to healing is 'Uncover,Discover, Recover'.

We run community programs and have advocates on call 24/7. SMSWSF is a non profit, private organisation. WE interact and work with It,s not OK anti violence campaign,Womens refuge, MASsive, CYFS /Oranga Tamariki, WINZ White Ribbon and many other Government and NonGovernment agencies. 

Both Riqi and Floss combine their creative lives and their personl experiences surviving violence and abuse by working together on many positive community driven projects. The Kaupapa is always about the people and positive change we can create in or communities.

New video Kia ora

 

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Review Folker Magazine July 2018

JOBARTEH KUNDA

Teriya
jobarteh-kunda.de
(Aimland Records ARJK 73912)
11 Tracks, 51:59, mit engl. Infos

Purists may have problems with it when German musicians like the “white griot” Tormenta Jobarteh who grew up in Munich immerse themselves in a completely different culture acquire craft skills over many years including learning the Kora, language and other strange rituals of an exotic music tradition. Although the often much vaunted “authenticity” is missing, the bandleader succeeded and has managed to produce world music at a high level for over twenty years. He has performed more then a thousand concerts and produced quality recordings, witch can also exist internationally. To mark the 20th anniversary of the band, Jobarteh, together with daughter Yasmina (Vocal,perc) and longtime collaborators Humphrey Cairo (dr,b) Felix Occhionero (g,b) and Gerhard Wagner (sax,fl) present a fourth studio album. “Teriya” brings together on a congenial way music of the Manding, Afrobeat, Reggae, Calypso and Latin flavours. Guests including Roman Bunka (Oud) who brings a middle eastern sound and Sir Lancelot Scott  (stellpan) who brings a Caribbean flair. The song content is diverse, also political as in ” White Bubu ” a reckoning with the Gambian dictator Jammeh

Roland Schmitt

 

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Ancient Future Times: The Future Isn\'t What it Used to Be, But the Ancient Future Is at 40th Anniversary

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: The Future Isn't What it Used to Be, But the Ancient Future Is at 40th Anniversary

Holiday 2018 Issue:

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday
•2/12/2019, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley. Get Tix Now To Insure Robust Roster!

Holiday Sale
Recordings, Music Training Materials, Skype Studies, and Private Lesson Gift Certificates

Your Chance to Contribute to the World Fusion Movement
•Make a Tax Deductible Contribution to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

Help Push A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line
Fund Finishing New Studio Tracks Now In Production


Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday

Original Ancient Future Video on Facebook
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Circa 1978. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Yusef Ali, Mindia Devi Klein, Phil Fong, Benjy Wertheimer.

2/12/2019, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. Get Tix Now To Insure Robust Roster!

Ancient Future's first concert took place on February 11, 1979, at the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, the day before Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's birthday, who was not yet even drinking age. This concert on his birthday also celebrates 40 years of world fusion music from Ancient Future.

The exact lineup for the show has not yet been announced, but it will include musicians from Ancient Future's long history of cross cultural music collaborations. It will feature top master musicians from around the world along with band members from the original and historic Ancient Future lineups.

Purchase your tickets now to insure that there is a budget for robust roster of musicians, and stay tuned for surprise announcements of featured performers!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8 PM
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Purchase Tix: $20 advance, $24 door, plus $4 per ticket facility fee.
Box Office Phone: 510-644-2020, open 12:30 PM – 7 PM (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Email: info@freightandsalvage.org
Facebook Event
Press Release

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert Poster
Poster (Please print and post this 246k .pdf)

Likely Coconspirators

Help us bring musicians who perform in Ancient Future's many programs by purchasing advance tickets or making a tax deductible donation to Ancient Future through InterMusic SF. There are two sets, and if we can raise enough money, we'd like to feature two core rhythm sections along with guest artists from the various periods of the band's history. Here are some of the possible coconspirators that could be featured if the show sells out well in advance: Vishal Nagar (Indian tabla, collaborator since 2013), Shenshen Zhang (Chinese pipa, collaborator since 2011), Mariah Parker (santur, collaborator since 2005), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin, collaborator since 1998), Pandit Habib Khan (sitar, collaborator since 1996), Jim Hurley (violin, collaborator since 1988), Doug McKeehan (keys, collaborator since 1985), Ian Dogole (percussion, collaborator since 1985), Mindia Devi Klein (Indian bansuri, silver flute, original member), Benjy Wertheimer (tabla, esraj, original member). The more money that is raised, the more collaborators that can be featured!


Holiday SaleRecordings, Music Training Materials, Skype Studies, and Private Lesson Gift Certificates

Purchases at the Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store directly support the artists and the music, and our holiday sale offers bargain prices!

Five for Fifty: Five Releases Just $10 Each

Yearning for the Wind CoverPlanet Passion CD CoverSangria CD CoverSeven Serenades CD CoverSympathetic Serenade CD Cover

The Ancient-Future.Com Record Store is the only place where all of the Ancient Future band recordings, including out of print major label recordings, are available on CD. The site also features releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records, the band's artist coalition label, and side projects by Ancient Future band members on other labels.

Educational Materials

Ancient Future Music publishes educational materials for use in music classes, music schools, private lessons, and independent study.

Beats Book Brings Bang for the Buck

Book Cover

Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2.

  • Comb Bound Book. $46.95 SALE $33.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI Files. $74.95 SALE $53.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download. New Best Buy! $69.95 SALE $49.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set. New Release! $34.95 SALE 24.95. Buy 1 Now.
  • Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set. $39.95 SALE $29.95. Buy 1 Now.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

The new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

Digital Liner Note Discounts

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

Skype Studies Sale

Skype Guitar LessonSkype Rhythm LessonLearn Ancient Traditions on Skype

Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site via private Skype lessons with Ancient Future bandleader and guitarist, Matthew Montfort. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar) along with record production, composition, world rhythms, music theory, and repertoire for all instruments.

Skype Lessons

  • 60 Minute Lesson. $75. SALE $60. Buy 1 Now. Custom private one hour online lesson.
  • 45 Minute Lesson. $65. SALE $48. Buy 1 Now. Custom private 45 minute online lesson.
  • 30 Minute Lesson. $50. SALE $36. Buy 1 Now. Custom private 30 minute online lesson.

Gift certificates are available for online lessons worldwide via Skype. The lessons can also be conducted through other webcam chat and conferencing services. And for a limited time, an additional discount is automatically offered on a Skype tutorial with purchase of Matthew Montfort's book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India at Ancient-Future.Com!

In Person Private Music Lesson Series

Matthew Montfort is accepting a limited number of students at his studio in San Rafael, California, and will travel to student's homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lesson series makes an excellent gift for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Gift certificates for private lessons in Marin are available.

  • 60 Minute Private Lessons. 4 pack. $300. SALE $252. Buy 1 Now. A set of four one hour private lessons in San Rafael.
  • 45 Minute Private Lessons. 4 pack. $260. SALE $212. Buy 1 Now. A set of four 45 minute private lessons in San Rafael.
  • 30 Minute Private Lessons. 4 pack. $200. SALE $168. Buy 1 Now. A set of four 30 minute private lessons in San Rafael.

To contact Matthew Montfort about lessons, e-mail him at info@ancient-future.com or call 415-459-1892.


Your Chance to Contribute to the World Fusion Movement

 

InterMusic SF LogoMake a Tax Deductible Contribution to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. You can help by supporting it financially:

  • Make a Tax Deductible Donation. Ancient Future was accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations made through them on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law!
  • Make a Direct Donation (not tax deductible). This works well for those who are not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Help Push A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line

Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar Recording A.F.A.R.

Fund Finishing New Studio Tracks Now In Production

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks totaling 43 minutes are already in production. The new tracks will represent a 50% expansion of the project!

We have so far raised 20% of our funding goal. This is substantial, but we need to greatly speed up our fundraising to complete the project during our 40th year of world fusion music. We need additional supporters and funds now, so please consider becoming a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. And if you are already a supporter, you can still upgrade to higher quality downloads until each supporter level is sold out.

Once you become a supporter, you will receive all of the tracks in the archive (and all of the tracks that will be added in the future), and you will be eligible to buy a limited edition CD-R of the Best of A.F.A.R. So Far, which is includes all of the best tracks that will (barely) fit on a CD-R.

Best of A.F.A.R. So Far CD Cover

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

 

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New Album Out Now!

New Album Out Now!

 

‘Meridianum Ensemble’ is a collection of live tracks from this international band’s inaugural spring tour of 2018, plus four specially selected studio recordings that represent the individuals in this seven-piece ensemble. 

 

The live tracks capture the drama of this unique group (with members from Portugal, Morocco & the UK) and its unusual instrumentation. The music on the album includes original works for santur, oud, hurdy-gurdy and nyckelharpa, but also draws on the mystical world of Mediaeval Cantigas. With the addition of bagpipes, percussion, violin, cittern and tambura , this album is a feast for the ears. With only two weeks until the group’s next UK dates this CD is a fine example of what is to come. 

 

To buy a copy of this limited edition album and to check tour dates visit

 

http://meridianum.eu

 

The album was produced by Nuno Silva 

Cover design by Ricardo de Noronha

 

The Meridianum Ensemble is

Louis Bingham: cittern, bass & tambura

Katy Marchant: bagpipes, shawm

Ricardo de Noronha: percussion

Soufian Saihi: oud

Griselda Sanderson: nyckelharpa, violin

Nuno Silva: santur

Steve Tyler: hurdy-gurdy

 

 

 

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Let\'s Get Real with Abby Ahmad

Abby Ahmad is an enticing musician whose name you may have heard in the past couple of months. Her charming musicianship and sense of tonality brings an artist on the rise to our ears. Ahmad who is currently sharing her noteworthy and dreamy new single "Because," is set to release her new video for the track in the next week, and we couldn't be more excited. We had the honor of catching up with Abby Ahmad as she dives into the past, present and future.

 

 Listen to "Because" here: https://soundcloud.com/abbyahmad/because/s-f2Nzv


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

 

My songwriting process most often begins with a riff or chord pattern on an instrument. From there, I improv a vocal melody to sit on top of it, starting with syllable sounds, then adding free associative words. I use the voice memo app on my phone to capture these beginning stages and then I act like a translator. While listening back, I decipher rhythms, words, and messaging. From there, I begin to edit, building metaphor and rhyme. This is the way I’ve written songs my entire life. Interesting, considering the fact that I was a poet before I became a songwriter. Recently, I’ve been trying to return to writing lyrics separately again in order to change up habitual patterns and unlock new channels. 

 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?

 

The evolution of the song “Because” has spanned years and has shape shifted many times. The song itself is an anthem for present-tense living. To not get caught up in the desperation of results, but to communicate in both art and life with clarity, endurance, and patience. It is a reminder to inhabit the moment you are in. It was written 6 years ago and we’ve recorded many iterations over time, none of which felt complete. This single release marks a culmination of those many years of stripping and rebuilding the arrangement and production. It has been a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of its message: Stay authentic to your vision and don’t get caught up in the amount of time it takes to see it to fruition. That being said, it is thrilling to be finally releasing new music after a long hiatus. “Because” is the first out of the nest and I’m learning so much from both the flap and the flail. 

 

 

Can you tell us about the new video? How did the concept come to life?

 

It’s definitely an homage to the nostalgia of old home videos from the 1980s. My father documented so much of my childhood on his VHS video camera. My sister and I would watch these tapes incessantly as kids. Sometimes, he would hook the camera up to the TV so we could watch ourselves as he filmed. This helped shape me as a performer, as it was a very early lesson in self character study, which is an awareness I bring now to the stage via music and theatre. In the spirit and necessity of DIY, which we employed for the recording of this album, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to teach myself to compile and edit video. I started collecting footage on my cell phone of myself walking though different parts of the city. I then built upon the archive with both concrete and abstract footage of myself and my environment. These disparate vignettes represent the many shades of our memories. Sometimes literal, sometimes allegorical. Sometimes, clear, sometimes crude. It is a collage of both the conscious and subconscious.  

 

 

What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?

 

My new songs have a heavy focus on the collective human experience of how our emotionality gets processed and manifested. These songs are expressions of how we inhabit the vast spectrum of our feelings, and how they shape our identity, security, and relationships to others. They are also about my education regarding new concepts used to balance these varying emotions. I explored diverse mediative and psychological practices as I composed the songs for the new record. These principals are built into the foundation of many of them. 

 

 

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 

 

My past two records were recorded in formal studios. I enjoyed both of those experiences immensely. This time around, in the wake of struggling finances, we took the independent route. Myself and my husband/musical partner Mark Marshall tackled the entire production, performing, engineering, and releasing process on our own. My parents had asked us to dog/housesit in Pennsylvania while they went on vacation. We considered this a divine opportunity to convert my old childhood bedroom into a recording studio. There was great catharsis in that, as many of these new songs focus on my personal history and memories. We definitely channeled a special authentic energy in that space. The remainder was recorded at our home in Brooklyn which houses its own magic and memories. 

 

 

What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?

 

Both myself and Mark are working musicians, so the end of the year holds a mix of our own shows/musical deadlines and touring in bands with other artists, as well as private teaching. We’ll continue to traverse the slow and steady route to releasing more music for both my project and our blues band Fife & Drom (www.fifeanddrom.com). We’re also looking forward to returning to the UK early next year, so in the midst of solidifying details for that. As the year winds down, I also find it important to take time for restoration. Self care, quality time with loved ones, and non-work related activities are essential for creating balance in this extremely inconsistent lifestyle and career path. 

 
 
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Eli Lev  Brings in the Daylight on Latest Masterpiece

It's been said that music is a universal language. Nobody understands that more than Washington D.C.-based artist Eli Lev, who crafts potent soundscapes from decades of traveling the world. "When I've been on the road and can't speak the language, I've always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone's singing and dancing. There's a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community," he marvels. Currently sharing his new single "Chasing Daylight," the singer-songwriter is at it once again, proving that he isn't a one-trick pony. He's here to stay and we like it!

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. This Fall will also see him on tour, in which you can view select dates on his website and he breaks up and down the east coast.

 

Listen to Eli Lev on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/elilevmusic/chasing-daylight-master2


Find Eli Lev via:
https://eli-lev.com/

 

 

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Getting into the FLOW of Things

FLOW has been one of our favorite new discoveries of the year. With magnetic hooks and visionary songwriting, the group is off to a great start as they have displayed their debut record with the world. As they blend elements of Jazz, Classical and New Age, they begin their journey one musical note at a time, with a sound both unique and perfect. Recently we caught up with FLOW as they discuss their new record, latest single, and what 2019 has in store for our ears.


When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?  
 
Our music is without lyrics.  To quote a well known saying: ‘music takes over where words leave off’.   FLOW is an instrumental group, we cross genres to include a little Jazz and classical, but we are centered firmly in New Age.  Our music suggests the subject matter without defining it with words, its an ambient approach to sharing music that invites the audience to make their own conclusion and write their own story.

 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release? 
 
Last Light… Imagine the romantic and intimate moment when the sun goes down, the light changes, the candles are lit and the night scene comes to life by breaking into a playful rhythmic dance.  The song has two distinct sections to tell the story.

 

Can you tell us about the new record? How did the concept come to life?  
 
The first album has been well received and after requests to record more, we were encouraged to return to the studio.   There is nothing better than getting permission to keep going from peers and fans.

 
What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?  
 
FLOW was formed on the basis of friendship. Having worked together for many years we have an understanding that allows us to bring musical motifs into the studio and have them completed by the group as if they were finishing your sentence.

 

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio?  
 
We have all recorded at Imaginary Road Studios individually, that’s how we all met and so it made sense to record our FLOW album there with Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton as producers. 

 

What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?  
 
FLOW is working on a new album for 2019, we have four tracks written and recorded and we are looking forward to sharing the new music with our audience as soon as we can!
 
 
Stream their new album here: https://soundcloud.com/flowfyc/sets/flow
 

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[SOUNDCLOUD RELEASE] Flute player Lucie Périer releases Breton music from the Tropics

Lucie Périer releases new traditional sounds with Caledonia based Keveiled Trio : Breton traditional sounds from the Pacific area.

 

New Sounds from Caledonia : Keveiled Trio

Having spent most of her musical life living in Rennes, a place where irish and breton music are thriving, Lucie Périer crossed the borders and flew 10000 miles away from her homeland to New Caledonia for a one-year in-depth journey into the maze of world music in the Pacific area.

There, not one month after she set foot on the island, she was already playing on TV with one of Caledonia's most beautiful voice, Rosi Garrido, then played dozens of gigs with her husband, banjo and box player Nicolas Delatouche, and started working with cello player Jérôme Marchand and guitar player Yvonick Fortin. Together they were quickly asked to play for « La Fête de la Bretagne » in Nouméa and therefore formedthe band Keveiled Trio : a breton music band, playing traditional tunes from the breton repertoire as they were passed on to Lucie by masters like Jean-Michel Veillon, but also Lucie's own compositions.

 

Keveiled Trio were quickly encouraged to record some tunes and they release this week three pieces of their repertoire. Their music is deeply rooted in tradition, enriched by the deep low chords of the cello, as the guitar provides a delicate accompaniment. Both instruments respond to the singing flute and highlight the melody through rhythmic and harmonic lines that enhance the dancing.

https://soundcloud.com/lucie-perier/sets/keveiled-trio

 

About Lucie Périer – background and work

Flute player Lucie Périer is renowned for her use of silver boehm flute on traditional repertoire both on Irish music, and breton and french folk music for dancing. She has toured extensively in France with Normandy-based folk band Les Round'Baleurs, as well as fest-noz band and award-winner Trio Tarare.

Born to a very musical family steeped in Irish traditional music, Lucie defines Irish music as her « native » musical language, as she was taught her first tunes by her father, fiddle and box player Christian Périer, and her first songs by her mother Jacqueline Fontanel. Based in Saint-Lô, Normandy, the family founded in 1995 a non-profit organisation called Shanaghy, to promote Irish culture in memory of the Irish Red Cross Hospital set up right after WW2 bombings in June 1944. Twenty years later, Lucie took over her parents' mission and organized a series of events pertaining Irish Cutlure : concerts, film projections, conferences, irish music workshops and Irish sessions.

She is now a regarded as a skilled, sensitive and versatile musician, is also a demanded teacher in New Caledonia, having founded her own traditional music school L'Ecole Anémochore.  

 

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Jazzthing Blue Rhythm September 2018

Jazzthing Blue Rhythm

Zu ihrem zwanzigjährigen Jubiläum legt die Band Jobarteh Kunda mit „Teriya” (Aimland Records) ein Album vor, das über die westafrikanischen Kernkompetenzen ausgreift: Die Kora trifft hier auf Steelpan, ein unbeschwerter Reggae und Bachata werden genauso eingeflochten wie ein Stück in der karibischen Sprache Papiamento, auch Rockriffs begehren auf. Kurzweiliger Afro-Kammerpop.

 

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Lydia Ford Goes the Distance on \
Lydia Ford is living her best life right now, something we can all strive to do. This year saw the musician releasing her newest track, "Bittersweet," which makes our hearts beat a little faster.  As she croons through the impressive piece,  her vocal work brings the track and her soul to life...and ours too. "Bittersweet,"  is a memorable song, and as we make our way into another year, Lydia Ford is one that we will have our eyes and ears on.
 
 
Lydia Ford can be found below:
 
 

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Chicago Alt Rock Trio Microcosms Release New EP \

Microcosms make music to question your beliefs. The Chicago-based Alt Rock trio began as the brain baby of Andrew Tschiltsch (guitar/vocals), who spent a few years recording solo demos and experimenting with his sound before recruiting Bryan Emer (bass) and Jered Pipenbrink (drums) to fill out the band.

The band blends introspective lyrics with edgy guitar riffs and pulsating rhythms and they are influenced by modern Rock artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Bully, Cage The Elephant, Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice.

The new EP is here and don't be fooled by it's 'Fairytale' title, they're anything but, prepare to be Microcosm-ed.

Fairytale is released on October 5th.

 

Links:

1. Microcosm Facebook 
2. Microcosm Website 
3. Whiskey Moon Face Website 
4. Georgia Website 

 

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The AMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVAL presents the 2nd Edition (Session 1) on October 4th, 7th, and 8th 2018

The 2nd Edition of the

AMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVAL

Session 1

October 4th, 7th, and 8th 2018

 

Sophisticated Sephardi Sounds at 2nd American Sephardi Music Festival Featuring Yemen Blues, Laura Bello, NY Andalus Ensemble, and Renowned Turkish Pianist Renan Koen!

 

Dynamic and diverse performances by world-class artists will be heard at the second American Sephardi Music Festival (ASMF)! World music sensation Yemen Blues is part of the start-studded line-up, including the Granada-born Ladino singer Lara Bello, Pantam player and multi-instrumentalist Adam Maalouf, and the NY Andalus Ensemble, which conjures anew the cosmopolitanism of Córdoba.

 

The Festival is being headline by Renan Koen, a Sephardi classical pianist who is coming from Turkey to perform three distinct repertoires of Sephardic and original Holocaust music. Her ensemble is composed of some of the finest Turkish musicians.

 

ASMF is being presented by The American Sephardi Federation on October 4th at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum (280 Broome Street, New York City), as well as on the 7th and 8th of October at The Center for the Jewish History (15 W 16th Street, New York City). 

 

« Last year’s first edition of the festival was a smash hit with some of the greats of Sephardi music : Gerard Edery, Francoise Atlan, Itamar Borochov. This year, I decided to divide the festival into several sessions in order to keep the experience of this unique festival all year long! This first session stars amazing artists such as Renan Koen (coming all the way from Turkey!), Adam Maalouf, the New York Andalus Ensemble, Lara Bello, and Yemen Blues. This large variety from the ancient to the modern, showcases perfectly the diversity of culture throughout the Greater Sephardic diaposra. I am deeply honored to bring this unforgettable experience to you.” said Serero, Artistic Director and Producer of the Festival.  

 

“David is showcasing the vibrant variety of Sephardi sounds, ranging from Andalusian ballads and Ladino love songs to the latest Yemen-Israeli blues fusion. ASF is proud to host this festival for the second edition and hopes it will join the New York Sephardic Film Festival as a major, annual cultural event,” said Jason Guberman-P., Executive Director of the American Sephardi Federation.

 

The ASMF is a proud partner of the renowned Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques in Essaouira, Morocco.

 

PROGRAM:

October 4th 2018:

8pm: RENAN KOEN & Ensemble - Una Matika de Ruda

 

October 7th 2018:

4pm: RENAN KOEN & Ensemble - Lost Traces Hidden Memories

6pm: ADAM MAALOUF and the Future Tribe - Where the Ancient meets the Modern

8pm: NEW YORK ANDALUS ENSEMBLE

 

October 8th 2018:

4pm: LARA BELLO sings Ladinos and Sephardic songs

6pm: RENAN KOEN - Holocaust Remembrance ‘Before Sleep’

8pm: YEMEN BLUES (duo) (Followed by After Party)

 

Passes are from $75 to $100 (VIP)

Tickets are from $20 to $30 (VIP).

Tickets: ASFMusicFestival2018.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

 

About THE ARTISTS:

RENAN KOEN - Pianist, Composer, Soprano, Music Therapist

October 4th at 8pm, 7th at 4pm and 8th at 6pm.

She started her studies in music with the flute in 1979, when the conductor of the Amherst College Choir discovered her talent during his stay in İstanbul for the International Music Festival. She started studying piano in 1983 with the composer Ali Darmar, and the “State Artist” Ayşegül Sarıca. Meanwhile, she received her secondary school degree from the flute studio of “Nazım Acar” at Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory. Between 1985 and 1986, she furthered her studies in piano in Paris with Germaine Mounier. In 1990-1991 she continued her studies in London with the pedagogue Maria Curcio and her assistant

Mark Swartzentruber. 1995 brought her prizes in various competitions. She received

the fourth prize in the “Chopin Etudes” competition hosted by Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory. She was awarded the second prize for her interpretation of a Cemal Reşit Rey composition entitled “Improvisation” in the competition held in honor of the composer. In that same year, she graduated from the piano studio of Judith Uluğ at Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory.

 

In 2008, Koen released her solo piano album “Köprüler/Bridges” with the Taxim Edition/Universal Record label.  In 2014 came her second album which centers around the story of her own family. The album is composed of her own compositions inspired by authentic Sephardic folk songs of the Aegean, Middle-East, Anatolia  ;and Synagogue hymns. In this album, Koen's contribution extended also to playing the piano-armonium and singing the soprano part.

In this album entitled "Lost Traces, Hidden Memories" Koen collaborated with many eminent musicians. The album was released by Kalan Music Productions. 

 

Renan Koen’s 3. album has  released  in Novermber 24, 2015 which same day with installtion of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (in November 24 1941) by Kalan Müzik. This project, “Holocaust Remebrance/Before Sleep (composed of cd+dvd+booklet)”, documents the research conducted by Renan Koen into the life-stories, ideals and works of composers who continued to create notwithstanding the prohibitions imposed on them while being imprisoned in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during the Second World War. In addition to outstanding samples of their works for piano and chorus, about which information is provided in the booklet, enthusiasts can also lend an ear to real-life stories from the war and interviews with survivors’ families. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Quincentennial Foundation, Anadolu Kültür, the Kariyo&Ababay Foundation and Dr. Erol Hakanoğlu for their generous support. World Ort Music and the Holocaust website has quoted Renan Koen’s 3. Album "Holocaust Rememberance/Before Sleep” and included it in their citation list.  This treasured website features extensive research both on the music, composers and performers of the Holocaust period; and also other special topics such as Politics&Propaganda, Resistance&Exile, Answers&Memory. It is one of the many valuable creations of World ORT (www.ort.org), an organization reputable for promoting the importance of education worldwide, and shares in their  “Education for Life” motto.

TICKETS: ASFMusicFestival2018.bpt.me 

 

ADAM MAALOUF and the FUTURE TRIBE - October 7th at 6pm.

Where the Ancient meets the Modern. Featuring Andreas Arnold (Flamenco Guitar) and Shelley Thomas (Vocalist). As a specialist in pantam (handpan), cello, & percussion from around the world, Adam's unique interpretation of World Music is channeled through genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles. "Future Tribe" is an ensemble of global instrumentalists that take listeners somewhere new. The Tribe's music is found where the modern meets the ancient, where the Pantam (or handpan) meets ancient or traditional styles of music from around the globe. Pantam is the name of the "flying saucer" instrument invented in year 2000, and the word stems from the combination of the Pan from Trinidad, and the Ghatam (clay pot drum) from South India. Maalouf's music is presented with a range of traditional musicians playing Indian Tabla, Arabic Vocal, Bansuri Flute, Middle Eastern Percussion, Guitar, Trumpet, Turkish Oud and Nay.

TICKETS: AdamMaalouf.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

 

LARA BELLO sings Ladinos and Sephardic songs - October 8th at 4pm. 

Lara Bello was born in Granada, Spain and moved to New York in 2009. She studied classical singing and violin at the Royal Conservatory of Granada. At the same time she trained in flamenco and traditional singing and dance with many different teachers in her town. After winning a national prize in Spain as a songwriter, she debuted her first album "Niña Pez" in 2009 and was voted Best Spanish Artist by the World Music Charts Europe in 2010. Her second album "First yellow then purple" introduced her to the US and received high praise from People magazine, NPR, CNN, CCTV- America, etc. In 2014 she produced and wrote all the music for "Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree", a musical theatre show based on Tariq Ali's novel. In 2017 Bello released her latest album "SIKAME" (The soul of the Gold) celebrating the African roots in the western music culture as jazz or flamenco. This album was recommended by The New York Times and NPR. Bello has performed with her music all over the world at many festivals and venues including: Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Beijing Ninegates International Festival (Pekín), Palace of Congress (Granada, Spain), etc.

TICKETS: LaraBello.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

 

NEW YORK ANDALUS ENSEMBLE - October 7th at 8pm.

Today, a spirit of intercultural exchange rooted in the great city of Córdoba, Spain, is reborn in New York City with the New York Andalus Ensemble, a multiethnic, multifaith group that performs in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Ladino. Drawing upon repertoire from the ninth century to the 1960s, from al-Andalus and the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), the ensemble consists of a large choir and a wide array of traditional and modern acoustic instruments. The large ensemble consists of 15-20 performers, and the smaller Chamber Orchestra consists of 5-10 members. Under the direction of ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Dr. Samuel R. Torjman Thomas, the New York Andalus Ensemble is dedicated to conjuring anew the cosmopolitanism of Córdoba in the present day.

TICKETS: NYAndalusEnsemble.bpt.me 

 

YEMEN BLUES (duo) - October 8th at 8pm (followed by After Party for VIP tickets)

In 2010, singer & composer Ravid Kahalani founded the rare combination of top musicians we now call Yemen Blues. From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. The intense musicians hail from NYC, Uruguay & Tel Aviv. This includes the core members of creation: Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari & Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member comes from a different background and brings their own sound and arrangements to Ravid's compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African & Jazz influences and what Ravid likes to call "New Age Culture Music". The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and deep foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk & blues. For their first album, the group collaborated with the well-known maestro Omer Avital who served as a musical director & producer. Since then, Yemen Blues keeps magic alive with a constant stream of new songs and their world-renowned exciting live performances! Yemen Blues Duo will include the composer and front man Ravid Kahalani with the phenomenal musician Shanir Blumenkranz that has been arranger and creator in YB since 2012. Together they will present some of Yemen Blues’ songs from both albums in a very detailed & intimate performance that can’t avoid getting intense even in a duo appearance with both Ravid & Shanir stage and musical charisma. 

 

About the Artistic Director/Producer: DAVID SERERO 

French opera singer and actor, David Serero has performed over 1,500 concerts worldwide, recorded over 20 albums and played in more than 100 films and TV series. His repertoire ranges from Opera, Musicals, and World Music. He enjoys bringing his Sephardic origins in Classics. Over last seasons, he starred as Shylock and Othello’s title role both adapted in a Sephardi style, Cyrano (Rostand’s Cyrano of Bergerac) and Don Giovanni (Mozart’s opera). Among his various recorded albums, he has released “Sephardi”, an album of Sephardi music and recently « Baritone Opera Arias ». Next engagements with the ASF are Verdi’s Nabucco (May 2019), Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (June 2019) and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (July 2019). www.davidserero.com 

 

About the AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION:

The American Sephardi Federation, based at the landmark Center for Jewish History, preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience. ASF hosts high-profile cultural events and exhibitions, produces widely-read online (Sephardi World Weekly, Sephardi Ideas Monthly) and print (The Sephardi Report) publications, supports research, scholarship, and the National Sephardic Library, and represents the Sephardi voice in diplomatic and Jewish communal affairs as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and World Jewish Congress.

Please visit us at www.americansephardi.org.  

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americansephardifederation 

 

WHAT: The AMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: October 4th, 7th, and 8th 2018

WHERE: ASFMusicFestival2018.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006 

 

Media Contact:

THE CULTURE NEWS:

news@theculturenews.com

www.theculturenews.com

646.724.3129

 

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Retro Swing Jazz From Stunning New Talent Georgia & The Vintage Youth

Georgia is just 21 years of age, Essex girl with a big voice, big blonde hair and a cool little jazz band called The Vintage Youth. Her retro jazz/swing style of music is both vintage and fresh, hence the name of the band. The music gets you tapping your feet (think Jools Holland or Paolo Nutini) whilst her ballads are stripped back allowing Georgia's strong vocal to take you somewhere inside yourself and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end (think Adele or Amy Winehouse).

Georgia hadn't been on the music scene for very long when she performed live at the NEC Arena, Birmingham in the UK and gained 2nd place in a competition ahead of 9000 other hopefuls in July 2015. Her solo acoustic rendition of a re-written Rodgers & Hammerstein piece 'My Favourite Things' during that final was awesome and certainly memorable to all those there.
Since then she has virtually written her first album, released her debut EP 'The Girl' and follow up EP 'El Reco' which features Neville Staple (The Specials) and has been played on BBC Radio 2.

In November 2015 her debut single obtained her Westfield/Senheisser artist of the month. Georgia and her band are now beginning to gig regularly on the London scene since being played regularly on BBC Radio. (BBC 2, BBC London, Essex, Kent, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and many more including Wales.)

The future looks incredibly bright for Georgia after appearances on Vintage TV for their Christmas sessions specials and much more in the pipeline, for now enjoy the beginning of this shining new star with this collection of tracks from previous EP's.

 

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VIVALDA DULA Releases the inspiring album DULA

Vivalda Dula teamed up with Latin Grammy-winning producer Emilio D. Miler for her new solo album Dula, released on August 31, 2018. Featuring all original music by Dula, and performances by an international cast of stellar musicians, the album was recorded around the world including countries such, USA, Portugal, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, France...

READ the inspiring article on the link bellow: 
http://www.houstoncitybook.com/staying-strong-vivalda-dulas-inspiring-new-album/

 

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Imar Shephard (10/24/18 15:31)
A brilliant album - congratulations
SUMI is a Name to Watch...Let\'s Catch Up!

SUMI is a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Japan superstar on the rise. Her incredible new single "Nomadic Life," that ended off the Summer on a high note, has us dancing into the Fall, and with good reason. On the track her poppy lyricism shines through as her spirit comes alive in the track. We had the honor of catching up with SUMI to dive a little bit deeper into her musical breakdown.

 

Give a listen to "Nomadic Life" on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sumimusicny/nomadic-life

 

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

Definitely melody comes first. I usually play chords with synth and sing over it. then write lyrics. 

What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?

It is about speaking up the truth against BS and being bold about it but being silly at the same time. I think everybody can be BS detectors!

Can you tell us about the upcoming record? How did the concept come to life?

The next song is called "Nomadic Life" coming out very soon this month as well. It is more electropop and the anthem song with Japanese game sound flavor. The concept was naturally come up as I became a modern nomad lost relationship, job, and home in the urban city. The perfect storm made me give a birth this song :) 

What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?

I always go with honesty because audience is bullshit detector :) Also, living in the big city like NYC sometimes drain you emotionally in a good and bad way. I feel every emotion so intensely. 

Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 

I wrote four songs on this dance pop project with my producer, Brian Lindgren and I am a co-producer. Songs were born in my living room and his studio in Brooklyn. 

What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?

I would like to send out these music in person to all so absolutely YES to be on tour!

 

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Sixth CD BHUMIKA

Sunday, September 09, 2018

 JUNO Award Nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble Release New Album

 Bhumika Marks Release #6 for Canada’s Foremost World Music Artists

— Available Now! 

 JUNO Award nominee Toronto Tabla Ensemble have released their newest album, Bhumika — available now! 

 Led by Artistic Director and Canadian tabla master Ritesh Das, TTE is the area’s foremost non-profit charitable organization of its kind. Das’ groundbreaking blend of world music influences — from Japanese Taiko, to Celtic, to Flamenco, to rock n’ roll — with traditional Hindustani instruments and the tabla have been long-lauded for introducing the style to the mainstream public. 

 Also released is the music video for “Faceoff”, described as “an energetic meeting between Hindustani and Carnatic rhythmic systems,” by Das. “It’s a song where we translated traditional compositions and classic grooves between the tabla, mridangam, and violin.” The music video features San Francisco-based kathak dancer Labonee Mohanta and violin player Raginder Singh Momi, two of the Ensemble’s newest guest artists.

 Featuring intimately inviting closeups of five players’ hands and faces, the video for “Faceoff” slowly pans out to reveal the setting for song play. “The mystery builds. There’s dramatic lighting, intense shadows, and ‘looks’ from the players. 

 Suddenly we see a top view of a beautiful dancer clad in a red dress sitting in a white space. As if broken from deep meditation the dancer gets up and decides to join the players.

 What ensues is best revealed within the video’s start-to-end, but rest assured it speaks truth to its title. 

 “Faceoff” is the newest single of what marks Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s sixth full-length studio album. Produced in dedication and inspiration of Das’ brother, kathak legend Acharya Chitresh Das, and Das’ guru, tabla master Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri, Das shares how they “greatly influenced (my) identity as a composer.” Maestro Chaudhuri’s own son, Nilan, is a recent addition to the TTE and plays drum kit and tabla on the song “Sare Nau”.

It’s Das’ imaginative and unabating artistic vision that lies at Bhumika’s core; TTE’s cohesive display of intensity and complexity in North Indian classical rhythm through collaboration with other World music forms means each song draws from the tabla’s solo repertoire and the mathematical complexity of Indian rhythmic cycles. 

Under Das’ guidance, guest artists on the release contribute to Bhumika’s musical magnitude in a way that supports and suits the theory and style of classical Indian music, while lending a transformative synergy all their own.

 “We have a mission to share the depth and excitement of classical Indian music, as well as culture and history, with audiences around the world,” Das enthuses. “The result is a novel, contemporary sound.”

Toronto Tabla Ensemble was nominated for a JUNO Award for their album Firedance, and their compositions have been licensed for numerous commercials and films. TTE created the theme music for CBC Radio’s daily Metro Morning

Bhumika is available now. 

For more information, please contact: 

Melissa Das-Arp

1 (888) 958-2252

melissa@tablaensemble.com

 

 

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Sarah Sharp’s New EP is One for the Books

Sarah Sharp has recently revealed her third EP in her ongoing series, this time around titled “Sway.” Her most prominent yet she revisits her jazz roots in a major way. On the album we get a charming collection of jazz standards, covers, and originals from the artist. Hailing from Austin, TX she boldly takes on the jazz world as she breaks into the scene and furthes her career as a solo artist.

 

There are a few tracks that hit my hard yet they all share  grace and beauty. Songs such as ”Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "Every Time We Say Goodbye", are wonderful jazz standards. Sharp also shares breathtaking covers of "Always  On My Mind' and "Little Green Bag", that will have you falling in love. We are ready for more! 

 

Follow Sarah Here:

Website: http://www.sarahsharp.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahsharpatx/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahsharpatx/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahSharpATX

 

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Vivalda Dula New Album

Vivalda Dula has teamed up with Latin Grammy Winner producer Emilio D. Miler for her newest solo album DULA. Featuring all original music by Vivalda, and performances by an international cast of stellar musicians, recorded in ten different countries in four continents. Click the link to read her interview with Houston CityBook Magazine:

http://www.houstoncitybook.com/staying-strong-vivalda-dulas-inspiring-new-album/

 

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Sneak peak at the cover of EUROPEANA + first review!

We proudly present you the cover of EUROPEANA, the new album by Jaune Toujours, along with a first review by Dani Heyvaert for Rootstime. Read Dani's review (in Dutch) here!

Europeana will be released September 21, on vinyl and as a cd + book (30x30cm, 22 p.), with a selection of pictures by drummer/photographer Théophane Raballand.

On the 4th of October, Jaune Toujours will present Europeana at the club of the legendary Ancienne Belgique, in the heart of Brussels.

Hurry up and buy your tickets in presale. This way you can be the first to grab the album, for only a bit extra on top of the ticket price! Ticket + new cd = €25, you receive the cd on the evening of the concert.

Join the party and dance untill you drop!
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Ancient Future Times: Las Vegas Concert, 8 Ways to Win, 40th Anniversary Concert, Contributions

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Las Vegas Concert, 8 Ways to Win, 40th Anniversary Concert, Contributions

September 2018 Issue:

Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas
•Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic Violin), and Vishal Nagar (Tabla)

8 Ways to Win
•Musical Scavenger Hunt

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday
•Save the Date: 2/12/2019, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement
•Ancient Future Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!


Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas

Photo of Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic violin), and Vishal Nagar (tabla)
Photo by Julie Martin, Sharif, and Inni Singh. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Georges Lammam, and Vishal Nagar.

Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic Violin), and Vishal Nagar (Tabla)

This program by the pioneering world music group Ancient Future blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula, Spain, and India with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration, and migration. The trio consists of scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort performing with Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam and Indian tabla master Vishal Nagar. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.

Musical concepts such as taqsim (an Arabic method of melodic improvisation), tala (the recurring rhythmic cycles of Indian classical music), and compás (the rhythmic structure of flamenco) will be showcased.

Saturday, September 8, 2 PM
Ancient Future Indo Arabic Trio
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
Adm: $12 advance, $14 day of show
Purchase Tix
Info: Call 702-455-7340
Press Release
Facebook Event (Please Invite Friends)


8 Ways to Win

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

 

Musical Scavenger Hunt

Start the school year with this scavenger hunt to win music education materials and learn about the ancient musical traditions of the world! Hunt through Ancient-Future.Com to answer the scavenger hunt questions. All of those who get any answer right win an educational digital liner note download of their choice! Get all of the answers right and also win your choice of the Audio Guide or MIDI Groove companion tracks to the world rhythms training manual, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.

Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform.

8 Scavenger Hunt Questions

  1. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
  2. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
  3. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?
  4. What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle?
  5. What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track?
  6. What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal?
  7. What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar?
  8. Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com.

This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through September 15, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.

Scavenger Hunt PrizesWin Audio Guide or MIDI Groove Tracks (Get All Answers Right)

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear. New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. Load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

Win Digital Liner Notes (Get Any Answer Right)

Seven Serenades Digital Liner NotesYearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Liner Notes. 17 page .pdf of liner notes for Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Explains the inspirations and musical concepts behind each serenade. Sheet music is included for those who want to delve deeper. $2.98 (SALE $2): Buy 1 Now.

Yearning for the Wind Liner Notes. 7 page .pdf of liner notes for Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. These entertaining and educational liner notes feature cover art, musicians biographies, and detailed explanations of the musical concepts of raga and tala behind the music. $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Buy 1 Now.


Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday

Picture of First Ancient Future Line Up
Photo of Ancient Future Circa 1979. Shown: Benjy Wertheimer, Phil Fong, Mindia Devi Klein, Matthew Montfort.

Save the Date: 2/12/2019, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Ancient Future's first concert took place on February 11, 1979, at the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, the day before Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's birthday, who was not yet even drinking age. This concert on Matthew Montfort's birthday also celebrates 40 years of world fusion music from Ancient Future.

The exact lineup for the show has not yet been announced, but it will include musicians from Ancient Future's long history of cross cultural music collaborations. It will feature top master musicians from around the world along with band members from the original and historic Ancient Future lineups. Stay tuned for surprise announcements of featured musicians.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8 PM
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $20 in advance at the F&S, $24 at the door. All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee. Advance tickets will be available starting fall 2018.
Box Office Phone: 510-644-2020, open 12:30 PM – 7 PM (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Email: info@freightandsalvage.org
Press Release

Ancient Future History: Reunion Concerts of YoreOriginal Lineup Reunion

Original Ancient Future Video on Facebook
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Circa 1978. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Yusef Ali, Mindia Devi Klein, Phil Fong, Benjy Wertheimer.

On April 19, 2015, three members of the original line-up of Ancient Future performed together for the first time this century. Ancient Future was formed in 1978 by students at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, including Mindia Devi Klein (who went by Mindy in those days), Matthew Montfort, Benjy Wertheimer, and Phil Fong, who sadly was unable to attend the reunion as he was battling ALS. He passed away on July 18, 2016.

World Without Walls Reunion

Turkish Taffy Youtube Video
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Performing Bookenka at "World Without Walls Reunion." Shown: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keyboards, piano), Ian Dogole (percussion), Kash Killion (bass), and Mariah Parker (santur).

This lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings played over a hundred concerts together from 1988 to 1995. In 2011, they reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and Yoshi's in San Francisco. In honor of the reunion concerts, World Without Walls was released digitally by Capitol Records for the first time ever at major digital retailers such as iTunes. Twenty two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012, after which they continued to perform reunion concerts at venues such as the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Berkeley's Freight and Salvage.

"Ancient Future is a rare kind of band that might simultaneously aggravate purists, confound New Age dilettantes, seduce skeptics, and dazzle just about everybody else. Delicious compositions, intricate arrangements, crisp playing and impeccable production put these ambitious voyagers in a league of their own." - Derk Richardson, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN


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InterMusic SF LogoAncient Future Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

With proceeds from recordings now going mostly to tech companies, and grant supported and city sponsored concerts of original music becoming an endangered species, we really need your help to continue our efforts. In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. It must be supported financially. Could you do your job without pay? How would you pay your bills? This is what the world fusion music movement faces: dramatically rising costs of living in the midst of major reductions in financial support for music.

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

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Nandan Gautam Tells Us His Story
With an incredible track record both in the music and writing realm, artistic nomad Nandan Gautam brings to the world a bold and epic sound that is alluring from beginning to end. The sleek, sultry and ambient “Hold On To Your Sails” soars with melodic lead vocals, uplifting ocean imagery, infectious beats, and ethereal electro beauty. Nandan composed, produced, handled all the voices, spoken word, and played keys and programmed all drums and synth baselines on the song which made us want to dive in deeper. This Summer we caught up with Nandan for an interview that details his creative process. Let's begin, shall we?
 
When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?
 
A: I wish there was an easy answer. Sometimes the music comes first. Sometimes everything comes together. Making music is a magical process. I don't think I'll ever understand how it happens! We try to put down a process, but in truth, there isn't. I couldn't repeat my own formula, even if I wanted to!
 
 
What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?
 
A: When we think or speak, there are many things we want to say together. They might even contradict each other. We can feel a sense of hopelessness and incredible strength, or freedom and isolation... all at once. I wanted to convey this sense of falling, along with a sense of rising. This song is about how these opposites can exist and express themselves together very cohesively even though it wouldn't seep easily possible. Not only within the lyrics... even the melodies I've come up with are both western and eastern sounding, but they co-exist very harmoniously. That was my aspiration. I hope I managed to come close! 
 
Can you tell us about the new record? How did the concept come to life?
 
A: I've been working on my novel, The King of the Sea, for the last 4 years. Two years ago when I began to make music I realised how perfectly my music captured the emotional thread of the novel. It was much more than a soundtrack in the conventional sense. It was a true companion to the book I was writing. That's how the concept was born. With this record the goal was always to serve the narrative of the novel. To make the reader really dive in to the world I was creating. It was all about creating a completely immersive experience - a sort of virtual reality, where the listener/reader's imagination was the canvas on which it was all happening, and not some special goggles that you had to wear!
 
What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks, especially on the new record?
 
A: Inspiration happens out of time. It doesn't happen in a linear fashion. If you're in the right frame of mind then anything you do will come from there. It's not an object that's in front of you, or a thought about something that inspires. It's the very source that you're trying tot tap into. It's the state of mind that you're in. In my case I don't think I can even bring myself to that state of mind. I just have to stay open to it and mainly recognise it when it happens. I found that it wasn't so important to put in the hours, but rather find those moments that felt pregnant. I knew something special would emerge at that point. 
 
Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 
 
A: So far I've been producing and recording on my own, with a few exceptions. But I'll probably head to the studio in the future.  I'm very clear what kind of sound I want with each track so I do the mixing myself. For the mastering, I have a great guy in New York City, Alex Sterling who is patient enough to work with my constant revisions and last minute changes. He has taught me a lot about sound.
 
What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?
 
A: My next album, The Divine Flaw, the second and final volume of music to accompany my novel, will be out by the end of the year. After that I plan to do something quite different on the third album. I'm still a believer of the album. For me, a single is like a single chapter of a book. It's just not enough! Especially if you're onto something!
 
 
 

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The Beauty of Simplicity

 A short review of one CD and one concert held on August 10th 2018 in Serbia

 

August is usually warm in Serbia, but maybe not so wet like this year. People are mostly exhausted during the day, waiting for the evening freshness. If this refreshment is connected with an inspiring open-air concert in a beautiful garden of the old Rančić’s family house that testifies architectural past, and everything is located in a small town of Grocka not far from Belgrade, along the river Danube – then you have a full recovery treatment. It was even easy to forget mosquito bites after the first few convincing tones performed by brother and sister known on the Serbian world music scene under family name Brdarići.

They are both under the age of 30, but already quite well experienced. The concert program showed a great variety of songs and among them we could recognize styles nurtured in the past of everyday life of peasants, as well as in urban tavernas, or within Radio Belgrade. Bojana was authentic in every kind of expression, ranging from sad, slow-moving songs to those that need a full, powerful voice. Her brother Nebojša occasionally played the role of supporting vocal, emphasizing even more as a fantastic musician, playing on several fifes, but giving also the Serbian audience a rare opportunity to listen to the Armenian duduk live in the Serbian song "Poranila kumrija" from Kosovo. The idea is interesting and the result is amazing, what we could already experience on their album Nasleđe (means: Heritage) released in March 2018 (WMAS Records). Both on the album and on the concert, Brdarići had guest musicians (on accordion and guitar), but they didn't make the sound of those few songs more complex and full of details. Not at all, their involvement helped in reaching the perfection of simplicity.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOuPfNKuPJpCZFjiPbqtiZfTXOD60IzYy

 

 

 

 

 

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Bojan Djordjevic
Bojan Djordjevic (08/22/18 16:57)
Hoping to book them for the next year for Todo Mundo festival!
VITAL, FROM THE ROOTS

One more album that proves the strong awareness of Hungarian artists and institutions of their tradition and cultural heritage

 

     MAGOS: Forgatós

     Fonó Budai Zeneház, 2018

Magos - Forgatos

Magos means the core. That is, at least, how Google translated it from Hungarian. Even if this was not true, we have the freedom to consider this group of excellent Hungarian performers, well established on the Budapest táncház scene, as the core, the essence of something, which can be described as the music itself or the living music tradition. Magos is making old village music alive, sounding powerful and desirable, and as the Forgatós album listener, you will find yourself in a timeless passionate embrace with tradition. Embrace with irresistible shrieking violins, warm scraping of viola, raw accordion, chatty cimbalom, sharp double bass part, melancholy flute…

The medley in the track 7, ˮVerbunkosˮ, carries some of the most exciting moments where variety of instruments are lined up and united. There is a lot of military exellence, in line with the notion of verbunkos, but also one incredibly sensual episode, during which the whole body vibrates from the power of all used strings and bows. This cannot be played by an ordinary musician. For such an authentic interpretation and rapprochement with the Hungarian sound of Romanian Transylvania, it is necessary for the ears to pass through the ground, where others have passed already (not only the famous Bartok) and recorded, immortalized their ethnomusicological adventures. And then it is desirable to let legs walk the same, parallel or transverse paths, listening, recording and absorbing local music styles and temperaments on the way. Just like Magos does.

The Forgatós album is in the shape of the beauty of field research, since it is based on recordings by various collectors of folk music. The group’s special dedication goes out to Zoltán Kallós, a great folklorist, who died three months before the release of the album of Magos, and it is interesting that in the same period, Fono label released another remarkable album inspired by Transylvania – Hozomány, by the singer Ágnes Herczku, with also a distinguished value of Kallós's name and work. But let's not wander off the Forgatós disc. In the great CD booklet we see that there was direct contact between these musicians of the younger generation with the bearers of the tradition, seeing among others the colorful face of Aladár Csiszár, an old violinist from the Mures region in Transylvania. A perfect school for those who want to learn the proper way.

That's why Magos sounds so good and could be celebrated with a performance that does not need a human voice to empower it. Could be, unless the singer is Ágnes Enyedi with her bright, a solemn vocal, able to raise a person in a spiritual way. She shines in those distinguished exclamation vocal moments in the Hungarian tradition, which transform the listener at once into a cheerful fan of village fairs. To this ambience I would like to place myself, searching for the essence and listening to Magos.

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The members of the band are:

ENYEDI Ágnes, Young Master of Folk Arts, Junior Prima Award – voice
SOÓS Csaba, Young Master of Folk Arts – violin
KOVÁCS Márton, Junior Prima Award – violin
ÉRI Márton – violas
ENYEDI Tamás – cimbalom/Hungarian dulcimer
PRIHODA István – double bass, cello
Special guest: SALAMON Soma – accordion, flutes

https://magosfolkband.hu/en/

 

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FLOW Brings Outstanding Music to the Table

FLOW stands for Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman. It’s a New Age group formed out of friendship and a history of working and playing together over eight years.Once recording began, it became clear that Will could be an essential part of this group as an artist as well as producer. When invited, Will was happy to join the others and FLOW was born. With Will and Tom Eaton producing, this group will surely capture the essence of today’s New Age music.FLOW, has just returned from the first leg of their “Arrival tour” where they played The Grammy Museum and the  ZMR Awards where they took home two awards for “Album of The Year” and “Best Contemporary Album” This fall they will return to Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

Stream their new album here: https://soundcloud.com/flowfyc/sets/flow

 

 

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Sarah Sharp Shares Budding New EP \

Austin's Sarah Sharp has just released DREAM the second of 4 EPs she is releasing this year. The EPs were recorded in Austin and Brooklyn, and capture the electric musicality surrounding each locale. Select marquee musicians on the tracks include Phoebe Hunt, and Sarah’s current musical soulmate, guitarist Mitch Watkins (Lyle Lovett, Leonard Cohen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely, K.T. Oslin, Jennifer Warnes, Abra Moore and Bob Schneider).

 

2018 promises to be a game-changing year for Sarah. She is one of the winning recipients of Austin’s Black Fret Grants and in addition to funding, Black Fret provides access for Austin based musicians to an Advisory Board comprised of 38 of Austin’s leading music industry professionals.

 

As a solo artist, and a former member of the Jitterbug Vipers, Sarah has topped the Austin music award polls as Best Female Vocalist, Best Producer, Best Songwriter, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Jazz Band. We're intrigued to hear what her voice has to offer next!

Listen to “Right Through Me”

https://soundcloud.com/sarah-walter-sharp/03-right-through-me-1/s-mSeCL?in=sarah-walter-sharp/sets/dream/s-Ix2wk

 

 

 

 

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Luke James Shaffer Delights on \
Growing up in Ohio, Luke James Shaffer had always been very shy, and regardless of growing up in fairly musical household, didn’t begin playing guitar or writing until he was 18 years old. Since then Shaffer has been working tirelessly to achieve his dreams of playing original music full- time and make them a reality. From his massive youtube presence garnering over 1 million views to a Top 20 spot on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart with his single, “Pressure,†from earlier this year, Shaffer isn’t wasting anytime. This Friday, he will be releasing a beautiful love song, “ Last First Kiss†


Shaffer explains that this song recounts a true story of friendship that blossomed into love....one that will resonate with many. Give a listen to the enchanting piece, below.
 
 

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Issue 16. Summer 2018:

In this issue:


Arabic Rhythms

Rhythm in Arabic music is organized into cycles of beats and pauses. Each cycle consists of a fixed number of metric pulses, including a hierarchy of strong beats, weak beats, and silent beats that define a groove. In performance some of the rests or silent beats may be filled in, but the underlying feel is maintained. The sounding beats vary in timbre and are described with onomatopoeic syllables. The strong beat is described using the syllable "dum" for the heavy low-pitched center sound of the drum. The weak is represented by the word "tek" for the bright, high-pitched edge or side sound of the drum and is not necessarily less loud than the strong beat. In some ways, it shares a similar feeling to the off-beat in Western music.

Chiftitelli

Drum IconMIDI. >play

Chiftitelli is the Turkish word for belly dancing. It is an 8 beat rhythm with 3-3-2 accent pattern in the first four beats that is very popular with belly dancers.

1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   | 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   + | 
dum     tek tek     tek tek       dum     dum     tek
1   2   3   1   2   3   1   2           
Elzaffa

Drum IconMIDI. >play

Elzaffa is a musical procession. The main pattern is 8 beats long.

1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   | 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   + | 
dum     tek ka  tek     tek       dum     tek     tek    (tek ka)
Drum Syllables

dum (right hand clear low tone)
tek (right hand high crisp tone)
ka (left hand, sounds like tek)

After studying the traditional rhythm, check out Ancient Future's performance of Matthew Montfort's world fusion composition in this rhythmic mode, "El Zaffa."

El Zaffa on Ethnocloud
'El Zaffa' YouTube Video URL: https://youtu.be/mHle2ipjQsU

El Zaffa 4:26 (Matthew Montfort. © 2001 Ancient Future Music). iTunes. >YTmusic. Full version/best audio quality appears on Planet Passion (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2010) CD, $17.98 (SALE $10!): Buy CD Now.

Ancient Future Live

Concert Poster
Concert Poster
(259k pdf)

Arabic Fusion Program

This program blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration and migration. Ancient Future's performance features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam, Arabic percussion master Antoine Lammam, and keyboardist extraordinaire Doug McKeehan. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.

Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
Throckmorton Theatre

142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Adm: $20 adv, $25 at door, $35 reserved seating
Tix: tickets.throckmortontheatre.org
Event: throckmortontheatre.org/event/ancient-future/
Info: 415-383-9600
Facebook Event
Listen on Spotify

Sunday, August 4, 8:30 PM (SOLD OUT!)
UCO Lick Observatory Benefit
Main Building Hall
Mount Hamilton, CA 95140
Adm: $45 general seating, $90 preferred, $199 VIP

Concert Review

"Woe, is for all of you who missed the Ancient Future event sponsored by Rhythm & Bliss. The group Ancient Future is made up of Musical Masters in their genres. The band consists of 24 musicians that come together in different configurations and create fused music. This configuration was an Arabic/Rock fusion. I have no words to describe what it is to hear live musical virtuosos. After hearing and dancing to this quality of music nothing else stirs my soul the same way. It was truly a grand evening. I was so very glad to have been there." – Mary Wheeler, The Harrakat, Eugene, Oregon


Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

 

13 Ways to Win

Participate in this educational scavenger hunt to win music education materials and learn about the ancient musical traditions of the world! Hunt through Ancient-Future.Com to answer the scavenger hunt questions. All of those who get any answer right win an educational digital liner note download of their choice! Get all of the answers right and also win your choice of the Audio Guide or MIDI Groove companion tracks to the world rhythms training manual, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.

Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform.

13 Scavenger Hunt Questions
  1. What rhythm was used as the basis for the fast section of the title track from the Ancient Future album Quiet Fire?
  2. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
  3. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
  4. What rhythm was used as the basis for the composition "Gamarock" from the Ancient Future album Dreamchaser?
  5. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?
  6. What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle?
  7. What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track?
  8. What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal?
  9. What is the name of the second, higher part of a North Indian melodic composition?
  10. How many sympathetic strings does a North Indian sitar typically have?
  11. What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar?
  12. What instrument was traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo?
  13. Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com.

This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through August 13, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.

Scavenger Hunt PrizesAudio Guide Tracks

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes. 17 page .pdf of liner notes for Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Explains the inspirations and musical concepts behind each serenade. Sheet music is included for those who want to delve deeper. $2.98 (SALE $2): Buy 1 Now.

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes. 7 page .pdf of liner notes for Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. These entertaining and educational liner notes feature cover art, musicians biographies, and detailed explanations of the musical concepts of raga and tala behind the music. $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Buy 1 Now.

Planet Passion Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes. 11 page .pdf of liner notes for Planet Passion by Ancient Future. The liner notes are a digital version of the cover art and comprehensive CD booklet, which details a mythical story of love through the musical traditions of the world. $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Buy 1 Now.


World Music Lessons Via Skype

Skype Pick Icon

And Other Multimedia File Exchange MethodsPrivate Lessons with Matthew Montfort

Now you can study any of the subjects on the education section of Ancient-Future.Com through private correspondence lessons (via Skype or any method of file exchange) with Ancient Future bandleader and guitarist, Matthew Montfort. Feel free to email info@ancient-future.com with any questions you may have about how correspondence lessons can help you in your musical development!


© 2018 Ancient Future Music. All rights reserved.

 

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Ancient Future Times

 

Ancient Future Times: Concerts, Contributions, and Contest with 13 Ways to Win

July 2018 Friday the 13th Issue:

Ancient Future Performs at Throckmorton Theatre 7/28
•Featuring Matthew Montfort (Guitar), Georges Lammam (Violin), Antoine Lammam (Percussion), and Doug McKeehan (Keys)

Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement
•Ancient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

Summer Tour Stops
•Performances in California and Nevada

Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest
•13 Ways to Win


Ancient Future Performs at Throckmorton Theatre 7/28

El Zaffa on Ethnocloud
'El Zaffa' YouTube Video URL: https://youtu.be/mHle2ipjQsU

Featuring Matthew Montfort (Guitars), Georges Lammam (Violin), Antoine Lammam (Percussion), and Doug McKeehan (Keys)

This program blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration and migration.

Ancient Future's performance features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam, Arabic percussion master Antoine Lammam, and keyboardist extraordinaire Doug McKeehan. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.

Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
Throckmorton Theatre

142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Adm: $20 adv, $25 at door, $35 reserved seating
Tix: tickets.throckmortontheatre.org
Event: throckmortontheatre.org/event/ancient-future/
Info: 415-383-9600
Facebook Event
Listen on Spotify

Poster to Share or Print and Post

Concert Poster
Concert Poster
(259k pdf)

Ancient Future will also perform this program at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton on August 4. That show sold out immediately with tickets that ranged in price from $45 to $199, so advanced tickets are highly recommended for the July 28 show at the Throckmorton Theatre.

Concert Review

"Woe, is for all of you who missed the Ancient Future event sponsored by Rhythm & Bliss. The group Ancient Future is made up of Musical Masters in their genres. The band consists of 24 musicians that come together in different configurations and create fused music. This configuration was an Arabic/Rock fusion. I have no words to describe what it is to hear live musical virtuosos. After hearing and dancing to this quality of music nothing else stirs my soul the same way. It was truly a grand evening. I was so very glad to have been there." – Mary Wheeler, The Harrakat, Eugene, Oregon


Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement

 

InterMusic SF LogoAncient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

As the Ancient Future Times reported in its April 2018 issue, Ancient Future has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, and we are happy to report that we have now received more than one tax deductible contribution!

Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

With income from recordings now instead going mostly to tech companies, and grant supported and city sponsored concerts of original music becoming an endangered species, we really need your help to continue our efforts. The world needs world fusion music, but it must be supported financially. Could you do your job without pay? How would you pay your bills? This is what the world fusion music movement faces: dramatically rising costs of living in the midst of major reductions in financial support for music.

Donate to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!


Summer Tour Stops

Photo of Matthew Montfort, Georges Lammam, and Vishal Nagar

Performances in California and Nevada


Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

 

13 Ways to Win

Participate in this educational scavenger hunt to win music education materials and learn about the ancient musical traditions of the world! Hunt through Ancient-Future.Com to answer the scavenger hunt questions. All of those who get any answer right win an educational digital liner note download! Get all of the answers right and also win your choice of the Audio Guide or MIDI Groove companion tracks to the world rhythms training manual, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.

Book Cover

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.

Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform.

13 Scavenger Hunt Questions

  1. What rhythm was used as the basis for the fast section of the title track from the Ancient Future album Quiet Fire?
  2. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
  3. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
  4. What rhythm was used as the basis for the composition "Gamarock" from the Ancient Future album Dreamchaser?
  5. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?
  6. What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle?
  7. What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track?
  8. What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal?
  9. What is the name of the second, higher part of a North Indian melodic composition?
  10. How many sympathetic strings does a North Indian sitar typically have?
  11. What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar?
  12. What instrument was traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo?
  13. Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com.

This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through August 13, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.

Scavenger Hunt PrizesAudio Guide Tracks

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes. 17 page .pdf of liner notes for Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Explains the inspirations and musical concepts behind each serenade. Sheet music is included for those who want to delve deeper. $2.98 (SALE $2): Buy 1 Now.

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes. This download is a seven page .pdf of liner notes for Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. These entertaining and educational liner notes feature cover art, musicians biographies, and detailed explanations of the musical concepts of raga and tala behind the music. $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Buy 1 Now.

 

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Saturday, May 19th was the world day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development. For this particular occasion to raise awareness of the wealth of world cultures, the Museum Of New Caledonia held a series of concerts, among which Irish Music was represented by flute player Lucie Périer and her husband banjo and box player Nicolas Delatouche.

 

New Caledonia and the Irish Heritage

New Caledonia is an island located north west of Australia. It has been part of the French nation until now, although a referendum on independance is about to take place next November.

Irish travelers have sailed as far as the Pacific Ocean and some of them settled in New Caledonia back in the 1850s at a time of massive Irish emigration throughout the world. Irish descendants can therefore still be found in New Caledonia. The Caledonian are nowadays eager to reconnect all the cultures that have mingled on the island, from the Melanesian people, the Haiti, Vanuatu and Chinese communities to the "Caldoche" (European descendants born on the island),  and of course, the "Zoreilles" (European immigrants).

 

"Tunes in the Lagoon"  : Irish Music in New Caledonia

Strikingly enough, irish music is thriving in New Caledonia... and surprisingly, it is the French that have recently imported this beautiful music into the island over the past few years. Regular sessions have been taking place in Nouméa for the last 8 years, and since last November Irish music is getting more and more trendy as flute player Lucie Périer has settled in the country and has started to play on a regular basis in the local venues of the lengendary Lemon Bay.

"the same magic"

When playing jigs, reels, slides and polkas at the Museum of New Caledonia for the World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development, Lucie Périer and Nicolas Delatouche introduced Irish music to the local communities, a music which "shares the same magic as the music and rhythms from Caledonia", as Events and Cultural Manager for the Loyalty Islands Cédric Ixeko put it.

6/8 rhythms can indeed be found in both cultures : Kanak dance Pilou and jig tunes just perfectly fit together !

 

 

 

L'école Anémochore : a music school promoting traditional music from Europe (Ireland, France, Scandinavia).

"There is only a few players make the silver flute sound Irish and Lucie Périer is one of them." Brendan Mulholland

Renowned for her use of the boehm flute in traditional music, Lucie Périer has launched her own music school focusing on oral transmission and traditional music. Different styles and repertoires can be taught on flute from Irish Trad Music, to Jazz and Scandinavian music. Banjo and box lessons are also provided by Nicolas Delatouche.

more info : http://www.ecole-anemochore.com

 

http://www.lucieperier.com

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Rezension Folker New CD Teriya JOBARTEH KUNDA

JOBARTEH KUNDA
Teriya
jobarteh-kunda.de
(Aimland Records ARJK 73912)
11 Tracks, 51:59, mit engl. Infos

Puristen mögen Probleme damit haben, wenn deutsche Musiker wie der in München aufgewachsene „weiße Griot“ Tormenta Jobarteh in eine völlig andere Kultur eintauchen, sich über viele Jahre hin handwerkliche Fertigkeiten (u. a. das Erlernen der Kora) aneignen und sich auch mental auf „fremdartige“ Musiktraditionen einlassen. Mag die oft vielbeschworene „Authentizität“ fehlen, so ist es dem Bandleader sehr wohl gelungen, in rund zwanzig Jahren mit über tausend Konzerten und diversen Tonträgern im besten Sinne Weltmusik auf hohem Niveau zu produzieren, die auch international bestehen kann. Zum runden Bandjubiläum legen Jobarteh nebst Tochter Yasmina (voc, perc) und den langjährigen Mitstreitern Humphrey Cairo (dr, b), Felix Occhionero (g, b) und Gerhard Wagner (sax, fl) ein viertes Studioalbum vor, das abwechslungsreich instrumentiert und arrangiert ist, auf kongeniale Weise Musik der Mandinge, Afrobeat, Reggae, Calypso und Latin zusammenführt. Als Gäste wirken u. a. Roman Bunka (oud) und Sir Lancelot Scott (steel pan) mit, der für das Karibikflair sorgt. Die Songinhalte sind vielfältig, auch kritisch wie in „White Bubu“, eine Abrechnung mit dem gambischen Diktator Jammeh.
Roland Schmitt

 

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Dead Balance - Behind the Music

New Music! Psychedelic Rock / World Native American. Includes 2 Clouzine International Music Award Winning Songs. Heetíh-néé'eesoo. 

 

Inspiration

Inspired by Clark's Amazon Top Selling western horror novel “Dead Balance”, the music and lyrics of Grammys® Recording Academy Artist Gary Wayne Clark’s "Dead Balance" transports the listener on a spiritual journey into the surreal shadow world of the Ancient Ones. Immersed in a haunting dreamscape of evanescent textures, mystical Native American poetry, flutes, drums and neo-psychedelic guitar riffs, the spirit of a troubled Arapaho boy named Logan Lone Bear Tuu'awata is trapped between two worlds as he calls out to his soul mate, Raven Thunder Sky. With a host of ethereal voices speaking a shamanic spectral dream language of Arapaho and English, the songs of Dead Balance deliver a heartfelt message across the divide for those who desperately cling to love... beyond the boundaries of this world.

Arapaho Prayer

Heetih-kou3-iine'etii-n [Live a long life]
Heetih-niini'-iine'etii-n [Live a good life]
Heetih-'iiyoo3-iine'etii-n [Live a clean life]
Hoow-uusetee [It is not done]
Heetce’nóóhobé3en [Goodbye, I will see you again] 
Nohuusóho' [Amen]

Native American proverbs teach us, that “day and night can’t live together,” and “there can be no rainbow without our tears.” True, but I choose to believe that for some of us, “dreams are the only truth, until we awake.” And as Henry David Thoreau opined, “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

I have to go with HDT on this one..

Background

For all those who are suffering in their own silent insanity, who hear voices from the dark, and are contemplating a permanent solution to a temporary problem - do not despair. As Logan’s story begins – “Listen to me, I am telling you a story. You are strong; you and I are strong.” If you reach out you will find that other kindred souls are out there, waiting to hear your voice. These words were written in the stars and spoken through me in a dream --

“It is in our darkest hour, perched on the cliff of helplessness as we stare down into the depths of despair, that we suddenly realize one immutable truth: we are not alone in the universe. If we open our eyes and our hearts, we will see that there are others in this world that can help us. Others that have confronted their own demons and beat them back, and even though scarred from their lifelong battles, they are willing to open their hearts and offer us shelter from our own storm. It is in that moment in which we acknowledge our own vulnerability that we can find our inner strength, our voice, and our resolve to fight for the life that we deserve.

That is not to say that the road ahead will be smooth; it will not be. Our existence will always be a struggle, a struggle to maintain control of our life, our thoughts, and indeed, our very sanity. But when the dust finally settles on our turmoil, we will find that it has been the struggle for life that defines who we are, and who we can become. And therein lies the hidden epiphany along our rocky path; we need not walk it alone. For it is by helping others, as we both struggle at the doorstep of insanity, that we each become stronger. And it is in that instance of altruism that our destiny will be revealed, and we will find our place in this world as we turn darkness into light.”

~Logan Lone Bear Tuu'awata

“Yes, Niwot. The dark road you traveled with Guardian has ended, but our journey together into the light…it has just begun.”
~Ten Bears

 

A Story Begins..

“Hoo3itoo. Koo-he-etn-oo3itoon-e3?” 
A story. Should I tell you a story?
“Beneeni-noo neyoooxet cowo’oot.” 
I am a whirlwind passing by. 
“Hehheisonoonin neniitoneino', noh hebesiibeih'in,”
Let them hear us, our fathers and our grandfathers, 
“Heetihcihkoutee' hoowu3oow hiine'etiit.”
So that the breath of life will endure for all time.
~Arapaho Proverb 

Like Logan, we all have our own inner demons to deal with. And as my inner voice warns, “Just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.” Until we meet in the Sky World one day my friend, I shall remain vigilant. 

Credits

Words and Music by Gary Wayne Clark; a.k.a., Ten Bears & Earamas.

Arrangements, Recording Engineering, Production by Gary Wayne Clark.

SFX and Nature Sounds by Gary Wayne Clark.

Electric Bass, Synthesized Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums and Rattles by Gary Wayne Clark.

Lead Guitars by Alexandra Nicole ‘Spice’ Clark.

Lead Vocals on In My Dream by Alexandra Nicole Clark and Gary Wayne Clark.

Lead Vocals and Backup Vocals on all other songs by Gary Wayne Clark.

Spoken Words in Arapaho, Hopi, Shawnee, Spanish and English by Gary Wayne Clark.

Rhythm Guitar by Rob ‘Coyote Feather’ Leavitt on Logan’s Lament.

Percussion by Shilo ‘Stro’ Stroman on In My Dream, River of Lost Souls and Logan’s Lament.

Acoustic Percussion tracks recorded with Riley at the Downtown Artery, Ft. Collins, Colorado.

 

 

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Feeling Fearless with Carolee Rainey

Carolee Rainey is on fire with her gorgeous new release, "Feel Fearless." The songstress who has been making waves with her transformative new songs, enlightens our ears from start to finish. Taking a break from music for a number of years, Rainey is back and better than ever with a string of successful singles, including standout piece "Deal with the Devil," which struck our ears from the start.

 
Stream the EP here:
https://soundcloud.com/caroleerainey/sets/feel-fearless-1

 

In an earlier lifetime of performing, Rainey did a lot of busking, playing bars, hotels and cruise ships. There were publishing deals, almost record deals, voiceovers in movies and a job as A&R for Atlantic Nashville in LA. Eventually, the tides changed, and Rainey found herself immersed in a life of painting and photography, exploring the solitude and realness of a painters life.
 

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DON GIOVANNI coming Off-Broadway starring David Serero as Don Giovanni

DON GIOVANNI coming Off-Broadway this June starring David Serero as Don Giovanni

 

DON GIOVANNI, opera by Mozart, will be performed this June at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th St. New York NY 10011), starring David Serero as Don Giovanni along with an international cast.

 

Don Giovanni is perhaps one of the most famous operas of all time, written by Mozart with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte.

 

This new production will include an international cast of world renowned opera singers: Charles Gray (Leporello), Anna Cley (Donna Elvira), Pablo Veguilla (Don Ottavio), Jennifer Allenby (Donna Anna), Javier Ortiz (Masetto/Commendatore), Yi Wang (Zerlina).

 

Performances are June 1st (3pm), June 6th (Premiere at 8pm, followed by an After Party), June 8th (3pm), June 11th (8pm), June 14th (Closing night at 8pm, followed by an After Party).

 

Tickets are $26 and $36 (VIP tickets including gold seating and access to the After Party) can be purchased at DonGiovanniASF.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006. This new production is presented by the American Sephardi Federation.

 

The CAST:

DAVID SERERO (Don Giovanni)

Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 36 years old, he has already performed more than 1,200 concerts and performances throughout the world and played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. After studying in Paris, New York, St Petersburg (Mariinsky Theater), David has given concerts in Paris at the PARIS OPERA GARNIER, OLYMPIA, EIFFEL TOWER; in New York at the LINCOLN CENTER, CARNEGIE HALL, TIMES SQUARE; in London at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WEMBLEY STADIUM; and in Moscow at the TCHAIKOVSKY HALL; in Amsterdam at the CONCERTGEBOUW, the BUDAPEST OPERA conducted by PLACIDO DOMINGO and more. He made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung more than 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. In 2012, David Serero performed Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris and the title role from the revival of Duke Ellington's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. He has also produced and arranged I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards for Jermaine Jackson. In December 2013, David shared the cover of Theatre & Performances with Barbra Streisand in London, and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the Snapple Theatre in New York and released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE. In 2014, he released The Broadway Baritone featuring Broadway classics and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END. During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The FRANK SINATRA Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. In 2015 and 2016, he played Off Broadway the lead roles of SHYLOCK (MERCHANT OF VENICE) and OTHELLO's title role with both critical acclaim. In 2015, he performed two open air concerts on TIMES SQUARE (New York) for BEST OF FRANCE with the presence of the French President Mr Francois Hollande. He released SEPHARDI, an album of Sephardic music in Ladino language and records the title role of RICHARD III in French. In 2016, he releases ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, a Pop Rock album, entirely composed, performed, arranged and produced by himself. He also played NABUCCO (Nabucco) in New York; and the title roles of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO at the CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, David entered the prestigious WHO'S WHO AMERICA for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In the summer 2017, he releases BARITONE OPERA ARIAS, singing opera classics such as Toreador (Carmen) and from operas Tosca, Nozze di Figaro, Fanciulla del West and Barbiere di Siviglia. 

 

On the 2017/2018 season in New York, David Serero starred as CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR).

 

His next engagements for 2018/2019 in New York are I, NAPOLEON (a one man musical about Napoleon written by David Serero - World Premiere), HERMANN (Queen of Spades - World Premiere), EUGENE ONEGIN's title role, ROMEO (Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare), BORIS GODUNOV's title role (World Premiere adaptation), CAPTAIN DREYFUS title role (Jacob Gordin's play), FIGARO (Nozze di Figaro by Mozart) and MACBETH's title role by Shakespeare.

 

In American Television, he has appeared in: The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (NBC), Six Degrees of Murder (Discovery Channel), Checked Out, On The Case with Paula Zhan (Discovery ID), Rabid Beast (Animal Planet TV), Suddenly Rich (TLC TV), Whistleblowers (Spike TV), Blood Feuds - Gangs of New York (Discovery Channel), We Speak NYC (New York TV), Crimes of Fashion (Discovery ID).

 

In American Films he starred in Alice in America, Tango Shalom, Winter Has No Sun, Most Beautiful Island, Paisanos in Paris, Following Phil, Terminal 5, Sheepshead, Again, Overload Rock or Die, The Redemption, Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Laundry Day, Capicola, Make it Work, There Will Come Soft Rains, Amarena, When I Sing, Hatikvah.

 

He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars and more. Full biography on www.davidserero.com

 

CHARLES GRAY (Leporello)

Originally from Southern California, baritone Charles Gray made his debut as Plagio with Amore Opera in 2011 in the American Premiere of Mercadante’s I Due Figaro. Other roles with Amore Opera include Masetto in Don Giovanni in 2015, Wagner in Faust, and Morales in last year's Carmen. He has appeared with Vocal Productions NYC as Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Sheen Center and Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia last Fall at the Nagelberg Theatre at Baruch University. He most recently performed the Four Villain roles in Les Contes d'Hoffman with New York Opera Forum this past February. Charles Gray lives in Brooklyn.

 

ANNA CLEY (Donna Elvira)

French mezzo-soprano, Anna Cley’s operatic credits include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Il Tabarro, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, and Rubinstein’s The Demon. She has performed in France with the ensemble Opalescences, at the Cortot concert hall in Paris, for the Mairie de Paris, and for the Artenetra festival. She founded her company “Souffle d’Or” to provide a lyrical musical experience to those unfamiliar with this kind of events. In the U.S., Anna has performed with the Commonwealth Lyric Theater in Boston, with the Mendelssohn Glee Club, the Classical Saxophone Project orchestra, the New Asia Chamber Music Society, at Carnegie Hall, and at the Symphony Space in New York. She enjoys contemporary works and collaborated with composers E. Chiriacopol, N. Davoy, World Krystal, and H. Ping Chang, B. Cockerham. In 2016, she had her first CD “Art & Aesthetics” released by Lux Classic, and in collaboration with philosopher Dr. Benedict Beckeld. In March 2018, her first music video “Destinée” came out in which she is the singer, the lead actress, the lyricist, and co-scenarist with movie maker Alec Loin. A multidisciplinary artist, Anna is the muse of designer Minika Ko, for whom she performed on her 3 last runway shows. Cley is dedicated to charitable projects with a focus on children’s wellbeing.

 

JENNIFER ALLENBY (Donna Anna)

Jennifer Allenby (Soprano) has been seen performing regionally with companies such as Chelsea Opera, Golden Rose Opera and New York Opera Forum. Favorite roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Bulgarian State Opera of Stara Zagora, Prima Touriere (Suor Angelica) with Chelsea Opera, and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffman) with New York Opera Forum.  During the 2016- 2017 season, Ms. Allenby was a member of Opera Pomme Rouge's Young Artist Program where she sang the Sandman (Hansel und Gretel) with their educational outreach program. Ms. Allenby is a first year Master’s Candidate at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

 

PABLO VEGUILLA (Don Ottavio)

Winner of the 8th Annual Alfonzo Cavaliere Memorial Scholarship, and two time Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, Pablo Veguilla made his debut with New York Grand Opera as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff and has also sung Roberto in Puccini's Le Villi, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, Marcello in Leoncavallo's La Bohème, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, all with the New York Grand Opera under the baton of Maestro Vincent La Selva.  He has performed numerous roles with such companies as Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Yale Opera, and Houston's Opera in the Heights, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theater of Philadelphia, Capital Opera Sacramento, Viva la Musica, Oper Haupt'nah, Opéra Liberté, and Operafestival di Roma.  Some of Mr. Veguilla's featured roles are Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, and Don José in Bizet's Carmen.

On the concert stage, Mr. Veguilla has performed as tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall with New York Grand Opera and at l'UNESCO Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique International, as the tenor soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the Mozart Requiem, the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, the Bach Magnificat, and Händel's Messiah with companies such as the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, West Valley Opera Theatre, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony and Chorale. Mr. Veguilla received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University, his master's from Yale University, and has participated in various Young Artists Programs across the United States as well as in Italy .

 

JAVIER ORTIZ (Masetto / Commendatore)

Bass-Baritone Javier Ortiz has been engaged as a Resident Artist at Opera North, the Dutch Opera Studio, and Sarasota Opera, and his performed repertoire consists of nearly 30 opera roles and 15 major concert works. He appears regularly with various regional orchestras an opera companies.  Internationally, Javier has portrayed Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, performed in a concert of arias at the famous Concertgebouw, sung at duet for the 25th Anniversary Jubilee of the Netherlands Opera's residence in the Muziektheater, and played the role of Colline in La Boheme at the Rotterdam Opera Days. Recently, Javier toured Mexico with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, sang the Sprecher in The Magic Flute with Connecticut Lyric Opera, and joined Opera Southwest as Narciso in world premiere of the opera Bless Me, Ultima, based on the famous novel. 

 

YI WANG (Zerlina)

Yi Wang, Soprano, reared in a family of musicians, received her bachelor degree in Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Master of Music degree in Manhattan School of Music in New York. Ms. Wang is the Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Boston District in 2018, she also won the Second prize in the 4th International Competition of Young Opera Singers named after Maxim Mikhailov and the Fourth prize in the International Competition for Performers of Vocal Chamber Music named after Maxim Mikhailov in Russia, as well as a winner of the 2014 Chinese National voice competition of Peafowl Award. Favorite past roles include L'enfant et les sortileges (Princess), conducted by the Metropolitan Opera’s Maestro Pierre Vallet and directed by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' James Robinson. As well as La Rondine (Yvette), Cendrillon (spirits) with Manhattan school of music. Carmen (Frasquita) with the Bel canto in Tuscany summer program in Italy. And Ms. Wang will perform role Pamina in The Magic Flute with Barn Opera in 2018 season.

 

About the AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION

The American Sephardi Federation, a Partner of the landmark Center for Jewish History, proudly preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience.

 

ASF hosts high-profile events (NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival) and exhibitions, produces widely-read online (Sephardi World Weekly and Sephardi Ideas Monthly) and print (The Sephardi Report) publications, supports research, scholarship, and the National Sephardic Library, and represents the Sephardi voice in diplomatic and Jewish communal affairs as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and World Jewish Congress.

 

Media Relations:

The Culture News

news@theculturenews.com

www.theculturenews.com

 

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Simon Lunche is Heavenly on Latest Release

Singer/songwriter Simon Lunche has packed a near-lifetime of musical experience into just 19 years.  Along with taking up guitar at age five—and soon becoming the youngest endorsed artist in the history of Gibson Guitars during his time as the lead singer of The Blondies—he’s built up a vast musical knowledge that includes composing all the instrumental parts to his songs, from violin and cello to trumpet and sax. Give a listen to his new endeavor, "In My Arms," below.

 
 

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JOEL Entices on Latest Single

Adding to his impressive resume, singer-songwriter Joel Hernandez is taking the world by storm. His perfect blend of Americana-Rock has been holding the attention of our ears for a little while now, and he shows no sign of slowing down. Hailing from a musical family, his roots run deep with strong lyrical and instrumentation skill. It’s no wonder that Joel has become a talented musician himself. His new album, "Seasons Change,"is rich with good vibes and fun melodies. Give a listen to his feel good track, "So Young," below!

 

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Ancient Futures Hodl Free Concerts

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Ancient Futures Hodl Free Concerts

May/June 2018 Issue:

Ancient Futures
•An ICO* for the Ages

First Contributions Roll In
•Ancient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

Free Ancient Future Duet Concerts
• World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

Future Discounts on Ancient Traditions
•Enter MUSICED10 at Checkout for 10% Discount on Music Education Offerings

Ancient Future Summer Tour Stops
•Performances in California and Nevada


Ancient Futures: An ICO* for the AgesAncient Futures ICO

Ancient Future is issuing its first ICO* to ethereal investors. Like other ICOs, no one should invest in Ancient Futures unless they are at peace with all of their investment disappearing into a space-time vortex. But unlike other ICOs, in that event, Ancient Futures will still produce returns in the realm of musical vibrations.

Contrary to popular opinion, Ancient Futures are not expired futures contracts. They are premiums for supporters of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. The mission of A.F.A.R. is to produce an archive of recordings of cross cultural collaborations. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a "future" date, at which point they will be on their way to becoming "ancient" recordings, hence the title.

Blockchain technology is not environmentally friendly, so a new premium transfer technology is in the initial stages of development in the Ancient Future. Blockheadchain technology is envisioned to telepathically transfer Ancient Futures in blocks from the heads of holders into an Akashic records database that may utilize clairvoyant A.I. technology, or if the space-time continuum moves backwards, may employ paper or stone. Please note that blockheadchain technology as contemplated is so advanced that it may never be invented.

In any case, participants are encouraged to HODL (Hold Onto for Deep Listening) their Ancient Futures to benefit from music appreciation.

*Initial Creative Offering

Mining Ancient Futures

Mining Ancient Futures is easy and environmentally friendly. You don't need to live in a cool climate or near a hydroelectric dam. All you need to do is to visit Ancient-Future.Com or come to an Ancient Future concert to become an Ancient Futures miner. Ancient Futures can be mined in four different audio resolutions. There are a limited number of Ancient Futures available to be mined, as each resolution is limited by number or time. Once 300 320 kbps mp3, 200 44.1k/16 bit wav, and 100 96k/24 bit wav Ancient Futures have been mined, the archive will be closed to mining. The best of the music produced will then be released commercially, increasing the value of the limited Ancient Futures that have been mined.

  1. 128 kbps mp3: Mine @ $15. Limited time offering of Ancient Futures.
  2. 320 kbps mp3: Mine @ $25. Limited to 300 Ancient Futures.
  3. CD quality 44.1k/16 bit wav: Mine @ $50. Limited to 200 Ancient Futures.
  4. Hi-res 96k/24 bit wav plus video: Mine @ $75. Limited to 100 Ancient Futures.
#Cryptourgency #BeAncientFutureReadyNow

Things move quickly through time and space in the crypto realm, so Ancient Future is looking for an Ancient Futures ICO Specialist. Duties include promoting the ICO for the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings and contemplating the implementation of blockheadchain technology for the Akashic records. The position of Anti-Social Media Manager is also open. Duties include advising #HowHashtagsWork and keeping in touch with those who have joined the #DeleteFacebook movement while encouraging cross-cultural pro-social communication on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media sites. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com.


First Contributions Roll In

 

InterMusic SF LogoAncient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

As the Ancient Future Times reported in its April 2018 issue, Ancient Future has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, and we are happy to announce that we have now received our first tax deductible contribution!

Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

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Free Ancient Future Duet Concerts

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'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future Ethnocloud Video

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

In their first duet performances together since 2016, world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort and Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar present an innovative and accessible take on Hindustani classical music and contemporary fusion, with expressive and energetic renderings of raga and tala.


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Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

Enter MUSICED10 at Checkout for an Additional 10% Discount on Music Education Materials

Make a difference in your life by learning about the ancient musical traditions of the world. For a very limited time, Ancient-Future.Com is offering an additional 10 percent discount from the already low reduced sale price of all of our music education materials! Just enter the coupon code MUSICED10 at checkout. The coupon expires on June 1.

Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities

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Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.

This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

New Guides and Grooves

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). New Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95): Buy 1 Now. Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95): Buy 1 Now.

This new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

Audio Guide Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear.

MIDI Groove Tracks

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

Educational Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes. 17 page .pdf of liner notes for Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Explains the inspirations and musical concepts behind each serenade. Sheet music is included for those who want to delve deeper. $2.98 (SALE $2): Buy 1 Now.


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Performances in California and Nevada#AncientFutureNearYou

Does it seem like Ancient Future never performs in your area? If so, you can help change that by making a donation to cover some of the travel expenses, or volunteering to become a local Concert Circuit Creator. Duties include developing a circuit of world fusion friendly presenters and booking concerts. Anyone interested in stepping forward is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com.

 

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New Album TERIYA from JOBARTEH KUNDA out now

'Teriya’, Jobarteh Kunda’s fourth studio album is here to celebrate the Afro- Carribean band‘s 20th anniversary. The album’s title ‘Teriya’ means ‘friendship’ in the language of the Mande people of West Africa. This is especially fitting as several longtime friends of the band have been adding their individual talent to several tracks to create an exceptional musical experience.

Alongside the band’s regular members, you’ll be able to experience top-notch musicians like Roman Bunka (Oud), Johann Bengen (Accordion), Sabine Zeh Silva (Percussion) and Sir Lancelot Scott (Steel pan). Over the past 20 years the band has been touring and recording their albums in ever changing line-ups to keep the sound fresh and exciting. The regular members of the band and the protagonists of the album ‘Teriya’ are bandleader Tormenta Jobarteh (Kora, drums, vocals, producer) and from the earliest beginnings Humphrey Cairo (drums, bass, vocals), Gerhard Wagner (Altsax, Flute), Felix Occhionero (bass, guitar, producer). As well as Tormenta Jobarteh’s daughter, Yasmina (background vocals, dancing), who practically grew up in and with the band.

Since their foundation in 1996, Tormenta Jobarteh & Band have given over 1000 concerts all over the globe! Again this year, award-winning storyteller and Kora player Tormenta Jobarteh and his band were very well received by the media. Jobarteh Kunda’s song ‘Djihati Kelo’ for example, came in third at the 2017 international competition of the World Citizen Artist Foundation. The competition’s topic was ‘peace’ and the artistic contributions were judged by a jury consisting of representatives of the Bob Marley Foundation, the Gandhi Foundation and the Playing for Change Foundation. In 2001 an article in ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ stated that „Jobarteh Kunda’s mission is making music to connect the world’s people. Jobarteh Kunda offers world music at its best“

Integrating cultures has always been the bands central theme!

The new album ‘Teriya’ is a musical journey into African and Caribbean music that moves the heart... and the legs! Storytelling, Afrobeat, Reggae, and Latin accompanied by beautiful vocal harmonies sung in Mandinka, English, Papiamento and Spanish Languages weave together into a striking tapestry of sound that touches the soul.

 

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Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club

The Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club Membership is another direct communication channel between Ali Hugo & his fans. For an annual fee of just $25, joining the exclusive membership for the Ali Hugo Fan Club gains you entry to a gateway of information and special opportunities available for members only. Exclusive membership also allows for greater interaction between Ali Hugo and a community of friends and fans worldwide!

Annual Membership includes:-

  • Access to preferred  concert seating*

  • Meet & Greet opportunities

  • E-mail Newsletters & advanced announcements

  • Members exclusive merchandise & discounts

And so much more!

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*Subject to availability and venue/event restrictions. Pre-sale tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Active Members may purchase 1 pair of tickets per membership, per show. Meet & Greet opportunities are limited to one winning draw per membership per year. Due to high demand, we may not be able to grant this opportunity to all of our members annually. Winning a Meet & Greet entitles you to 2 passes (you plus 1 guest) per membership, per year.

Ali Hugo & Mirage Records are working on the publication of the [Time Machine] Lyrics book. This coffee table book will make an excellent addition to collectible memorabilia for Ali Hugo fans. The book will be available in both digital and hard copy formats. Mirage Records is yet to announce the official release date of the book. However, free download of the digital e-book will available to Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club members by May 7th, 2018.

 

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