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Jacob Davich Shares \

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

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

 

Listen Jacob Davich "My Father's Gun"
 

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Judge Roughneck Unleash New Track \

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

Judge Roughneck "The Girl"

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

 

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Emmaline Muchmore Goes \

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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Ancient Future Times: The Early Bird Gets the World

Ancient Future Times

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

March 2017 Issue:

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

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

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


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

San Francisco International Arts Festival Logo

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

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

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

Matthew Montfort and Pandit Habib Khan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Guitar Summit, June 4, Chapel, Fort Mason

Photos of Global Guitar Summit

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

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


Gyani Indo-Jazz Ensemble In Concert March 28

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

World Music Series at Capistrano Concert Hall, CSU Sacramento

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

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


'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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A few words about this great formation

Finding an old photo of my grandfather,

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

brings back memories of the evenings

as a child where he told me stories

of his many travels around the world.

 

So, as all children know how to do,

I imagined myself sailing the oceans with him

and having extraordinary adventures.

 

Wishing to share these souvenirs with you

the childhood souvenirs of imaginary voyages,

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

to pack your bags and embark on this musical cruise.

 

So if you are ready, the journey can begin …

Have a god trip !

 

 

 

 

 

Lien YouTube :

https://youtu.be/yXVFkWUQ-gw

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Philippe Brunel Acoustic Band’s Website :

Buy the album

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

 

Virtual Womex :

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

 

Booking l’Hacienda (Musik) :

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

 

Buy the album on Itunes :

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

 

Deezer :

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

 

 

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Silence Flooded Trance Album Review

Review By Grahak Cunningham.

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

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

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

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

www.monkparty.com

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

 

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Polar Waves Debut New Record \

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

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

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Kathy von Shares Stunning Release, \

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Janet Blair Makes Her Debut with \

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Afreekanism Album release

Hello Friends! 

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

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

 

Musically Yours 

Adedeji

 

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Jetty Rae Releases New Album \

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

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

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MIN AWARDS 2017, PREMIOS MIN 2017

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

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

http://www.premiosmin.com/

 

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Welcome from the Director

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

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

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

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

 

Jose Deluna

Director

SFGS-Spanish Flamenco Guitar Society

 

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Ancient Future Times: Celebrating 38 Years of World Fusion Music

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Performances Celebrating 38 Years of World Fusion

February 2017 Issue:

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

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

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

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


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

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

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

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

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


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

Concert Poster

38th Anniversary Show at Trinity Chapel, Berkeley

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

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

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

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


'Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert' by Mariah Parker

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

New Release on Ancient-Future.Com Records

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Guitar Summit, June 4, 3 PM, Chapel

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

 

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

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

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

 

Purchase a Copy of Tolerance Ends, Love Begins

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

 

Social Links:

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

 

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Jeremy D. Simmons Shares the Tasty \

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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Violin Virtuoso, Deni Bonet, Shares New Release \

 

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

 

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

 

"Bright Shiny Objects" is out today, HERE

 

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Emmaline Muchmore Shares a \

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

 

Emmaline Muchmore "Solid"


Emmaline Muchmore on Socials:

 

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

 

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Jetty Rae Shines with \

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Expected release: February 11, 2017

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

EMILIA LOPEZ-YANEZ

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

RUTH WEBER

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

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

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Beau + Luci Share Stunning New Single

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

Fire Dancer is out March 3rd.

 

Fire Dancer is out March 3rd.

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

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

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

 

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

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: News from Alternate Universes

New Year's 2016-2017 Issue:

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

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

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

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


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

An Ancient Future to Believe In

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

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

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

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

Concert Poster

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Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Release Celebrations

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Meanwhile in the Alternate Reality of Eleven Nine

Hands Around World

World Fusion Musician Awakes in a Polarized Tribalized World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education in an Alternate Reality

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

Study World Music in the Virtual and Real Worlds

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

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

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

Skype Sale

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

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

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

 

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

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

WE HAPPY FOR THIS GOOD NEWS !!!

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

Please support this great organisation !!!

Welcome to the World Citizen Artists Family!

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

Check this link for Results

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

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

Thank you for your Support !!!

Tormenta Jobarteh

 

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Ska Legends Judge Roughneck Share New Video

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

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


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

 

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Live Review: Don DiLego at Hotel Utah - San Francisco

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

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

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New CD RELEASE SPRING O17

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

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

thank you for your support!!!

Tormenta Jobarteh

www.jobarteh-kunda.de

 

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Diving Deep with Paulo Franco

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

I appreciate that characterization of the lyrics!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

I also plan on playing in Colombia again in 2017.

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

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

 

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

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

Future Ancient News from an Alt-Left Universe

Dec. 1, 9:00 PM EST

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

An Ancient Future to Believe In

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

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

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

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

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

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

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

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

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

Concert Poster

New Releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records

Berning for the Win

Berning for the Win

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

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

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings

Ancient Future on Rachel Maddow Show in Alternate Universe

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

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

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

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert

Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert CD Cover

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

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

 

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Parno Graszt (White Horse)




The band was founded in 1987 in a small village in eastern Hungary called Paszab. 

The band's name is a Romani phrase which means "White Horse" (which is a symbol of purity and freedom).

Their songs are in both English and Romani and sometimes they sing in both languages at the same time.

The members of Parno Graszt are all from Paszab and they are all relatives of each other.

The band's lineup consists of roughly 10 members, but they can have up to 20 musicians playing as well as having a 10-person dance group accompany them sometimes. 

The band's musical roots were collected in the immediate environment of the region they live in, Paszab and its surroundings. The band still lives in Paszab because they want to stay away from the noise and fleeting fashions of the big city. 

An ancient and lively character full of honesty, energy and directness are the hallmark of the band. 

Their album entitled “Rávágok a Zongorára,” released in 2002, finished 7th place in the European World Music Rankings; no other Hungarian band has ever reached this rank before. They have released a total of 4 albums so far.

Their music has traveled the world (Europe, USA, Asia, India) and the BBC produced a film made about the band. 

 

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Parno Graszt (White Horse)




The band was founded in 1987 in a small village in eastern Hungary called Paszab. 

The band's name is a Romani phrase which means "White Horse" (which is a symbol of purity and freedom).

Their songs are in both English and Romani and sometimes they sing in both languages at the same time.

The members of Parno Graszt are all from Paszab and they are all relatives of each other.

The band's lineup consists of roughly 10 members, but they can have up to 20 musicians playing as well as having a 10-person dance group accompany them sometimes. 

The band's musical roots were collected in the immediate environment of the region they live in, Paszab and its surroundings. The band still lives in Paszab because they want to stay away from the noise and fleeting fashions of the big city. 

An ancient and lively character full of honesty, energy and directness are the hallmark of the band. 

Their album entitled “Rávágok a Zongorára,” released in 2002, finished 7th place in the European World Music Rankings; no other Hungarian band has ever reached this rank before. They have released a total of 4 albums so far.

Their music has traveled the world (Europe, USA, Asia, India) and the BBC produced a film made about the band. 

 

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Rebetiko - Anestis Delias - The pain of the junkie

 

I would like to share something which created strong feelings in me. It really moved me...

I was trying to play something on my bouzouki and suddenly I realized I was playing a melody quite known to me.

I knew this melody. I was playing it decades ago. I looked up in youtube. I found a version of the song which was performed by Payoumtzis but the lyrics was not what I could recall. “Of course”, I thought, “it is the censored version”  although rerecorded and published again during the 60’s for commercial reasons. I went on searching and in a couple of minutes I recalled the very first version. “O ponos tou prezakia” (The pain of the junkie) by Anestis Delias (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anestis_Delias).

I recalled also his story by looking in several sites and remembered how he lived and how he died. He wrote this song about his own future death (31 July 1944)!

I was in the middle of a production and I thought by myself: “do not even  think about it!... No time for this now… go on with what you are currently buzy…”

I was and remained impulsive though… 

http://ethnocloud.com/Saoulis_Ensemble/?song=8019&b=6640

 


Lyrics: Anestis Delias
Music: Anestis Delias
First version: 
Anestis Delias


From the time that i started sniffing the drugs
the world has rejected me I don't know what to do
the world has rejected me I don't know what to do
from the time that i started sniffing the drugs

Wherever i stand and i go they make fun of me
and my soul can't stand that they call me a junkie
and my soul can't stand that they call me a junkie
wherever i stand and i go they make fun of me

After sniffing i started using the needle
and slowly my body started to disintegrate
and slowly my body started to disintegrate
after sniffing i started using the needle

Nothing remains for me to do in this world
since the drugs made me die in the street
since the drugs made me die in the street
nothing remains for me to do in this world

 

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Amen BK - One Sky Above

#OneSkyAbove is the latest video from Amen BK's Another Perspective LP. The track combines Amen BK's signature lyricism with a strong afro-blues vibe. Amen BK makes his mission known over a driving acoustic blues riff, kicking off a track featuring a level of musicianship matched only by its ambition. The video, fitting with the cultural coexistence theme of the track, is an impressive effort that united participants from 48 countries. The #OneSkyAbove video compellingly demonstrates the subject visually.

With the kick off of the #OneSkyAbove video release party on October 21 in San Diego, "Today... we need to celebrate life, we need to celebrate our cultural differences and we embrace what we share in common!" said Amen BK. "Today we celebrate united as one people under #OneSkyAbove!"

#ONESKYABOVE music video can be viewed via Youtube (https://goo.gl/Zfdfd0) or on Amen BK's website: www.amenbk.com

Amen Ben Koussa, also known by his stage name Amen BK, is a the Tunisian-born and San Diego-based rapper and a songwriter. His music genre would be defined as poetry on a rap beat fused with World melodies. Advocate of conscious art, his lyrical content reflects various perspectives of themes with a loyal positive approach.

 

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C-MANTICS
C-MANTICS (12/14/16 13:32)
If you would like to join in the fun... please post your photo with your sign on his Facebook page! We'd all love to see where you are!
Like the Amen BK page and post your photo! https://www.facebook.com/AmenBKrap/?fref=ts
UK Artist on the Rise; Lucinda Belle

Best described as "Pop-Noir," UK-based singer and songwriter Lucinda Belle is currently sharing her new EP "Urban Lullabies." Though each song differs in tone and often genre, she takes on the task of covering one of the most, if not the most, popular song of the 1990's; the Nirvana classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

 

On the song, we hear Lucinda Belle shining through as an artist working on her own terms. She takes the piece, molds it, twists it and builds something that truly sounds like her own. The video that coincides with the song is equally as stunning, as listeners get a sense of Lucinda Belle's true artistic talent and vision.

 

Her newest release, "Urban Lullabies", is a compilation of covers that create a seductive and anachronistic world where jazz, soul, R&B, gypsy jazz, blues, hip-hop, reggae, and rock collide and reside. This is a must have for any true music fan, as it will open your ears and your mind.

Lucinda Belle's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHrLTrFqm4w

 

 

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The Krickets Share \

My love for Americana is wide, so my ears definitely perked up when I first heard The Krickets' new single, "Cool Cool Water." The group has of recent, released their new record, Spanish Moss Sirens, which hears the group performing blissfully as one. Their vocals are harmonious and heavenly, and the overall instrumentation is an absolute delight.

 The Krickets "Cool Cool Water":
https://soundcloud.com/thekrickets/cool-cool-water?in=thekrickets/sets/spanish-moss-sirens


Garnering attention in the Folk music world, as they have also recently been nominated for an IMA award, the group have been on the radar of all those who listen. Give a listen to "Cool Cool Water," from the critically acclaimed record, Spanish Moss Siren, out now.

 

 

 

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The Krickets
The Krickets (11/20/16 10:28)
Thank you for the review, Jeremy!
RECENT QOUTES FROM THE PRESS

RECENT QOUTES FROM THE PRESS

 

"When you go to Canada or somewhere else, they will ask you about Trinity and he is one of our own"

BTV news

 

“As a professional musician, Trinity is conscientious, creative and always working to please his audiences.”

Moagi Madisa, Botswana Unplugged (Jan 13, 2016)

 

 

“It was evident from our first few minutes of discussion that Trinity is driven and hard working. Less than 3 years in Canada and he's impatient, wanting to fulfill his goals and aspirations. A true music entrepreneur.”

Shy Alter (Aug 05,)

 

"His songs involve layers of driving polyrhythms underneath strong vocals and rhythm guitar, with keyboards and horn to add to the melodic mix...He had the audience obediently to its feet and dancing on the second song.

Arts and Culture Maven (Nov 25, 2012)

 

 “After an extensive apprenticeship with local Afro jazz giants, Trinity Mphoeng has become his own master and seems to have borrowed from different styles to make the debut album Theohang a success. Listening to his music, you could also feel that he took time to compose the album. Trinity, who used to be a traditional dancer, says traditional music also had an influence on him and that his music is addressing the preservation of the Setswana culture.” Trinity started singing at the age of nine in church in his home village of Bobonong. When he moved to Gaborone for university, he developed his talent as a gospel singer. After five years in the gospel music industry, Trinity began his career in jazz. He worked with several jazz icons in Botswana before releasing his debut album, Theohang, in 2011.”

- Lekopanye Mooketsi, MMEGI BOTSWANA (Mar 10,)

 

 

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Anousheh Shares Charming Single, \

Anousheh brings her new single to life, "Bones," with spectacular and juicy beats for your ears. The melodies and harmonies fill the space as it brings the intensity of her music to a whole new level. Anousheh's voice is infectious as it springs to life with an echoing music sensation that brings the depth of her music to center stage. Her eclectic sound takes tones to new heights that I didn't even know existed, and I love it. Get acquainted with Anousheh....

 

Listen to Anousheh's "Bones," here: https://soundcloud.com/anoushehmusic/bones

 

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Real

I can never get tired of listening to this album i enjoy every tracks, 12 beautiful songs believe me when i say this is a must have CD when i need to hear some good reggae music i go for this album (REAL). Congrats to Grip Wrench and his production team for such an enjoyable set of songs, Better Place, Loneliness, Bun Dem Out -feat: Jah Clarity, Mr, Fix It , Mr, Man -feat: Nature Slang, Real, Ease Up The Pressure- edit & raw mix, Serious Thing, Rise, Mr, Ungrateful, Weep Not and Nuh Kill Dem.

REAL is available on all leading distribution site world wide, get your copy today i promise you will enjoy it just as i am. 

 

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Melted State Spreads the Love with \

Melted State has unveiled their impressive album today, the bold "Dipped in Soul." Quickly showing they are a prominent mainstay in the indie world, the group dabbles in an uplifting, and often vibrant acoustic-felt rock, that has the band taking center stage. Overall the record is solid, as it drives home a sound that is equally unique and impressive. Together the band brings their musical forces together to create a record that is filled with gorgeous vocals and stunning instrumentation. They blend genres from rock to soul that will draw you in within every listen.

Singer Noah Kibreab is a heavenly delight, as his vocals drift from song to song. My favorite song on the record is the hauntingly gorgeous piece, "She's Got Soul" which stopped me dead in my tracks. With an accessible sound, and a strong songwriting talent, we hear a band that will easily stand the test of time. Melted State's "Dipped in Soul" is out today, and can be found via the band's website: http://www.meltedstate.com/home 

 

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Paulo Franco Debuts \
This weekend was quite an eventful one for singer-songwriter Paulo Franco. With a release show and his newly released record, "The Last Card," he has been making quite an impression on the ears of music listeners. The charming record goes beyond Americana and Alt-Country, to bring life into his own eclectic vision.
 
Earlier this Summer we saw Franco release the hit single, and The Boot approved tune, "Leaving the River City." This was only the start of what Franco had to offer us, as when you dig deeper into "The Last Card," you get a better sense of Franco as a songwriter, and on a personal level as well. He pens heartfelt songs that have made writers and listeners take note, as the subject matter and delivery go above and beyond to create music that truly stands out from the rest. With stunning vocals, an all-star backing band, and a brilliant collection of songs, Franco is ready to take the world, head on.
 
Be sure to pick up "The Last Card," on multiple outlets here: www.peflmusic.com

 

 

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The Carolyn Sills Combo Share \

Roots music never sounded so good, as when The Carolyn Sills Combo creates it. Their doses of heartfelt twang and timeless sounds, gives a vintage genre new life. The group is currently sharing their new video for "Canoe," which shows the lighthearted side of the band. Taken from their new album, Dime Stories Vol 2., the band impresses on both a songwriting and performance level. The video brings the group to life and will have you falling in love with the band time and time again. Let's dive in, shall we?

Watch: The Carolyn Sills Combo "Canoe"

 

 

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piKziL Takes Us Inside Their World

piKziL is a fascinating duo of Liza Oxnard and Kip Kuepper. Both longtime active musicians in the Colorado scene (Oxnard most notably in Zuba), the group releases an impressive debut by the name of Songs from My 3rd Life. Their eclectic artistry comes together to craft a sound that is both stunning and prominent, as we get into the very depth of the group and their songwriting abilities. I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with piZkiL, as we dive a bit deeper into their world; past, presesnt and future.

 


Tell us about the making of the "Brand New Soul" and the concept behind it?

“Brand New Soul” isa very personal story about my many-year-struggle with infertility after the birth of our first child. Reproductive issues are a taboo subject that can clear a room faster than a faulty smoke alarm.  But NOT talking about this issue would be a disservice to all women and to myself.

After several miscarriages over 6 years, I understandably felt disheartened.  During those early years I stumbled across a presentation online, which honestly I can’t claim to have understood, but they spoke of humans as 100 trillion cells made of billions of atoms each, saying we are made of quintillions of little black holes…vortexes in space-time, curling to stillness.  This led me to ponder the birth of the universe, which made me think of the first lyric - “from a spark of dust, we combust and turn love into life”.  

 

The universe began with an explosion, which led to life, as we know it.  That was very meaningful to me at the time because of the fertility rollercoaster my husband and I had suffered.  I kept wondering why our creation of life moment wasn’t occurring for us.  The experience had left me with so many conflicting perspectives on what was happening and why.  What was emerging during that span of time was my ability to be present in my grief but at the same time accept what was happening.  I am a spark of dust in this huge universe too.  So why should I expect certain outcomes just because I want them?  That question helped me gain perspective and take life one day at a time.


I began to see how very mysterious life is…what a strange miracle it is to create life.  It is so tangible for some and so fleeting for others. What helped me through the tough times was feeling connected to something bigger and more universal than myself.

 

And the loveliest part of learning to accept the pain and sadness of loss is that new things come in that open our hearts.  We are so lucky to have made it past the cloudy days and we now have a beautiful 2 ½ year old daughter, in addition to our lovely 10 year old daughter, that both make life fun every day.

 

What elements influence your songwriting?

What influences me creatively is walking through everyday life, observing my feelings and the stories and feelings of those around me from the very personal to the very intangible.  I write a lot about the complexities of personal relationships.

For example - Felix’s Lament - Kip came up with the chorus “I just want to love you, but I can’t afford to love you”.  It immediately made me think of the dance of lust and power…..in this case a woman’s power over someone globally powerful. I thought of it as “what a fly on the wall might have heard during the General Petraeus & Paula Broadwell affair”.  Maybe they thought as long as no one knew, what was the harm?  And they were probably also seduced by the secrecy of it all- maybe they thought they were invincible?!

If you could play any venue in the world, which venue would you choose and why?

Either Red Rocks or the Gorge Amphitheatre.  I love being outdoors, I love the summer months, and both venues feel connected to something vastly bigger than our momentary experience.

 

In this creative process, would you say you enjoy being in the studio, or performing live on stage more? Explain your reason.

Right now I would say I am more comfortable in the studio because I haven’t been touring or playing a lot of live shows like I used to.  Part of what I love about the studio is that I allow myself to take chances, try new things, and to make mistakes.  As I begin to play live again, I hope to bring that kind of creativity to my live performances.

 

How did piKziL come together?

Putting a career on the back burner to raise kids can make it difficult to get back into the groove.  But I knew that, when the time came, I wanted to collaborate with someone mature, someone fueled by my creative ideas, and someone talented who could help me pursue the blend of music I had been imagining.  I had been attracted to Downtempo & Jazz Remix for years and wanted to bring my singer/songwriting skills to a genre that I felt was thin on “songwriting”.  The grooves and melodies were inspiring at times but the stories were absent for the most part.

I had played with Kip over the years, often hiring him as a session player for various projects, and we always had a great connection.  I was also a regular on the jingle singing circuit at Coupe Studios in Boulder, where Kip had worked for decades as co-owner, producer and lead composer/musical genius.  Kip is incredibly talented.  He is a Grammy nominated jazz musician/producer, which is immediately apparent when you hear the musical production and detail on our album.

In 2010, Coupe asked me to choose a song to sing on a Christmas compilation album. I wanted to see if we could bring an electro twist to it and even though Kip had not yet pursued that kind of music, he didn’t blink. We had such a fun time together and ended up with the freshest song on the album.  We had a creative spark that was infectious and really joyful.

 

What do you enjoy most about creating music in general?

I love the feeling of going beyond the everyday mundane logistics of adult life, and stepping into a playful creative space.  Creating music makes me feel like I am 6 years old again and playing in the mud.  Where nothing I do is judged or controlled.

 

What songwriters and musicians do you look to for inspiration?

I love stories and artists that can take me on an emotional journey.  I also love to hear and support what women are saying musically and I am curious about what up and coming bands are creating.  This week I have been listening to – Hiatus Coyote, St. Vincent, Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grace Jones, Esthero, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, D’Angelo, Inspired Flight & Imagined Herbal Flows.

 

What is the overall inspiration behind your songs; lyrically and musically, especially on the new record?

My mom is a feminist.  Growing up, she always made sure we saw the gender inequities around us.  And she was a commanding presence, with her 6 ft frame and a clear strong voice, she would quote “a woman’s place is in the house and the senate”, the declaration from the women’s movement of the 1970’s.  She made sure that each of her daughters understood that we were in no way to compromise our viewpoints, our life’s goals, or our sense of self, for a patriarchy that was doing everything it could to send the opposite message.  But I am a product of my culture along with my upbringing.  So, no matter how hard I try to stay conscious of the ways in which my culture limits me and the ways in which I self-limit, I still struggle each day to continue to believe in my own viewpoints, my goals, and myself.  Add becoming a mother in a culture that doesn’t value mothering, aging in the business of entertainment and you end up with a potentially toxic soup of self-doubt and self-censorship.

I spent decades wavering between feeling powerful and incapable depending on what I was doing at the time because society sends a clear message to girls and women.  And the message is this – You must be young, pretty, smart, and accomplished, and above all, not complain if you want to play in the patriarchal playground.

After having my first daughter and taking time off from music to raise her, I suddenly felt judged for my choice to not “step in”, a term defining women who continue to work full time after having kids.  I wanted to take time off and be with my baby.  It was shocking how quickly my cultures’ perception of me changed.  I had been a “rock star” in their eyes for years, as I toured and released albums, and cultivated a national following, but then on a dime, they started asking me loaded questions at parties like “What do you do?  Are you only a mom”? I would answer with something like “I am a musician, but I am talking some time off right now to be with my child”, and they would move on to talk to someone else.

Over those several years, it dawned on me that I was committed to shedding the negative disavowing voices around and inside me, no matter what I pursued.  Music and songwriting have always been my passion and gift, so even in those years I was still writing, learning and enjoying different ways to express my musical creativity.  And then it became time to get more serious again.  But this time, it wasn’t just about me any more; I now had two beautiful dynamic daughters who were looking to me for guidance. I wanted to raise them by modeling self-love, self-actualization, and teaching them to value themselves even when the world wasn’t meeting them halfway. 

Songs From My 3rd Life is a transparent and honest micro and macro panorama of my life as a woman.  It took me 3 iterations of my lifetime to find my own true voice...And in that process I realized I am no longer willing to recede into the background or sugarcoat my viewpoint for anyone.

Musically, I was very inspired by the Verve Remixed compilation albums throughout the 2000’s as well as bands like Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Portishead, and Bitter:Sweet.  The music appealed to me because it was deeply funky and almost tribal at times but also melodic and elegant.  I have such varied tastes in music and I loved the idea of bridging all of my influences (Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz, Brazilian Jazz) and musical experience into one project.  I love to connect intellectually with songs and stories but I also love when music allows me to have an out of body experience.  I am captivated when music lifts me to another reality.

 

What can we expect from piKziL in 2016?

We are released our 1st EP on Friday September16th and will play live the next few months.  We plan to release our second EP in mid-January and continue to gig through the spring and summer.  We are also working on a couple of self-made videos, which will be an adventure!

 

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Bencoolen Takes the Stage at The Southern in Virginia; Heads Out for Fall Dates

Washington DC buzz band BENCOOLEN take the stage at the infamous venue, The Southern, alongside The Marcus King Band. One of the most highly anticipated shows in the Charlottesville, Virginia region in the past few months, this show is bound to be a brilliant time and filled with doses of high energy. For those who haven't ventured out to see Bencoolen yet, their live set proves to be a must-see, as they have not only secured themselves as a prominent live band, but as musicianas as well. 

 

The group have been riding high this year with their newest EP release, "In Color," that has seen their name appearing everywhere and anywhere. They thrive off their eclectic brand of indie that is mixed with elements of jazz and other genres, to hone a sound that appeals to all ears. The show at The Southern is the first in a number of dates for the band who will be playing various shows throughout the month of October.

 

Bencoolen plays The Southern in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, October 8th. Buy tickets to the show, here: http://www.thesoutherncville.com/events/detail/the-marcus-brown-band

Upcoming Dates

10/8 - The Southern – VA

10/11 - The Bayou - DC

10/15 - Rockwood Music Hall - NY

10/16 - Amityville Music Hall - NY

11/18 - University of VA - VA

 

Listen to BENCOOLEN "In Color" :

https://soundcloud.com/bencoolen-1/in-color?in=bencoolen-1/sets/in-color-album

 

Social Sites
Website: http://www.bencoolenmusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bencoolendc/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bencoolenmusic

 

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Jill Savre\'s New Album \

 

One of my most favorite recent discovers is the budding singer-songwriter, Jill Savre. A brilliantly acclaimed artist, Savre write songs that dive deep into the Folk world and beyond. This year we see the release of her long-awaited record, Nothing Up My Sleeve, which has been an absolute delight to listen to. The album totes 9-songs that bring her elements of songwriting and musical abilities to center stage.

 

While all of the songs are notable, I have a few that I call favorites such as “Skeleton Key,” “Nothing Up My Sleeve,” and “Just As I Am.” Jill is not afraid to hold back her emotions or ideas, as her record proves to be the result of hard work and love. Jill Savre is enjoying every moment on Nothing Up My Sleeve and I can feel it; I’m enjoying it too!

 

Listen to and purchase Nothing Up My Sleeve here: jillsavre.com

 

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Andi Young Reflects on \

Andi Young, of Australia and The Netherlands respectively, has just premiered his music debut with the branch out single, "Lonely Child." In the song we see the budding songwriting talent shine through, as he offers up a song that is not only unique, but hits the heartstrings of many. Young portrays his emotional side with a tasteful tune that brings a reflective glimpse into the mindset of the young writer. His story is one that details his own life, seemingly, growing up, that will entice listeners from every realm. His universal feeling has been garnering quite the attention, as he learns he is not alone; there are many of us going through the same thing, even as adults. "Lonely Child" has been putting Young on the map for eager listeners in 2016, and I for one am excited and intrigued to see what he will bring to life next.


Listen to "Lonely Child" via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/andiyoungmusic/lonely-child/s-vjdEm

 

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Album Release - Nasafjäll Requiem

We are "VästanVind Jojk" (West Wind Jojk), a duo from north Sweden that performs old yoik tradition in a new and unique expression.

Ronald Vikström and Jonas Strandgård of "VästanVind Jojk" have recently initiated a project based on recordings of the Sami people, recordings originally done by Swedish Radio in 1953-54. The intention was to save and collect Sami yoiks tradition to new generations, because they thought the jojk was dying. "VästanVind Jojk" perform jojks instrumental from the archive in a new unique expression. The purpose is to carry on the tradition to new ears.
We have released our debut album "Nasafjäll Requiem" (Mount Nasa Requiem) with jojks from the archive as well as an original jojk that expressing the north part of Sweden largest historic event that few know. An event that shaped north Sweden and the Sami culture. An era that can be compared to what happened in the Wild West and Indian culture capitulation after the US Civil War. An historical event that still going on in the north part of Sweden.

You can also listen to us on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/0t27WHJk7kkveej6sqisS4

 

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