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Let\'s Get Real with Abby Ahmad

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 
 
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Eli Lev  Brings in the Daylight on Latest Masterpiece

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

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

 

Listen to Eli Lev on Soundcloud:

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


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

 

 

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Getting into the FLOW of Things

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

New Sounds from Caledonia : Keveiled Trio

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

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

 

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

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

 

About Lucie Périer – background and work

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

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

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

 

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Jazzthing Blue Rhythm September 2018

Jazzthing Blue Rhythm

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

 

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

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Chicago Alt Rock Trio Microcosms Release New EP \

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

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

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

Fairytale is released on October 5th.

 

Links:

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

 

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

The 2nd Edition of the

AMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVAL

Session 1

October 4th, 7th, and 8th 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PROGRAM:

October 4th 2018:

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

 

October 7th 2018:

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

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

8pm: NEW YORK ANDALUS ENSEMBLE

 

October 8th 2018:

4pm: LARA BELLO sings Ladinos and Sephardic songs

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

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

 

Passes are from $75 to $100 (VIP)

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

Tickets: ASFMusicFestival2018.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

 

About THE ARTISTS:

RENAN KOEN - Pianist, Composer, Soprano, Music Therapist

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

TICKETS: ASFMusicFestival2018.bpt.me 

 

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

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

TICKETS: AdamMaalouf.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

 

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

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

TICKETS: LaraBello.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006

 

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

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

TICKETS: NYAndalusEnsemble.bpt.me 

 

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

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

 

About the Artistic Director/Producer: DAVID SERERO 

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

 

About the AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION:

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

Please visit us at www.americansephardi.org.  

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

 

WHAT: The AMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVAL

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

WHERE: ASFMusicFestival2018.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006 

 

Media Contact:

THE CULTURE NEWS:

news@theculturenews.com

www.theculturenews.com

646.724.3129

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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VIVALDA DULA Releases the inspiring album DULA

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

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

 

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Imar Shephard
Imar Shephard (10/24/18 14:31)
A brilliant album - congratulations
SUMI is a Name to Watch...Let\'s Catch Up!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sixth CD BHUMIKA

Sunday, September 09, 2018

 JUNO Award Nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble Release New Album

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

— Available Now! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bhumika is available now. 

For more information, please contact: 

Melissa Das-Arp

1 (888) 958-2252

melissa@tablaensemble.com

 

 

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Sarah Sharp’s New EP is One for the Books

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

 

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

 

Follow Sarah Here:

Website: http://www.sarahsharp.com/ 

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahSharpATX

 

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Vivalda Dula New Album

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

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

 

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Sneak peak at the cover of EUROPEANA + first review!

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Future Times

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

September 2018 Issue:

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

8 Ways to Win
•Musical Scavenger Hunt

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

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


Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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


8 Ways to Win

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

 

Musical Scavenger Hunt

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

Book Cover

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

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

8 Scavenger Hunt Questions

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

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

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

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

Win Digital Liner Notes (Get Any Answer Right)

Seven Serenades Digital Liner NotesYearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

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

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


Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Future History: Reunion Concerts of YoreOriginal Lineup Reunion

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

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

World Without Walls Reunion

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

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

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


Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement

 

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

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

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

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

Not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but still want to contribute? You can make a direct donation (not tax deductible), or sign up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

 

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

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The Beauty of Simplicity

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Bojan Djordjevic
Bojan Djordjevic (08/22/18 15:57)
Hoping to book them for the next year for Todo Mundo festival!
VITAL, FROM THE ROOTS

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

 

     MAGOS: Forgatós

     Fonó Budai Zeneház, 2018

Magos - Forgatos

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

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

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

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

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The members of the band are:

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

https://magosfolkband.hu/en/

 

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FLOW Brings Outstanding Music to the Table

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

 

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

 

 

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Sarah Sharp Shares Budding New EP \

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

 

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

 

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

Listen to “Right Through Me”

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

 

 

 

 

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


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

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Issue 16. Summer 2018:

In this issue:


Arabic Rhythms

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

Chiftitelli

Drum IconMIDI. >play

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

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

Drum IconMIDI. >play

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Future Live

Concert Poster
Concert Poster
(259k pdf)

Arabic Fusion Program

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

Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
Throckmorton Theatre

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

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

Concert Review

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


Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

 

13 Ways to Win

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

Book Cover

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

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

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

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

Scavenger Hunt PrizesAudio Guide Tracks

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

MIDI Groove Tracks

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

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

Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

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

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

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

Planet Passion Digital Liner Notes

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


World Music Lessons Via Skype

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And Other Multimedia File Exchange MethodsPrivate Lessons with Matthew Montfort

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


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Ancient Future Times

 

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

July 2018 Friday the 13th Issue:

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

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

Summer Tour Stops
•Performances in California and Nevada

Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest
•13 Ways to Win


Ancient Future Performs at Throckmorton Theatre 7/28

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

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

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

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

Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
Throckmorton Theatre

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

Poster to Share or Print and Post

Concert Poster
Concert Poster
(259k pdf)

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

Concert Review

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


Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement

 

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

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

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

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

Donate to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!


Summer Tour Stops

Photo of Matthew Montfort, Georges Lammam, and Vishal Nagar

Performances in California and Nevada


Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

 

13 Ways to Win

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

Book Cover

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

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

13 Scavenger Hunt Questions

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

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

Scavenger Hunt PrizesAudio Guide Tracks

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

MIDI Groove Tracks

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

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

Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

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

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner Notes

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

 

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

 

New Caledonia and the Irish Heritage

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

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

 

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

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

"the same magic"

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

http://www.lucieperier.com

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Rezension Folker New CD Teriya JOBARTEH KUNDA

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

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

 

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Dead Balance - Behind the Music

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

 

Inspiration

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

Arapaho Prayer

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

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

I have to go with HDT on this one..

Background

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

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

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

~Logan Lone Bear Tuu'awata

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

 

A Story Begins..

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

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

Credits

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

Arrangements, Recording Engineering, Production by Gary Wayne Clark.

SFX and Nature Sounds by Gary Wayne Clark.

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

Lead Guitars by Alexandra Nicole ‘Spice’ Clark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Feeling Fearless with Carolee Rainey

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The CAST:

DAVID SERERO (Don Giovanni)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CHARLES GRAY (Leporello)

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

 

ANNA CLEY (Donna Elvira)

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

 

JENNIFER ALLENBY (Donna Anna)

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

 

PABLO VEGUILLA (Don Ottavio)

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

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

 

JAVIER ORTIZ (Masetto / Commendatore)

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

 

YI WANG (Zerlina)

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

 

About the AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION

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

 

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

 

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Simon Lunche is Heavenly on Latest Release

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

 
 

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JOEL Entices on Latest Single

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

 

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Ancient Futures Hodl Free Concerts

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Ancient Futures Hodl Free Concerts

May/June 2018 Issue:

Ancient Futures
•An ICO* for the Ages

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

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

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

Ancient Future Summer Tour Stops
•Performances in California and Nevada


Ancient Futures: An ICO* for the AgesAncient Futures ICO

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

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

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

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

*Initial Creative Offering

Mining Ancient Futures

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

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

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


First Contributions Roll In

 

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

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

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

Donate to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

#FundraisingFun

Not having much experience in fundraising, Ancient Future needs help reaching out to potential individual donors and charitable funds. Please share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested in contributing. Ancient Future is looking for a Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking. Duties include raising money for activities, applying for grants, and helping to build a non-profit organization to support world fusion music. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com.


Free Ancient Future Duet Concerts

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar
'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future Ethnocloud Video

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

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


Future Discounts on Ancient Traditions

Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

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

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

Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities

Book Cover

Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

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

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

New Guides and Grooves

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

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

Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

MIDI Groove Tracks

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

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

Educational Digital Liner Notes

Seven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

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


Ancient Future Summer Tour Stops

Photo of Matthew Montfort, Georges Lammam, and Vishal Nagar

Performances in California and Nevada#AncientFutureNearYou

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

 

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New Album TERIYA from JOBARTEH KUNDA out now

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

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

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

Integrating cultures has always been the bands central theme!

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

 

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Ali Hugo Exclusive Fan Club

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

Annual Membership includes:-

  • Access to preferred  concert seating*

  • Meet & Greet opportunities

  • E-mail Newsletters & advanced announcements

  • Members exclusive merchandise & discounts

And so much more!

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

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

 

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Guy Story: The Transition from Tech to Storytown Rock Star
Guy Story may have built his name in the tech world, but it is music where he finds his heart. Along with his band Storytown, he is gearing up to release their long-awaited debut out this year. With elements of southern rock and alternative flare in tow, Storytown have been winning over the ears of all who comes in their path. Their recent single "Run Run," has been garnering critical acclaim throughout, and this is only the beginning. We dive in deep with Guy as he puts the "Story" in Storytown.
 
 
When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?
 
Usually the music comes first.  I typically fool around on guitar until I happen upon a riff or musical figure that “catches my ear”, so to speak, then develop it further, first adding a melody and then the words.  But this isn’t always the way it works.  For example, I have a song called “Caramel and Fleur de Sel” which started as just the title – I thought it would be a cool title for a song.  
 
“Run Run” came about in the more typical process.  One day I was sitting on the steps of a house we were renting in Maine, and the verse’s strumming riff and melody just came out in a matter of minutes.  It took a while longer for me to come up with the chorus and the rest of the song.  The lyrics usually are the hardest part for me, and for “Run Run” the chorus lyric “Run run, run …” popped out of nowhere, as if it had just being hanging around waiting for its song.
 
This all sounds more organized than the process really is.  There’s lots of tweaking, adjusting, refining, and throwing stuff away, until, in the end, I’m usually a bit amazed and unclear about where the song came from.
 
What is the inspiration and aspirations behind the latest single release?
 
As I said before, “Run Run” started as a strumming guitar riff, and somehow, mysteriously, the lyric “Run run” just arrived from out of the ether.  It seemed to fit the driving urgency of the music, and so I conceived a sort of “love story” where the singer both wants to be pursued and is afraid of being “caught”.  The chorus lyric says “run to me”, a kind of demand that the lover should pursue the singer.  And at the same time the music conveys (I hope) a mix of urgency, the excitement of the chase, and the fear of being trapped in the relationship.
 
I hope that listeners respond to the mix of paranoia and excitement in the lyrics, and I hope they also just enjoy the song as a straight-ahead, driving rock song.
 
Can you tell us about the upcoming record? How did the concept come to life?
 
I knew I wanted to record an album to translate fully what was in my head into a finished product.  Plus I just love recording.  Over the course of many gigs we tried out a number of songs.  In the end I wanted an album with plenty of music (thus not an EP) and one that offered a good variety of grooves, feels, textures, and lyric ideas.  And since it will be most folks’ introduction to STORYTOWN, it was important for the album to convey the breadth of musical experiences that the band aspires to create.
 
What is the ultimate inspiration when penning the tracks for singles and for the upcoming release?
 
The singles are – no surprise – meant to be a bit catchy and more up than downbeat.  One of the tracks on the album is called “Sad” – needless to say this will not be one of the singles.  
 
I grew up listening to pop hits and I love catchiness.  But I have to admit that every time I try to write a song according to some kind of “criterion” (I might, for example, say to myself, “Self, write me a ‘hit’!”), at some point early in the process the song takes over, and eventually it ends up being whatever it wants to be, with me having been relegated to a servant in the service of the song.
 
Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? 
 
For this first album we headed straight to the studio, although of course much earlier I had come up with “starter arrangements” for the songs at home.  And the band had played and refined all the songs many times, both in rehearsal and in front of live audiences.  But I did take on the role of “producer” for this album.
 
What are your key musical goals for the end of the year?
 
For myself as a performer I want to improve my singing and my live performing.  As for the band, we’d like to play live more, especially to new audiences.  And I’m already writing more songs.  So, I guess, more of everything.  More more more!
 

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CLOUZINE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AWARDS Fall 2018

Hi friends and alums,

We started to accept registrations for FALL 2018..
You can send an email to Demir at clouzine@yahoo.com showing your interest and you will be added to our mailing list.

Thank you all for your comments, for your supporting public/personal messages, and for sharing yor awards' pics on the Social Media. We try to represent and promote all your achievements on our websites, blogs and social media.
You may also send your ideas, write-ups etc to our blog.
Send your article, review or anything in connection with your works, plans or schedules to Demir at clouzine@yahoo.com

As for Awards 2017 and Spring 2018, there was a big number of submissions worldwide. We hope that 2018 will be a great year for all of us. As you all know we don't limit the submissions to new works only. Any of your works from any year is eligible. So keep this in mind.

Decisions will be made by our Billboard charted team of Clouzine plus some European journalists (they listen to submitted material without being informed about the artist, so only the music counts).
Winners get a framed award sent to their addresses. You may check that on our Facebook sites:
https://www.facebook.com/ClouzineMusicAwards/
https://www.facebook.com/clouzine/


Winners who were not featured before, have a slot for an interview in one of coming issues of Clouzine Magazine.

Maybe your work gets now the recognition that it had already deserved. Wishing all the best to our alums and all artists who submitted their awesome works.

Best
Clouzine Team

 

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Up Close and Personal with Rebecca Haviland
Rising above, Rebecca Haviland has been on our radar for the better half of the past few months. Her infectious indie sound brings doses of artists like Jenny Lewis to the mix, as she croons and entices with her upcoming release in tow. We had the pleasure of chatting with Rebecca Haviland about her upcoming release, as she has just been on tour with the legendary Martin Sexton.
 

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

 

For me it’s usually the music.  I like to play around with my pedal board and create a really interesting tone or sit down at the wurlitzer or piano, then l let that steer me in the direction of what the song will be about lyrically, kind of making up words and improvising melodies over the chords.  Then those strange sounds start to shape into actual lyrical phrases.

 

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

 

The inspiration behind the single “Bright City Lights” is a bit political and feminist.  I know a lot of musicians and songwriters have been moved by the current political and social climate, and I was eager to write my own take on how all these things are making me feel.  “Bright City Lights” is about not assuming anything about someone based on where they are from or their sex, that it is important for everyone to have their own kind of feminism, and for people to speak out about politics in their own way.

 

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

 

The upcoming record is a 7 song EP. The songs were written over the course of a few months, and were all written by me.  I had been on tour for most of 2015 and 2016 playing keys and guitar for a mainstream pop artist.  While it was a lot of fun and a great experience, it wasn’t the music that was truest to my heart.  So when I get off tour, I spent a lot of time digging around for new, inspiring music.  I found a lot of great songwriters that helped give life to my songwriting again, including The Staves, David Ramirez, and Lisa Leblanc. Conceptually I tried to write songs that really spoke to the emotions of being a touring, female musician- traveling, being away from loved ones, my eagerness to continue making music no matter what, and of course politics and a bit of feminism.

 

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

 

The songs are about a variety of things, including one inspired by the late, great Sharon Jones, called “This Time Around”.  I had watched an incredible documentary about her struggle with cancer, and how she made music and toured right up until the end.  The song is about a fictional character’s battle with death coming for them on their way to a gig.  There is also another tune on the record called “You and I” that’s about dealing with the loss of my grandfather a few years ago.  The last song I wrote for the record called “57 Chevy” is about growing up on the road, and not feeling like I’ve aged one bit! I think the road keeps you young, and this song talks about my desire to not let time catch up with me, but also to not let things pass me by that are supposed to happen at certain points in my life.

 

 

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

 

Our first record that we tracked in 2012 was co-produced by myself and my bass player Chris Anderson.  It was a great learning experience, but also a lot of responsibility to be recording and producing at the same time.  For our new record, we decided to work with producer Don Dilego (Hollis Brown, Jessie Malin).  He really understood the sound we were going for, and hooked us up with Atomic Sound, an incredible studio space in Brooklyn, NY.  We tracked the record to 2” tape, through a vintage Neve console, with a lot of incredible vintage gear.

 

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

 

I’m really excited to be releasing the record in April of this year, and I’ll be heading back out on tour with my bass player Chris Anderson opening for Martin Sexton on his winter tour in February and March.  So my goals for the year are really just to keep getting my new music out into the world, and keep playing more shows all over, hopefully a bunch with the full band.

 

Watch Rebecca Haviland's video for "Bright City Lights" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exArhLC0Igw

 

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Ancient Future Times: Building Ancient Future\'s Future

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: Building Ancient Future's Future

April 2018 Issue:

Building Ancient Future's Future
•Path to Progress for World Fusion Music Seen Ahead

Ancient Future Duet at Watermelon Music in Davis
•World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Uzbek Percussion Ambassador Abbos Kosimov

Free Sonoma Library Concert Series Finale
• Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

A Future for Music Education
•Ancient Traditions Hold the Key


Building Ancient Future's Future

 

InterMusic SF LogoPath to Progress for World Fusion Music Seen Ahead

The previous issue of the Ancient Future Times reported on the challenges facing music in the digital age and Matthew Montfort's efforts with the Content Creators Coalition to make positive change to mitigate the tech industry's "creative disruption" of the music business.

We asked for help, and are happy to report that progress is being made!

Ancient Future Signs Fiscal Sponsorship Deal with InterMusic SF!

Ancient Future has been experiencing a shortfall between the income that comes in from concerts and recordings and what is needed to support our mission. Donations can help make up the difference, and we are proud to announce that Ancient Future has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF (formerly San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music). InterMusic SF is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, and now donations on behalf of Ancient Future are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

So, Now You Can Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Subsidize Concerts...

Like the symphony, Ancient Future's world music rehearsals and performances cannot be supported by ticket sales alone. Yet arts funding has been cut drastically, especially in the USA and in California, and the advancement and indeed survival of the art of music is at stake.

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

Donate to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

Support the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings...

Photo of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.
Photo by Michael Braden of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.

In 2017, there were over 1.5 million streams of tracks on Ancient-Future.Com Records. Over 95% of those streams were ad supported, and 89% were on YouTube. Unfortunately, YouTube only paid $0.00006 per stream. Streaming rates were allowed to be set so low partly due to the assertion that free streaming would result in increased sales, but for the year that saw an unprecedented 1.38 million ad supported streams of tracks from Planet Passion, only 233 track downloads from the record were sold.

A music distribution system dominated by ad supported streaming does not support the creation of new recordings, so we have been exploring another way to fund recordings. The concept of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.) is to involve fans of world fusion music in supporting the production of an archive of live and studio recordings of cross cultural collaborations. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a "future" date, at which point they will be on their way to becoming "ancient" recordings, hence the title.

There are already more tracks in the archive than will fit on a CD, and there are three new studio tracks currently in production that will add over 30 more minutes of music to the archive.

There are four supporter thank-you packages available ranging from $15 to $75 offer everything from 128 kbps mp3 downloads all the way up to 96k 24 bit hi-res recordings. Detailed information on the various supporter packages and the benefits included can be found at www.ancient-future.com/afar.html.

And now you can make a tax deductible donation to the project at the Ancient Future donation page on InterMusic SF!

A.F.A.R. Behind the Scenes

Abbos Kosimov records A.F.A.R., 3/7/13
Uzbek Percussionist Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R. YouTube Video

And Volunteer to Create a World Fusion Support Organization!

InterMusic SF also provides workshops and support to help affiliates grow their organizations and apply for grants. The last issue of the Ancient Future Times asked for volunteers to help with fundraising, promotion, and booking tasks. Since then, there have been meetings to discuss creating a team of volunteers and benefactors. Some work has already been done by a wonderful volunteer who helped with updating Ancient Future's concert presenter database.

The following positions are envisioned:

  1. Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking. Duties include raising money for activities, applying for grants, and helping to build a non-profit organization to support world fusion music.
  2. Concert Circuit Creator. Duties include developing a circuit of world fusion friendly presenters and booking concerts.
  3. Anti-Social Media Manager. Duties include supporting and keeping in touch with those who have joined the #DeleteFacebook movement while encouraging cross-cultural pro-social communication on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media sites.
  4. Traditional Media Archeologist. Duties include searching through the charred remains of the traditional media to locate the whereabouts of current media contacts to maintain a database of world fusion friendly media.

Anyone interested in stepping forward is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com. The positions could eventually become paid ones once sufficient financial support is generated by a genius Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking.


Ancient Future Duet at Watermelon Music in Davis

Photo of Abbos Kosimov and Matthew Montfort

World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Uzbek Percussion Ambassador Abbos Kosimov

One of the variations of the trailblazing world fusion music ensemble, Ancient Future, this duet features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by Uzbek percussion virtuoso Abbos Kosimov. This improvisatory program focuses on the world music traditions of Central Asia, India, and Europe, renditions of music from Ancient Future's ground breaking world music recordings, and new unreleased works!

Saturday, April 28, 8 PM
Ancient Future Duet
Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar) and Abbos Kosimov (Uzbek Percussion)
Watermelon Music
1970 Lake Blvd., Suite #1
Davis CA 95616
Adm: $15. Tix at watermelonmusic.com. Info: Call 530-758-4010 or email info@watermelonmusic.com. Doors open at 7:30 PM.
Facebook Event.

Concert Poster

Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard and fretless guitars)

Photo of Matthew Montfort Recording A.F.A.R.

The leader of Ancient Future, Matthew Montfort, released his first solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, in 2009. He is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. He is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor. He has performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai, and live on national shows such as the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.

Abbos Kosimov (Uzbek percussion)

Photo of Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.
Abbos Kosimov with Drums in the Air YouTube Video

International phenomenon Abbos Kosimov is a master of the doyra (a frame drum with metal rings) and an ambassador of Uzbek culture. Abbos is known for taking the doyra to unprecedented new heights. He developed finger tapping techniques inspired by North Indian tabla masters, adding new dimensions to the instrument's sonic capabilities. Abbos also plays qayroqs, darbuka, dof, and riqq.

Abbos was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a highly musical family. His father played santoor (hammered dulcimer) and his brother played ney (flute), and began studying doyra at age ten. In 1988, Abbos graduated from the College of Culture and Music under dorya master Mamurjon Vahbov. Abbos completed his higher education at the Tashkent State Institute of Culture in 1994, and established his own Abbos school where he taught the most talented youth of his country to play doyra. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Uzbekistan's Independence, Abbos was awarded with a medal and given the illustrious title of Honored Artists of Uzbekistan by the president of Uzbekistan. In 2005, Abbos moved to the United States, leading to performances and recordings with artists such as Steve Wonder, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Terry Bozzio, Swapan Chaudhuri, Kronos Quartet, and Omar Sosa.

Abbos released his solo album, Infinite Rhythm, in July 2012. That same year, Abbos met Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort when they were both hired to perform with renowned Indian singer Pandit Binay Pathak. Abbos has since recorded tracks for Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.


Free Sonoma Library Concert Series Finale

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar
'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future Ethnocloud Video

Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

The finale concert of a series of free hour long educational concerts by Ancient Future at Sonoma County libraries will introduce the audience to Indian rhythms and feature scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar.

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 2 to 3 PM
Ancient Future Guitar and Tabla Duet
Featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Vishal Nagar (tabla)
Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 West Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Free. Info: 707-996-5217 or visit www.sonoma.lib.ca.us.
Facebook Event.


A Future for Music Education

Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

Ancient Traditions Hold the Key

While the musical period that Ancient Future has inhabited has been marked by some wonderful innovations, there have also been declines in the public perception of the value of music and major budget cutbacks to music education in public schools. Raising new generations without exposure to music education cannot be good for the art of music, or society in general.

We need to place more value on music, because it can bring people together in ways that other mediums can't. When President Bush visited Singapore in 2006, their diplomacy efforts included a gamelan performance. Invited to play himself, Bush beat a metalophone with a rubber mallet for a time, and then said: "I'm going to quit while I'm ahead." This is a shame, as he was obviously having fun and his first performance was greeted with applause by the members of the gamelan orchestra, as shown in World Rhythms News Issue 9. Imagine the conflicts that might be avoided if world leaders spent time learning the traditional music of their adversaries.

While heads of state may not yet be studying world music, you can make a difference in your own life by learning the ancient musical traditions of the world. Below are some educational resources available from Ancient Future.

Free Online Lessons at Ancient-Future.Com

The rhythmic and melodic aspects of the musical traditions of the world are a good place to begin one's studies. Timbre or tone color is often one of the first aspects of a musical tradition to be noticed by the uninitiated and many of the instruments in use in world music are very interesting subjects in themselves.

The fundamentals in primary school education are often described as the three R's: Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. This world music training course concentrates on the three T's: Time, Tune, and Timbre.

The time portion of the training includes introductions to the rhythms of West Africa, home of the astounding art of polyrhythms; Bali, where the interlocking rhythms of gamelan music fill the night air; India, birthplace of tala (rhythmic cycles); the Arab world, home of iqa'at (rhythmic modes); and world fusion rhythms created by combining ideas from many traditions. The tune portion showcases rich melodic content of the ragas of North India and South Indian vina music arranged for guitar. Under timbre there are articles on North Indian sitar, South Indian vina, scalloped fretboard guitar, Andean charango, North Indian tabla, South Indian mridangam, Balinese gamelan, and the percussion of the Ewe orchestra of West Africa.

Workshops and Skype Lessons

30 Minute Skype Lesson.$50. Sale $36. Buy 1 Now. Custom private 30 minute online lesson via Skype or other video conferencing service.

Matthew Montfort offers online lessons in the subjects covered in the educational section of Ancient-Future.Com via Skype; rhythm workshops at conservatories, public schools, and resorts; and instruction for all styles of guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, sitar, and other plucked instruments.

Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities

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Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

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

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

New Guides and Grooves

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

Audio Guide Tracks

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

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

MIDI Groove Tracks

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

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

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"You can view this deceptively slim masterwork from a few different angles: as a friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

 

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FRENCH ACTOR DAVID SERERO TO STAR AS CYRANO DE BERGERAC IN NEW YORK

FRENCH ACTOR DAVID SERERO TO STAR AS CYRANO DE BERGERAC IN NEW YORK

 

French actor and baritone David Serero to star as Cyrano de Bergerac in New York this month.

 

This will be the first time in theater history that a native French actor, David Serero, will play Cyrano de Bergerac’s title role in America in english language. David Serero, born in Paris, has won large success and critical acclaim on New York stages for the last seasons portraying  iconic roles such as Shylock (Merchant of Venice), Othello’s title role, Barabas (Jew of Malta), King Lear (Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin), Nabucco, Don Giovanni and more.

 

“This is a dream come true for me. I remember when I was a child and was reciting the verses of Cyrano (in french at that time) in my school. Many years later, I’m honored to bring this amazing play, which is for me the most beautiful love story ever, to the greatest city in the world for Theater and Entertainment: New York” said Serero.

 

David Serero will be the first French actor to play Cyrano de Bergerac in English in the United States. Originally written in French by Edmond Rostand, the play will be adapted in English by David Serero himself “After reading most of the translations available, I realized that they were all lacking of the French original style of Rostand, deviating more and more from the original one. It became evident for me to write a new adaption closer to the original. As I always do in my shows, I will bring this Classic to modern audiences without losing the eternal modernity of this character and adding my touch of champagne!” added Serero. Besides this fresh take, David Serero will also feature Jazz standards within the play “Cyrano is Jazz! It’s my way to bring both of the French and American cultures together. It’s a marriage that I dearly love, the perfect combination.”

 

2018 is a perfect year to play Cyrano as it is the 150th anniversary of the playwright Edmond Rostand as well as the 100th of his death. Serero will perform in Paris on June 30th for the official Edmond Rostand 2018 celebration and his anniversary. Thomas Sertillanges, founder of cyranodebergerac.fr and president of Festival Edmond Rostand 2018 welcomes the idea that a French actor plays and adapts this French classic to American audience and thus with Jazz standards.

 

For the closing performance of Cyrano of April 22nd, David Serero will celebrate his 37th birthday but also his 20th year on stage as an actor and singer.

 

The cast includes: David Serero (Cyrano), Mary Albert (Roxane), Andrew Erwin (Christian), Cesar Munoz (De Guiche), Gordon Gray (Ragueneau), Bradley Behrmann (Le Bret), Isaac Cruz (Ligniere), Lauren Taylor Berkman (Duenna), Cameron Addicott (Valvert), Elena Du Pisanie, Benjamin Culpepper, Shawn Chang. The production is directed and adapted by David Serero.

 

Cyrano de Bergerac will play April 12th (3pm), 15th (7pm - Premiere), 17th (8pm), 19th (8pm) and 22nd (7pm - Closing night) at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011. Presented by the American Sephardi Federation. Tickets: cyranodebergerac.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006. 

 

About DAVID SERERO

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

 

Among his performances in New York for the season 2017/2018 are title roles of CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), Hermann (World Premiere adaptation of the Queen of Spades) and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Media Contact:

The Culture News

news@theculturenews.com

 

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The Canadian Consulate Hosts Northern Beat - A Grammy Week Showcase of Top Talent

Last month, the General Consulate of Canada put on a show for the ages! “Northern Beat”, the  exclusive GRAMMY Week show featured a slew of Canadian artists, including Neon Dreams, Dear Rouge, Iskwé,and double Grammy nominee Daniel Caesar.

Iskwé (which means ‘woman’ in her native language) was up first, coming clad in a white lace outfit and her face painted in the tradition of her Cree people. She blended a unique mixture of music influenced by her Irish and Cree/Métis roots with politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip-hop breakbeats that made for a truly one-of-a-kind set.

“Toronto’s golden child (The FADER)” Daniel Caesar was up next, and drew a sizable crowd all eagerly awaiting his arrival. Taking the stage with just an acoustic guitar and a keyboardist, Caesar showed the crowd exactly why he earned every ounce of those GRAMMY nominations and had his devoted audience enraptured and singing along within seconds.

Neon Dreams bought the energy back up with their signature blend of high-energy electro-pop that had the crowd bouncing around in no time. NYC was just one stop on their 20+ city debut national tour of the US after making an impact on Canadian radio and racking up over 8 million streams on Spotify.

Lastly, Dear Rouge took the stage, with frontwoman Danielle McTaggart absolutely stealing the show with her dynamic stage presence and incredible blue getup. The 2016 JUNO “Breakthrough Band of the Year” tirelessly rocked the stage like a re-energized Metric, keeping a hard-to-impress industry crowd enamored.

Following Dear Rouge, many thought the evening was over, but no- Michael Moore, of all people, made sure to simultaneously entertain and confuse attendees with his special rendition of the Canadian National Anthem. Oh, Canada!

 

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Single release announcement:

Mirage records confirm that " So Much Love" the 2nd single from Ali Hugo's smash hit EP [Time Machine] will be released on May 4th, 2018.

Ali Hugo's Quote:-

"I always believe that credit should be given where it's due, "So Much Love" would not have been born had it not been for the inspiration of the awesome music by Michael Frank"

"Jazz Lives On"

See you on the road,

Love Hugo.

 

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The 21st anniversary edition of the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival features compelling stories and evocative documentaries about Iraqi, Syrian, Mexican, Egyptian, Israeli, French, Tunisian, Ethiopian, and Greek communities

The 21st anniversary edition of the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival features compelling stories and evocative documentaries about Iraqi, Syrian, Mexican, Egyptian, Israeli, French, Tunisian, Ethiopian, and Greek communities 

The American Sephardi Federation’s NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Each night of the Festival is a different themed program honoring the rich and diverse communities ASF represents.

“For the NYSJFF 21st Edition, we are proud to present poignant and powerful programs, including a number of New York premieres,” said Sara Nodjoumi, Artistic Director of the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. 

“From Stars, Konrad Wolf’s classic, cinematic gem on the Greek Holocaust experience, to Cecile Peck’s Brave Miss World about a Moroccan-Israeli beauty contestant’s struggle against sexual violence, these are universal stories that speak to the issues of our time (discrimination, persecution, immigration, resistance) and all time,” Nodjoumi said.

NYSJFF Artistic Director Sara Nodjoumi produced The Iran Job, and is a programming alumna of the Tribeca Film Festival, where her latest film, When God Sleeps, premiered earlier this year. 

David Serero, the producer of the NYSJFF's star-studded 20th edition, returns to produce this year's Festival. A Moroccan-French opera singer and actor with many credits to his name, Serero previously created and starred in ASF's successful theatrical season (Merchant of Venice, Othello, and Nabucco), and will star in April and June 2018 as Cyrano de Bergerac and Don Giovanni at the ASF.

All films and events are taking place at the Center for Jewish History located at 15 West 16th Street. The complete list of selected NYSJFF films with dates, times, as well as pass and ticket information can be found at www.nysephardifilmfestival.org 

Moroccan Opening Night, Monday, March 5th at 7pm.

On March 5th 2018 at 7pm, the Annual Pomegranate Awards Ceremony will feature a special performance of Sebt Gnawa, the revival of the seldom summoned Moroccan-Jewish spirits, by Grammy-nominated Innov Gnawa with Sephardi Jazz trumpeter Itamar Borochov.

The 21st NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival will commence with an exclusive cultural experience: the summoning of seldom heard Jewish spirits from the Gnawa repertoire.

Gnawa, the traditional, ritual healing music of black communities formed of former soldiers and slaves, who originated in Northern Mali and Mauritanian before being brought to Morocco, has "raw, hypnotic power [that has] fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix." Sometimes called "the Moroccan Blues," Gnawa features unique instrumentation "from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms."

Composed of Moroccan expatriates in America, the Grammy-nominated Innov Gnawa is working with Jaffa-born, Brooklyn-based Bukaharian Jazz trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov to save the Sebt (in Moroccan Darija) or Shabbat spirits from oblivion. "Music is at the heart of the shared Judeo-Muslim Moroccan heritage. To have Itamar, whose played Jazz at Lincoln Center and whose latest album is a Downbeat Editor's Pick, come together with Innov to preserve and revive Sebt Gnawa is a most meaningful tribute to this legacy, and a wonderful way with which to celebrate the Moroccan culture of coexistence at the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival," says Jason Guberman, Executive Director of the American Sephardi Federation.

The evening will feature a reception of traditional kosher Moroccan cuisine and presentation of the Pomegranate Awards, designed by Baghdad-born artist and ASF Board Member Oded Halahmy.

 

Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm: The Syrian Sephardic Community

THE SYRIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY: OUR JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY

THE JEWS OF SYRIA, 1930-1967

Directed by Lisa Ades

Executive Produced by Joseph J. Sitt

Documentary Feature, 90 min, USA, 2014, English

 

From Executive Producer, Joseph J. Sitt, the sixth installment of his multi-part series on the Syrian Sephardi community, is the fascinating story of life in Syria for the Jews who remained there after the massive exodus to the US and other countries in the early 1900s. Weaving together stories of pogroms and fires in Aleppo and Damascus in 1947 and 1948, of repression and heroic escapes as Jews in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt fled persecution, the mysterious Aleppo Codex (part of which was smuggled to safety in Israel), the courageous Rabbi Abraham Kalmanowitz who helped Syrian boys escape to New York, and the Jewish spy, Elie Cohen, who helped his brothers in Israel win the Six Day War before his capture and execution, this is an incredible film about one of the Jewish People’s oldest and most illustrious communities.

 

Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00pm: Anti-Semitism in France

WHY DO THEY HATE US?

Directed by Alexandre Amiel

Documentary Feature, 81 min, France, 2016, French with English subtitles

NY Premiere

Followed by a Panel discussion

 

In 2015, French and Belgian-born ISIS terrorists massacred civilians in Paris, including at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the famed Bataclan Theatre. Motivated by these attacks—the deadliest in France since World War II—and his son’s questions about the murderers, Alexandre Amiel, a French-Moroccan Sephardi filmmaker and veteran reporter, produced a trilogy of documentaries exploring hatred from the perspectives of its primary victims in French society by profiling three representatives: himself, Amelle Chahbi (a comedienne of Moroccan descent), and Lucien Jean-Baptiste (an actor and director who was born in the Caribbean). This NY premiere of the episode relating to anti-Semitism is a must-see in this age of rising religious and racial hatreds, nationalist chauvinism, and violence.

 

Thursday, March 8th at 7pm: Undying Romance in Mexico - Sephardi-style

NORA’S WILL

Directed by Mariana Chenillo

Narrative Feature, 90 min, Mexico, 2010, Spanish with English subtitles

Followed by a Mexican After-Party

 

When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, José is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly put to rest. He soon realizes he is part of Nora’s plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast, leading José to rediscover their undying love for each other. A comedy like no other, and directed by Mariana Chenillo, the first female director to win Mexico’s Best Picture Award.

 

Saturday, March 10th at 8:30pm: Classic Movie Night: Greek Sephardim in the Holocaust

STARS

Directed by Konrad Wolf

Narrative Feature, 88 min, East Germany / Bulgaria, 1959, German, Bulgarian, Yiddish, and Ladino with English subtitles

 

A classic film from one of Germany’s greatest filmmakers, Stars won The Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959. The film exquisitely tells the story of a Nazi officer who falls in love with a Greek-Sephardi Jewish girl while escorting Jewish prisoners through Bulgaria to a concentration camp.

 

Sunday, March 11th at 1:30pm: The Promised Land: Ma’abarot Memories

THE ANCESTRAL SIN 

Directed by David Deri

Documentary Feature, 109 min, Israel, 2017, Hebrew and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) with English subtitles

NY Premiere

 

In the first two decades after the re-establishment of Israel, the director’s family, originally from Morocco, were part of the wave of refugees from Greater Sephardi communities who came to the fledgling Jewish State. 

As other immigrants coming to this Promised but poor land, Deri’s family were taken to a “development town,” Yeruham in the Negev Desert, as part of a population disbursement policy that pushed Sephardim to the country’s periphery. This chilling documentary shares personal stories that reveal the price immigrant-families have paid and the price still being paid by Israeli society for the discriminatory policies of its Ashkenazi-dominated early years.

 

ROCK IN THE RED ZONE (3:30pm)

Directed by Laura Bialis

Documentary Feature, 92 min, Israel, 2014, English & Hebrew with English subtitles

 

Fear and danger are never far for residents of the development town, Sderot, where missiles rain down on civilians routinely from Hamas and other Islamist forces in the nearby Gaza Strip. Despite the almost daily trauma, a community of young artists—Greater Sephardi Jews of mainly Moroccan, Kurdish, and Persian descent—have found an artistic outlet for their anger and hope, creating world-infused music every single day.

 

Sunday, March 11th at 5:30pm: The Egyptian Experience

STARTING OVER AGAIN 

Directed by Ruggero Gabbai

Documentary Feature, 64 min, USA, 2015, English

NY Premiere

 

Filmed in Paris, Milan, New York, London, Washington, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, this personal documentary is the story of Egyptian Jews during 1948-1956. Narrated by twenty witnesses, this NY premiere deftly weaves historical events and archival footage, a powerful film about resilience and reinvention.

 

THE BAND’S VISIT (7:00pm)

Directed by Eran Kolirin

Narrative Feature, 87 min, Israel, 2007, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles

 

When a band of eight Egyptian musicians arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert, they stop at a restaurant owned by Dina (the late and great ASF Pomegranate Award Honoree, Ronit Elkabetz), who offers them lodging. Now an award-winning Broadway musical, this classic is both a clever, subtle slice-of-life comedy, and poignant cross-cultural exploration.

 

Monday, March 12th at 7:00pm: Young Professionals Night - A Moroccan Israeli’s #MeToo

BRAVE MISS WORLD

Directed by Cecilia Peck

Documentary Feature, 92 min, USA, 2013, English, Hebrew & Italian with English subtitles

Q&A with Filmmaker

Preceded by a Happy Hour

Weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World pageant, Moroccan-Israeli teen Linor Abargil was held captive and raped by her travel agent while heading home from an Italian modeling assignment. Ten years later, she resolved to confront her past and reach out to other rape survivors. An inspiring story about courage and the universal struggle to stop rampant sexual violence against women.

 

Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm: SEPHARDI SHORTS PROGRAM

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN TOLEDANO

Directed by Arnon Shorr

Short Narrative, 10 min, USA, 2017, English

NY Premiere

 

On a 16th century ship, a Jewish stowaway who fled the Inquisition wants to

become a pirate to avenge Spanish persecution. The captain must decide whether to make him a pirate... or make him walk the plank. An imaginary take on the real history of the Sephardi pirates of the Caribbean.

 

SARA LEVY COHEN

Directed by Zohar Melinik

Documentary Short, 13 min, Israel, Ladino & Hebrew with English subtitles

NY Premiere

 

A 96-year old woman has lived in the same apartment for 70 years in Jerusalem. Before immigrating to Israel from Turkey, she sang traditional songs in Ladino, her mother-tongue. While Ladino fades away, it also reveals a story of cultural identity in constant motion.

 

116 CAMERAS

Directed by Davina Pardo

Documentary Short, 16 min, USA, English

 

As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3D digital projections that will interact with generations to come. Short-listed for a 2018 Academy Award, 116 CAMERAS follows Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, as she goes through this unique process and reflects on how her role as a Holocaust speaker has changed over time. 

The film's Emmy Award-winning director, Davina Pardo, received ASF's Ronit Elkabetz "Rising Star" Pomegranate Award at the 20th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival.

 

KEEP IT COOL

Directed by Na’ama Keha

Narrative Short, 17 min, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles

Q&A with Filmmaker

 

Tomer, a teenage girl, has an unexpected visit by her older brother Uri, who has been injured during his service in the IDF and is now confined to a wheelchair. Uri is aware of his impotence while Tomer is just discovering her own sexuality and womanhood. 

An uncomfortable first film from this year’s Ronit Elkabetz “Rising Star” Pomegranate Award Recipient.

 

Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm: On the Road to Zion

TWO ZIONS: THE LIVING LEGACY OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA & KING SOLOMON

Directed by Cheryl Halpern

Documentary Feature, 58 min, USA / Ethiopia / Israel, English, Amharic & Hebrew with English subtitles

Q&A with filmmaker & subject

 

“Two Zions” tells the story of people from two seemingly disparate countries who share a bond originating in biblical times. Focusing on the “Zions” of Jerusalem, Israel and Axum, Ethiopia, and the fascinating history that links these holy places, the film focuses on the relationship between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

 

CLOSING NIGHT: Thursday, March 15th at 7pm: Tunisia & Iraqi Closing Night

JOURNEY FROM TUNISIA

Directed by Jonathan Maimon

Short Documentary, 30 min, USA, English, Arabic, & Hebrew with English subtitles

NY Premiere

 

What began as a few simple interviews of his Sephardic grandparents turned into an epic and spell-binding documentary about emigration, immigration, upheaval, disappointment, and adaptation. The film features rare archival footage of the Nazi invasion of Tunisia during World War II, as well as the joyous celebration of its liberation by Allied Forces in May 1943. Journey from Tunisia is a film about the upheaval of centuries-old roots for Jews and their Arab neighbors in North Africa, and the creation of new-old roots in Israel.

 

REMEMBER BAGHDAD

Directed by Fiona Murphy

Feature Documentary, 69 min, UK / USA, English

NY Premiere

Q&A with Filmmaker

 

In this expertly made documentary, using a unique blend of powerful home movies and photos, alongside public source news footage, we meet several storied Baghdadi Jewish families: the Dallals who import tires, the Khalastchis who sell cars, the Shamashes who are property developers and politicians, and the Dangoors who import Coca-Cola - all working in partnerships with their Muslim Iraqi friends and neighbors. The story of Baghdad’s last Jews—from gaiety to revolutions, community celebrations to persecution and public hangings—opens out onto the wider story of the effectual end of Iraq’s Jewish community after 2,500 years.

 

About The American Sephardi Federation

The American Sephardi Federation, a Partner of the landmark Center for Jewish History, proudly preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience. ASF hosts high-profile events and exhibitions, produces widely-read online (Sephardi World Weekly and Sephardi Ideas Monthly) and print (The Sephardi Report) publications, supports research, scholarship (see: ASF’s 2018 Broome & Allen Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients), and the National Sephardic Library & Archives, and represents the Sephardi voice in diplomatic and Jewish communal affairs as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and World Jewish Congress.

 

 

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646.724.3129

 

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Emil 13 is On Fire with New Single

Emil 13 is on fire with his new single "Spark It Up" Featuring Gunplay. You could say Emil was predestined to be onstage. While he was a budding rapper in high school messing with rhyming in his buddy’s basement, he attended a concert where he severally injured his thumb after an ambitious crowd-surfing antic where he attempted to mount the stage. Post high school, the pain from the injury truncated his desire to pursue a future in massage therapy, leaving him aimless and career less. With nothing to lose, he turned to thing that gave him the most pleasure: rapping. Hailing from Ontario, the artist is on the rise with a string of successful singles, the most current you can find below.

 

 

Give a listen to "Spark It Up" here: https://soundcloud.com/emil13x/spark-it-up-feat-gunplay

 

 

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Rossemberg Maza Comes Alive with Video in Tow

Rossemberg Maza is a musical delicacey with his new single and video for "A Bad Guy." Infusing elements of EDM, R&B, Pop, Rick, and even Hip Hop, he brings a sound that you will not soon forget. With the video in tow, he draws you in even more so to the song as his artisic vision comes to life from every angle. Taking three years to complete his newest release, "A Bad Guy,"  the first taste of the record is surely a labor of love and devotion. We look forward to hearing more of Maza in the coming months, as he's already starting to take 2018 by storm.

 

Watch "A Bad Guy" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr7oXI7LOXk

 

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Rebecca Haviland: Be on the Lookout!

Rebecca Haviland is an enchanting artist that will soon be releasing her new record "Bright City Lights." The ambitious musician goes above and beyond to  hone and craft a sound that captivates within every listen. Her songs are filled with mystical lyricism, showing her spirit within all. We had the pleasure of catching up with Rebecca as we enter a new year filled with brilliant new music. Also be sure to catch Rebecca on tour with Martin Sexton this Winter.

 
 

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

 

For me it’s usually the music.  I like to play around with my pedal board and create a really interesting tone or sit down at the wurlitzer or piano, then l let that steer me in the direction of what the song will be about lyrically, kind of making up words and improvising melodies over the chords.  Then those strange sounds start to shape into actual lyrical phrases.

 

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

 

The inspiration behind the single “Bright City Lights” is a bit political and feminist.  I know a lot of musicians and songwriters have been moved by the current political and social climate, and I was eager to write my own take on how all these things are making me feel.  “Bright City Lights” is about not assuming anything about someone based on where they are from or their sex, that it is important for everyone to have their own kind of feminism, and for people to speak out about politics in their own way.

 

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

 

The upcoming record is a 7 song EP. The songs were written over the course of a few months, and were all written by me.  I had been on tour for most of 2015 and 2016 playing keys and guitar for a mainstream pop artist.  While it was a lot of fun and a great experience, it wasn’t the music that was truest to my heart.  So when I get off tour, I spent a lot of time digging around for new, inspiring music.  I found a lot of great songwriters that helped give life to my songwriting again, including The Staves, David Ramirez, and Lisa Leblanc. Conceptually I tried to write songs that really spoke to the emotions of being a touring, female musician- traveling, being away from loved ones, my eagerness to continue making music no matter what, and of course politics and a bit of feminism.

 

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

 

The songs are about a variety of things, including one inspired by the late, great Sharon Jones, called “This Time Around”.  I had watched an incredible documentary about her struggle with cancer, and how she made music and toured right up until the end.  The song is about a fictional character’s battle with death coming for them on their way to a gig.  There is also another tune on the record called “You and I” that’s about dealing with the loss of my grandfather a few years ago.  The last song I wrote for the record called “57 Chevy” is about growing up on the road, and not feeling like I’ve aged one bit! I think the road keeps you young, and this song talks about my desire to not let time catch up with me, but also to not let things pass me by that are supposed to happen at certain points in my life.

 

 

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

 

Our first record that we tracked in 2012 was co-produced by myself and my bass player Chris Anderson.  It was a great learning experience, but also a lot of responsibility to be recording and producing at the same time.  For our new record, we decided to work with producer Don Dilego (Hollis Brown, Jessie Malin).  He really understood the sound we were going for, and hooked us up with Atomic Sound, an incredible studio space in Brooklyn, NY.  We tracked the record to 2” tape, through a vintage Neve console, with a lot of incredible vintage gear.

 

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

 

I’m really excited to be releasing the record in April of this year, and I’ll be heading back out on tour with my bass player Chris Anderson opening for Martin Sexton on his winter tour in February and March.  So my goals for the year are really just to keep getting my new music out into the world, and keep playing more shows all over, hopefully a bunch with the full band.

 

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Eli Lev Is a Standout Name with New Single

Washington D.C.-based artist Eli Lev, is a musician who crafts potent soundscapes from decades of traveling the world. "When I've been on the road and can't speak the language, I've always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone's singing and dancing. There's a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community," he marvels. Lev's new single "Go Down," off his forthcoming album All Roads East, is inspired by a series of baptisms that he witnessed on the Jordan River.

 

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

 

 

Listen to his new single on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/elilevmusic/go-down-1

 

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INTERNATIONAL GEM. RUSSIAN ARTIST JULIANA SINGS LATIN MUSIC

When you first start listening to an artist, there's an in-between period of them sharing and impacting your memory. You're searching for something familiar in their lyrics, their tone, ot their expressions: it's during that time, that the artist is most magical. Juliana is that magical moment. The internationally renowned Russian-American singer and actress she is remarkable talent: poised to leave her impact on the entertainment industry.

LOS ROMANCES DEL MUNDO (ROMANCES OF THE WORLD). MUSIC:

Rarely do artist completely change the direction of sound and do it so effortlessly as world music singer Juliana (Julia Polanskaya) does. Her latest music project showcased in Los Angeles, CA called "Los Romances Del Mundo" is so much more then average collection of musical recordings. It's a diverse fusion project that sends you on a roller coaster of feeling and to hear Juliana's voice is to be thrust headlong into climatic musical interlude.

"Historia Un Amor", enters with quant flamenco isntrumentation folloed by Juliana's impassioned vocal presence coupled with a solid music score this track is nothing short of amazing. "Si Nos Dejan" and "Fina Estampa", are both surprisingly beautiful tributes with well-timed drum cadences and a perfect amalgam of rich instrumentation. While "Nostalgias" Argentinian tango, is a genre shattering fusio of Latin Jazz with a little bit of pop (and I do mean little). Juliana's vocals are full of delightcreating melodic stories while simultaneousely drawing the listener into a musical trance.

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"Los Romances Del Mundo" - is the perfect combination of musical stories of love and passion coupled with pure artistic talent of Juliana. Its a solid work of art from beginning to end: in an age where music is coming to be more and more refined by one dimensional labels, Juliana's music timeless, genre defiant, and destined to be around for years to come.

 

 

 

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Kirstin Rebecca Gets \

Combining voice, harp, guitar, and songwriting, Kristin has developed her original performance style and sound. Kristin Rebecca successfully launched her solo career as a Modern Folk artist while she was in college. She combines the timeless nature of the folk genre with the modern feel of today’s music. She has written, composed and/or arranged all the songs she performs. Over the years, she has also had the pleasure of opening for national and regional touring artists.Her new single "Can I Be Honest," is delightful from start to finish. Her heavenly voice combines with the dreamy instrumentation to create a sound and single you will not soon forget.

 

Listen in here: https://soundcloud.com/krharp/can-i-be-honest

 

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Asha Pieper Is Lovely on \

Asha composes a singular adult contemporary pop that encompasses jazz harmony, smoldering torch singer vocals, and adventurous musical textures. The result is a cinematic aesthetic that entrances the listener with surprise twists in arrangement and instrumentation.Asha draws inspiration from artistic entities such as Stax Records, Motown, Impulse! Records, doo-wop, oldies radio, Phil Spector, and the world of musical theater.

Pieper states of the track:

“There was a period of time, that many of the relationships I held as secure and sacred, exploded. It took me a long time to realize, and to accept, that the world is heedy, and complex, and even if it doesn’t end with a happy ending, at least it’s over. And that can be something good.”  

 

Check out the video and socials at the following links:

"Voices" 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AshaPieperMusic

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ashapieper

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ashapieper/ 

 

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GON BOPS and BRENDA NAVARRETE sign artist endorsement deal

Montreal, QC – April 4, 2016 - Brenda Navarrete is pleased to announce that she has signed an artist endorsement deal with the Gon Bops percussion company. The 26-year old singer, percussionist, composer and arranger from Havana, Cuba, will join the company’s elite lineup of top percussion professionals.

Brenda Navarrete’s percussion expertise first earned her an artist endorsement contract in 2013 with Canadian company Sabian, joining their roster of some of the world’s most talented percussionists. Brenda now takes the stage as a Gon Bops endorsed artist and will continue to dazzle audiences with her live performances on Alex Acuna Special Edition congas.

In March 2017, she signed a multi-release recording deal with Toronto-based ALMA Records and her solo debut, MI MUNDO, was released worldwide in January 2018. Recorded in Havana and Toronto with producer Peter Cardinali (ALMA's founder), award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey and an all-star cast of Cuban instrumentalists, the stylistically-eclectic album delivers a fresh and unique interpretation of contemporary World and Jazz music, while shining light on Brenda’s rare skills and musical originality.

 

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