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Rebetiko - Anestis Delias - The pain of the junkie


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

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

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

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

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

I was and remained impulsive though…


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

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

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

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

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


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Amen BK - One Sky Above

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

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

#ONESKYABOVE music video can be viewed via Youtube ( or on Amen BK's website:

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


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UK Artist on the Rise; Lucinda Belle

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


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


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

Lucinda Belle's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"



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The Krickets Share \

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

 The Krickets "Cool Cool Water":

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




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The Krickets
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Thank you for the review, Jeremy!



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

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

Moagi Madisa, Botswana Unplugged (Jan 13, 2016)



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

Shy Alter (Aug 05,)


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

Arts and Culture Maven (Nov 25, 2012)


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

- Lekopanye Mooketsi, MMEGI BOTSWANA (Mar 10,)



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Anousheh Shares Charming Single, \

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


Listen to Anousheh's "Bones," here:


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

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


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Melted State Spreads the Love with \

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

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


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



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The Carolyn Sills Combo Share \

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

Watch: The Carolyn Sills Combo "Canoe"



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piKziL Takes Us Inside Their World

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


What elements influence your songwriting?

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

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

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

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


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

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


How did piKziL come together?

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

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

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


What do you enjoy most about creating music in general?

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


What songwriters and musicians do you look to for inspiration?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What can we expect from piKziL in 2016?

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


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

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


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


Bencoolen plays The Southern in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, October 8th. Buy tickets to the show, here:

Upcoming Dates

10/8 - The Southern – VA

10/11 - The Bayou - DC

10/15 - Rockwood Music Hall - NY

10/16 - Amityville Music Hall - NY

11/18 - University of VA - VA


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Jill Savre\'s New Album \


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


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


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Andi Young Reflects on \

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

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Album Release - Nasafjäll Requiem

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

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

You can also listen to us on Spotify


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Back from the wonderful Faerieworlds festival, one of the best festivals we have ever played. Such an oneiric place; nature was showing its best appearance. And what can we say about all the lovely people? At times we felt like we were in Tim Burton’s 'Big Fish' Universe, such a magical atmosphere! However we finally decided to keep our shoes on. Until we meet again!

Many thanks to Kelly Miller-Lopez and Emilio Miller-Lopez for inviting us to their incredible festival! It was amazing sharing the stage with you Kelly; you are a lovely soul and a great musician! Thanks to Donald Brodsky and Theo for contributing to our show, you brought so much to it. Very happy to have had the amazing Regina Anne on stage with us! You are such a marvellous performer! 
And last but not least thanks to the fantastic audience for being so enthusiastic and supportive! Until next time!


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Ancient Future Times: In Loving Memory

Ancient Future Times

Ancient Future Times: In Loving Memory

Fall 2016 Issue:

In Loving Memory of Phil Fong
•Passing of Original Ancient Future Member

World Music at Open Secret October 14
•An Evening of World Music Improvisations Featuring Matthew Montfort, Pascale Caristo, Daniel Berkman, and Emam

Helping Hands
•Send Percussionist Jim Santi Owen Good Vibes

Phone Home A.F.A.R.
•Check Out the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings on Mobile Friendly Ancient-Future.Com!

Skype Lesson Sale
•Study in the Comfort of Home with Ancient Future Leader Matthew Montfort

Save the Dates
•Important Shows in Early 2017

In Loving Memory of Phil Fong

Picture of First Ancient Future Line Up

Hi-Res Photo of Ancient Future Circa 1979 (1.3 MB). Shown: Benjy Wertheimer, Phil Fong, Mindia Devi Klein, Matthew Montfort

Passing of Original Ancient Future Member

On July 18, 2016, Philip Fong passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco after a battle with ALS. His family reported that he was courageous for the year and a half that he was hospitalized, and for most of that time he enjoyed a decent quality of life with the aid of a ventilator and speaking valve.

Phil Fong was an amazing musician and one of the most soulful sarod students of Ali Akbar Khan. The amount of emotion in his music was truly remarkable. But he became disenchanted with the music business only a few years after Ancient Future formed, and after leaving the band, earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology, becoming a therapist practicing in San Francisco. No one can blame him for taking this course, and no doubt his patients are very thankful for his help. But Phil's musical legacy is important as well. He was well liked by his Ali Akbar College of Music alumni, and in addition to his work with Ancient Future, he played in a variety of other ensembles, from classical Indian music to punk rock.

Archival Video of Ancient Future with Phil Fong

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

This video is an amazing archaeological find: the very first video of Ancient Future, recorded in late 1978, months before Ancient Future's first concert! Thanks to Jonah and Mariposa at Marin Artists International who were able to rescue parts of Ancient Future's first video recording session from archival oblivion during the time that Phil was hospitalized. This short teaser from 'Eternal Embrace' by Phil Fong from Visions of a Peaceful Planet was the first release from this archeological expedition. Performances of two complete pieces featuring Phil and the rest of Ancient Future have been recovered, and are now available on the reunion E-CD edition of Visions of a Peaceful Planet. We were able to get the video to Phil's family before he passed.

World Music at Open Secret October 14

Photo of Matthew Montfort, Pascale Caristo, Daniel Berkman, and Emam

An Evening of World Music Improvisations Featuring Matthew Montfort, Pascale Caristo, Daniel Berkman, and Emam

Friday Nights World Music at Open Secret is a music series produced and presented by Emam, who performs with each artist on the series.

Friday October 14, 2016, 7:30 PM
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Info: 415-457-4191
Tix: $20 donation at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!
For more information: 415-472-1008
Facebook Event.

Helping Hands

Jim Owen Photo

Send Percussionist Jim Santi Owen Good Vibes

"Last week it was confirmed that the testicular cancer that I was treated for in 2011 has returned. The good news is that this is one form of cancer that Western medicine has learned how to treat. It is considered to be 90%-98% curable. The not so good news is that that cure necessitates my undergoing 3-4 cycles of chemotherapy over the next 9-12 weeks with at least a month of recovery time afterward. I am (thankfully!) fully insured and fully supported by my family and friends, especially my amazing partner, Reshma Vasanwala. That said, I am sure we will need some help over the next few months, though, at this moment, I don't know exactly what that will be. For now, your thoughts and prayers and positive energy are appreciated if you feel inspired to send them our way." Jim Santi Owen

Jim Santi Owen and Reshma Vasanwala are using to organize support over the next four or more months while Jim undergoes chemotherapy treatment:

Phone Home A.F.A.R.

Upper Cave Wall Navigation

Check Out the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings on Mobile Friendly Ancient-Future.Com!

For world music aficionados, Ancient-Future.Com has a lot of valuable information, educational exercises, and streaming music and video, and now it is accessible on mobile devices! This huge in-house project has taken many hours away from precious music production time, and there are still a few projects left, including an expensive upgrade to the shopping cart to make it truly mobile friendly.

But you can help to insure that music production gets the attention it deserves. The fan funded Archive of Future Ancient Recordings gives supporters access to Ancient Future recordings as they are created. This summer, six new pieces and a video were added to the archive, bringing a total of 86 minutes and 51 seconds of music available to supporters immediately, with more to come as more money is raised!

As many are aware, forces within the tech industry seeking to profit from free content have destroyed financial support for music by promoting the meme that free music is good for musicians, claiming that musicians would gain exposure and make money playing concerts. But now that even famous musicians no longer make money from their recordings, they have to be on the road most of the year to make a living. This has driven down performance fees and made it harder to book viable concert tours for unusual acts like Ancient Future.

Ancient Future is dedicated to the idea that cross-cultural collaboration can help to create a better world, and now more than ever needs your help to continue to create world fusion music. Detailed information on the various supporter packages and the benefits included can be found at

Live Video of A.F.A.R. Track

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Save the Dates

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Important Shows in Early 2017

Save the dates of these important early 2017 shows!

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

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

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

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

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

Info: 707-874-9392 or email

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8 PM
Ancient Future 38th Anniversary Concert

Trinity Chamber Concerts
Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street between Bancroft Way & Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Info and reservations: 510-549-3864 or email


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Hello everyone, we're very happy to share that one of the tracks on this album will feature Japanese Taiko drums with original compositions by Nagata Shachu! Stay tuned for previews coming soon, and please share and continue the fundraising drive!


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Bossa Nova Belly Dance in Appalachia

This new video is a collaboration with dancer Jennifer "Jensuya" Carpenter-Peak and filmmaker Robert Peak. Being fans of one another's work, we decided to create a video with Jennifer dancing to my music in West Virginia landscapes. She picked Twilight Sail, one of my bossa novas, for the project. While it is highly unusual for bossa nova and belly dance to be combined (I have not seen it done before), Jennifer made it work. The recording is by David Arivett.  The video has been added to my music on Ethnocloud. 


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From Toronto, Ontario
“We first saw the Toronto Tabla Ensemble perform in Nelson BC in 2001. At that time our son was only 1 year old. By the time he was 13, we were living in Toronto and he started taking Tabla lessons with Ritesh Das. Now aged 16 he is a member of the Youth Ensemble that performed at Harbourfront Centre last year and will be performing again this May. He’s also had the opportunity as an assistant teacher to help introduce new students to basic techniques required for playing Tabla.

These multiple roles and experiences of learning, performing and teaching have been very enriching in several ways:

1. Academically: Memory, math and discipline are exercised all the time while learning Tabla. His Math scores have been consistently high over the past few years.
2. Culturally: Culture, history and tradition of Tabla are part and parcel of the experience of learning the instrument. Being involved in cultural events and performances also provides exposure to other disciplines that collaborate with TTE such as Japanese Taiko, Kathak and Odissi Dance.
3. Socially: Excellent opportunities for interacting with teachers, making friends, gaining confidence through teaching and collaboration with other artists (such as the Kathak dancers from California).

We are very happy with our son’s progress as a student of TTE and our family enjoys being part of the TTE community.”


From Pickering, Ontario:
“My 11 year old son, has been with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble for just over a year. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome back in 2010. He has always had difficulty with both his fine-motor and gross-motor skills. Additionally, rhythm, and music as a whole, was something he struggled with and avoided.

His teacher, Ritesh Das, has helped my son develop an appreciation for music. His patience is great and he has taken the time to give my son the instruction he needs to succeed, the support he needs when he falters, and the encouragement he needs to try, try again, and to keep on trying.

Most importantly, our son has been given the opportunity to fail. Failure is seen, today, as a negative consequence that should be avoided, but the reality is that failure is a wonderful teaching opportunity. Every child should be allowed the freedom to fail without shame in order to help them remain self-confident and independent: this is the greatest gift Ritesh Das has given my son.

Though he has only been with the TTE for one year, I have already noticed a huge difference in our son’s maturity and independence skills (nightly practising of his tabla has helped him understand school homework also needs to get done; previously, school homework would be lost, forgotten, or tantrums would result if it came home).

He has also become a music lover and is able to clap in time to it now. He still has more fine-motor work to do, but writing and other tasks with his fingers have become easier through the tabla strengthening his hands.

As a family, we have all struggled with our son’s diagnosis, especially with finding resources to help support his physical and emotional development. Joining the Toronto Tabla Emsemble may be different approach, but it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made to help our son.”


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Hagar Levy is a Delight on New Album


Hagar Levy delights with her new self-titled debut that has steadily been making waves in 2016. The Israel based artist brings an eclectic sound to the table as her songs cover an array of genres, making her music accessible to all. Within the record we see Levy prove herself as an artist and songwriter.


Each track on the album is showcased in a beautiful and delicate way that takes the listener on and adventure. Levy’s first single from the album, “Hectic,” helped to get the record started with a dose of Rock laced Pop and brilliant harmonies.


With each track carving out its own journey in the record, we hear sultry tones throughout in pieces such as “You Must Have a Woman,” and a blissful cover of Minnie Riperton’s “Reasons.” Levy quickly proves that not only can she transcends genres, but she can do it well.


Hagar Levy is a staple for your record collection this year. Be sure to purchase a digital copy via


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The Toronto Tabla Ensemble World Music Organization (TTE) is a non-profit charitable organization founded by Artistic Director and tabla master, Ritesh Das. The TTE’s mission is to share the depth and excitement of Indian classical music, culture and history with all people.

Since 1996 the TTE has produced three music videos and six albums, including the Juno-nominated Firedance. The Ensemble’s original music has been used in numerous films and commercials, and in 2003 the Ensemble was commissioned to create the current theme music for CBC Radio’s daily morning show, Metro Morning.

It's been almost ten years since the last Toronto Tabla Ensemble album (Alankar) was released. And now the first demo called 'Bhumika' (meaning earth and grounding) has been recorded which will lay the foundation for the complete album (also called 'Bhumika'). This new work is deeply rooted in tabla compositions, and also incorporates South Indian instruments such as mridangam and ghatam. 

Composer and Artistic Director Ritesh Das has started reaching out to musicians all over the world including; sitar, sarod, piano, kit drum and viola. 

All of the artists and the recording engineer have donated their time and resources to record the first demo. In order to complete the album for summer of 2017 we are crowdfunding to pay for costs such as: studio and equipment, recording engineer, mixing, mastering, cd artwork and artists fees. 

You can be part of the production for this new album by donating as little as just $5! We have added a list of suggested donations and 'perks'. You are however free to donate any amount you like, all contributers will receive a personal 'Thank You' on our website for any donation $5 and up.

Over the next few months we will keep you posted with updates on the single release, behind the scenes photos and videos, CD artwork process etc. 

We are asking all of our fans and supporters to get involved right from the beginning so we can all be part of the production of this beautiful new album.

No matter where you are in world, please donate and share this page with your friends and family. The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we are able to get to the studio and start recording!

Thank you from all of us at the Toronto Tabla Ensemble. We are looking forward to working on this album and having you right there with us once we are ready to release this into the world!


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Afreekanism Indiegogo Campaign

Hello Friends,Family and Music Lovers!

Yesterday I launched a campaign on Indiegogo for the completion of my second Album Afreekanism, Its been long time coming and I need your support to make this Happen.
Afreekanism is deeply rooted in African idioms and I have already recorded and mixed several tracks but have more in the making.The album will be informative yet entertaining, reflecting on freedom of political and musical expression but with an irresistible groove.
Afreekanism is a very conceptual album, from the writing to costume made by a great African designer Ore Apparel ,
to the photo shoot which was shot by award wining Nigerian Photographer Adeola Olagunju in the Yoruba historical land Ile-Ife. it features musicians from Nigeria, U.K, US, Netherlands, Greece, Senegal. 
Please support this campaign by clicking on the link below.We have put together different perks and you can also help by sharing ,hashtag Adedeji afreekanism, posting on social media to friends that might be interested as well. kindly get involved and let us tell a wonderful African story together. Thank you very much in anticipation.


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Alice Underground Take Off in 2016

Alice Underground are a sultry Jazz-infused group that is taking the world by storm with their latest release, The Cambria Sessions. An ambitious and delightful record, the group have launched off with the enticing single and video, “Superman.” Their musical range knows no boundaries as they create a sound that is easy accessible and equally as enchanting. I had the chance to catch up with the group, and what an honor it was! Be sure to check out the interview, below.


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


Much of the groundwork for the record was laid during a single epic writing session between Tash, Sash, Scott and our good friend Shawn Strider, who contributed many of the conceptual ideas and lyrics.  On that day, many of the song structures and lyrical ideas were set.  From then, the writing process was very organic.  Scott came up with additional chord progression and lick ideas on the guitar, the entire band got together and worked out the arrangements and the finishing touches on the songs, with the vocal arrangements and remaining lyrics.  We all feel very connected to the writing process. It’s a very collaborative effort in the end. 


What is the meaning behind the title of the lead single, "Superman”?


"Superman" was originally written as part of a storyline from the album.  A man, that one of the girls is in love with, has gotten himself in trouble because of trying too hard to be a hero.  Ultimately, the song is about how in love, we can either put someone else on a pedestal, or we struggle with being put on a pedestal.  Tash explains, "In the end, I want to love a person as the real human being that they are and not as a superhero."


With smooth and outstanding lyrics, that read like poetry, how do you write the lyrics? What is the ultimate inspiration?


Thank you for the kind words!  The lyrical process really depends on the song.  When I (Tash) write songs by myself, I often listen for the proverbial whispers of the muses.  I grew up writing poetry from a young age and spend a lot of my time immersed in reading and writing.  Sometimes I wake up from dreams and will have written poems or songs in my sleep.  It’s why I keep a dream journal right next to my bed.  I find our subconscious mind is filled with so much to say and that all we really need to do is to listen.  When we collaborate with Shawn or as an entire band, it becomes like a really fun tennis game, where we volley that ball back and forth to each other.  Shawn is a fellow writer, who has written countless stories in so many mediums and also thinks like a poet.  We really love to create story-driven songs and have stories in mind for the upcoming follow-up albums.


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


Yes!  We record and produce our music at our own studio in Studio City, California.  For this record, we recorded all the instruments, live, in one day. We wanted to capture that magic of the way we feel when we actually play together.  There’s nothing like being able to have a conversation musically and really feed off of each other in real time.  Vocals were recorded separately by Scott Landes (guitar). Gordon Bash (bass) and Scott collaborated to produce and mix the record (except for "Superman" which was mixed by Eric Hart at Glashaus Studios), and Eric Hart mastered the album at his studio. 


The new video  for "Superman" is gorgeously crafted. How did you come up with the story line (and/or treatment) for the piece?


Thank you so much!   We’re thrilled with how it came out.  


We wanted to play with the concept of time...past, present, and future.  Jean Renard, our director, crafted the storyline and worked closely with our lead dancer, Clinton Kyles, to choreograph a piece that could shift between present day and an imaginary past era.  Jean utilized some of the same camera and post-production techniques used on the film “Sin City 2”, to create the characteristic black-and-white look with red accents.  The set was designed by Jean, and built by our (and our wonderful friends') own bare hands, in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. From there, we had a team of incredible dancers and artists who came together to help us make this piece.

Jean is s
uch a gifted artist with vision.  We've been so wonderfully lucky to collaborate with such a talented community of artists. 


What are your key musical goals for the rest of 2016? 


2016 has been a phenomenal year so far!!  The Alice Project (which is made up of 4 bands - Alice Underground, AL1CE, ¡BASH!, and MKIO) went on tour through the southwest US, playing 18 shows in 10 days!  We headlined the Anime Expo Cowboy Bebop show and Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball in Los Angeles, released our debut record for Alice Underground The Cambria Sessions, released 2 music videos (a 3rd on the way), and have played countless shows.  


In the next few months, we have lots more in store!   We are scheduled to record the AL1CE record next month, play multiple upcoming shows including another tour through the southwest US, and in December, we will be heading to Uzbekistan to represent the US State Department on a cultural exchange!   In the interim, we will be writing for the next Alice Underground album and already have storylines that are brewing for it.  Whew…  


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Aaron Little Is On Top of the World with New Album

There's a new Rock n' Roll God in town and his name is Aaron Little. This week we see the promising musician share his latest endeavor, It's About Time. An album that showcases his range and true talents, Little holds our attention with ease on the 10-song album, as he takes on an artistic journey.


A driving force in the Canada music scene, Aaron Little is taking over the world. His acclaimed first single from the album, "Nobody To Talk To," help to set the tone for the album. Throughout, we see a musician paving his way through the masses and he makes a name for himself.

His diverse songs show his range as an artist, whether it is the seductive sounding "Last Goodbye," to the energetic "Nobody To Talk To," every piece on the record is a delight. It is safe to say that Aaron Little has proven he has staying power in the musical world, and It's About Time, is his key to success.


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Snir Yamin Shares the Highly Anticipated,\

"Concrete City" is the remarkable new album from Snir Yamin. A young artist that has been creating traction the past several months, his songs strike a chord both musically and in the heart. "ConcreteCity" boasts 4 songs on the magnificent EP which displays the work of Yamin prominently.


This Summer and Spring we saw the launch of two accessible and indie singles, "You & I" and "Concrete  City" which helped Yamin to build up a strong fanbase, both back home and in the United States. His music speaks volumes as his songs and production weave throughout the record with a haunting grace and beauty.

Snir Yamin's "ConcreteCity" is a work of art, best put on display. Pick up your digital copy on Bandcamp this evening, and let it fly you through the weekend.


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Ajay Mathur\'s Nothing Really Matters is Vulnerable and Inviting

Born in India and now residing in Switzerland, Ajay Mathur gives us something classic as well as unexpected. The traditional Indian elements tucked into a psychedelic/alt-rock package create a unique and inviting sound.  This blend is the perfect complement to his emotive vocals. 

The track Nothing Really Matters from his 2015 release 9 to 3 is a masterpiece of elegant darkness.  It has been nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Rock Song.  Accompanying the song is a beautiful video that is the result of a collaboration between Mathur and photographer Raffaella Bachmann. 

The black and white imagery of the video is a perfect match for Mathur’s aching vocals.  Mathur is reflecting on a long-term relationship that has fallen apart.  The heartbreak and confusion morph slowly into a numbness and a questioning of the point of existence if things cannot be as they once were.  This is a very personal catharsis but it is one many can relate to. 


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Sain Debuts \

Sain is a music renaissance man that hails from Dubai. Today we see the lyrically-charged rapper bring his new EP, The Chapters to the world. Sain's love of music started at an early age, as he has been working on music and lyrics as long as he can remember. His work within The Chapters truly shows off his  intriguing, artistic vision, as it shows the direction he has taken with the songs.

What makes him truly stand out from most is the fact that he can do this in English, Arabic and Swahili, able to relate to different demographics due to his various experiences.

"They Don't Know," the first single that was taken from the release helped to bring the essence of Sain's music to life. Taking the reigns further, we saw the launch of his brilliantly charismatic single, "Dust," which took his sound and name to a whole other level, as it prominently put his name into the music world.

The Chapters is a masterpiece on various accounts. Sain knows how to build the perfect song, not only musically, but lyrically as well; and those lyrics speak volumes, as he boasts his talents and skills throughout The Chapters.  


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Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics Take Us to New Places

There is nothing I love more in music than brass and a sound deriving from unique fusion. Needless to say Mac Gollehon is an exemplary figure in both of these camps.  Having worked with acts from the late David Bowie to Duran Duran to Simply Red to Rick James, his resume is awe-inspiring. 

His latest release Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics (that name is amazing) is a ten-track, beautiful brass cornucopia.  The mix of salsa rhythms with electronic is a fusion I can get behind. No More Drama is an explosive first track. With layers of dynamic trumpet and hip shaking percussion you get a taste of the fun right away.  Tracks two and three, Amor Tragico and Exito Obscuridad especially stand out.  Their subtle, futuristic instrumentation made me feel as though I was attending Latin Night at a lounge in outer space.  I rather enjoyed that.

Along with the release we have a music video for the track No More Drama directed by Dylan Greenberg.  The video features Gollehon with a small band of dancing friends who are all traveling around to various places in New York.  These are alternated with shots of Gollehon alone in a dark club dressed in a mighty sharp, paisley suit. The characters and tone of the video were to be a mix of quirky and surreal.  While I thought Gollehon’s scenes and overall look fit the concept, I found his group of people to be a little less engaging thus not allowing the video to live up to its full potential.  If there were a larger group of people and they were behaving more obscurely I think it would have been a homerun.  Then again, I live in San Francisco and thus my standard for kooky people on the street is pretty high.

Musically, this was a real treat for me.  Gollehon is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist who has taken me to new places through his masterful trumpet playing. 


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Come to the Edge by Tumbler Has Something for Everyone

Tumbler is a family band with a few friends sprinkled in. Primarily made up of father and son, Richard and Harry Grace and good friend Dave Needham, their tight bond shines through in their cohesive sound.  It is clear that they love working together and having fun while developing their songs. 

The band straddles the line between alt rock and folk rock, a mixture that will garner them a large following. Their second release Come to the Edge is a twelve track album that hooked me in from the start. The opening track Black Sheep had me tapping my foot and clapping along. This is the kind of song that makes me say “Wow, I’d really like to see these guys live!”

The instrumentation throughout the album is fairly minimal, relying heavily on guitar. However, the use of guitar was so intricate and ample that I didn’t feel there was anything lacking.  Though the album was cohesive there was a nice variety of tone.  Whether you want a song that makes you move or a song that moves you’ll find both here. 

The album’s fourth track was a standout for me.  Nothing to Hold You has a jaunty rhythm.  This is paired with lyrics about the singer’s lady love leaving him. This juxtaposition of happy and unfortunate creates a slight humor. I could picture it as the soundtrack to a scene gone awry in a British romantic comedy.  It also gave me a sense of nostalgia which I enjoyed.  The album’s sixth track, Week, was another one of my favorites.  It is one of the more reflection inducing tracks, like a journey into a young person’s desire to make sense of his place in the world.  Joanne was also quite lovely.  With its delicate piano it is a tender love ballad to someone who seems to have passed on.

Overall, I really enjoyed this album.  It comprises a range of emotions conveyed to us through masterful guitar playing and great vocals.  I see Tumbler having great radio appeal and I look forward to hearing them on the airwaves soon. 

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Tomás Doncker Has an Important Message for Us All

With the state of the world today, now more than ever, we need the valuable reflection of artists.  Music in particular has the power to help us digest and comprehend the heaviest topics that are shaping our society.  Topics such as racism, police brutality, the loss of identity in a world homogenized by corporations and social media are ever present in Tomás Doncker’s album The Mess We Made

The single Church is Burning Down is Doncker’s reaction to the Charleston Massacre.   At first listen, the up-tempo nature of the song was not what I was expecting to accompany an event of this magnitude.  The fast drumbeat shortly followed by a groovy bassline draw the listener in and undoubtedly make them want to clap and twist along. 

Upon a few more listens I realized that this style well conveys the mood of the song and helps the message resonate strongly with the listener. Normally we would associate this fast-paced style with joy but in fact it can also convey urgency. A shooting, or the church burning down, are urgent situations but these also represent an even bigger picture. It is urgent that we break down the racist attitudes and structures that foster events like this. The lyrics “Hate brings hate no one wins” and “Don't wanna point any fingers don't wanna name any names” suggest that we need to rise above blame and hatred if we want to stop these atrocities.

The lyrics to this track, as well as the others, are very clear and straightforward making Doncker’s messages accessible to a wide audience. They give the listener a chance to process these concepts and start a dialogue. I look forward to hearing what’s next from Doncker. I feel we need more of this approach from all perspectives because no one can hear you when you’re yelling but they certainly can when you’re singing.

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Riga, Latvia coming up Next Week

Looking forward to a brilliant show in Riga, latvia next week for the a rock festival called the Fontaine Rock Festival. I will be taking my Electric Steel Pans to that town and rocking up a storm. I love this town I was there earlier in the year performing and doing some promotion for my new foray into this part of the world. Peace groove and kick some butt ya'll!




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A Celebration of Malawi soul, Frequenzy welcomes Danny Kalima on the session stage

"Music is everywhere” Danny Kalima tells about his homeland Malawi.... And everything is music for this soul singer. He introduces the sound of the streets of Lilongwe to the Frequenzy stage in a session with soul.  

Not long ago, Kalima has participated in the well-known Dutch contest, called Giel’s Talentenshow, where his music was enthusiastically received. The musician is just living in The Netherlands for about eight months, but in Malawi  he is already well known for his music. Malawi is a country where many different musical genres meet and mix. The gospel of South Africa, the traditional music of Malawi and the soul of America can be heard in the music of Danny Kalima. Kalima himself, started out in the church choir and has sung in several other bands. With British Malawian record label Spare Dog Records, he released the EP "The Young Shall Grow". Currently, he is working on new songs as he performs throughout several European cities with his band.

Frequenzy is a Dutch online session platform that will bring good music along with an enthusiastic audience. With the sessions in the Gigant Apeldoorn, Frequenzy wants to create a stage for inspiring artists and their story. Danny Kalima is a good example of this.  

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Vexine Talks Music, and We\'re Listening!

Vexine has been on my radar for the better half of 2016. The group who have just released their new record, "Little Sin," have been creating a whirlwhind of musical ecstasy that will entice you from start to finish. Fronted by Sarah Gleason with her heaven-sent vocals, the group brings a charming yet daring sound to the table. Their uniqueness makes the stand out from the rest of the Virginia scene, as their raw, captivating stories truly come from the heart, and soul. We had the chance to catch up with Vexine, for an insighful interview that will make you fall in love with the down-to-earth group.

Tell us about the making of the "Little Sin" and the concept behind it?

The songs came together over three years. We started recording in 2014 and did three songs at a time. We'd record, go out and gig, write new songs and repeat. The title track, Little Sin, came from a melody Sarah started singing one morning over breakfast. That number seemed to capture the mood, so we went for the it for the title.

What elements influence your songwriting?

Melody most of all. Some of the songs are topical, so what happens around us figures into it, too.

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

The 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA. Because so much southern gothic music history happened there.

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

As a band, we prefer live performance. There is a great chemistry between us onstage. We have fun.

How did VEXINE come together?

We started together in a different band. It was an alt-country act called the Velvet Maria's. We put a record out and while we were making the follow up, our songwriting evolved. The four of us left that band and decided to be Vexine.

What do you enjoy most about creating music in general?

When a song comes together in rehearsal, it is one of the most exciting things ever.

What songwriters and musicians do you look to for inspiration?
Elvis Costello, Bob Mould, Hank Williams, Sr., Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lightning Hopkins....THE RAMONES...

What is the overall inspiration behind your songs; lyrically and musically?
We like to tell a story. Musically, we like a pretty simple structure so that the melody stands out.

What can we expect from VEXINE in 2016?
We want to get some video out!


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Jason Achilles Mezilis Shares New LP, \

Jason Achilles Mezilis (Owl, Black Belt KARATE, Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses) releases his highly-anticipated album, COMEDOWN,  June 28th 2016. The Los Angeles based artist brings to life a whirlwind of guitar licks with the instrumental record that Mezilis has produced, recorded and mixed entirely using analog tape, at his very own studio Organic Audio Recorders. The record also features Brett Rocha on drums, with album photography by Yoko Morimoto, and original artwork by Panos Tsagaris.


Recently sharing the lead single "Panhandle", the song helps set the tone for the record. The instrumental album and Mezilis himself have been garnering the praise of fans and critics alike; from Paste Magazine to Huffington Post to Buzzfeed, all have quickly become fans of his enticing and sultry brand of Rock n' Roll. The 7-song record is captivating from start to finish, with pieces ranging from heavy-hitters to eclectic and atmospheric; making it a must-have release for 2016.


COMEDOWN is out digitally, with a first-edition limited and hand numbered LP to follow.  

Jason Achilles Mezilis will also be playing his Album Release Show, this Saturday, July 2nd (w/ VOLTO! feat. Danny Carey of TOOL) at The Viper Room in Los Angeles. Find tickets here:






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Pandemonium Gitano Compilation Release

It took a while, but now it’s here: Rock Gitano is bringing out his very first compilation. Some may know the guy from Zurich and his wild side from his early days, others from the crazy Zurich night life. But no one knows the man behind the mask. The one driven out, the restless one, the one first shunned by society then adopted, only to run away again. One of the last true punks, bearing a thousand tons of attitude.

Rock began his career as a DJ more than 20 years ago. First as an electro DJ at all sorts of parties, later in the legendary Zurich club “Dachkantine”. But eventually, he went back to the music of his roots. To the music of the travellers that had accompanied him his whole life long, to the music of his soul, he being a traveller himself. Ever since, he calls himself simply Rock Gitano.

Rock Gitano has played in all the trendy clubs and venues in Zurich as well as throughout Switzerland; he can also look back on a number of regular gigs abroad, including Berlin, Munich and London.

Following on the heels of diverse collaborations and lengthy friendships with various touring bands and boozy club nights, Rock Gitano is now venturing a step further into pandemonium with the first compilation he has ever put together. Pandemonium Gitano is a perfect mix of Balkan folk songs, coupled with electronic beats and modern influences from the West. And when Rock issues the invitation to dance, then of course, they are all there: his buddies from Palko Muski, Gypsy punk legend Eugene Hütz with his cohorts from Gogol Bordello, the splendid Amsterdam Klezmer Band and other heroes from the global dancefloor. At times playfully electronic (Äl Jawala, Gypsy Sound System), at others organic with a groove (Terno feat. Mahala Rai Banda, Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics), and always with just the right portion of punk (Russkaja, The Dreadnoughts). Fresh, lively music that makes you happy or as Rock himself says about his DJ sets, “It’s about love! It’s about peace! It’s about craziness!”

The CD is published on Swiss indie label, Jasha!Records, which was just launched in 2016 with the mission of bringing Gypsy/Roma music closer to those who want to hear it.

Rock Gitano’s "Pandemonium Gitano" is available as a CD and digital download.




1. Palko Muski – This Way (Switzerland)

2. Terno feat. Mahala Rai Banda - Romani Gili (Poland/Romania) (Exclusive)

3. Boom Pam - Ars Meduplam (Israel)

4. Round Table Knights feat. Reverend Beat-Man – Cut to the Top (Switzerland)

5. Äl Jawala - Heart Overload (Pelletronica&Sumakari RMX) (Germany) (Exclusive Version)

6. Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute (USA)

7. Amsterdam Klezmer Band – A Sheine Velt (Radio Zwarte Cross Version) (Netherlands) (Exclusive Version)

8. Russkaja – Energia (Austria)

9. Offchestra – Bajram (Kosovo)

10. Gypsy Sound System - Press the Balls (Switzerland)

11. Gypsy Hill - Balkan Beast (UK)

12. Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics (Switzerland) (Exclusive)

13. Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - Murhamiesten Markkinoilla (Finnland) (Exclusive)

14. Haris Pilton & Gypsy Sound System – Gitanos (Switzerland)

15. Kumpania Algazarra – Pudim (Portugal)

16. The Dreadnoughts - Polka Never Dies (Canada)


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A is for Atom Shares His Elements
This afternoon we catch up with the stunning sounds of Brooklyn based A is for Atom. The moniker of Mike Cykoski, he brings to life charming elements of electronic-based indie music that brings his sound to another level. His tunes are dynamic and playful, as he shares his two latest singles, "Chasing the Night," and "Amsterdam." This year A is for Atom is traveling a different route as instead of releasing a full-length, he is sharing a number of singles that will be offered digitally throughout the months. His musings are intricate, as his music brings his vibrancy and passion to another level. Ethnocloud speaks to A is for Atom, in an insightful interview, below.
Your new songs bring a bit of nostalgic and unique elements to the table. How have you continually channeled inspiration
from your inspirations while putting a twist of your own? 
Thanks! Yes, I listen to a lot of different music and try to synthesize it into my music. I really like a lot of new music coming out right now and I like to add older elements with a more modern twist (that's the goal anyway). 

What is the deeper meaning behind the title "Chasing the Night," and how does it portray the upcoming singles? Or are they all different? 

"Chasing the Night" is about trying to find equilibrium in a big city, dealing with loneliness and isolation and being unable to connect with other people. There is whimsical feeling I tried to capture as the subject heads into the crazy city nightlife and it all falls apart at the end. The next singles move away from the city and deal with motion--but still some sense of isolation remains as a theme throughout. 


Releasing singles one-track at a time, what is the most challenging part of completing them? Are you on a certain timeline?

The most challenging thing is to finish the songs and working with other peoples schedules. My goal is to release two per Month-I hope to release the next two-in the next couple of weeks (fingers crossed)


As you create songs what is your overall inspiration? Do you have to be in a certain mindset to write, record and create? 

I'm usually inspired by other musicians and songwriters--I really like the community of musicians that I work with in NYC. I also really take a lot of inspiration from cooking and now gardening, I think that as many other things that I can do-the more inspired I become with writing. I think that I'm always in the mindset to write and record, just need to wrestle with time a bit to get everything done! 


For the recently released singles, did you record all of the instruments yourself, or did you recruit the help of friends and other musicians? 

The last two were produced by Julian Cassia and I played a few instruments, but he played most everything. I was new with lead vocals so I wanted to focus on that-since I recorded these I have become a better singer and play more instruments on the new singles. 


Will be seeing a full-length release from you in the near future? 

I love making full-length albums for sure. I guess I see this as a singles market right now--I'll most likely release everything in a full length collection with remixes at the end of the year. Again--if time permits! 


Watch "Chasing the Night" via Youtube by A is for Atom:


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From the hills of Los Angeles comes a bit of sunshine today, with the upcoming release from Jason Achilles Mezilis. A name that one is possibly familiar with, he has been a mainstay in the music scene; from producing albums in his Organic Audio Recorders studio, to playing with the hard rock band OWL, to recording Dizzy Reed of Guns n' Roses, Mezilis offers a delightful endeavor into the Rock world.

June 28th we will see Mezilis releasing an instrumental effort named "COMEDOWN," in which he has not only written, but self-produced as well. To give you a bit of background on Mezilis and his studio work, "COMEDOWN" was fully recorded on analog tape. This more so than anything, examplifies the effort that he has put into the release. 

An impressive batch of songs bring features of heavy rock and more melodic pieces, in which an array of intricacy is shown throughout. It's not easy to release an instrumental record, but Mezilis proves to be successful as each song portrays a different side of his musical abilities. Though instrumental records, especially guitar instrumental records can be very narrow in terms of diversity, yet "COMEDOWN," proves to be a classic record in its entirety as it sets itself apart from the rest. There is never a dull moment, as the songs interlock to craft a record that is intriguing upon each listen.

You can pre-order "COMEDOWN" via Bandcamp or Big Cartel. Be sure to also check out the Official Site.

Watch the first video for "Panhandle" via Youtube 


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Changing Everything with Parker Harrison

Parker Harrison places himself prominently in the indie music world. His lastest single, "Love Changes Everything," is a delightful introduction to the Singer-Songwriter, as he combines elements of classic 60s and 70s songwriters, with a slight pop aesthetic. Currently sharing his debut EP, Clear Conscience, Harrison shows his talents for songwriting and performing with the carefully crafted batch of songs that took 5 years to create. The result was worth it, as the EP showcases his musical brilliance and uniqueness. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Parker Harrison regarding his new EP, as well as his inspirations, which you can find below.

Parker Harrison "Love Changes Everything " Listen HERE

The new release, the Clear Conscience EP, brings back the nostalgic and classic sounds of infamous singer/songwriters of the 70s and 80s. How have you continually channeled inspiration from those outlets, while putting on a twist of your own?


The past eras mentioned are indelibly ingrained in my memory, so the songs of those periods are always flowing through my consciousness.  Likewise, the sounds of today are inescapable, so modern elements are going to find a way into my writing and production, and we end up with the current result.  


What is the deeper meaning behind the title “Clear Conscience”, and how does it portray the record?


It came from a quote from Ben Franklin, who said, “A clear conscience is a continual Christmas.”  I always thought that was one of his best quotes, describing a life without guilt and regret, to be able to die with a clear conscience.    I applied that idea to my song lyrics on this CD, in hopes of bringing those concepts forward to today.


Taking 5 years to finish the album, what was the most challenging part in completing it?

Getting the lead vocal takes to where I could be proud of them enough to release took a long time.  I hired a vocal coach to help me through that process. Also, the production process unfolded slowly, as I incorporated 2 producers and sifted through various parts to include in the final release.  Overall, I’m glad I took the time needed to ensure a quality release.


As you create songs what is your overall inspiration?  Do you have to be in a mindset to write, record and create?

One inspiration I would call upon is the desire to write songs that mimic those that my favorite writers like Daryl Hall or Todd Rundgren would write and sing.   If I could imagine one of them singing my song, and it actually sounding good, I knew I was on to something!

  Regarding a specific mindset required for creative moments, it’s really not necessary; creativity and inspiration can occur at almost any time, and in almost any situation.  No real rhyme or reason involved.


For the EP did you record all the instruments yourself, or did you recruit the help of friends and other musicians?

I involved many musicians, mostly in Nashville but also one key one in Houston.  I had producer Greg Bieck in Nashville cover keyboard parts and some bass and drum programming, along with a live drummer, background singers and 2 different guitarists.   In Houston I had producer Greg Giacona cover additional keyboard, bass and drum programming. 


Will we be seeing a full-length release from you in the near future?

I plan on releasing my second 5-song EP in the near future, which will complete the CD when combined with the first.  No immediate plans beyond this however.



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New Fan Funded Tracks Added to the \'Archive of Future Ancient Recordings\' by Ancient Future

Ancient-Future.Com Records Presents
The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.)

New Tracks Added to the Fan Supported Recording Series by Ancient Future

Photo of Bui Huu Nhut Recording A.F.A.R.Photo of Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.
Bui Huu Nhut and Abbos Kosimov Recording A.F.A.R.. Photos by Michael Braden.

6/16/16 Update Adds Six New Pieces

On 6/16/16, six new pieces and a video make their debut in the fan funded Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, which gives supporters access to Ancient Future recordings as they are created. There are four new tracks, two of which feature two compositions, the first serving as an introduction to the second. There are now 13 tracks totaling 86 minutes and 51 seconds of music in the archive. Two of the new tracks are live versions of pieces originally recorded during Ancient Future's major label days, and two are brand new studio tracks, including Ancient Future's first ever cover of a popular song, a world fusion version of Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze showcasing Bui Huu Nhut on Vietnamese dan bau, a one string instrument with a whammy bar! The piece also features Uzbeki percussion master Abbos Kosimov, who performs frequently with tabla phenom Zakir Hussain, and it is the very first studio recording featuring Matthew Montfort on his Godin Glissentar fretless guitar.

Tres Tarantas Tres (Montfort. 4:32). Based on the flamenco form Tarantas, but with a rhythmic structure of three groups of three, this piece also makes a foray into impressionism ala Eric Satie. Lineup: Matthew Montfort (flamenco guitar).

Gamarock (Montfort. 12:10). Recorded live 4/29/15, this piece from Dreamchaser fuses Balinese gamelan with rock and roll. Lineup: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitars), Vishal Nagar (tabla), Jason Everett (7 string fretless bass).

Prelude/Bookenka (Montfort/Doug McKeehan 6:50). Recorded 10/16/13 at the World Without Walls Reunion Concert at the Freight & Salvage. Lineup: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Doug McKeehan (piano), Kash Killion (bass), Ian Dogole (percussion), Mariah Parker (santur), Jim Hurley (violin).

Purple Nam/Purple Haze (Montfort/Jimi Hendrix. 4:44). A Vietnamese version of Montfort's Purple Raga sets up an adventurous excursion into Hendrix's classic rock piece with Vietnamese dan bau instead of electric guitar. Lineup: Bui Huu Nhut (dan bau), Matthew Montfort (Godin Glissentar fretless 11 string guitar, fretless bass), Abbos Kosimov (Uzbeki percussion), Mariah Parker (keys).

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.)

30th Anniversary CD Mystery Cover

Ancient Future performed its first concert on February 11, 1979, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California. Since then, the band has gone on to perform hundreds of concerts nationally and internationally and release seven full length recordings and an HD video that have established Ancient Future as the trendsetting pioneers of world fusion music, a term coined by Ancient Future bandleader Matthew Montfort at the group's inception for music that combines ideas from many of the world's great musical traditions.

During Ancient Future's 30th anniversary year, a new Ancient Future band project was conceived: the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.). The concept of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings 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.

To finance A.F.A.R., Ancient-Future.Com Records has been quietly providing financial supporters access to select files from Ancient Future's archives of alternate takes, live concerts and radio performances along with new studio recordings as they are created. To date, 18% of the fundraising goal has been raised at concerts, on Ancient-Future.Com, and through the Ancient Future Times, the band's email newsletter. The full archive of recordings is available during the project exclusively to supporters, and when the archive is complete, a portion of the recordings will be selected for commercial release on Ancient-Future.Com Records.

There are four supporter thank-you packages available ranging from $15 to $75, and while donations to the A.F.A.R. project are not currently tax deductible, donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use! There are a range of benefits for the various packages, including the A.F.A.R. email newsletter (which provides a window on the recording process as it develops), immediate access to downloads of the recordings placed in the archives, digital liner notes, limited edition CD-R's of the archives when complete with printed liner notes signed by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort, video and 24 bit audio files for hi-res playback on computers, and a 30% discount on the advance copies of the final commercial release. Detailed information on the various supporter packages and the benefits included can be found at

Live Video of New A.F.A.R. Track

Prelude and Bookenka on Ethnocloud

A live medley of Prelude and Bookenka (The Adventurer), which was originally recorded on Ancient Future's Asian Fusion release,has been added to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. Fans can check it out on Ethnocloud at 720p now, and then get it in full resolution beautifully shot HD 1080p video and rich 96-kHz/24-bit audio as a thank-you for becoming a hi-res supporter of A.F.A.R.!

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Global Guitar Summit Summer Tour Global Guitar SummitFeaturing Konarak Reddy (India), Matthew Montfort (USA), and Teja Gerken (Germany)

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Sunday, July 31, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
919 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Tix: $12 advance, $15 door. For advance tix and reservations, visit, call 415-813-5600 or email
Venue website:

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:30 PM
Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
Tix: $12 advance, $15 door. Info: Call 831-603-2294 or email
Venue website:

Saturday, August 6th, 6:30 PM
Gryphon Stringed Instruments

211 Lambert Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tix: $20 suggested donation. Info: Call 650-493-2131 or email
Venue website:

Friday, August 12th, 8 PM
Sebastopol Community Center Annex
425 Morris St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Tix: $20 advance, $23 door. For advance tix and reservations, call Kevin at 707-824-1858 or email
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This Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos who will perform solo and ensemble pieces. The summit features Indian nylon string guitarist Konarak Reddy, American scalloped fretboard and fretless guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, and German fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken.

Global Guitar Summit 2016 Poster

Poster (100 k .pdf):

Konarak Reddy

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Hailing from Bangalore, India, Konarak Reddy is a legend among music aficionados in his home country. From the start, Konarak drew his inspiration from multiple sources, immersing himself in both Western classical theory on guitar and traditional Indian music on the sarod, which he studied with Gurus Debi Prasad Ghosh and Rajeev Taranath. Konarak later studied jazz improvisation at Boston's Berklee College of Music and the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, from which he graduated with honors. Today, his playing integrates Hindustani and Carnatic styles into contemporary solo guitar masterpieces, which frequently include live looping. Konarak was featured in a TEDx talk in 2013 (, he frequently performs in Europe, and his own World Guitar Night, which has become an annual event in Bangalore, and featured international guitarists such as Andy McKee, Don Ross, Kevin Eubanks, Peter Sprague, Peter Finger, and others. His two albums, Searching for the Goddess and Solar Avatar have received critical acclaim. For more info, please visit


Konarak Reddy performing live in Budapest:


"He is known as one of India's most versatile guitarists. For over 35 years he's absolutely ruled the roost. Konarak Reddy has needed no introduction." - BANGALORE MIRROR BUREAU

Matthew Montfort

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Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world music ensemble Ancient Future. Featured in the December 2009 commemorative Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine, Montfort 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. Montfort immersed himself in an intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. He has released two solo CDs: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by , a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Adrian Legg, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Toni Rice, Alex De Grassi, Stefan Grossman, Artie Traum, Joni Mitchell, and Peppino D'Agostino. He is also known for his work on Glissentar (11 string fretless guitar), electric guitar, flamenco guitar, sitar, charango, mandolin, and gamelan. 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. He has worked with many world music legends, including tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain and Chinese zither master Zhao Hui. 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. For more info, please visit


Matthew Montfort performing 'Soul Serenade' at Ancient Future's 30th Anniversary Concert:


Download Guitar Player Magazine Story on Matthew MontfortDownload Guitar Player Magazine Story on Matthew Montfort
5 Page Guitar Player Magazine/ Media Report (1.4 MB):

"Because Montfort’s guitar has a scalloped fretboard, his fingers touch only the strings, enabling him to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. This album reveals a thorough knowledge of Hindustani microtonal ornaments, transferred in ways that create one of the most distinctive guitar sounds in contemporary music. However, it also reveals a lifetime of exploration in world music, which can be immediately summoned in a flash of inspiration. When this level of mastery is reached, there is no need to rewrite. The first improvisation has the depth of a reworked composition." – Teed Rockwell, INDIA CURRENTS, March 2009

Teja Gerken

Teja Gerken
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German-born Teja Gerken is a contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitarist whose playing merges the styles of European guitar pioneers such as John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan with the distinct sounds of American players such as Leo Kottke and Micheal Hedges. Known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques, Teja will also bring Celtic, jazz, and classical styles to the Global Guitars show. For more info, please visit


Teja Gerken performing "1948" live:


"Releasing his second CD, Postcards, is San Francisco area fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken, who delivers solo instrumental compositions with enough surprises and innovative twists to delight aficionados of the world music and folk genres. His tunes employ physical techniques such as two-handed tapping, alternate tunings, and percussive effects, but his developed sense of melody is what will keep his CD playing in your mind long after the 'stop' button is pressed. Another impressive feature is that Gerken's playing is captured without overdubs; the intricate arrangements delivered as you might hear the artist in concert. Gerken is one of a rare breed - a guitarist's guitarist with equal appeal for the non-musicians out there. His Postcards album is highly recommended." – GUITAR9.COM


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Ancient Future
Ancient Future (06/18/16 02:29)
A Gift

I was reflecting on what a gift music has been to me. At times I think of it as a language that enables me to express myself in a deeper way than from using words. Many things in life are of interest to me and I have a natural curiosity about them. Sometimes when I have a discussion with someone about life I am told, "You should write a book". My reply is always the same, "All of this is in my music". I feel a deep happiness when people who feel a connection with my music tell me they get it.


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Typhoid Rosie Brings Rock n\' Roll Nostalgia To the Bowery Electric TONIGHT

Brooklynites Typhoid Rosie take to the stage at Bowery Electric this evening in support of their new record Hearts Bleed Goodbye. The show is going to be a good one! The nostalgic sounding band brings together classic elements of rock n' roll with a punk edge, giving lead singer Rosie Rebel room to show her vocal chops. Tonight the band takes center stage to remind us all why New York City is one of the greatest for live music.

The combination of Typhoid Rosie's players go above and beyond, to bring a show you have not quite seen before. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Rebel's lyrics hit home with many, as she sings about the depth of love and love lost, addiction, and other familar topics. Typhoid Rosie makes me remember why I love New York so much again. We need more raw, honest bands like them in the world.

Typhoid Rosie plays the Bowery Electric in New York City, TONIGHT, 5/19.
Doors at 7:30pm / 21+ / $8


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Getting to Know SAIN
Sain is a rising new star in the world music scene. Bring an electic and noteworthy sound of Urban with a flare of Pop, he takes to the music world with full force. This year has already had quite a start for Sain. He has recently shared with us the single, "They Don't Know," which has already spawned an ear-cathing remix and eye-catching video. We had the chance to speak with the upcoming artist, about his inspirations and musical influences; a delightful first look into his musical mindset.
Meet SAIN.....
When you are writing music, what comes first, the music or the lyrics?
Well it all depends on what I get inspired by first, Sometimes I hear something and want to write to it
according to the tempo of the instrumental, Sometimes I just sit down and write by using my imagination.
Is your upcoming record, The Chapters, are the songs a continuation of the "They Don't Know," single and feel?
Yes "They Don't Know" is part of The Chapters which is an 8 track EP It was the first record that I recorded back in December 2013  for the project. I do have a remix for "They Don't Know" ready and it sounds great. Can't wait to share it with the world.
What is the meaning behind the title of The Chapters?
The Chapters meaning 'Chapters of Life', since I was restarting my career I decided to dedicate my first piece of music to
the story of everyones life. Each track sounds different and have different emotions behind them. It's basically a story that's based on our lives that I put down according to the way I see it through my eyes.
With slick lyrics, that read like poetry, how do you write the lyrics? What is the ultimate inspiration?
Anything can inspire me, Its all based on different experiences that I face in a daily basis. If I go to a new environment that I've never been to I write about something based on that because its the first experience I ever had there, So if you ask me what my ultimate inspiration is I'd have to say its life because that's what I put in my music lots of life.
Do you produce and record your own records, or do you head into the studio? How did you record The Chapters?
I usually record at a studio that my cousin Sal that runs his studio he has produced a record in the upcoming EP too, I might have co-produced a few records but I usually relay on producers to create the sound to what I have written or will write for a song. The Chapters was recorded in Sals studio and he was one of the main people that guided me 
into making it a great sounding EP.
The new video is gorgeously crafted. How did you come up with the story line (and/or treatment) for the piece?
Well me and a very close friend of mine were looking for people to shoot our video and we just couldn't find a person that could be legit behind the camera. They were either charging an impossible amount or they were just not ready to dedicate themselves fully to the video, Some just never got back to us after doing half the work even though we had the money to pay them.  So one night we talked and decided that we were going to do it all ourselves. He held the camera and directed the video while I took the footage and edited the video. We had abit of help  from a few other members that teamed up with us later on but most of the creativity came from me and him.  
What are your key musical goals for 2016? (It seems like you are off to a great start!)
Well the EP is on the way, Got some better video's on the way and I'm taking things up a notch. Its time to raise the bar because I believe that I have some great additions to the team. We now have a very talented video person that has all the equipment we need or a high quality video. I now have 2 videos on the way for The Chapters and we now have more producers and I have already started working on the next project that due for late 2016/2017. My goal is to lock down an international tour which is what we are currently working on doing for this year, I'd like to leave the rest as a surprise for the public.
Give a listen to the incredible, "They Don't Know" RemixL

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Bencoolen Get Funky with New Release

Get to know BENCOOLEN; the band who has been creating a stir in the Washington D.C. scene in a big way. Recently releasing their new EP, out 5/12, Bencoolen shares "In Color." Throughout the record the band toys with various genres from rock to indie to reggae and a dash of jazz. "In Color," is a delightful release that sheds inhibitions or molds that a young band is 'expected' to fulfill. They are brilliantly unique and truly beat to the sound of their own drum.

Songs that immediately caught my attetin are the title track, "In Color," and "Spice," which show the pure essence of the band, From the start it is noticable that the band have a strong bond. Every note and every beat are perfectly in sync, which speaks volumes for the band. "In Color," is a promising EP from a band tha is creating quite a stir...and will definitely continue to do so.


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The Manimals Unleash the Prominent \

Game of Thrones fans unite! The Manimals are here from Brooklyn for an enchanting new take on the hit series by R.R. Martin. Late last month we saw the band releasing their album SEVEN which is a take on the show's brilliant Season 6. Led by Brooklynite Haley Bowery, the band brings the album to fruition with each song on the record acting as it's own chapter. SEVEN has the feel of a well-written novel, where every word is carefully planned.

Bowery, which appears to be one of the driving forces behind the storyline, brings each track together with her stunning, and catchy vocals. The Manimals as a whole deliver a record that is a must listen for 2016, as they dive deep into the characters that bring Game of Thrones alive. The focus single, "Talk," is the first being shared, as it springs to life with the character, Tirone. With a sassy video accompanying the song, we get the full view of The Manimals, in their Game of Thrones inspired world, and their Glam Rock glory.

It is safe to say I've found my favorite new band for 2016.

"We don't get to choose whom we love."

 "Talk" by The Manimals:


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Falling in Love with Daiana Segovia

Daiana Solange Segovia is a woman of many hats. She's a recording artist, composer, lyricist, writer and Psychologist originally from Argentina who is based in New York City. Her stunning and unique musical style draws from several different genres, blending soul, pop and R&B with elements of electropop, classic jazz and Latin music. Her musical influences range from Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway to Ivan Lins and Argentinian vocalist Mercedes Sosa. She moved to NYC when she got an Scholarship to study music at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and now is ready to take over the world, one song at a time. 

Daiana is currently recording her first album in collaboration with American and Latin American producers.She has toured all over the world performing at prestigious venues in Asia, Europe, South America and the US singing as a Lead for the Royal Families of Thailand and Malaysia and being the only Latin Singer at Nelson Mandela's Memorial in NYC. Recently I had the chance to speak with Daiana, in a personal interview, that takes us inside her musical musings.


Tell us about the making of "Fall in Love" and the concept behind it?

"Fall in Love" speaks about loving someone even if you are going through a very rough time. It’s about believing that the power of love can guide you through and trusting it. It’s also about sensuality and being vulnerable. I was born in Argentina, so I grew up listening to Tango music and I have a very deep connection with its romanticism, sensuality and passion. When I write, the Argentine fire just comes through me and takes over. I can’t help it! I definitely think that defines me as an artist and human being.

“Fall In Love” is also the first song I wrote when I moved to the USA The melody and lyrics flew so spontaneously and fast that I underestimated the song for a long time. It wasn’t until I incorporated it on my shows and people started saying that was their favorite song that I actually decided to record it. I feel very lucky because I had the chance to work with one of my favorite arrangers and instrumentalists in the world: Dave Eggar.

Dave is very familiar with Argentine Tango and Folk and he immediately captured my essence and made a beautiful strings arrangement for it. I recorded it at Lynn Verlayne Studios in Brooklyn. I also co-writed the song with her.

What elements influence your songwriting?

Relationships. I think they can change your life and they are like a mirror to look at yourself. Relationships are like a powerful instrument to understand the world and yourself better. They bring deep and rich material to write about and I work out my own understanding through writing. I also get inspired by nature, travelling, writing and reading poetry, dreams, languages, conversations, strangers I meet on the train, improvising jazz, listening to a bunch of music from all genres, books, dancing, taking long walks…I truly feel that being passionate about life itself and wanting to share my enthusiasm with the world keeps me open to writing new ideas and music on a daily basis.

I also have a Masters in Psychology and I have done a few internships where I got the chance to speak and connect with –what the world calls- “the different ones” or “the suffering ones” and then I discovered the healing power of music. If my lyrics or my melodies can ever touch hearts and change lives, that will give me a sense of accomplishment that it will hard to put into words.

It will be just amazing. Magical.

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

Madison Square Garden in New York and Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Those venue are so powerful!! I actually just saw David Gilmour’s concert at MSG and it was one of the best concerts I have experienced in my entire life.

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

I love them both but performing live brings an indescribable feeling. I love to genuinely connect with the audience and watch them smile or even cry –sometimes- with my songs. It’s almost like a therapeutic experience! Music has the power of releasing emotions and pain for both (the artist and audience) and it gives us a sense of hope about the future.

I enjoy the studio very much as well. Usually when I am working on a new song I take the first take home and I listen to it over and over. I usually find very spontaneous and fresh material that I keep for the final recording. I love improvising at the studio and singing my own background vocals as well.

What do you enjoy most about creating music in general?

That I can be myself and there’s no judgement. I can create my own world and play with it as much as I want. It’s a like parallel universe where anything is possible. My soul flies through my lyrics and my voice when I sing it. It’s like running naked in a huge field of endless possibilities. Pure freedom.

What songwriters and musicians do you look to for inspiration?

My top ten are Prince, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Ivan Lins, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Cuchi Leguizamon, Piazzolla, Freddy Mercury and Joe Zawinul. I play their music when I want to feel uplifted and get inspired… just listening to them takes me to another world where my mind and heart are set free.

Some of the albums and songs I play are; “The division bell” (Pink Floyd), “Innervisions” by Stevie Wonder, “Parade” by Prince, “Obivlion” by Piazzolla and “Lo cortez no quita lo cabral” by Facundo Cabral and Alberto Cortez.

What is the overall inspiration behind your songs; lyrically and musically?

I have had the chance to travel the world playing music. I have lived in India, South America, the Middle East, Europe and the USA and I learnt that music is one of the most powerful things in life. Life connects us with love, hope, grief and the most powerful things on earth and this happens beyond language, religion or cultural background.

That’s why I do music, because I love life and I love sharing my passion with everyone.

"Fall in Love" 



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Aleks (05/05/16 15:50)
Beautiful song, Daiana!
The use of music in politics

For ages music has been exploited by politicians during rallies and major gatherings.  From the most popular to the unknown artists they have been used somehow as crowd drawing, fillers or as a tools to build interest.

So my question is how far has an artist has to "play" along? Should it be those artists that subscribe to the political party policies or it should be just a job as usual for the artist? 

It is well known that once an artist has served the interests of these politicians or parties  they are discarded just like that.

I would say treat your music as business and avoid being used as a tool unless you subscribe to the party. 

The danger though of affiliation is that as an artist you might lose your rights of freedom of speech and end up being a puppet. I take it that a true artist believes in the freedom of  thinking and freedom of speech. An artist's work is to be a social commentator but not as a political party tool.

Lolo Rollins 


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Exciting news! “‪#‎HecatesWrath” from the forthcoming ‪#‎DaemoniaNymphe album “‪#‎Macbeth” will be included in the cd sampler of the French magazine ‪#‎Metallian! It will be printed in 25.000 copies and will be distributed to newsagents in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Portugal, Greece and Canada!! Out on the 20th of May, don’t forget to get your copy!! #‎spyridonart


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