Thursday, August 30, 2018

Las Vegas Concert, 8 Ways to Win, 40th Anniversary Concert, Contributions


Ancient Future Times
Ancient Future Times: Las Vegas Concert, 8 Ways to Win, 40th Anniversary Concert, Contributions
September 2018 Issue:
Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas
•Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar), Georges Lammam (Arabic Violin), and Vishal Nagar (Tabla)
8 Ways to Win
•Musical Scavenger Hunt
Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday
•Save the Date: 2/12/2019, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley
Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement
•Ancient Future Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

Ancient Future Performs in Las Vegas

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

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

This program by the pioneering world music group Ancient Future blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula, Spain, and India with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration, and migration. The trio consists of scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort performing with Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam and Indian tabla master Vishal Nagar. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.
Musical concepts such as taqsim (an Arabic method of melodic improvisation), tala (the recurring rhythmic cycles of Indian classical music), and compás (the rhythmic structure of flamenco) will be showcased.
Saturday, September 8, 2 PM
Ancient Future Indo Arabic Trio
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
Adm: $12 advance, $14 day of show
Purchase Tix
Info: Call 702-455-7340
Press Release
Facebook Event (Please Invite Friends)

8 Ways to Win

GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

Musical Scavenger Hunt

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

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.
Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform.

8 Scavenger Hunt Questions

  1. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
  2. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
  3. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?
  4. What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle?
  5. What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track?
  6. What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal?
  7. What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar?
  8. Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com.
This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through September 15, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.

Scavenger Hunt Prizes

Win Audio Guide or MIDI Groove Tracks (Get All Answers Right)

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks
Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (2005). A set of 115 audio guide tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities that enable learning by ear. New Release! Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.
Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. Load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.

Win Digital Liner Notes (Get Any Answer Right)

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

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


Ancient Future 40th Anniversary & Bandleader Birthday

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

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

Ancient Future's first concert took place on February 11, 1979, at the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, the day before Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's birthday, who was not yet even drinking age. This concert on Matthew Montfort's birthday also celebrates 40 years of world fusion music from Ancient Future.
The exact lineup for the show has not yet been announced, but it will include musicians from Ancient Future's long history of cross cultural music collaborations. It will feature top master musicians from around the world along with band members from the original and historic Ancient Future lineups. Stay tuned for surprise announcements of featured musicians.

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

Ancient Future History: Reunion Concerts of Yore

Original Lineup Reunion

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

World Without Walls Reunion

Turkish Taffy Youtube Video
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Performing Bookenka at "World Without Walls Reunion." Shown: Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keyboards, piano), Ian Dogole (percussion), Kash Killion (bass), and Mariah Parker (santur).
This lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings played over a hundred concerts together from 1988 to 1995. In 2011, they reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and Yoshi's in San Francisco. In honor of the reunion concerts, World Without Walls was released digitally by Capitol Records for the first time ever at major digital retailers such as iTunes. Twenty two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012, after which they continued to perform reunion concerts at venues such as the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Berkeley's Freight and Salvage.
"Ancient Future is a rare kind of band that might simultaneously aggravate purists, confound New Age dilettantes, seduce skeptics, and dazzle just about everybody else. Delicious compositions, intricate arrangements, crisp playing and impeccable production put these ambitious voyagers in a league of their own." - Derk Richardson, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement


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Ancient Future Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.
With proceeds from recordings now going mostly to tech companies, and grant supported and city sponsored concerts of original music becoming an endangered species, we really need your help to continue our efforts. In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. It must be supported financially. Could you do your job without pay? How would you pay your bills? This is what the world fusion music movement faces: dramatically rising costs of living in the midst of major reductions in financial support for music.
Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!
Not part of the top 10% of U.S. taxpayers expected to benefit by itemizing deductions under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but still want to contribute? You can make a direct donation (not tax deductible), or sign up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

World Rhythms 16: Arabic Rhythms and Musical Scavenger Hunt


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Issue 16. Summer 2018:
In this issue:

  • Ancient Future Live
  • Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest
  • World Music Lessons Via Skype


  • Arabic Rhythms

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

    Chiftitelli

    Drum IconMIDI. >play
    Chiftitelli is the Turkish word for belly dancing. It is an 8 beat rhythm with 3-3-2 accent pattern in the first four beats that is very popular with belly dancers.
    1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   | 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   + | 
    
    dum     tek tek     tek tek       dum     dum     tek 
    
    1   2   3   1   2   3   1   2           

    Elzaffa

    Drum IconMIDI. >play
    Elzaffa is a musical procession. The main pattern is 8 beats long.
    1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +   | 1   +   2   +   3   +   4   + | 
    
    dum     tek ka  tek     tek       dum     tek     tek    (tek ka)
    

    Drum Syllables

    dum (right hand clear low tone)
    tek (right hand high crisp tone)
    ka (left hand, sounds like tek)
    After studying the traditional rhythm, check out Ancient Future's performance of Matthew Montfort's world fusion composition in this rhythmic mode, "El Zaffa."
    El Zaffa on Ethnocloud
    'El Zaffa' YouTube Video URL: https://youtu.be/mHle2ipjQsU
    El Zaffa 4:26 (Matthew Montfort. © 2001 Ancient Future Music). iTunes. >YTmusic. Full version/best audio quality appears on Planet Passion (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2010) CD, $17.98 (SALE $10!): Buy CD Now.

    Ancient Future Live

    Concert Poster
    Concert Poster
    (259k pdf)

    Arabic Fusion Program

    This program blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration and migration. Ancient Future's performance features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam, Arabic percussion master Antoine Lammam, and keyboardist extraordinaire Doug McKeehan. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.
    Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
    Throckmorton Theatre

    142 Throckmorton Avenue
    Mill Valley, CA 94941
    Doors open at 7:30 PM
    Adm: $20 adv, $25 at door, $35 reserved seating
    Tix: tickets.throckmortontheatre.org
    Event: throckmortontheatre.org/event/ancient-future/
    Info: 415-383-9600
    Facebook Event
    Listen on Spotify
    Sunday, August 4, 8:30 PM (SOLD OUT!)
    UCO Lick Observatory Benefit
    Main Building Hall
    Mount Hamilton, CA 95140
    Adm: $45 general seating, $90 preferred, $199 VIP

    Concert Review

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

    Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest

    GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

    13 Ways to Win

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

    Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.
    Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform.

    13 Scavenger Hunt Questions

    1. What rhythm was used as the basis for the fast section of the title track from the Ancient Future album Quiet Fire?
    2. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
    3. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
    4. What rhythm was used as the basis for the composition "Gamarock" from the Ancient Future album Dreamchaser?
    5. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?
    6. What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle?
    7. What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track?
    8. What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal?
    9. What is the name of the second, higher part of a North Indian melodic composition?
    10. How many sympathetic strings does a North Indian sitar typically have?
    11. What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar?
    12. What instrument was traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo?
    13. Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com.
    This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through August 13, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.

    Scavenger Hunt Prizes

    Audio Guide Tracks

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

    MIDI Groove Tracks

    Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.
    A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

    Digital Liner Notes

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

    Educational Digital Liner Notes. 7 page .pdf of liner notes for Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future. These entertaining and educational liner notes feature cover art, musicians biographies, and detailed explanations of the musical concepts of raga and tala behind the music. $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Buy 1 Now.
    Planet Passion Digital Liner Notes
    Educational Digital Liner Notes. 11 page .pdf of liner notes for Planet Passion by Ancient Future. The liner notes are a digital version of the cover art and comprehensive CD booklet, which details a mythical story of love through the musical traditions of the world. $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Buy 1 Now.


    World Music Lessons Via Skype

    Skype Pick Icon

    And Other Multimedia File Exchange Methods

    Private Lessons with Matthew Montfort

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

    © 2018 Ancient Future Music. All rights reserved.

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    Concerts, Contributions, and Contest with 13 Ways to Win

    Ancient Future Times

    Ancient Future Times: Concerts, Contributions, and Contest with 13 Ways to Win
    July 2018 Friday the 13th Issue:
    Ancient Future Performs at Throckmorton Theatre 7/28
    •Featuring Matthew Montfort (Guitar), Georges Lammam (Violin), Antoine Lammam (Percussion), and Doug McKeehan (Keys)
    Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement
    •Ancient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!
    Summer Tour Stops
    •Performances in California and Nevada
    Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest
    •13 Ways to Win

    Ancient Future Performs at Throckmorton Theatre 7/28

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

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

    This program blends the rhythms and melodies of the Arabian Peninsula with contemporary jazz and rock, producing an irresistible and exhilarating fusion that captures the essence of pilgrimage, cultural exchange, exploration and migration.
    Ancient Future's performance features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam, Arabic percussion master Antoine Lammam, and keyboardist extraordinaire Doug McKeehan. These multifaceted artists create an innovative musical experience that guides listeners on a hypnotic voyage through time and place.
    Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
    Throckmorton Theatre

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

    Poster to Share or Print and Post

    Concert Poster
    Concert Poster
    (259k pdf)
    Ancient Future will also perform this program at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton on August 4. That show sold out immediately with tickets that ranged in price from $45 to $199, so advanced tickets are highly recommended for the July 28 show at the Throckmorton Theatre.

    Concert Review

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

    Contribute to the World Fusion Music Movement


    InterMusic SF Logo

    Ancient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

    As the Ancient Future Times reported in its April 2018 issue, Ancient Future has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, and we are happy to report that we have now received more than one tax deductible contribution!
    Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.
    With income from recordings now instead going mostly to tech companies, and grant supported and city sponsored concerts of original music becoming an endangered species, we really need your help to continue our efforts. The world needs world fusion music, but it must be supported financially. Could you do your job without pay? How would you pay your bills? This is what the world fusion music movement faces: dramatically rising costs of living in the midst of major reductions in financial support for music.

    Summer Tour Stops

    Photo of Matthew Montfort, Georges Lammam, and Vishal Nagar

    Performances in California and Nevada


    Musical Scavenger Hunt Contest

    GongAfrican DjembeNorth Indian DrumGuitar Pick Carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

    13 Ways to Win

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

    Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.
    Not just for percussionists, this classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of interesting, imaginative and fun exercises for all music lovers that require no instruments to perform.

    13 Scavenger Hunt Questions

    1. What rhythm was used as the basis for the fast section of the title track from the Ancient Future album Quiet Fire?
    2. Name six instruments utilized in an Eve percussion orchestra.
    3. What is the name of the more offbeat part of a Balinese kotèkan?
    4. What rhythm was used as the basis for the composition "Gamarock" from the Ancient Future album Dreamchaser?
    5. What is the name of an 11 beat North Indian rhythmic cycle that includes two groupings of 1 1/2 beats?
    6. What is the name of a common South Indian 8 beat rhythmic cycle?
    7. What is the name of the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm that is the basis for a popular Ancient Future track?
    8. What moods are associated with Rag Alhaiya Bilawal?
    9. What is the name of the second, higher part of a North Indian melodic composition?
    10. How many sympathetic strings does a North Indian sitar typically have?
    11. What are the three main schools of scalloped fretboard guitar?
    12. What instrument was traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo?
    13. Name two subjects available for study through private online lessons via Skype and other services through Ancient-Future.Com.
    This scavenger hunt contest is open only to subscribers to the Ancient Future Times. If you are not already receiving this newsletter, please subscribe before entering. Entries accepted through August 13, 2018. Send entries to info@ancient-future.com.

    Scavenger Hunt Prizes

    Audio Guide Tracks

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

    MIDI Groove Tracks

    Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.
    A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

    Digital Liner Notes

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

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

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Ancient Futures Hodl Free Concerts

    Ancient Future Times
    Ancient Future Times: Ancient Futures Hodl Free Concerts
    May/June 2018 Issue:
    Ancient Futures
    •An ICO* for the Ages
    First Contributions Roll In
    •Ancient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!
    Free Ancient Future Duet Concerts
    • World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar
    Future Discounts on Ancient Traditions
    •Enter MUSICED10 at Checkout for 10% Discount on Music Education Offerings
    Ancient Future Summer Tour Stops
    •Performances in California and Nevada


    Ancient Futures: An ICO* for the Ages

    Ancient Futures ICO

    Ancient Future is issuing its first ICO* to ethereal investors. Like other ICOs, no one should invest in Ancient Futures unless they are at peace with all of their investment disappearing into a space-time vortex. But unlike other ICOs, in that event, Ancient Futures will still produce returns in the realm of musical vibrations.
    Contrary to popular opinion, Ancient Futures are not expired futures contracts. They are premiums for supporters of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. The mission of A.F.A.R. is to produce an archive of recordings of cross cultural collaborations. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a "future" date, at which point they will be on their way to becoming "ancient" recordings, hence the title.
    Blockchain technology is not environmentally friendly, so a new premium transfer technology is in the initial stages of development in the Ancient Future. Blockheadchain technology is envisioned to telepathically transfer Ancient Futures in blocks from the heads of holders into an Akashic records database that may utilize clairvoyant A.I. technology, or if the space-time continuum moves backwards, may employ paper or stone. Please note that blockheadchain technology as contemplated is so advanced that it may never be invented.
    In any case, participants are encouraged to HODL (Hold Onto for Deep Listening) their Ancient Futures to benefit from music appreciation.
    *Initial Creative Offering

    Mining Ancient Futures

    Mining Ancient Futures is easy and environmentally friendly. You don't need to live in a cool climate or near a hydroelectric dam. All you need to do is to visit Ancient-Future.Com or come to an Ancient Future concert to become an Ancient Futures miner. Ancient Futures can be mined in four different audio resolutions. There are a limited number of Ancient Futures available to be mined, as each resolution is limited by number or time. Once 300 320 kbps mp3, 200 44.1k/16 bit wav, and 100 96k/24 bit wav Ancient Futures have been mined, the archive will be closed to mining. The best of the music produced will then be released commercially, increasing the value of the limited Ancient Futures that have been mined.
    1. 128 kbps mp3: Mine @ $15. Limited time offering of Ancient Futures.
    2. 320 kbps mp3: Mine @ $25. Limited to 300 Ancient Futures.
    3. CD quality 44.1k/16 bit wav: Mine @ $50. Limited to 200 Ancient Futures.
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    #Cryptourgency #BeAncientFutureReadyNow

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

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    Ancient Future Now Accepts Tax Deductible Contributions Through InterMusic SF!

    As the Ancient Future Times reported in its April 2018 issue, Ancient Future has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship with InterMusic SF, and we are happy to announce that we have now received our first tax deductible contribution!
    Your tax deductible contribution can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.
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    Not having much experience in fundraising, Ancient Future needs help reaching out to potential individual donors and charitable funds. Please share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested in contributing. Ancient Future is looking for a Director of Solicitations, Begging, and Busking. Duties include raising money for activities, applying for grants, and helping to build a non-profit organization to support world fusion music. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to email info@ancient-future.com.

    Free Ancient Future Duet Concerts

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    'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future Ethnocloud Video

    World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort with Indian Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar

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


    Future Discounts on Ancient Traditions

    Talking Drum, Gamelan, and Tabla

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

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

    Ancient Traditions - Future Possibilities

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    Sale Celebrates New Audio Guides and Grooves for Gizmos

    Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95
    (SALE $33.95): Buy 1 Now. Book and Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI files- $74.95 (SALE $53.95): Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Buy 1 Now.
    This classic "world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all music lovers, not just percussionists.

    New Guides and Grooves

    Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (AF-0001, 2005.
    V 4.0, 2017). New Release! Companion MP3/MIDI Guide Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95): Buy 1 Now. Companion Audio/MIDI Guide Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE $29.95): Buy 1 Now.
    This new downloadable companion set of MP3 audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones. The tracks are also available on a CD/CD-ROM set. The material is presented in two complimentary formats: audio guide tracks and MIDI groove tracks.

    Audio Guide Tracks

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

    MIDI Groove Tracks

    Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). New Release! MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Buy 1 Now.
    A complete set of 128 MIDI tracks that playback in Standard MIDI File compatible web browsers. For greater control or for use as rhythm tracks in audio productions, load them into a MIDI sequencer app (Mac, PC, iOS, Android, etc.) to loop tracks, change the tempo, or listen to individual parts. The files come arranged for General MIDI percussion and can be remapped to other instruments using the included MIDI maps.

    Educational Digital Liner Notes

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

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    Performances in California and Nevada

    #AncientFutureNearYou

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