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In This Issue:
by Matthew Montfort
For the first few decades of Ancient Future seasons, I brought together a diverse set of institutions to provide the support for world fusion music. We had a record deal that included major label distribution and financial support for record production. Even though we had to fight hard to maintain artistic integrity, our victory was that we were able blaze the trail for support for world fusion music from the record industry. Ancient Future was selected as a recommended ensemble for California Arts Council Touring Program support, which paid half of our fee for selected tour dates. While there was no circuit of venues for world fusion music, there were some open minded folk, jazz, and traditional ethnic music presenters who included Ancient Future in their offerings. All of this allowed me to keep Ancient Future afloat and stay true to my mission of bringing world fusion music into the world.
Crucial Creative Cause
It is critical that new innovations based on the knowledge of the world's great traditions are supported, because without new innovation, the art of music can lose its vital spark and relevance in contemporary life. In world fusion music, master musicians from different cultures work together and grow from the exchange. They learn techniques and forms that are new to them, and in a small way act as ambassadors between their peoples. Because it has both familiar and exotic elements, world fusion music has the potential to open people up to music and ideas from cultures other than their own. I believe that the cumulative effect of people appreciating diverse cultures can have very positive ramifications for international relations.
Please support the cause through the World Fusion Music Support Page (ancient-future.com/donation.html). There you will find a variety of intriguing ways to get involved. For example, for as little as $25 you can become a download subscriber to world fusion music recordings and be a part of the process of creating the next Ancient Future record. For just $100 a month you or your business can be a sponsor of Ancient-Future.Com and will be thanked with a text link to your web site from Ancient Future's popular home page and the World Fusion Music Links Page. A tax deductible donation of $250 helps support touring to your region and you will be thanked with a pair of VIP tickets to the nearest Ancient Future concert or 5 CDs on the Ancient-Future.Com label.
Your support can help insure the survival of Ancient Future and the virtuoso world fusion music movement. Plus with the variety of options explained on the the World Fusion Music Support Page, there is an engaging way for everyone to get involved!
"The time has definitely come for world fusion music. Ancient Future is one step ahead of the game; on their side is the philosophical parallel between global consonance and world peace." - SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
|New Fall Releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records|
|Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2008). Pre-Release Signed CD- $24.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. (Ships starting August 1, 2008). The debut recording by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort showcases his pioneering work on the scalloped fretboard guitar, a special modified instrument able to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. (Read more).|
|Sangria by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com 2017) Signed, pre-release CD- $24.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. (Ships starting August 1, 2008). This debut recording features Mariah's original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India. Her Indo Latin Jazz Ensembleincludes musicians from the bands Ancient Future, Oregon, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. (Read more).|
Both are available exclusively through the Ancient Future catalog until the Internet release on October 14, 2008.
Sangria (Mariah Parker) (>audio.) Mariah Parker first composed this piece for "Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar" where it appears in a delicate trio arrangement. Mariah later created this large ensemble arrangement, which became the title track of her debut release, "Sangria."
Ancient Future Trio featuring
Matthew Montfort ~ scalloped fretboard guitar, Glissentar
About this Program:
This trio variation of Ancient Future performed at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona (see photo above). Matthew Montfort will perform on scalloped fretboard guitar and the Glissentar, an 11 string fretless guitar that sounds much like an oud. He will be joined by Mariah Parker on santur and Arshad Syed on tabla.
In addition to material from the seven Ancient Future band recordings, this concert will feature music from two new recordings to be released this fall on the Ancient-Future.Com label: "Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar" by Matthew Montfort and "Sangria" by Mariah Parker.
Ancient Future Trio Repertoire (various composers) (>audio.) Studio and live recordings of sample repertoire that is played by this band variation of Ancient Future.
El Zaffa (Montfort) (>audio.). Original composition based on the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm (elzaffa). From "Planet Passion." (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2001) CD, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
Friday, August 15, 2008 ~ 8:00 pm
About this Program:
"Jugalbandi" is a classical North Indian musical duet (literally "tied together"), in this case with the unusual configuration of sitar and guitar accompanied by tabla.
This jugalbandi works so well because Matthew Montfort is a guitarist with knowledge of sitar and Pandit Habib Khan has been described as the "Jimi Hendrix of the sitar" by L'ORIENT LE JOUR, Beirut's French language newspaper. As anyone who has seen this dynamic ensemble before knows, this will not be a typical Indian music concert. The ground between jazz, blues, rock, and raga will be explored, and the contrast between guitar and sitar will be shown in both Eastern and Western settings.
Dawn of Love (Montfort). (>video.) This video of the Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi performing Montfort's song "Dawn of Love" has been watched over 40,000 times on YouTube and myspace! For an explanation of the raga this melody was composed in, check out the 10th edition of the World Rhythms News.
Socha Socha (Khan/Montfort). (>audio.) North Indian ragafeaturing Pandit Habib Khan on sitar and Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar. From "Planet Passion." (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2001) CD, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
Ancient Future Trio featuring
Matthew Montfort ~ scalloped fretboard guitar, glissentar
About this Program:
This concert is a benefit performance for the Ama Foundation, which provides a home for 39 impoverished children in Nepal. There will be beautiful carved wood Sattals (gazebos) and a Shiva temple imported by Himalayan Designs from Nepal. A Nepali dinner and no host bar will be followed by live performances by Ancient Future and the Davis Nepali group.
The program will include material from Ancient Future's repertoire, including Simsimay Panima (In the Falling Rain), a cyclical Nepali song with an almost infinite number of verses. Traditionally, boys and girls would take turns singing these verses, making them up as they went along, and using them to tease one another in a flirtatious manner, but in Ancient Future's version, the exchanges are instrumental improvisations.
Simsimay Panima (Traditional. New arrangement and composition by Matthew Montfort). (>audio.)From high in the Himalayas comes the call and response of loves first meeting in this Nepali folk song about flirting from the "Planet Passion" recording. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.