March 2015 Issue:
•First Video Recording of Ancient Future Rescued from Archival Oblivion
Original Ancient Future Reunion Concert
•Featuring Mindia Devi Klein (flutes), Benjy Wertheimer (tabla), and Matthew Montfort (guitars) plus Special Guests
Air Craft Reunion Concerts
•Featuring Doug McKeehan (keys) and Bruce Bowers (violin)
Ancient Future Pacific Northwest Tour
•Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort and Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar with Special Guest Seven-String Fretless Bassist Jason Everett
Acoustic Guitar Summit
•Featuring Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks, and Matthew Montfort
A.F.A.R. So Far
•Two New Tracks Ready for the The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings
First Video Recording of Ancient Future Rescued from Archival Oblivion
Please share this video of Ancient Future Circa 1978. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Yusef Ali, Mindia Devi Klein, Phil Fong, Benjy Wertheimer
This video is an amazing archeological 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 discovered and rescued parts of Ancient Future's first video recording session from archival oblivion. This short teaser from 'Eternal Embrace' by Phil Fong from Visions of a Peaceful Planet is the first release from this archeological expedition. Performances of two complete pieces have been recovered, and will be released after some audio restoration work is completed.
Featuring Mindia Devi Klein (flutes), Benjy Wertheimer (tabla), and Matthew Montfort (guitars) plus Special Guests
Ancient Future Circa 1981. Shown: Mindia Devi Klein, Benjy Wertheimer, Matthew Montfort
Sunday, April 19, 7:30 PM
142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Doors open at 7 PM
Tix: $20 adv, $25 at door, $35 reserved seating. Advance tix at http://tinyurl.com/ou8aeez
Poster (920k .pdf)
On Sunday, April 19, the original line-up of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future will perform 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. Ancient Future's first concert took place to a packed house on February 11, 1979, at the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, then a vegetarian cafe and music club co-op that was the center of a vibrant local music scene. This line-up of Ancient Future made two recordings that are now considered world fusion classics: Visions of a Peaceful Planet and Natural Rhythms.
Featuring Doug McKeehan (keys) and Bruce Bowers (violin)
Friday, March 27, 8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, California 94612
Tix: $20 reserved/door. Info: 510-547-8188
Saturday, March 28, 8 pm
MACLA Black Box Theater
510 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Tix: $20 reserved/door. Info: 408-998-2783 x28
When Matthew Montfort was looking for musicians to reform Ancient Future after the band signed with Narada Records, he tapped two principals of the band Air Craft, Doug McKeehan and Bruce Bowers. They performed together on Ancient Future's Quiet Fire and Dreamchaser releases. But with Ancient Future touring and recording, this effectively put their contemporary instrumental band on hold. But now, decades later, Air Craft celebrates the upcoming CD re-issue of their 1985 vinyl LP, So Near, So Far, on Ancient-Future.Com Records. These concerts bring together the original band performing both their classic and new material. Joining Doug and Bruce will be Santana alumnus Myron Dove on bass and veteran journeyman Jack Dorsey on drums.
Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort and Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar
With Special Guest Seven-String Fretless Bassist Jason Everett
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Tix: $15 adv/$18 door. Advance tix at strangertickets.com/events/23464505
Info: Call 206-906-9920, email email@example.com, or visit theroyalroomseattle.com
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 8 PM
17723 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon, WA 98070
Tix: $15 adv/$18 door. Advance tix at ancientfuturevashon.brownpapertickets.com
Info: Call 206-229-8491 or email jason@misterEmachine.com
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 PM
The Conway Muse
18444 Spruce St.
Conway, WA 98238
Sponsored by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts
Tix: $15 adv/$18 door. Advance tix at brownpapertickets.com/event/1311376
Info: Call 360-445-3000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit conwaymuse.com
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Moscow Renaissance Fair
East City Park, Third and Monroe Streets
Moscow, ID 83843
Tix: Free admission.
Info: Visit moscowrenfair.org
Tour Poster (145k .pdf)
This is the first Ancient Future tour of the Pacific Northwest in a decade. Strains of passionate flamenco and ethereal Indian raga emanate from this program featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort and renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. For a portion of the show, special guest and Seattle area fav Jason Everett (aka Mister E) will accompany them on seven-string fretless bass. The program will feature music from the ground breaking world music recordings of Ancient Future, including the first audio/video release in Ancient Future history, 2014's Yearning for the Wind.
"Matthew Montfort subtly coaxes remarkably flowing lines from his scalloped fretboard guitar. And Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar intuitively places incredibly intricate rhythmic patterns into the piece. Ancient Future has been making wonderful world fusion music for three decades. The possibilities remain infinite." — Paul Freeman, PALO ALTO DAILY NEWS
Tour Announcement Video
Please share this video about Ancient Future's Pacific Northwest Tour. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Vishal Nagar, Jason Everett
Featuring Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks, and Matthew MontfortThursday, May 7, 8 PM
142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tix: $18 advance/$22 door/$30 reserved seating. Advance tix at http://tinyurl.com/mxzywve
With styles ranging from world fusion to folk, jazz, and classical, Teja Gerken's Acoustic Guitar Summit is certain to be a joyous tour de force of solo and ensemble performances and a Bay Area guitar concert highlight of the year.
Two New Tracks Ready for the The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings
The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, has 10 tracks and 70 minutes of music in it so far, and supporters of the archive can now purchase a limited edition CD of all of these tracks, appropriately titled A.F.A.R. So Far.
We are proud to announce that another eleven and a half minutes of music have been recorded, mixed, and mastered for the archive! We just need to raise another few hundred to pay an initial licensing fee for Ancient Future's first ever and very unique cover of a popular song and to register this version of the archive with the US Copyright Office. So, sign up to become a supporter and help add these two new recordings to the archive. Plus, you'll get all 70 minutes of music that are in the archive right now immediately!
Please become a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. Once you become a supporter at any level, you you will be eligible to buy a CD-R. Only a very few copies of each edition of A.F.A.R. So Far are made, as new tracks are added as money is raised.
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