Ancient Future History: 2008 to 2017
3 Releases Celebrating 30 Years of World Fusion Music
In 2008, a deal was signed with Gemini Sun Records as an umbrella label to pass through distribution of Ancient-Future.Com Records as a stand alone label through Ryko/WEA distribution. While that meant that Ancient-Future.Com releases had the potential to achieve the same level of distribution as Ancient Future enjoyed when it was signed to a major label, the economic downturn coupled with free music on the Internet led to a rash of record store closings. The distribution deal ultimately ended after the closing of Gemini Sun Records in late 2009.
Three releases celebrating thirty years of world fusion music were released February 10, 2009: Planet Passion by Ancient Future (AF 2010), Sangria by Mariah Parker (AF 2017), and Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort (AF 2008). February 10, 2009 was one day before the 30th anniversary of the first Ancient Future concert, February 11, 1979.
During Ancient Future's 30th anniversary year, work began on a new Ancient Future band project: the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.). The concept is to involve fans of world fusion music in supporting the creation of an archive of live and studio recordings that will be available to subscribers as they are created. The best of these recordings will be selected to be released commercially at a future date.
To fund A.F.A.R., a subscription system model is being employed. It is a bit like making a "people's label" to fund the recording. A special download supporter area has been unveiled where the work files for the project are posted as they are created. There is already more than an hour of music in the archive, with more to come as more money is raised.
Recording Newsletter Package: $15. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. This package entitles the recording project supporter to receive the A.F.A.R. Email Newsletter which provides a window on the creative process, good quality 128 kbps digital downloads of selected legacy recordings chosen from the Ancient Future archives of live concerts, radio performances, and unreleased performances, good quality 128 kbps digital downloads of selected music to be recorded especially for the A.F.A.R. project, and a 30% discount on advance copies of the final commercial release. Until the Download Supporter Package is sold out, you can upgrade from this package at any time for an additional $15 donation (Upgrade Now). Be a virtual fly-on-the-wall during the recording process!
Download Supporter Package: $25. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. This package entitles the recording project supporter to receive everything included in the Recording Newsletter Package plus high quality 320 kbps downloads of all legacy recordings chosen from the Ancient Future archives of live concerts, radio performances, and unreleased performances, high quality 320 kbps digital downloads of all music to be recorded especially for the A.F.A.R. project forming an exclusive preview audio recording with digital liner notes that will not otherwise be available in shops (selections from which will form a final public edition), and the chance to submit feedback to questions posed in the recording newsletter. Until the Limited Edition CD Sponsor Package is sold out, you can upgrade from this package at any time for an additional $25 donation (Upgrade Now). Limited to 300 packages.
Limited Edition CD Sponsor Package: $50. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. This package entitles the recording project supporter to everything included in the Download Supporter Package plus an exclusive limited edition CD-R of the same recording with with printed liner notes signed by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort. Until the Honorary A & R Representative Package is sold out, you can upgrade from this package at any time for an additional $25 donation (Upgrade Now). Limited to 200 packages.
Honorary A & R Representative Package: $75. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. This package entitles the recording project supporter to everything included in the Limited Edition CD Sponsor Package plus a DVD-R including video and 24 bit audio files for hi-rez playback on computers. This is the perfect package for audiophiles and home studio enthusiasts. Limited to 100 packages.
Ancient Future's 35th anniversary year was celebrated by concerts and by the release of the first HD audio/video release in Ancient Future history! Yearning for the Wind is a beautiful video of a scalloped fretboard guitar and tabla duet recorded for the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. Released as an enhanced CD to promote Ancient Future's fan funded project, the full resolution files were made available as soon as they were recorded to A.F.A.R. supporters.
Randy Mead, who composed for and performed with Ancient Future from 1982 to 1986, died unexpectedly on August 5, 2012, from a massive coronary event in his home near Slocan Lake in Eastern British Columbia. He was widely known as an extraordinary flutist, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, as well as a film and film-score producer. His work can be heard extensively on Ancient Future's Quiet Fire recording.
On July 18, 2016, original Ancient Future multi-instrumentalist Phil Fong passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco after a battle with ALS. He 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. 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. His work is featured on the first two Ancient Future recordings: Visions of a Peaceful Planet and Natural Rhythms.
Archival Video of Ancient Future with Phil Fong
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.
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