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April 2015 Issue:

The Ancient Future
•When Matt Met Mindy

Ancient Future Reunion Concert
•First Performance by the Original Line-Up This Century!

Enhanced 'Visions of a Peaceful Planet'
•2015 Reunion Concert Edition With Long-Lost 1978 Video

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


THE ANCIENT FUTURE

When Matt Met Mindy

By Mindia Devi Klein

Picture of First Ancient Future Line Up

Ancient Future Circa 1979. Shown: Benjy Wertheimer, Phil Fong, Mindia Devi Klein, Matthew Montfort

When Matt, a serious guitarist, met Mindy, a jazz flutist, it was a very windy sunny day. Both had come to Muir Beach, a famous (back-in-the-day) Marin County nude beach, to meet up with a mutual friend (a friend whose father coincidentally happened to be Sam Keen, an icon of the very influential human potential movement of the times). Of course this was before the Ancient Future (and) before Mindy had become Mindia. Read the full story.

Mindia Devi Klein

Mindia Devi Klein is a musician-composer-educator and writer who, like Matthew Montfort, often prefers to refer to herself in the third person when writing about the music she creates.


Ancient Future Reunion Concert

First Performance by the Original Line-Up This Century!

Ancient Future Circa 1981 with Mindia Devi Klein, Benjy Wertheimer, and Matthew Montfort

Ancient Future Circa 1981. Shown: Mindia Devi Klein, Benjy Wertheimer, Matthew Montfort

Sunday, April 19, 7:30 PM
Throckmorton Theatre

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
Info: 415-383-9600
Facebook Event (please invite your friends!)
Press Release
Poster


Enhanced 'Visions of a Peaceful Planet'

2015 Reunion Concert Edition With Long-Lost 1978 Video

Visions of a Peaceful Planet LP Cover Art

Visions of a Peaceful Planet by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2004) Audio/Video E-CD-R: $19.98 list. Stream. Buy E-CD Now.

Marin IJ Press Play: Ancient Future's 'Peaceful Planet' reissue contains a long-lost video

"This reissue of Ancient Future's 1979 debut album, "Visions of a Peaceful Planet," contains a recently unearthed gem from Marin's musical history — a long-lost first video of the pioneering world fusion music band shot in late 1978 at College of Marin.

"The multi-camera shoot features then young Ali Akbar College students Matthew Montfort, guitar; Mindia Devi Klein, flutes; Benjy Wertheimer, tabla; Phil Fong, sarod; Yusef Ali, rebab, harp, percussion; and Kathak dancer Shoshona Frisch, a student of Chitresh Das, performing a couple of original compositions.

"Snippets of this buried treasure have been shown occasionally on Marin community television. But no one had been able to find the master. That is until Jonah Nickolds and Mariposa de Los Angeles of Marin Artists International heard that members of the original Ancient Future will be reuniting for a 7:30 p.m. concert on April 19 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. That inspired them to dig deeper into the hard drives at the Community Media Center of Marin.

"Their archeological effort paid off with the discovery of this rare footage. Of surprising quality, it provides a fascinating look back at the early influence the late Ali Akbar Khan of San Rafael had on young musicians, teaching them the intricacies of North Indian classical music.

"In this video, shot months before Ancient Future's 1979 debut concert at the original Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, you can see how Khan's Marin County disciples took his training and exotic music and created something new and fresh of their own from it. Today, Ancient Future bills itself as the first and longest running band dedicated exclusively to world fusion." - Paul Liberatore, Press Play, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, 4/10/15

Short Clip from Recently Unearthed Gem

Original Ancient Future Video on Facebook

Please share this short video teaser of Ancient Future Circa 1978. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Yusef Ali, Mindia Devi Klein, Phil Fong, Benjy Wertheimer


Ancient Future Pacific Northwest Concert Tour

Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort and Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar
With Special Guest Seven-String Fretless Bassist Jason Everett

Photo of Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar

Tour Press Release
Tour Poster

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 tristan@theroyalroomseattle.com, or visit theroyalroomseattle.com
Facebook Event (please invite your friends!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 8 PM
Vashon Theatre
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
Facebook Event (please invite your friends!)

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 elfa@conwaymuse.com or visit conwaymuse.com
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Saturday, May 2, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Moscow Renaissance Fair
Main Stage
East City Park, Third and Monroe Streets
Moscow, ID 83843
Tix: Free admission.
Info: Visit moscowrenfair.org
Facebook

Tour Announcement Video

Video of Yearning for the Wind by Ancient Future

Please share this video about Ancient Future's Pacific Northwest Tour. Shown: Matthew Montfort, Vishal Nagar, Jason Everett


Acoustic Guitar Summit

Featuring Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks, and Matthew Montfort

Thursday, May 7, 8 PM
Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tix: $18 advance/$22 door/$30 reserved seating. Advance tix at http://tinyurl.com/mxzywve
Info: 415-383-9600
Facebook Event (please invite your friends!)

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.