June 2013 Issue:
Auctioning the Past to Pay for the Future
•Rare Items from the Ancient Future Historical Archives Auctioned to Fund the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings
Summer CD Sale
•Four Acclaimed Releases Priced at Just $10 Each for a Limited Time!
Matthew Montfort to be Interviewed on KCSM
•Streams Live June 20 at 11 PM PST
Summer Solstice Serenades at Garden Gate, Berkeley
•Ancient Future Duet Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort and Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar
World Rhythms Workshop at Gryphon Strings, Palo Alto
•Got Rhythm? Get the Beats of Africa, Bali, and India with Ancient Future Leader Matthew Montfort
A Meeting of Acoustic Minds at The Old Princeton Landing, El Granada
•Featuring Matthew Montfort, Steve Baughman and Mark Kostrzewa
Rare Items from the Ancient Future Historical Archives Auctioned to Fund the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings
To raise money to fund the next Ancient Future recording, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, we are debuting a program to auction off rare items from the historical archives of the band Ancient Future. Below are just a few of the items that will be available through Ancient Future's eBay store (ancientfuturemusic) starting now. Check back frequently for more offerings!
Rare Visions of a Peaceful Planet Original Collector's LP
Visions of a Peaceful Planet (Beauty AF-79. >youtube) by Ancient Future is the band's debut recording, recorded between December 1978 and May of 1979, when all of the members were studying at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, under the late sarod master, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Ancient-Future.Com Records has a very limited number of original vinyl LP copies of this release left. Used Ancient Future LPs have been sold on eBay for $44 by third parties. This copy is an original printing, still unopened! Bidding through Ancient Future's eBay store (ancientfuturemusic) starts at only $35, and the auction winner will also receive a signed certificate of authenticity, a 128 kbps download subscription to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, and downloads of every track on the record so that the LP itself can remain a pristine collector's item.
Complete Set of Rare Cassettes by Ancient Future
This is a complete set of original virgin unopened cassette copies of Ancient Future's four major label releases: Quiet Fire, Dreamchaser, World Without Walls, and Asian Fusion. Rare copies of these out of print recordings are fetching high prices, as evidenced by this July 2011 review of World Without Walls by Chris Spector at MIDWEST RECORD: "Bloody hell, get me some Alzheimer's drugs, will you? Ancient Future was on Narada's Sona Gaia subsidiary with a world beat album that was ahead of it's time and they were hanging out with Zappa's world beat buddies and I don't remember any of it? More bloody hell, new copies of this are going for over $200 on Amazon! How did I miss this? Fun stuff throughout that still sounds fresh and in the moment today."
Included with the cassettes are a 128 kbps download subscription to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, a signed certificate of authenticity, and associated downloads. We only have two complete sets, and one is reserved for the Ancient Future archive, so this collector's set of four cassettes and one download subscription is truly a one of a kind! Bidding through Ancient Future's eBay store (ancientfuturemusic) starts at just $75, which is only $15 per recording, and unlike the $200 copies of rare out of print Ancient Future recordings being sold on Amazon.com, the money goes to support the creation of new music!
About The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings
The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings concept is to involve you, fans of world fusion music, in supporting the creation of a collection of new recordings that are available to subscribers as they are created, including beautiful digital liner notes of the recording in progress, downloads of all available files in MP3, CD, or hi-res audiophile quality, and files to print a cover, tray card, and label for an A.F.A.R. So Far CD for CD and hi-res subscribers. You can subscribe for as little as $15 (a real bargain for so much music), or as much as you care to donate. Your help and participation is essential and very much appreciated.
Recording Newsletter. $15 (receive 128 kbps downloads): Subscribe @ $15. Download Supporter. $25 (320 kbps downloads): Subscribe @ $25. Limited Edition CD Sponsor. $50 (all previous plus CD quality audio): Subscribe @ $50. Honorary A & R Representative. $75 (all previous plus video and 24 bit audio): Subscribe @ $75. Donor VIP. Make Additional Donation.
Four Acclaimed Releases Priced at Just $10 Each for a Limited Time
In addition to the A.F.A.R. auction program, we are also having a summer CD sale at Ancient-Future.Com. This is the best pricing we have ever offered on the following releases, so now is the time to pick them up! They also make great gifts for loved ones.
Streams Live June 20 at 11 PM PST
Guitarist Matthew Montfort will be interviewed on KCSM on Thursday, June 20th, at 11 PM PST on "All Out" with Greg Bridges, a show focusing on improvisational jazz that pushes the envelope. The interview will stream live at kcsm.org, and Comcast Digital Cable also carries KCSM FM Jazz 91 on Channel 962, so if you have Comcast you can tune in on your TV!
Ancient Future Duet Featuring World Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort and Tabla Virtuoso Vishal Nagar
Friday, June 21, 8 PM
Garden Gate Creativity Center
2911 Claremont Ave. @ Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Tix: $25 at the door and brownpapertickets.com.
Info: Call Rebecca Trujillo at 510-472-2834 or Diana Rowan at 510-717-7148 or email email@example.com.
Poster. Facebook event.
Experience Summer Solstice Serenades with strains of flamenco and Indian raga in this concert featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The program will feature music from the ground breaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Matthew Montfort's solo guitar releases: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he was lauded as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists. Read more.
Got Rhythm? Get the Beats of Africa, Bali, and India with Ancient Future Leader Matthew Montfort
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 1 PM to 4 PM
211 Lambert Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94306
Cost: $50. Seats are limited, so it is highly recommended to call or stop by Gryphon Strings to get your ticket in advance.
Info: 650-493-2131. Poster. Facebook event.
This workshop the weekend of the equinox is a wonderful way to welcome summer with improved timing skills. Matthew Montfort is the author of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. The book, which is the basis for this world music workshop, has been used by many teachers and musicians around the world, including Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, and Steve Smith, famed jazz and rock drummer.
The workshop is presented in an easy to follow, entertaining yet educational format for all music lovers. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music were chosen as the source material for the training because these three traditions in combination cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. Not just for musicians and percussionists, this training can help anyone with a desire to improve their rhythm skills. The workshop is open to all levels, and no musical background is required. Very simple to play percussion instruments will be provided, and participants are free to bring any percussive instrument they enjoy playing. Read more.
Rhythm Training Materials
Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities
Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort. Book/Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI Soundfiles: $52.95 (SALE! Normally $69.95): Buy Link.
"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions--Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate." – Richard Kadrey, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Featuring Matthew Montfort, Steve Baughman and Mark Kostrzewa
Saturday, July 13th, 2013, 3:30 PM to 6 PM
The Old Princeton Landing
460 Capistrano Rd.
El Granada, CA 94018
Tix: $10 advance/$12 door. 12 and under free. Advance tickets at the O.P.L or call 650-728-7096.
Three amazing acoustic guitarists will hold a "Meeting of Acoustic Minds" at the Old Princeton Landing in El Granada. World music guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort is known as leader of the seminal world fusion music band Ancient Future and as been recognized as one of the world's 100 greatest acoustic guitarists. Mark Kostrzewa is well known in the Northern California acoustic guitar scene for his coastal-inspired progressive finger-picking originals. Steve Baughman is well known from several CD's for his melodic fingerstyle guitar, drawing upon Celtic, Appalachian, and various ethnic and folks traditions and has five books to his credit with Mel Bay Publications. Read more.