March 2010 Issue:
Welcome to the Ancient Future Times
Email newsletter of the World Fusion Music Ensemble Ancient Future
Twitter: Ancient Future Band (Ancient_Future) • Ancient-Future.Com Records (WorldFusion) • Matthew Montfort (MatthewMontfort)
Facebook: Ancient Future Fan Page • Matthew Montfort Fan Page
To subscribe, use the form below. Follow instructions thereafter, and make sure to ONLY check the geographic area where you actually live. We need this information so that we only send you information about concerts in your area. It doesn't refer to types of world music that you like.
In this issue, we highlight ways to support Ancient Future's mission of cross-cultural collaborations. In the current arts environment, the future of the world fusion music movement depends on your direct involvement. Please support something on the list below!
Seven Subscribers Sought A.F.A.R.
•A.F.A.R. is Where YOU Join with Ancient Future in the Creation of a New Cross-Cultural Recording. Your Financial Support of $10 or More Needed.
Ancient Future Trio In Concert in Davis 3/27/10
•TimnaTal Music Presents at Village Homes Community Center. Please Help Spread the Word.
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Quintet in Concert
•Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz 4/15/10 and Yoshi's Oakland 4/19/10. Please Help Spread the Word.
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 live and studio recordings that will be available to subscribers (YOU) as they are created. When the archive is complete, the best of the collection will be selected for release as the eighth Ancient Future release. There are already five songs in the archive available exclusively to subscribers.
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble Performing 'Affinity Minus One' at Yoshi's:
Mariah Parker debuted a new Indo Latin jazz piece, "Affinity Minus One," at her Yoshi's concert last August, which was recorded on video and high resolution multitrack audio. Only seven more subscribers are needed to support mastering the high resolution audio so we can add it to the archive as an example to supporters of one of the possible directions to be explored in the recording. Your support now can be what puts this song in the archive! We've even added a very inexpensive supporter package that includes all the audio files for only $10 so that everyone can afford to participate. Please sign up for A.F.A.R. now and join us on this creative cross-cultural journey!
There are four supporter packages available:
Recording Newsletter Package: $10. Subscribe Now. Supporters at this level receive the A.F.A.R. Email Newsletter which provides a window on the creative process, good quality 128 kbps digital downloads of legacy recordings chosen from the Ancient Future archives of live concerts, radio performances, and unreleased performances, good quality 128 kbps digital downloads of music to be recorded especially for the A.F.A.R. project, and a 30% discount on advance copies of the final commercial release. This is quite a bargain with five songs already in the archive and more to come!
Download Supporter Package: $25. Subscribe Now. Supporters at this level receive everything included in the Recording Newsletter Package plus high quality 320 kbps downloads of legacy recordings chosen from the Ancient Future archives of live concerts, radio performances, and unreleased performances, high quality 320 kbps digital downloads of 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. Limited to 300 packages.
Limited Edition CD Sponsor Package: $50. Subscribe Now. Supporters at this level receive everything included in the Download Supporter Package plus an exclusive limited edition CD-R of the same recording with printed liner notes signed by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort. Limited to 200 packages.
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Youtube Video Duet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGIliJuyfvs
Matthew Montfort - scalloped fretboard and fretless guitars
Mariah Parker - santur (hammered dulcimer)
In December, the Ancient Future Times featured a challenge from A.F.A.R. for five more subscribers. The challenge was met, and the new live version of Moonbath is now in the archive, plus we have posted the video on youtube! As you can see, this version from the 30th anniversary concert at the Freight and Salvage is a very delicate and moving duet featuring scalloped fretboard guitar and hammered dulcimer. Subscribers get the full resolution audio!
You can also help by spreading word of A.F.A.R. afar, so please share this with your friends near and afar (www.ancient-future.com/afar.html)!
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Saturday, March 27, 7 pm
TimnaTal Music Presents Ancient Future
Village Homes Community Center
2661 Portage Bay East
Davis, CA 95616
Tix: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Venue Website: www.timnatalmusic.com
Ancient Future Event Website: www.ancient-future.com/pr_3_27_10.html
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/event.php?&eid=342956531894
This is the first Ancient Future concert in Davis since a performance at the Whole Earth Festival on May 12, 2002. This program is supported entirely by ticket sales, so need a full house for this concert to be viable. If you know anyone in the Sacramento/Davis area who may be interested, please let them know about this special concert by forwarding this email, sending them a link to www.ancient-future.com/pr_3_27_10.html, or inviting them to the event on www.facebook.com/event.php?&eid=342956531894.
Matthew Montfort - scalloped fretboard and fretless guitars
Mariah Parker - santur (hammered dulcimer)
Joe Fajen - tabla, percussion
This concert features a trio version of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future featuring scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort, santurist Mariah Parker, and Joe Fajen on tabla and percussion. The Ancient Future Trio concentrates on Arabic, Indian, and Spanish musical themes, and has performed in Spain at festivals in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Botarell, Torredembarra, and Salou. They will perform music from Ancient Future's broad repertoire including three current releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records celebrating 30 years of world fusion music: Planet Passion by Ancient Future (remastered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band), Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort, and Sangria by Mariah Parker.
Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010) $17.98: Buy 1 Now. (>YTmusic.)
Planet Passion by Ancient Future has been re-issued with 64-Bit Tuned Harmonic Mastering to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band. The seventh Ancient Future recording features nineteen top masters of of Indian, Nepalese, African, Cuban, Celtic, Arabic, Palestinian, Jewish, Indonesian, Chinese, Eastern European and American music traditions performing music on the theme of mythical stories of love.
“If the members of the United Nations formed a world-fusion band, it might look and sound a little something like Ancient Future’s re-issue of their seventh recording. Featuring instrumentation from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, Planet Passion is a mythical story of love, flirtation, seduction, courtship, marriage and longing. Manose Singh’s bansuri flute and Matthew Montfort’s scalloped fretboard work stand out in this eclectic, visionary global village, where each track features its own unique set of players. At its best, Planet Passion strives to preserve the world’s vast musical heritage via international collaboration: the idea that one protects the old by creating something new. This is at the heart of fusion music and the heart of Ancient Future’s global aesthetics, too: a diverse, unified world without borders, a multicultural community, a new, reconstituted sonic reality.” — Ryan Allen, LEO WEEKLY, Louisville, Kentucky
Thursday, April 15, 7 pm
Cookin’ at Kuumbwa
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tix: $12 adv, $15 door; Jazz & Dinner: $24.60 adv.
Tix by phone: 1-866-55-TICKETS
Tix online: http://kuumbwajazz.inticketing.com/events
Doors open and dinner begins at 6 pm
Advance reservations include reserved seating at a table
Cuisine by guest chefs from local restaurants plus resident chef, Cheryl Simons
For more info, call (831) 427-2227, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kuumbwajazz.org
Ancient Future Event Website: www.ancient-future.com/pr_4_15_10.html
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=333388193262
This is the first performance of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in Santa Cruz. Kuumbwa is a major jazz venue, and it is crucial that this first performance gets a good turn out. If you know anyone in the Santa Cruz area, please let them know about this special dinner concert by forwarding this email, sending them a link to www.ancient-future.com/pr_4_15_10.html, or inviting them to the event on www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=333388193262.
Monday, April 19, 8 pm
Yoshi’s Jazz Club
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
For more info, call 510-238-9200 or visit www.yoshis.com
Ancient Future Event Website: www.ancient-future.com/pr_4_19_10.html
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=348551128160
There was a full house for the debut performance of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble at Yoshi’s on a Tuesday night last August. The ensemble has been invited back and it is important for future bookings of Ancient-Future.Com Records artists to show Yoshi's we can do it again. If you missed it last time, here’s your chance. If you enjoyed the show last time, come again and bring a friend! You can forward this email to your friends, send them a link to www.ancient-future.com/pr_4_19_10.html, or invite them to the event on www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=348551128160.
“Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble packed Yoshi's in Jack London Square, and the incredible live performance had the audience roaring and screaming for more of the Indo-Latin jazz rhythms filling the celebrated jazz club during the CD release event for Mariah Parker's debut recording, 'Sangria.' Blending the asymmetrical meters of East India with the driving syncopations of Latin jazz to create a fresh new sound, Parker draws musical inspiration from Cuba, Brazil, India and Spain. The concert goers were so spirited and enthusiastic as the performance progressed throughout the evening, the roar of their response to Mariah Parker's compositions brought the jazz club to a feverish pitch that rocked the building to its foundation.” - Lynda Carson, BERKELEY DAILY PLANET
Featuring Mariah Parker (composer, piano, santur) and a stellar lineup of musicians including including Grammy award winning woodwind virtuoso Paul McCandless (known through his work with the seminal chamber jazz groups Paul Winter Consort and Oregon), trailblazing guitarist Matthew Montfort (Ancient Future), bassist and cellist Kash Killion (Sun Ra Arkestra, Cecil Taylor); and Indian tabla/jazz drum set pioneer Sameer Gupta (Marc Cary, VidyA, Chitresh Das, Anindo Chatterjee).
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble performs 'Milo's Moment' at Yoshi's:
Ancient Future performs 'Sangria' by Mariah Parker at 30th Anniversary Concert at Freight & Salvage:
Sangria by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017). $17.98: Buy 1 Now. (>YTmusic).
Mariah Parker's debut recording on Ancient-Future.Com Records, Sangria, features her original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India. Her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble accompanies her and includes musicians from the bands Ancient Future, Oregon, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters.
Sangria received airplay on over 385 New World, Jazz, and Latin radio programs. The recording has earned 76 media and chart placements including two songs on the Smooth Jazz Now Top 100 Songs of 2009 Chart and rave reviews such as the following:
“Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music. Intriguing melodies that draw musical inspirations from the tempos of Brazil, Cuba, India, and Spain make for an uplifting serene yet passionate musical journey into an ideal world.” — LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE
“Dazzling debut.... Parker’s subtle and sensuous sounds reflect exotic flavors of India, the Middle East and Latin America.” — PALO ALTO DAILY NEWS
“Although entirely instrumental, Sangria speaks. Maybe it's the technical virtuosity abounding in the multiplicity of sounds - in the santur or sarangi, or the tabla or timbales. Maybe it's in the emotive resonance of what's behind the sounds, like the longing of separation in "Between the Lines," where Parker's fingers dance across the keys in precise, measured movements, in graceful arching and sweeping strokes, or in the spectacle of wonder in "Debajo De La Lluvia" or the "Tenth Journey." Whatever it is, Parker's Sangria is a lively, adventurous exploration into a hybrid global identity.” — LEO WEEKLY