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May 2015 Issue:

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

Ancient Future at Himalayan Fair May 17
•Featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Vishal Nagar (tabla) and Mariah Parker (santur)

Ancient Future Reunion Concert Wows Audience
•Enthusiastic Full House for First Performance by the Original Line-Up This Century!


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

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Tour Press Release
Tour Poster
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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
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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
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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

Biographies

Matthew Montfort is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. Matthew Montfort is lauded as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com, a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Doc Watson.

Vishal Nagar is considered one of the most gifted tabla players of his generation. Born into a family of musicians, as a child he was fascinated by tabla and began to play at an early age. Vishal had his initial training for a very brief period with the late Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan of the Delhi Gharana. Along with the tabla repertoire which he received from his Ustad, he also has had intense rhythmic training from his mother, the renowned and highly respected Kathak dancer and vocalist, Urmila Nagar.

Jason Everett (aka Mister E) attended Northern Arizona University on a full scholarship for music and started playing professional gigs at sixteen years old. He was originally inspired to explore world music after hearing Quiet Fire, the title track to Ancient Future's third album, at age 16. This story in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber tells the tale of his journey from that inspiration to performing on seven-string fretless bass with Ancient Future: http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/entertainment/300846231.html


Acoustic Guitar Summit

Featuring Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks, and Matthew Montfort

Acoustic Guitar Summit 5-7-2015 Poster

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.


Ancient Future at Himalayan Fair May 17

Featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Vishal Nagar (tabla) and Mariah Parker (santur)

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Vishal Nagar

Shown: Mariah Parker (santur), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), and Vishal Nagar (tabla)

Sunday, May 17, 2 PM
Himalayan Fair
Live Oak Park
1300 Shattuck Ave.
North Berkeley, CA 94709


Ancient Future Reunion Concert Wows Audience

Enthusiastic Full House for First Performance by the Original Line-Up This Century!

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

"A theater for the mind that awakened the spirit and deeply reinvigorated the possibility of a world where rhythms and melodies entwine in serendipity...Its relieving force provided something more sultry, something so awakening, that the rhythm that invokes the soul and the chance to live beyond what we ever thought possible vibrated in every note in every heart. The theater burst in tune with the joy of life. Thank you Matthew, Mindia, Mariah and Benjy for an extraordinary experience!" - From Facebook post by Maria Halyna Lewytzkyj, Freelance Writer

Ancient Future Reunion Standing Ovation

Shown: Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, Benjy Wertheimer, Mindia Devi Klein

Ancient Future's reunion concert enjoyed a full house, and two standing ovations. Original lineup band members Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard, flamenco, and fretless guitars), Benjy Wertheimer (tabla, cajon, esraj), and Mindia Devi Klein (bamboo and silver flutes) were joined by Mariah Parker (santur), who played parts that Phil Fong had played on the original recordings.

2015 Reunion Concert Edition of 'Visions of a Peaceful Planet' 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.

"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. 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." - Paul Liberatore, Press Play, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, 4/10/15

Short Clip from Recently Unearthed Gem

Original Ancient Future Video on Facebook

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