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Northern California August 2010 Issue:
Welcome to the Ancient Future Times
Email newsletter of the World Fusion Music Ensemble Ancient Future

In This Issue:

Indian Independence Day Dinner Duet
•August 15, Junnoon, Palo Alto

Dinner Percussion Playshop Party
•August 18, Peña Pachamama, San Francisco

Free Private Music Lessons and Consultations
•This August, Matthew Montfort is Offering a Free Introductory Private Music Lesson or Music Production Consultation

New Song Just One Subscriber A.F.A.R.
•Only one more subscriber needed to add the seventh track to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings!

Sale Celebrating Summer Tour Coverage
•Celebrating media coverage of Ancient Future's So Cal tour with a summer sale at Ancient-Future.Com!

Indian Independence Day Dinner Duet

Ancient Future Duet (Arshad Syed and Mathew Montfort)

A Tryst with Junnoon: 63rd Indian Independence Day Celebrations

Sunday, August 15, 6 to 8 pm
Ancient Future Celtic Raga Duet featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar, Glissentar) with Arshad Syed (tabla, santoor)
Junnoon Restaurant
150 University Avenue
Palo Alto CA 94301
Full Press Release
No cover for restaurant customers. Reservations recommended.
For info or reservations, call 650-329-9644, email, or visit

Dinner Percussion Playshop Party

Learn World Rhythms at a Festive Dinner Party with Dinner Utensil and Body Percussion and Experience World Music for Guitar Performance

Concert Poster

Ancient Future leader and world music for guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort will perform an after dinner concert at 8 pm on both the scalloped fretboard guitar, a special modified instrument able to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar, and on a Godin Glissentar, an 11 string fretless guitar based on the oud.

There will be a 'Dinner Percussion Playshop Party' held before the show at 6:30 pm, in which Montfort will instruct and encourage the audience to perform simple rhythms from his book, Ancient Traditions — Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, using dinner utensils and body percussion. The playshop is open to anyone, regardless of musical background. The best playshop student(s) may be chosen to perform on a song with Matthew Montfort later in the evening.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Dinner Percussion Playshop Party: 6:30 pm
World Music for Guitar Performance by Matthew Montfort: 8 pm
Peña Pachamama
1630 Powell near Union
San Francisco CA 94133
Facebook Event
Full Press Release
Tix: Guitar concert only or dinner percussion playshop only: $12, $14 if no food is ordered. Both the guitar concert and dinner percussion playshop: $20, $24 if no food is ordered. Peña Pachamama Special: Dinner entree, drink, dinner percussion playshop, and guitar concert: $39.95. Dinner starts at 6 pm. For info or reservations, call 415-646-0018 or visit

Free Private Music Lessons and Music Production Consultations

This August, Matthew Montfort is offering a free introductory 1/2 hour private session or phone consultation to potential students and music production clients. The free introductory sessions are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, first come first serve, schedule permitting. Visit for information on music instruction and record production offerings. Email or call 415-459-1892 to schedule a free initial session by phone or in person.

New Song Just One Subscriber A.F.A.R.

Video of Next Song for the Archive

Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi on Youtube
Ancient Future performing Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi version of 'Dawn of Love'
(Subscribe to A.F.A.R. to put this song in the archive!):

Your Financial Support Makes a Difference!

Download Supporter:$25 (320 kbps downloads). Subscribe @ $25. Limited Edition CD Sponsor: $50 (downloads plus CD-R upon completion). Subscribe @ $50. Honorary A & R Representative: $75 (all previous plus DVD-R upon completion). Subscribe @ $75.

To date, we've collected $2065 towards our goal of raising $25,000 to support the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. When we reach $2500, we will have the funds to begin recording the first brand new studio track for the archive. In the meantime, we are mixing and mastering multitrack recordings of live concerts for the archive, adding a new song when we reach fundraising challenges. Now only one more subscriber is needed to support mixing and mastering the high resolution audio of the next track for the archive. Your support can be what puts 'Dawn of Love' by Matthew Montfort in the archive! A video of this piece has been watched over 130,000 times on youtube. Please sign up for A.F.A.R. now and join us on this creative cross-cultural journey!

Sale Celebrating Summer Tour Coverage

Media Report PDF
Media Report
(2.9 MB pdf)

Ancient Future's first concert tour of Southern California since 1998 was well received by the Southern California music fans and the media as evidenced by this 19 page media placement report! To celebrate, we are continuing our summer sale at Ancient-Future.Com. For example, three 30th anniversary CD releases are only $14 each: Planet Passion by Ancient Future, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort, and Sangria by Mariah Parker.

Planet Passion CD Cover Seven Serenades CD Cover Sangria CD Cover