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Ancient Future Times: Festivities Begin for Ancient Future's 40th Year of World Fusion

February 2019 Issue:

40th Anniversary Preview Performance Streams Live
•KPFA 94.1 FM (, Thursday, February 7, 10 PM PST

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert
•Tuesday, February 12, 8 PM, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

Get More Enjoyment Out of Music
•World Music Studies for Listeners

Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series
•Each Concert Program Features a Different Lineup!

Ancient Future World Without Walls Reunion Concert
•Save the Date: 5/26/19 at SFIAF

40th Anniversary Preview Performance Streams Live

Picture of First Ancient Future Line Up
Original Members Benjy Wertheimer, Phil Fong, Mindia Devi Klein, Matthew Montfort

KPFA 94.1 FM (, Thursday, February 7, 10 PM PST

Want to hear some of Ancient Future's early music performed live, but don't live in the San Francisco Bay Area?

You are in luck, because Ancient Future will perform live on The Hear and Now with Derk Richardson on KPFA, 94.1 FM, Berkeley, California. The broadcast will take place on Thursday, February 7, at 10 PM PST, which is Mindia Devi Klein's birthday.

Special thanks go out to Jason Ranjit Parmar (tabla, udu) and Mariah Parker (piano, santur). They will be filling in for original Ancient Future members Benjy Wertheimer, who will be flying in for the 40th anniversary concert, and the late Phil Fong.

The broadcast also streams live. Visit at 10 PM PST and click the Listen Live link. The archived broadcast will be available for two weeks.

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert

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

Tuesday, February 12, 8 PM, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

With Founding Members Matthew Montfort (Guitars), Mindia Devi (Flutes), and Benjy Wertheimer (Tabla)
Plus Georges Lammam (Violin), Vishal Nagar (Tabla), Doug McKeehan (Keys) and Mariah Parker (Santur)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8 PM
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Purchase Tix: $20 in advance at the F&S, $24 at the door. All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.
Box Office Phone: 510-644-2020, open 12:30 PM – 7 PM (excluding holidays) and during all performances.
Press Release
Facebook Event

Ancient Future 40th Anniversary Concert Poster
Poster (384k .pdf)

Ancient Future's first concert took place on February 11, 1979, at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California, a vegetarian cafe and music club co-op that was the center of a vibrant local music scene. It was the day before Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's birthday, who was not yet of nightclub age. This concert on Montfort's birthday celebrates Ancient Future's 40 years at the forefront of the world fusion music movement. Purchase your tickets now to insure the success of this one time event!

Support the 40th Anniversary Season with a Tax Deductible Contribution!

By making a tax deductible donation to Ancient Future through InterMusic SF, you can help support Ancient Future's local Northern California concert season, provide seed money to bring Ancient Future to perform in your area, or support new compositions and recordings.

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to Ancient Future Through InterMusic SF!

You can also help by signing up to support Ancient Future's fan funded recording project, the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings.

First Set

The first set of the 40th anniversary concert will feature original band members Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Benjy Wertheimer on tabla, and Mindia Devi Klein on bansuri and silver flutes. Mariah Parker will play piano and fill in for the late Phil Fong on santur.

Original Ancient Future Video
YouTube Video of Ancient Future Circa 1978

'Visions of a Peaceful Planet' 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) $19.98 list. Buy Audio/Video E-CD Now.

Second Set

The second set will feature band members from Ancient Future's major label releases along with top master musicians from around the world who have a long history of cross cultural music collaborations with the band. Confirmed performers include Georges Lammam on Arabic violin, Vishal Nagar on tabla, and Doug McKeehan on keyboards.

Video of El Zaffa
YouTube Video of 'El Zaffa' by Ancient Future

Yearning for the Wind on YouTube
YouTube Video
of 'Yearning for the Wind' by Ancient Future

Get More Enjoyment Out of Music

Tones of Balinese Gamelan: Ding, Dong, Dèng, Dung, Dang

World Music Studies for Listeners!

Want to get more out of listening to music? Study of music traditions isn't just for musicians. The more you know about music, the more you will get out of listening to it. For example, many listeners are attracted to the spiritual feeling of Indian classical music. But knowing the basics of tala (Indian rhythm cycles) will greatly enhance what one experiences while listening.

A great way to get started on a journey to become a better listener is to visit the education section of Ancient-Future.Com. Included are explanations of African, Arabic, Balinese, and Indian traditions along with some basic exercises to practice that require no instruments to perform. As you learn more, you may wish to take a private Skype lesson to continue your studies.

Skype Sale

Skype online music lesson guitar pick icon carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

30 Minute Skype Lesson. Normally $50. Sale $40. Buy 1 Now.

Free Sonoma County Library Concert Series

Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Shenshen Zhang (pipa) on youtube
YouTube Video of Very First Meeting of Matthew Montfort and Shenshen Zhang

Each Concert Program Features a Different Lineup!

Matthew Montfort leads this series of free hour long educational library concerts. Every show in the series features a different program with different musicians!

Ancient Future World Without Walls Reunion Concert

Ancient Future Photo Circa 1990 by Irene Young
Photo by Irene Young of Ancient Future circa 1990

Save the Date: 5/26/19 at SFIAF

The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The reunion show features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion.

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 5 PM
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Gallery 308, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94109