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Ancient Future Times: 2020 Visions

January 2020 Issue:

Fun Raising 2020 Vision
•Help the World Fusion Movement Enter the New Decade

2020 Vision Sale
•Extended to End of Ancient Future's 40th Season

Music in March
•Concerts in Sonoma County

Fun Raising 2020 Vision

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Help the World Fusion Movement Enter the New Decade

1. Make a Tax Deductible Contribution

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In this age of polarization, world fusion music is needed now more than ever. You can help our "fun raising" efforts to 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:

2. Push A.F.A.R. Past the Finish Line

Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar Recording A.F.A.R.

The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's fun fan funded recording project, has over 86 minutes of music in it so far. Another set of studio tracks that will expand the project by over 50% is already in production. It's time for some "fun raising" to fund payments to master musicians so that they can carve out time to practice their parts and record them.

Hundreds and hundreds of hours have already gone into the composition, rehearsal, pre-production, and recording the guitar and bansuri flute tracks for Beyond Kalyan, a new piece by Matthew Montfort based on Rag Kalyan. At around 30 minutes long, it is a very expansive, emotional, and difficult to perform piece. After finishing all of the melodic parts to the main piece, two live recording sessions were then devoted to recording the guitar and bansuri alap (an improvised introduction to a raga performance), and two more to recording a second guitar part that uses chords and contrapuntal motion. The next step will be recording Vishal Nagar's tabla tracks.

Please consider becoming a supporter at one of the levels below, starting at just $15. And if you are already a supporter, you can still upgrade to higher quality downloads until each supporter level is sold out. Once you become a supporter, you will receive all of the tracks in the archive (and all of the tracks that will be added in the future), and you will be eligible to buy a limited edition CD-R of the Best of A.F.A.R. So Far, which includes all of the best tracks that will (barely) fit on a CD-R.

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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com Records AF-2030).

Supporter Levels and Premiums

2020 Vision Sale

Extended to End of Ancient Future's 40th Season

Purchases at the Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store directly support the artists and the music, and this sale offers bargain prices until February 11, 2020, the 41st anniversary of Ancient Future's first concert!

Five for Fifty: Five Releases Just $10 Each

Yearning for the Wind CoverPlanet Passion CD CoverSangria CD CoverSeven Serenades CD CoverSympathetic Serenade CD Cover

Digital Liner Note Discounts

Yearning for the Wind Digital Liner NotesSeven Serenades Digital Liner Notes

Beats Book Bang for the Buck

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Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort (Kentfield: Ancient Future Music, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2). This classic "world beat bible" takes the student on a musical voyage through the ancient rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. The new companion audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in the book are available for Mac and PC computers, tablets, and smartphones, and CD players.

Skype Studies Sale

Skype Guitar LessonSkype Rhythm LessonLearn Ancient Traditions on Skype

Private Skype Lessons with Ancient Future Bandleader Matthew Montfort. Study any of the musical traditions featured on the Ancient Future web site, all styles of guitar (and other fretted instruments including ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, and sitar), record production, composition, world rhythms, music theory, and repertoire for all instruments.

Music in March

Matthew Montfort and Mariah Parker on Youtube
YouTube Video

Concerts in Sonoma County

Saturday, March 14, 7:30 PM
Ancient Future Duet
Empowerment Healing Arts Sanctuary
616 C Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

Saturday, March 28, 8 PM
Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble
Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct. (Bohemian Hwy. at Graton Rd.)
Occidental, CA 95465

Tix: $22 in advance, $26 at door.
Info: 707-874-9392 or email

The first show of March is a duet with Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Mariah Parker (santur, keys), 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.

The second show features Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble. Her latest release, Indo Latin Jazz Live In Concert, reached number 32 on the JazzWeek airplay chart. Mariah Parker will be debuting new material to be recorded for her next release at both performances.