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Ancient Future Times: First Ancient Future Concert Since 2019 Streams Free!

June 2021 Issue:

Alternate Reality Concerts Continue
•First Ancient Future Concert Since 2019 Streams Free!

Alternate Reality Concert Video Tops Ethnocloud Charts
Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

Alternate Reality Concerts Continue

Ancient Future Alternate Reality Concert

First Ancient Future Concert Since 2019 Streams Free!

Subscribers to the Ancient Future Times wrote to suggest that Ancient Future offer virtual concerts during the pandemic and beyond. A new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created in response, and Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer on his birthday, February 12, 2021.

Exactly four months later, Ancient Future will perform a live streaming concert on June 12 at 3:30 PM PDT. It's the first Ancient Future performance since September 1, 2019, when the band performed at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheater in Sierra City, California. Tabla master Aditya Kalyanpur was on that date and handed his iPhone to audience members to take videos of the performance. He shared the results with Jhankar, an Indian arts organization in Cincinnati, and they came forth to sponsor this streaming concert. The concert features a trio program consisting of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla, and Frank Martin on keyboards. The set list features compositions by Matthew Montfort and Frank Martin.

Saturday, June 12 , 3:30 PM PDT
Ancient Future Trio
Matthew Montfort (Guitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla), and Frank Martin (Keys)
Free Streaming Concert Sponsored by Jhankar

Streaming Links:
Facebook Live
YouTube Live
Upcoming Show Notifications:
Send email address to with "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. There's currently no charge, but donations are very much needed to support the music, especially in this time of uncertainty as to when concerts will again be safe and potentially economically viable.

Time Conversions:
Saturday, June 12 , 12:30 PM HST (Hawaii), 6:30 PM EDT (East Coast USA), 7:30 PM GMT-3 (Rio de Janeiro)
Sunday June 13, 12:30 AM CEST (Central Europe), 4:00 AM IST (India), 7:30 AM JST (Japan)


Photo of Aditya Kalyanpur

Aditya Kalyanpur began his training on the tabla at the age of five under the guidance of two of India's top tabla masters: the late Alla Rakha Khan and his son Zakir Hussain. Aditya was first seen performing with Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. His style consists of bold and clear execution of syllables, pinpoint precision in rhythm coupled with a colossal repertoire of compositions and improvisational technique. He has performed with top Indian artists including Shivkumar Sharma, Shujaat Khan, and A.R. Rahman. He can be heard on Katy Perry's "Legendary Lovers" from her album "Prism," and also recorded with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.

Photo of Frank Martin

Master keyboardist Frank Martin has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists that include Stevie Wonder, Sting, Larry Coryell, Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Herbie Hancock, Tuck & Patti, Nguyen Le, Trilok Gurtu, John McLaughlin, Santana, Chris Isaak, B.B. King, Larry Carlton, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Patti Labelle, L. Subramaniam, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, Turtle Island String Quartet, Zakir Hussain, Wayne Shorter, Chico Pinheiro, Mel Torme, Dizzy Gellespie, Ronnie Laws, Charlie Musselwhite, Annie Lennox, John Mellencamp, Run DMC, MC Hammer, and many others.

Photo of Matthew Montfort

Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar).He is on's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Inclusion on the list is based on originality, innovation, technique, and influence on other acoustic guitarists over the years. He has performed worldwide, including the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona, the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay, and the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival in San Francisco, from which a segment of his performance was broadcast on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC along with an interview about his guitar work.

Alternate Reality Concert Video Tops Ethnocloud Charts!


Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

The first video released from Ancient Future's Alternate Reality Concert Series is the #6 video on the Ethnocloud World Music Chart, and the #1 video on the Ethnocloud World Music Chart: India for May 2021.

When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording for scalloped fretboard guitar, he recorded a number of spontaneously improvised serenades that became Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar. An eighth improvisation, Sympathetic Serenade, was later released as a mini EP. In this live recording from the inaugural performance of the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future, he revisits the piece with a new interpretation on his custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar in which he expands on the original's use of the melodic elements of Rag Bhairavi and mixes in chordal structures from Spanish guitar music.

Sympathetic Serenade Mini EP

Sympathetic Serenade Cover Art

Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Ancient-Future.Com EP AF-2012. Signed EP CD-R. List $12.98. Buy Link. iTunes. >YTmusic.