2005 Pacific Northwest Tour Scrapbook

The Arabic Fusion program featuring Georges Lammam (Arabic violin, vocals), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Doug McKeehan (keyboards), and Salaheddin Takesh (Arabic percussion) performed a three week tour of the Pacific Northwest in 2005. Below are a few scraps and quotes from the tour.

April 28, 2005, Rhythm & Bliss Presents at Far Horizons School, Eugene, Oregon

Concert Review in The Harrakat

"Woe, is for all of you who missed the Ancient Future event, Thursday April 28, sponsored by Rhythm & Bliss."

"The group Ancient Future is made up of Musical Masters in their genres. The band consists of 24 musicians that come together in different configurations and create fused music. This configuration was an Arabic/Rock fusion. And the musicians are as follows: Matthew Monfort - Scalloped fret board guitar, Georges Lamman - Arabic violin and vocals,  Salah Takesh - Arabic percussion, Doug McKeehan - Keyboards."

"I have no words to describe what it is to hear live musical virtuosos. After hearing and dancing to this quality of music nothing else stirs my soul the same way."

"Besides having a feast for the ears and toes there was also 5 different dance performers for the eyes. They were as follows: Alfredo, Annette, Circle Dance Company, Elena and Lola. Kudos to the dancers, their performances were all outstanding. It is very rare in Eugene to have the opportunity to perform with this quality of musicians."

"It was truly a grand evening. I was so very glad to have been there. A big thanks to Lew for sponsoring these kind of events."Mary Wheeler, The Harrakat

Article in Eugene Weekly

World Fusion Pioneers: Ancient Future Brings 'Organic Dance Music' to Eugene. Article in Eugene Weekly by Vanessa Salvia.

April 27, 2005, Mobius, Ashland, Oregon

Jennifer Haynes-Clark and Emily Alrick
Jennifer Haynes-Clark and Emily Alrick performed Middle Eastern dance.

April 15, 2005, Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation. Bainbridge Island, Washington

Dear Matthew,

Please accept my belated thanks and appreciation for the terrific show Ancient Future performed for the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District on April 15, 2005. Your group was very professional, prompt, courteous, cooperative and great to work with in every way. The music was culturally unique and educational, and was greatly enjoyed by the audience. I would highly recommend Ancient Future for any venue, large or small, indoors or outdoors, and would be most happy to act as a reference if that would be helpful.

Again, thanks for a terrific show!!


Georgia Browne
Cultural Arts Events Coordinator

April 18, Phillip Tarro Theater, Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon, Washington


We really enjoyed your performance. It was such a pleasure to listen to musicians who are so skilled, whose music is so tight but yet spontaneous. You all played with obvious joy.

Please give my thanks and appreciation to your group. I really enjoyed talking with them.
Let me know when you are coming through again. SVC would love to host you.

Laura Morris
Skagit Valley College

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