Asian Cultures


Ancient Future


Sounds from the Musical Traditions of Asia


Asian Fusion with Bui Huu NhutChinese Classical MusicHimalayan Wind Featuring Manose SinghChi Music

Shown: Bui Huu Nhut (Vietnamese dan bao), Zhao Hui ( gu zheng), Manose Singh
(Nepali flutes), and Liu Qi-Chao (Chinese winds, strings, and percussion).

Asian Traditions

Ancient Future is blessed to include many Asian music masters, and this program puts the great musical traditions of Asia front and center. It showcases the beautiful tone colors of Asian instruments and the unique musical techniques and forms Asian music in traditional and contemporary arrangements.

Ancient Future has a vast repertoire of material based on Asian traditions to draw upon.

Ancient Future's sixth release, Asian Fusion, is a musical travelogue spanning the vast geographic and cultural expanse of Asia showcasing some of the top performers in the Asian music field, including Zhao Hui, China's preeminent master of the gu zheng (Chinese zither) and Bui Huu Nhut, a leading performer of the Vietnamese dan bau (a one-string Vietnamese instrument with an indigenous version of a whammy bar). Asian Fusion received much critical acclaim. It made the TOWER PULSE! Top 10 Best Contemporary Instrumental Releases of 1993 List (#4) and was Guitar Player magazine's "Pick" for April 1994. The Chicago Tribune wrote,"This compilation of 12 songs influenced by the Far East has all the sweeping impact of epic movies such as 'The Last Emperor.'"

Ancient Future's seventh release, Planet Passion, continues this theme and introduces Chinese wind virtuoso Liu Qi-Chao and Nepali flute master Manose Singh to the Ancient Future family.

Ancient Future is also featured on two Putumayo World Music samplers focusing on Asian traditions: Asian Lounge (PUT 244-2) and Music from the Tea Lands (PUT 180-2).

"Ethnomusicologists and musical explorers have long been fascinated by the sounds of Indonesian gamelan, Indian classical music, Japanese folk, and other intriguing styles of Asian music. Formed in the late 1970s, Ancient Future coined the term 'world fusion music' to describe its use of Indian, African, Balinese, and other musical traditions within a contemporary framework."Putumayo World Music, liner notes, Asian Lounge (PUT 244-2).

Video from Ancient Future's Appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC

Shown performing on the Rachel Maddow Show: Matthew Montfort on Godin Glissentar (11 string fretless guitar), and Bui Huu Nhut on dan bau. This clip can also be viewed on

Featured Tracks

>YTmusic (Asian Cultures repertoire). Studio recordings of the repertoire played by this band variation of Ancient Future.

The Dusk Song of the Fisherman (Traditional. 5:59). iTunes. >YTmusic. Dating from the Ching dynasty (1644-1912), this piece describes the fishermen returning to the harbor at dusk, singing a happy song. FREE MP3 (excerpt) 647K. From Asian Fusion (Narada Equinox ND-63023) CD- $24.98 (out of print: collectable signed reconditioned copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Bookenka (The Adventurer) (Doug McKeehan. 5:18). iTunes. >YTmusic. This contemporary jazz radio hit combines a Japanese mode with elements of jazz. From Asian Fusion (Narada Equinox ND-63023) CD- $24.98 (out of print: collectable signed reconditioned copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Ja Nam (Matthew Montfort 3:53). iTunes. >YTmusic. "Ja Nam" is a reggae version of the Vietnamese folk standard "Ly Chim Quyen" (Song of the Nightingale). The song features the musician Bui Huu Nhut playing the dan bau, a unique instrument of Vietnamese origin in which a flexible rod attached to a resonating gourd is bent to change the pitch of a single string. Montfort describes it as the Vietnamese equivalent of an electric guitar's pitch-bending whammy bar.From Asian Fusion (Narada Equinox ND-63023) CD-$24.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Also available on Asian Lounge (PUT 244-2) CD-$16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Mezgoof (Ian Dogole. 6:20). iTunes. >YTmusic. Based on Qawwali, a Sufi devotional form of music popular in Pakistan and India. From Asian Fusion (Narada Equinox ND-63023) CD-$24.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Ladakh (Doug McKeehan. 4:22). iTunes. >YTmusic. Drawn from the folk music tradition of Ladakh, a remote mountainous region of Western Tibet. From Asian Fusion (Narada Equinox ND-63023) CD-$24.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Forest Frolic (Matthew Montfort. 4:29). iTunes. >YTmusic. A playful bamboo flute duet between Manose Singh on bansuri and Liu Qi-Chao on Chinese flute. From Planet Passion (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2001). CD/Gift Card, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Simsimay Panima (traditional, arr. Montfort. 6:05) iTunes. >YTmusic. Nepalese folk song featuring Manose Singh on bansuri. From Planet Passion. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2010). CD/Gift Card, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Ancient Future Recordings Featuring Asian Traditions

Related Programs

Asian Fusion: This program features Ancient Future's Asian music masters with a monster rhythm section, and was selected by Putumayo Records as the featured ensemble for the CD release party for Asian Lounge.

Asian Jazz: Ancient Future’s Asian jazz program features performers such as Liu Qi-Chao, who has amazed the ears of jazz audiences around the world through his collaborations with Chinese American jazz pianist/composer Jon Jang and flautist James Newton.

Chinese Classical: This duet program shows both the ancient classical music of China and contemporary compositions.

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