Asian Fusion Dance Program
100% Organic Loop-Free Dance Music with Asian Flavors
Named for the ensemble's sixth recording, Ancient Futures Asian Fusion dance mix program features Bui Huu Nhut (dan bau, a Vietnamese instrument with one string) and Zhao Hui (gu zheng, the Chinese ancestor of the Japanese koto) with a monster rhythm section including Salaheddin Takesh (Arabic percussion), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), and Doug McKeehan (keyboards) playing 100% organic loop-free grooves.
"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. In the past 10 years, DJs and electronica artists around the world have been remixing Indian and East Asian songs to create trendy music with an exotic, otherworldly flavor. In London, an 'Asian Underground' movement began among young musicians in the Indian and Pakistani immigrant community. 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).
In contrast to a prevailing trend in the "Asian Underground" movement, Ancient Future's music features 100% organic loop-free music. No drum machines, loops, or programmed beats are used. The theory is that many people spend all day long doing tasks to the clock of the computer. Why should people then spend their free time dancing to the computer clock as well?
Studio recordings of the repertoire played by this band variation of Ancient Future.
Ja Nam (Matthew Montfort 3:53). iTunes. "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.
Gamarock (Matthew Montfort. 6:25). iTunes. . Inspired on a study trip to Bali by the gamelan (percussion orchestra) music that fills the night air, and the Balinese love affair with a form of music known as Rock and Roll . What to you get when you cross gamelan with rock? You guessed it...Gamarock. The song includes a kotèkan (Balinese interlocking rhythm) from the Gamelan Anklung repertoire. Add CD to Cart. Buy CD Now.
Recordings Featuring Ancient Future's Asian Fusion Dance Ensemble
Music from the Tea Lands
Asian Cultures: Showcases masters of traditional Asian music such as Bui Huu Nhut (Vietnamese monochord) and Zhao Hui (Chinese zither). Featured on the top selling Asian Fusion by Ancient Future, two Putumayo samplers, and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.
Asian Jazz: Ancient Futures Asian jazz program includes Chi Music (Chinese jazz) by Liu Qi-Chao, composer and virtuoso performer on Chinese winds.
Chinese Classical: Features Zhao Hui (gu zheng, ancestor of the koto) and Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar).
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