Arabic Beats

 

Ancient Future

 

Ancient Future Performs Arabic Dance Music

 

Ancient Future Performs "El Zaffa" by Matthew Montfort from Planet Passion,
featuring Georges Lammam (Arabic violin, vocals), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar),
Salaheddin Takesh (Arabic percussion), Doug McKeehan (keyboards), and Sapphira (world dance)

Arabic Dance Grooves

American and Arabic musicians make exciting music that shows how cultures can dance together in this ensemble variation of the trendsetting world fusion music group Ancient Future. In concert, this ensemble inspires audiences to dance with its uptempo mix of American and Arabic music and dance grooves.

On the Planet Passion CD, Arabic violin virtuoso Georges Lammam adds an element of romantic fire. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he is well-known in the Middle East as well as the US, having performed with the most well-known singers of the Middle East. He is on the faculty of the Near East Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino.

Fretless and scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort is the leader of Ancient Future. He has performed concerts world wide, including at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona. He is the author of the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities on the rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India.

Salaheddin Takesh was born in Azerbaijan, Iran. One of the world's finest Arabic percussionists, in his long career in music, he has worked with the top Arabic musicians and dancers in Europe and the Middle East. He is also on the faculty of the Near East Music and Dance Camp.

Doug McKeehan started his piano studies at age five, and began his first professional work at the age of twelve. He studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory, Kent State University, and the University of Otago (New Zealand). He has toured Europe twice and spent considerable time in India studying with notable Indian music teachers such as Pandit Ram Narayan, Ustad Kursheed Khan and Pandit A.G. Bhattacharya.

Featured Songs

>audio (live concert). Courtesy of WorldFusionMusicRadio.Com. The Arabic Beats variation of Ancient Future recorded this live in concert on 6/6/2003.

>audio (repertoire). Courtesy of WorldFusionMusicRadio.Com. Studio recordings of the repertoire played by this band variation of Ancient Future.

El Zaffa (Montfort. 4:26) iTunes. >audio. Original composition based on the Egyptian wedding procession rhythm (elzaffa). From Planet Passion. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2001) CD/Gift Card, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Turkish Taffy (Doug McKeehan. 4:55). Sweet and chewy combination of jazz and Middle Eastern influences. >audio (1:08). From World Without Walls (Sona Gaia/MCA 163) CD- $24.98 (out of print: collectable signed reconditioned copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Photos

Ancient Future Arabic Dance Ensemble

4.75" x 3.75" 600 dpi jpeg (3.5 MB) Shown: Georges Lammam (Arabic
violin, vocals), Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Salaheddin
Takesh (Arabic percussion), Doug McKeehan (keyboards), and Estara (dance)

Matthew Montfort and Estara Photo

From Palace of Fine Arts Performance, San Francisco.
Shown: Matthew Montfort, Estara

 

Matthew Montfort, Estara, and Salah Photo

From Palace of Fine Arts Performance, San Francisco.
Shown: Matthew Montfort, Estara, Salah Takesh

Georges Lammam, Estara, Matthew Montfort Photo

From Palace of Fine Arts Performance, San Francisco.
Shown: Georges Lammam, Estara, Matthew Montfort

 

Concert Reviews and Tour Scrapbooks

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

Spring 2005 Tour Scrapbook. Photos and reviews from the 2005 Pacficic Northwest Tour.

Additional Support Files

Tech rider. Stage plot and technical requirements for this ensemble.

Related Programs

Arab Diaspora: Showcases concepts such as taqsim (Arabic melodic improvisation), and compás (rhythmic structure of flamenco).

Contact Info

Ancient Future, POB 264, Kentfield, CA 94914. Tel: 415-459-1892. Toll free in USA and Canada: 1-888-823-8887. info@ancient-future.com

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