Table of Contents: Ancient Future Web Site Map

How do you navigate the Ancient Future? This map seeks to answer that age old question.

As is befitting in the Ancient Future, each page has two navigation areas: one for exploring where you are and one for where you might want to go next.

The upper cave wall includes navigation for the section of the Ancient Future where you find yourself. The logo at the upper left of the cave wall tells which section of the site you are in, and will take you to the top of that section. The words carved in the cave wall take you to the various main destinations for that section. The capitalized text below the carved words shows where you are, and then suggests nearby areas to explore. Links after a double vertical line point to related material in a different site section.

If included, the Cart icon brings you to the catalog section. Any navigation buttons after the Cart icon take you to areas in the catalog section that pertain to the section of the site you are in.

If included, the Ancient and Future arrows take you on a tour through the section one is in. The arrows on this map do the exact opposite: they take you far away from where you are. But then, you are here, and this is the Question Mark area!

The lower cave wall can be accessed from the top panel via the Plus icon. From there you can access the other main sections of the Ancient Future. From the lower cave wall, the Plus icon brings you back to the top of the Ancient Future. The Home icon brings you to the home page.

Confused? Just try the navigation and you'll soon get the hang of moving around in the Ancient Future.

This site was designed in the early 1990's and built in a word processor on an Atari ST! Currently the site is being redesigned to take advantage of the latest web developments, but it is a very large project, so please excuse the cave dust while the Ancient Future is being upgraded.

  1. Welcome to the Ancient Future. Main home page.
    1. Table of Contents: Ancient Future Web Site. This table of contents.
      1. Web Awards. Cheezy web awards from the early days of the Internet.
      2. Search This Site. Search Ancient-Future.Com using Google.
      3. Copyright Information. Boring legal stuff.
    2. Time Machine: Enter the Ancient Future. Alternative entrance to the Ancient Future from a parallel universe.
    3. World Fusion Music Links. World Fusion Music Links Site.
  2. About Ancient Future. About the band Ancient Future.
    1. Biographies:
      1. Matthew Montfort (band leader, guitars, charango, sitar, gamelan)
      2. Pandit Habib Khan (sitar)
      3. Zhao Hui (gu zheng)
      4. Bui Huu Nhut (Vietnamese dan bao)
      5. Georges Lammam (Arabic violin virtuoso)
      6. Patti Weiss (violin)
      7. Jim Hurley (violin, guitar, percussion)
      8. Moses Sedler (cello)
      9. Salah (Arabic percussion)
      10. Faisal Zedan (Middle Eastern percussion)
      11. Ian Dogole (global percussion)
      12. Debopriyo Sarkar (tabla)
      13. Arshad Syed (tabla, santur)
      14. Ferhan Qureshi (tabla)
      15. Tapan Bhattacharya (tabla)
      16. Jim Santi Owen (tabla, thavil, morsing, ghatam, kanjira)
      17. Emam (tabla, dumbek, percussion)
      18. Irina Mikhailova (vocals)
      19. Doug McKeehan (keyboards)
      20. Mindia Devi Klein (flutes, gamelan)
      21. Manose Singh (Himalayan bamboo flutes)
      22. Liu Qi-Chao (Chinese reeds, flutes and string instruments)
      23. Mariah Parker (santur, piano
      24. Mohammed Nejad (Persian instruments)
      25. Alan Tower (didjeridu, guitar, huaca)
      26. Benjy Wertheimer (tabla, esraj)
      27. Estara (dance)
      28. Sapphira (world dance)
        1. Sapphira's World. Enter for Sapphira's dance photographs, Quicktime movie, causes she champions, and more. Winner of the Dedicated Dance Site of the Month Award.
    2. Ancient Future History. How Ancient Future started and their long path towards creating World Fusion Music.
    3. Quotes. Media quotes about Ancient Future.
    4. Ancient Future Studios. Ancient Future Studios records Ancient Future projects, a few outside projects as well, and offers 64 Bit Tuned Harmonic Mastering for music projects where the harmonic series is an important consideration for EQ adjustments.
      1. Ancient Future Music Scoring. A new world of music for film, video, CD-ROM, and multimedia produced in Ancient Future Studios.
  3. Electronic Promo Kit. Video, audio, and information on Ancient Future in English and Spanish.
    1. Booking Ancient Future. How to book Ancient Future.
      1. Planet Jammin'. World Music and Dance Festival featuring Ancient Future collaborating with world music masters.
      2. Celtic Raga. Duet featuring scalloped fretboard guitar master Matthew Montfort and Eastern percussion specialist Emam.
      3. Frog Toy Orchestra. Join members of Ancient Future in a do-it-yourself symphony using toy frogs and simple percussion. Fun for the whole family.
      4. Tabla Rasa. North and South Indian drum ensemble collaborating with Ancient Future.
      5. Jugalbandi. A classical North Indian musical duet (literally "tied together"), in this case with the unusual configuration of sitar master Ustad Habib Khan and scalloped fretboard pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by tabla.
      6. Organica.Trio version of Ancient Future perfect for dance events.
  4. World Music Events. Concerts, classes, and workshops featuring members of the band Ancient Future.
      1. Events Past. Concert itineraries and scrapbooks from years past.
        1. 2005 Pacific Northwest Tour Scrapbook.
        2. 2000 Beirut Lebanon Tour Scrapbook.
        3. 2009 Itinerary.
        4. 2008 Itinerary.
        5. 2007 Itinerary.
        6. 2006 Itinerary.
        7. 2005 Itinerary.
        8. 2004 Itinerary.
        9. 2003 Itinerary.
        10. 2002 Itinerary.
        11. 2001 Itinerary.
        12. 2000 Itinerary.
        13. 1999 Itinerary.
        14. 1998 Itinerary.
    1. Ancient Future in Concert. Confirmed public concert dates of Ancient-Future.Com Records artists.
    2. Classes. Music workshops and classes.
    3. Press Releases. Concert press releases.
      1. 3/18/11. Welcome Spring with a World Music Workshop at Esalen, Big Sur.
      2. 11/3/10. The Sonoma County Libraries Present Ancient Future In Concert.
      3. 10/23/10. Trinity Chamber Concerts Presents Ancient Future in World Chamber Music Concert.
      4. 10/21/10. Natural Resonance Concert Series Presents Ancient Future Duet in House Concert.
      5. 9/25/10. The Sonoma County Libraries Present Ancient Future In Concert.
      6. 9/15/10. World Fusion Jam at Peña Pachamama with Dinner Percussion Playshop Party.
      7. 8/18/10. World Music for Guitar Performance by Matthew Montfort at Peña Pachamama with Pre-Show Dinner Percussion Playshop Party.
      8. 8/15/10. A Tryst with Junnoon: 63rd Indian Independence Day Celebrations with Live Indian Fusion Music by Ancient Future.
      9. 8/2/10. Ancient Future Performs at Yoga Soup in Santa Barbara.
      10. 7/31/10. Ancient Future Performs at the Fret House in Covina.
      11. 7/28/10. Ancient Future Performs at The Waterfront Concert Theater in Marina Del Rey.
      12. 6/26/10. Friends of the Petaluma Library Presents Ancient Future In Concert.
      13. 6/25/10. Ancient Future Duet Performs Free Concert in Downtown Davis.
      14. 6/5/10. San Francisco Guitar Summit featuring Matthew Montfort, Teja Gerken, and the San Francisco Guitar Quartet.
      15. 4/30/10. Matthew Montfort Performs Spanish Serenades, Meditative Maqams, and Reflective Ragas.
      16. 4/23/10. Spread Your Wings & Fly with Us: A Musical Journey Featuring Montana Skies, Matthew Montfort of Ancient Future, and North African Music by AZA.
      17. 4/19/10. Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Quintet Returns to Yoshi's.
      18. 4/15/10. Mariah Parker and Her Indo Latin Jazz Quintet In Concert at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz.
      19. 3/27/10. TimnaTal Music Presents Ancient Future In Concert in Davis.
      20. 3/6/10. Ancient Future Duet Performs Dinner Concert Cuisine by In the Mood for Food.
      21. 2/28/10. World Fusion Mini-Fest Featuring Matthew Montfort (Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Glissentar Pioneer), Four Shillings Short (Celtic/Folk/World Music Duo), and Walter Strauss & Mamadou Sidibe (Finger-Style Guitar and West African Hunter's Harp).
      22. 1/17/10. Performance at Peña Pachamama by Matthew Montfort San Francisco Soiree for Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort.
      23. 1/1/10. Welcome the New Year with a World Music Workshop at Esalen, Big Sur.
    4. Concert Reviews. Full text of Ancient Future concert reviews.
  5. World Music Store . Browse recordings and books, make donations, arrange lessons, secure concert tickets from Ancient Future and related artists.
      1. Alternative Ordering Information. Ordering information for those who don't wish to order online.
      2. Wholesale Price List. Ordering information for wholesale accounts.
    1. Records. Records by Ancient Future and related artists.
        1. Ancient-Future.Com Records. Records on the Ancient-Future.Com record label.
        2. Ancient Future Band Records. Records by the band Ancient Future.
        3. Side Projects. Recordings of side projects by Ancient Future band members.
      1. The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. Be part of the creating the eighth Ancient Future release! Already there are songs in the archive available to subscribers, with more to come as more money is raised.
        1. The Story of AFAR. An ancient future from now in a parallel universe, paleontologists discover a disc, mysteriously labeled AFAR, completely intact inside a fossilized jellyfish.
      2. Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar. Debut recording by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort.
      3. Planet Passion. The seventh Ancient Future record is Best of Echoes Radio Listener Poll Winner 2002!
        1. Flirtation Chapter. Features Nepalese flutist Manose Singh (bansuri) and Liu Qi-Chao (Chinese flute).
        2. Courtship Chapter. Features Matthew Montfort (electric guitars), Irina Mikhailova (vocals), and C.K. Ladzekpo (Yoruba drummer).
        3. Sacred Eros Chapter. Features Santeria priest Pedro de Jesus, instruments and rhythms of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan, and performances by the original 1978 lineup of Ancient Future.
        4. The Wedding Chapter. Features Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar and Patti Weiss on violin, Palestinian musicians Antoine Lammam (percussion) and Georges Lammam (violin) and Jewish music specialist Moses Sedler (cello).
        5. Seduction Chapter. Features Irina Mikhailova (vocals) and Matthew Montfort (guitars).
        6. Longing Chapter. Features Pandit Habib Khan (sitar).
        7. Record Stores. Retail outlets that carried the 2002 release of Planet Passion.
        8. Airplay. Radio stations that broadcast the 2002 release of Planet Passion.
        9. Planet Cupid. Share a songs from Planet Passion.
      4. Natural Rhythms. Ancient Future's second release received a N.A.I.R.D. "Indie" World Music Award, and upon its reissue on CD was selected as one of the Top 10 World Music Releases of 1994 by The Beat Magazine.
      5. Visions of a Peaceful Planet. Ancient Future's critically acclaimed 1979 debut release.
      6. Putumayo Collections. Ancient Future is featured on Asian Lounge and Music from the Tea Lands on Putumayo Records.
      7. Asian Fusion. Ancient Future's sixth release made the Tower Pulse! Top Ten Best Contemporary Instrumental Releases of 1993 List (#4).
      8. World Without Walls. Ancient Future's fifth release features guest artist tabla master Zakir Hussain.
      9. Dreamchaser. Ancient Future's fourth release received a 10 out of 10 rating in CD Review Magazine.
      10. Quiet Fire. Ancient Future's fifth release established the band as a strong force in the record stores by selling over 55,000 copies.
      11. Narada Collections. Ancient Future and Matthew Montfort are featured on the Narada collections Guitar Works and Alma del Sur.
      12. Sangria. Mariah Parker's debut recording features original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India.
      13. Ten Thousand Thunderstorms. Alan Tower and Free Energy perform a n acoustic journey from the primordial beginning to the future: evolutionary acoustic music with hybrid instruments.
      14. The Eternal Presence . 4 Didjeridu's create transcendent four part compositions.
      15. Soul of the Esraj. This CD by original Ancient Future member Benjy Wertheimer features the esraj (an instrument from North India that resembles as small sitar but is played with a bow).
      16. Anjali. This yoga and meditation CD by Benjy Wertheimer and Michael Mandrell features the esraj, tabla, and acoustic guitar.
      17. The Love Window. Sacred chants of devotion by Shantala with Benjy and Heather Wertheimer and a chorus of voices.
      18. Circle of Fire. This percussion CD by original Ancient Future member Benjy Wertheimer was #1 on the NAV Chart 11/2002.
      19. Ecstasy. Live studio recording of music by sitar master Pandit Habib Khan featuring musicians from the Ancient Future plus a whole lot of famous jazz and Indian musicians in world jazz jams.
      20. The Longing. Live studio recording of world fusion music by Pandit Habib Khan featuring musicians from the Ancient Future plus a whole lot of famous jazz and Indian musicians.
      21. Sacred Insanity. Percussionist Emam produced this recording featuring South Indian drum set master Sivamani, scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort, cellist Moses Sedler, Nepali flutist Manose Singh, young singer/songwriter Jillian Speer, saxophonist George Brooks, and many others.
      22. Finger Painting. Ancient Future violinist Jim Hurley plays all the parts on this popular acoustic string music CD.
      23. Quiessence. Original Ancient Future flutist Mindia Devi Klein presents a contemporary exploration of North Indian classical ragas.
    2. Books. Music training material.
      1. Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities. About the world rhythm training manual covering the traditions of Africa, Bali and India.
        1. Table of Contents: Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities. Table of contents for the world rhythm training manual.
        2. About the Author. About Matthew Montfort, author of the above book.
        3. World Rhythms in the Classroom. How to use the book in a classroom situation.
    3. Donate. Support Ancient Future's next recording project,make tax deductable contributions to a world fusion music concert support fund, or sponsor Ancient Future and receive a thank you link on the Ancient-Future.Com home page.
    4. Lessons via Skype. Study any of the material on this web site online via Skype, other conferencing services, or through correspondence lessons.
      1. Northern California Lessons with Matthew Montfort. Take private lessons with Matthew Montfort in person in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of Matthew Montfort's Northern California music students have gone on to promising music careers.
    5. Ancient Future Box Office. Use our secure server and the Miva Merchant shopping cart to place your Ancient Future ticket order easily and with security.
    6. Ancient Future Business Office. Handles payments for Ancient Future Studios and Ancient Future bookings.
  6. World Music Training. World music training home page.
      1. World Music Workshops. Classes and workshops on world music.
      2. Web Ring. Music education web rings.
    1. Time. Answers the question, "Where's the beat?"
      1. African Polyrhythms. West African rhythms.
        1. Two Against Three. How to do two beats against three.
        2. Resultants. Resultant rhythms produced by two parts played at once, such as the bell pattern against the clap.
      2. Balinese Rhythms. Gamelan music of Bali.
        1. Balinese Kotèkan Types. The four types of Balinese interlocking rhythms.
      3. Indian Rhythmic Cycles. North and South Indian tala.
          1. Pronunciation Guide to Indian Drum Syllables. The sounds of the drums have onomatopoetic syllables to represent them.
        1. North Indian Talas. Examples of North Indian tala thekas.
        2. South Indian Solkattu. South Indian drum composition.
      4. Arabic Rhythmic Cycles. Learn Arabic rhythmic modes.
      5. World Fusion Rhythms. Examples from the Future Possibilities chapter of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities.
    2. Tune. Got melody?
      1. North Indian Raga. Learn fundamentals of raga.
      2. South Indian Vina Music. South Indian vina music arranged for guitar.
    3. Timbre. What's that sound?
      1. Sitar. History and tuning of this plucked lute from North India.
      2. Scalloped Fretboard Guitar. About the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining aspects of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar.
      3. Charango. History and tuning of this small lute from South America.
      4. Tabla. About the tabla. MIDI map for North Indian examples.
      5. Mridangam. About the mridangam. MIDI map for South Indian examples.
      6. Balinese Gamelan. About the instruments of the gamelan orchestra. MIDI map for Balinese examples.
      7. Eve Orchestra. About the percussion instruments of the Eve orchestra. MIDI map for African examples.
  7. Communicate. Communication section of site, with contact information, press info, and more.
    1. Guest Book. Sign the guest book and register for monthly drawings with prizes including concert tickets, CD's, etc! Join the Ancient Future concert mailing list, or send Ancient Future your feedback.
    2. Ancient Future Speak Message Wall. Cave wall for world music and dance messages.
    3. Newsmagazine. Stories of interest to fans of Ancient Future and world music.
  8. World Fusion Music Radio. The place to find world fusion music broadcasts on the net!
    1. FREE MP3 Graffiti. Free MP3's by Ancient Future and related artists.