October 2011 Issue:
Welcome to the Ancient Future Times
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In this issue:
Indo Latin Jazz in Marin County
•Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble at 142 Throckmorton Mill Valley , October 6, 8 pm
Successful Student Recital
•Skype Lesson Sale and Free Introductory Private Lesson in San Rafael
A.F.A.R. Passes 10% of Fundraising Goal
•Just $300 Away from Adding 1st Studio Recording to Archive!
Fall CD Sale
•Three Latest Releases on Sale
Thursday, October 6, 8 pm, Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble with Paul McCandless, Matthew Montfort, Fred Randolph, Ian Dogole, and Brian Rice, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Tix: $18 adv, $23 door. Doors Open: 7:30. Info: (415) 383-9600, or email email@example.com. Facebook Event. Press Release.
An evening of high-spirited world jazz music with original compositions inspired by the rhythms of Brazil, Cuba, India and Spain Featuring Mariah Parker (composer, pianist, santurist), Paul McCandless (Grammy award-winning woodwind virtuoso with the groups Paul Winter Consort and Oregon), Matthew Montfort (pioneering guitarist with Ancient Future), Ian Dogole (global percussion), Brian Rice (Latin percussion), and Fred Randolph (bass).
"Worldwide Grooves: What happens when the irresistible syncopated rhythms of Latin jazz meet the trance-like asymmetrical meters of Indian music? In the hands of keyboardist Mariah Parker and friends, the result is a global sound as hypnotic as it is danceable. Parker and her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble, an all-star group including Grammy-winning woodwind player Paul McCandless of the band Oregon and Ancient Future guitar innovator Matthew Montfort, take the stage at 8pm Oct. 6 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre at 142 Throckmorton Ave. in Mill Valley. Tickets are $18 to $23. Call 383-9600 or go to www.142throckmortontheatre.org ." - Best Bets, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
"This is the impressive solo CD debut of a pianist-composer known primarily for her performances with the longtime Marin world music group Ancient Future. Parker, who worked with Mickey Hart on his "Planet Drum" project when she was completing her music degree at UC Santa Cruz, describes her style on this eight-track instrumental album as Indo Latin jazz. And just as the Spanish drink sangria is a blend of wine and brandy and other flavors, "Sangria" is a fusion of Indian classical music with Latin sounds and Middle Eastern rhythms." - Paul Liberatore, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
On September 11, Matthew Montfort held a special backyard student recital. It was a lot of fun with very successful performances, wonderful weather, and homemade pad thai! To celebrate, prices have been temporarily reduced on skype lessons, and a free half hour introductory lesson is available to new students at Matthew Montfort's home studio in San Rafael during the month of October! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-459-1892 and mention this offer.
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The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings concept is to involve you, fans of world fusion music, in supporting the creation of a collection of new live and studio recordings that are available to subscribers as they are created. There are already seven expertly mixed and mastered live tracks totaling 50 minutes and 42 seconds in the archive available to subscribers immediately!
On April 1, 2011, basic tracks for two songs were recorded featuring original Ancient Future tabla player Benjy Wertheimer, Mariah Parker on santur, and Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar. To date, we've raised $2530 towards our goal of $25,000 for the project, and we are now just three hundred dollars away from adding the first brand new studio track to the archive!
When the archive is complete, the best of the collection will be selected for release as the eighth Ancient Future release. Please sign up for A.F.A.R. now and join us on this creative cross-cultural journey! Your support can be what puts the first studio song in the archive.
This fall, the three latest releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records are on sale for only $11 each with any other purchase at Ancient-Future.Com. Just purchase any book, CD, or make a donation to support the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, and you will have the option of purchasing any of the CDs below for only $11!
Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010) $17.98 list (Fall Sale: $11 with any other purchase): Buy Link. (>audio.)
"If the members of the United Nations formed a world-fusion band, it might look and sound a little something like Ancient Future’s re-issue of their seventh recording. Planet Passion strives to preserve the world’s vast musical heritage via international collaboration: the idea that one protects the old by creating something new. This is at the heart of fusion music and the heart of Ancient Future’s global aesthetics, too: a diverse, unified world without borders, a multicultural community, a new, reconstituted sonic reality." — Ryan Allen, LEO WEEKLY, Louisville, Kentucky
"This unusual guitar album brings together world instruments to complement the scalloped fretboard guitar. Starting with ‘Gauri the Golden’, an improvisational piece drawing heavily on Indian raga, this is an intriguing collection of the resulting compositions. I must admit that sometimes ragas played by guitar players seem to wander on forever, changing a note here and there and weaving a kind of slow, hypnotic journey. However, this guitar work is stunning, intricate and wonderfully melodic. If you are looking for good listening and something different for your CD shelf, this is it." - J.W. McClure, VICTORY REVIEW ACOUSTIC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Sangria by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017). $17.98 (Fall Sale: $11 with any other purchase): Buy Link. (>audio).
"Parker and friends blend the rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz music with the entrancing, asymmetrical meters of East Indian rhythms resulting in first-class world music. Intriguing melodies that draw musical inspirations from the tempos of Brazil, Cuba, India and Spain make for an uplifting serene yet passionate musical journey into an ideal world." - LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE