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Press Releases

Press Release: Ancient-Future.Com Recording Artists Perform at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The 2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival features three performance dates showcasing Ancient-Future.Com Recording Artists.

News from an Alt-Left Universe: President-Elect Sanders Proposes United States Musical Ambassador to the United Nations. In this news release from an imaginary alternate universe in which Bernie Sanders is the US President-elect, Bernie's slogan, "An Ancient Future to Believe In," leads to a proposal to employ the world music group Ancient Future to facilitate jam sessions between musicians from countries involved in international conflicts.

Press Release: New Fan Funded Tracks Added to the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. On 6/16/16, six new pieces and a video make their debut in the the fan funded Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, which gives supporters access to Ancient Future recordings as they are created.

Press Release: First Audio/Video Release in Ancient Future History. 'Yearning for the Wind' is a studio audio/video duet featuring scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort and Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. Composed by Montfort, it is based on Rag Kalyan and set in matta tal, a 9 beat cycle.

Press Release: The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings. On February 11, 2014, the 35th anniversary of Ancient Future's first concert, two new studio tracks and a video debut in the fan funded Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, which gives supporters access to Ancient Future recordings as they are created.

Press Release: Ancient Future Concert to Stream on ConcertWindow.com. In a first for Ancient Future, their upcoming 'World Without Walls' reunion concert will be streamed live. This is a rare chance for fans worldwide to view a live concert of the exact lineup of the pioneering world music group that performed on Ancient Future's influential World Without Walls recording. The webshow streams on October 16, at 8 PM PDT from the Freight & Salvage at 2020 Addison Street in Berkeley. Online tickets are available now for $5 at concertwindow.com/shows/ancient-future. To celebrate, a live video recording of 'Indra's Net' by Jim Hurley from the first reunion concert has been released.

Press Release: End of the Beginning of the Ancient Future. There's been much ado concerning the end of the current 5125 year cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar on December 21, 2012. What more appropriate way to celebrate the new era to follow than with the music of Ancient Future? To celebrate, from now until the end of this era, a complimentary media promo copy of World Without Walls by Ancient Future featuring the song 'End of the Beginning' will be sent to anyone who spends $51.25 or more on music from the Ancient-Future.Com store.

Press Release: Scalloped Fretboard Guitar Pioneer Matthew Montfort Makes List of 100 Greatest Guitarists. On August 12, 2012, scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort was added to DigitalDreamDoor.com's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Matthew Montfort joins luminaries such as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Adrian Legg, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Toni Rice, Alex De Grassi, Stefan Grossman, Artie Traum, Joni Mitchell, and Peppino D'Agostino in receiving this honor.

Press Release: Ancient Future Nominated for Bohemian's 2012 NorBay World Music Award. The world music group Ancient Future is a finalist in the Bohemian's 2012 North Bay Music Awards in the World/Reggae category. Bohemian.com readers and fans of Ancient Future can vote for the band in the World Music category at Bohemian.com through July 11 at 5 PM.

Press Release: Matthew Montfort Releases New Solo Scalloped Fretboard Guitar Recording. Ancient-Future.Com Records has just released a mini EP by scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort. The nearly 11 minute long track, entitled 'Sympathetic Serenade,' is available as a download complete with nine pages of digital liner notes at digital retailers such as iTunes, and as a signed CD-R exclusively at Ancient-Future.Com.

Press Release: Ancient Future Nominated for Two World Music Awards in February 2012. Readers of About.com nominated the band for the About.com Reader's Choice World Music Trailblazer Award, and World Without Walls by Ancient Future with special guest Zakir Hussain was nominated by broadcasters worldwide as ZoneMusicReporter's Best World Album of 2011.

Press Release: World Without Walls by Ancient Future with Zakir Hussain Nominated ZMR Best World Album of 2011. World Without Walls by Ancient Future with special guest Zakir Hussain was nominated by broadcasters worldwide as ZoneMusicReporter's Best World Album of 2011.

Press Release: Ancient Future Guitarist Matthew Montfort Offers Online Music Lessons. Ancient Future bandleader and pioneering world music guitarist, Matthew Montfort, is now offering all styles and levels of guitar instruction as well as lessons on any of the subjects on the Ancient Future web site via private Skype lessons.

Press Release: New Live Video Recording from Ancient Future 'World Without Walls' Reunion Concert Released. On June 7, 2011, the lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls recording reunited to perform for the first time in over 15 years at Yoshi's San Francisco. To celebrate the reunion, Capitol/EMI Records released the first ever digital version of Ancient Future's classic 1990 World Without Walls recording. A live version of McKeehan's 'Turkish Taffy' was recorded at the concert and is being released on Youtube and the audio is available to radio programmers.

Press Release: First Video from Reunion Tour Supporting World Without Walls by Ancient Future on Capitol Records. On June 7, 2011, the lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls recording reunited to perform for the first time in over 15 years at Yoshi's San Francisco. To celebrate the reunion, Capitol/EMI Records released the first ever digital version of Ancient Future's classic 1990 World Without Walls recording. The first video for the release recorded at the reunion concert is a live version of Montfort's '14 Steps,' a jazzy romp with a funky fourteen beat Indian groove.

Press Release: Capitol Records Schedules Digital Release of World Without Walls by Ancient Future for June 7, 2011. On June 7, 2011, the exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls recording will reunite to perform for the first time in over 15 years at Yoshi's San Francisco. To celebrate the reunion, Ancient Future's classic 1990 World Without Walls recording is scheduled to be released by Capitol Records for the first time ever at major digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.com MP3 Store

Press Release: Matthew Montfort of Ancient Future Featured on Rachel Maddow Show. Ancient Future leader and guitarist Matthew Montfort was interviewed and performed on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on Friday, September 24th, 2010.

Press Release: First Southern California Tour by Ancient Future Since 1998, July 28 through August 2. The first Ancient Future tour to Southern California since 1998 includes public concerts July 28 at the Waterfront Concert Theater in Marina del Rey, July 31 at the Fret House in Covina, August 1 for the Friends of Swanirvar Los Angeles Benefit at the Folly Bowl in Altadena, and August 2 at Yoga Soup in Santa Barbara.

Press Release: Sangria by Mariah Parker on Ancient-Future.Com Records Selected for Baker & Taylor Spotlight on Jazz Brochure. This retail program coincides with Jazz Appreciation Month (April) and Jazz Fest in New Orleans (April 23 - May 2). Sangria is sale priced from 4/5/2010 to 5/2/2010 and featured in a color flyer insert in the 4/5/2010 issue of Baker & Taylor Spotlight and the April issue of Alert, a library mailer.

Press Release: Two songs from Mariah Parker’s CD, Sangria, make The Smooth Jazz Now Top 100 Songs of 2009. Two tracks from Mariah Parker's 2009 debut release, Sangria, "Pente" and "Waterwheel," made the SmoothJazzNow.com Top 100 Songs of 2009 list. Mariah Parker joins an elite group of musicians, including George Benson, Tom Braxton, and Diana Krall, who had more than one song in the top 100.

Press Release: Ocean of Love by Ancient Future is Free Download of the Week and Borders.Com 1/18/2010-1/24/2010. From Monday 1/18/2010 to Sunday 1/24/2010, The Free Download of the Week at Borders.Com is "Ocean of Love" from Planet Passion by Ancient Future.

Press Release: Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.). During Ancient Future's 30th anniversary year, work began on the next project of the band: the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings (A.F.A.R.). To finance the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, a subscription system model is being employed to fund the recording through fans of world fusion music. Supporters are invited to participate in the process.

Press Release: Two Ancient-Future.Com Titles Selected for Two Baker & Taylor Gift Guides . Two Ancient-Future.Com titles were selected for two different Baker & Taylor retail programs. The gift guides offer seasonally appropriate titles to book and music accounts. Planet Passion by Ancient Future and Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort were selected for the Baker & Taylor Valentine's Gift Guide (titles sale priced 1/25/10 through 2/21/10), and Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort was selected for the Baker & Taylor Health & Wellness Guide (12/21/09 through 1/31/10).

Press Release: Official Ancient Future iPhone App. The official Ancient Future app for the iPhone or iPod Touch is now available. This app helps Ancient Future fans keep up with the world fusion music ensemble's activities while on the go. The rich features and unique content in this app include the ability to sample the latest Ancient Future music, check out the latest Ancient Future videos and photos, including iPhone exclusives, read blog posts, and get regular bulletin updates.

Press Release: Matthew Montfort Featured in Guitar Player Magazine. The December 2009 collectible commemorative Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine includes a full page feature with a photo of Matthew Montfort superimposed over psychedelic artwork portraying Jimi Hendrix and an interview with Montfort about the scalloped fretboard guitar, Indian raga, and his thoughts about the relationship of Indian raga to the music of Jimi Hendrix.

Articles

The Ancient Future: When Matt Met Mindy. An account of the origins of the pioneering world music band Ancient Future by flutist Mindia Devi Klein.

Dickens of an Ancient Future Present. This Spooky little spoof starring Eitherseizer Scrooogle endeavours to raise the Spirit of a solution to Silicon Skulduggery. By Ancient Future Past, Present, and Future leader Matthew Montfort with apologies to Charles Dickens.

Is Hilary Rosen an Uncomfortable Truth Vortex? More than a decade before Hilary Rosen stubbed her toe on the truth and ignited a Twitter firestorm by saying that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life, she unwittingly helped Matthew Montfort put his foot in his mouth at his first meeting with Napster CEO Hank Barry.

Venezuelan Radio Quotas: A Great Idea for Localities Everywhere. The Venezuelan National Assembly recently passed a law requiring that no less than 50 percent of all music played on the nation's radio stations be Venezuelan. Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort argues in favor of the passage of similar, although more modest, versions of this law elsewhere.

Open Market Digital Distribution: An Open Letter to Congress. On April 29, 2001, this letter was sent to congress and Hank Barry, CEO of Napster.

An Open Letter to Congress Proposing a Compulsory License for File Sharing. On March 14, 2001, this letter was sent to congress and Hank Barry, CEO of Napster. On April 3, 2001, Hank Barry proposed just such a license in a speech to congress.

Independent Musician Reaction to Napster Decision. The Feb 12th, 2001, decision was a double edged sword for independent musicians.

Ancient Future Oracle: This story was written in 1999. Much of it has already come true.