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The Ancient-Future.Com World Music Store is the only site where all of the Ancient Future band recordings, including out of print major label recordings, are available. The site also features releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records, the band's artist coalition label, and side projects by Ancient Future band members on other labels.
Recordings purchased at Ancient-Future.Com directly support the artists and the music. Please do consider that CDs have better audio quality than mp3 downloads, and make listening to the music a wonderful ritual where attention is placed on the act of listening. This is music that will reveal itself fully through repeated deep listening, so it is worth spending a little more to fully enjoy the best audio quality possible.
Gift of an Ancient Future Sale! Select CDs $10 each and 25% off Books for a Limited Time.
Ancient Future band leader Matthew Montfort coined the term world fusion music in the late 1970's to describe music that combines traditions from around the world.
Yearning for the Wind by the band Ancient Future. (Ancient-Future.Com AF- 20302). Audio/Video E-CD-R- $17.98 (SALE $10): Add E-CD-R to Cart. Buy E-CD-R Now. iTunes.Composed by scalloped fretboard guitar innovator Matthew Montfort, Yearning for the Wind is a poignant piece based on Indian raga. Set in a nine beat rhythmic cycle, it provides a sublime setting for this duet with Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, who is considered one of the most gifted tabla players of his generation. (Read more). Gift of an Ancient Future Sale! Just $10 for a limited time.
Sympathetic Serenade by Matthew Montfort. (Ancient-Future.Com AF EP2012). Signed Mini EP CD-R- $12.98 (SALE $10): Add CD to Cart. Buy CD Now. iTunes. When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording, he recorded a series of improvisations. Were it not for some serendipitous sequencing coupled with the allure of alliteration, it's likely that this recording would have been released as the eighth improvisation on what became Seven Serenades. Instead, this evocative Spanish serenade/raga hybrid receives a mini EP treatment on Matthew Montfort's Sympathetic Serenade. (Read more). Gift of an Ancient Future Sale! Just $10 for a limited time.
Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2008). Digipak CD- $17.98 (SALE $10): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes. This debut recording by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort showcases his pioneering work on the scalloped fretboard guitar, a special modified instrument able to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. While previously known more for his compositions for the trendsetting world music group Ancient Future, this first solo effort showcases his improvisational music (Read more). Gift of an Ancient Future Sale! Just $10 for a limited time.
Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by the band Ancient Future. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2030). Recording Newsletter Package: $15. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Download Supporter Package: $25. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Limited to 300 packages. Limited Edition CD Sponsor Package: $50. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Limited to 200 packages. Honorary A & R Representative Package: $75. Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Limited to 100 packages.
During Ancient Future's 30th anniversary year, work started 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. Be part of the process!
Planet Passion (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) by the band Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010): Digipak CD- $17.98 (SALE $10): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes. Re-issued with 64-Bit Tuned Harmonic Mastering to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Ancient Future concert, 2/11/2009. The seventh Ancient Future recording features nineteen top masters of Indian, Nepalese, African, Cuban, Celtic, Arabic, Palestinian, Jewish, Indonesian, Chinese, Eastern European and American music traditions. The Best of Echoes Radio Listener Poll Winner! (Read more). Gift of an Ancient Future Sale! Just $10 for a limited time.
Received a May 1984 N.A.I.R.D. "Indie" Award in the field of World Music. Reissued on CD in 1994 to commemorate Ancient Future's 15th Anniversary. (Read more)
Ancient Future's critically acclaimed 1979 debut release. (Read more)
Find out why thousands of Ancient Future fans have purchased (and often nearly worn out!) over 150,000 full length recordings of Ancient Future and over a million samplers featuring Ancient Future. Ironically, some of the major label releases are now out of print but new and reconditioned copies are available while supplies last directly from the artists at this web site.
Asian Lounge by various artists including the band Ancient Future (Putumayo PUT 244-2): CD-$16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
Music from the Tea Lands by various artists including the band Ancient Future (Putumayo PUT180-2): CD-$16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
Made the Tower Pulse! Top Ten Best Contemporary Instrumental Releases of 1993 List (#4) and was Guitar Player magazine's "Pick" for April 1994. (Read more)
Features Zakir Hussain, the renowned North Indian tabla master. (Read more).
Dreamchaser by the band Ancient Future (Sona Gaia/MCA 154): CD- $29.98 (rare & out of print new copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes.
Debuted at #2 on the May 1989 Jazziz National Airplay Chart and received a 10 out of 10 rating in CD Review. (Read more)
Quiet Fire by the band Ancient Future (Narada/MCA 1012): CD- $29.98 (rare & out of print new copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes.
Established Ancient Future as a strong force in the record stores by selling over 55,000 copies. Features Alex De Grassi and Darol Anger of Windham Hill fame. (Read more)
Narada Collections (Various Artists): (Read more)
Alma Del Sur by various artists including the band Ancient Future (Narada Collection ND-63908): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes.
Guitar Works by various artists including Matthew Montfort (leader of Ancient Future) (Narada Lotus ND-61032): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.
The World Jazz movement integrates musical ideas from around the world into the improvisational context of contemporary jazz.
Released 1/20/2017, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures the magic of the concert debut of Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble in front of a full house at Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as subsequent concerts at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. These multi-track live recordings were painstakingly mixed and mastered by veteran Ancient Future producer Matthew Montfort over a seven year period. (Read more).
This debut recording features her original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India. Her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble accompanies her and includes musicians from the bands Ancient Future, Oregon, Sun Ra, and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters (Read more). Gift of an Ancient Future Sale! Just $10 for a limited time.
Associated with the nonprofit Green Music Network, whose mission is "music inspiring social change," each musical piece investigates an environmental concept or provocative human/nature idea, spotlights sustainable technology through music, or explores performances unusual acoustic environments.
An acoustic journey from the primordial beginning to the future: evolutionary acoustic music with hybrid instruments. (Read more)
Transcendent four part didjeridu compositions for deep listening, massage, yoga & meditation. (Read more)
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). (Read more)
This yoga and meditation CD by Benjy Wertheimer and Michael Mandrell features the esraj, tabla, and acoustic guitar. (Read more)
Sacred chants of devotion by Benjy and Heather Wertheimer and a chorus of voices. (Read more)
This percussion CD by original Ancient Future member Benjy Wertheimer was #1 on the NAV Chart 11/2002. (Read more)
The members of Ancient Future are creative musicians who produce many side projects, some of which are on other labels. Some of the best are available here.
Live studio recording of music by sitar master Pandit Habib Khan featuring musicians from the Ancient Future Planet Jammin' concert series plus a whole lot of other famous jazz and Indian musicians in world jazz jams. (Read more)
Live studio recording of world fusion music by Ustad Habib Khan featuring musicians from the Ancient Future Planet Jammin' concert series plus a whole lot of other famous jazz and Indian musicians. (Read more)
Percussionist Emam has produced a 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. (Read more)
Ancient Future violinist Jim Hurley plays all the parts on this popular acoustic string music CD. (Read more)
Original Ancient Future flutist Mindia Devi Klein presents a contemporary exploration of North Indian classical ragas. (Read more)
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