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World Fusion Music Recordings

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.Com Records World Fusion Series

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 CD CoverYearning 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. >audio. 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 CD CoverSympathetic 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. >audio.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 CD CoverSeven 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. >audio. 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.

 

Temporary CD CoverArchive 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 CD CoverPlanet 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. >audio. 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.

 

Natural Rhythms CD CoverNatural Rhythms by the band Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2005): CD-R- $19.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. >audio. iTunes.
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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)

 

Visions of a Peaceful Planet CD CoverVisions of a Peaceful Planet by the band Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2004): CD-R- $19.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Rare Original Pressing LP- $34.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. >audio. iTunes.

Ancient Future's critically acclaimed 1979 debut release. (Read more)

 

 

Major Label Recordings by the Band Ancient Future

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 CD CoverPutumayo Collections (Various Artists): (Read more)

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.

 

Asian Fusion CD CoverAsian Fusion by the band Ancient Future (Narada Equinox ND-63023): CD- $24.98 (out of print: collectable signed reconditioned copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. >audio. iTunes.

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)

 

 

World Without Walls CD CoverWorld Without Walls by the band Ancient Future (Sona Gaia/MCA 163): CD- $24.98 (out of print: collectable signed reconditioned copy): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. >audio. iTunes.

Features Zakir Hussain, the renowned North Indian tabla master. (Read more).

 

 

Dreamchaser CD CoverDreamchaser 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. >audio. 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 CD CoverQuiet 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. >audio. 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)

 

 

Alma del Sur CD CoverNarada 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.
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.

 

 

Ancient-Future.Com Records World Jazz Series

The World Jazz movement integrates musical ideas from around the world into the improvisational context of contemporary jazz.

 

Sangria CD CoverSangria by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017) 17.98 (SALE $10): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. >audio. iTunes.

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.

 

 

Ancient-Future.Com Records Environmental Series

 

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.

Ten Thousand Thunderstorms CD CoverTen Thousand Thunderstorms by alan tower and Free Energy (Ancient-Future.Com AF 1000) CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes.

An acoustic journey from the primordial beginning to the future: evolutionary acoustic music with hybrid instruments. (Read more)

 

 

Eternal Presence CD CoverThe Eternal Presence by 4 Didjeridu's from alan tower and Free Energy (Ancient-Future.Com AF 1003) CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. iTunes.

Transcendent four part didjeridu compositions for deep listening, massage, yoga & meditation. (Read more)

 

 

 

Ancient-Future.Com Records Yoga, Meditation, and Chant Series

 

Soul of the Esraj CD CoverSoul of the Esraj by Benjy Wertheimer (Ancient-Future.Com AF 3000): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

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)

 

 

Anjali CD CoverAnjali by Benjy Wertheimer and Michael Mandrell (Ancient-Future.Com AF 3001): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

This yoga and meditation CD by Benjy Wertheimer and Michael Mandrell features the esraj, tabla, and acoustic guitar. (Read more)

 

 

Love Window CD CoverThe Love Window by Shantala with Heather and Benjy Wertheimer (Ancient-Future.Com AF 3002) CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.

Sacred chants of devotion by Benjy and Heather Wertheimer and a chorus of voices. (Read more)

 

 

Circle of Fire CD CoverCircle of Fire by Benjy Wertheimer (solo CD by one of the founding members of the band Ancient Future) (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2002): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

This percussion CD by original Ancient Future member Benjy Wertheimer was #1 on the NAV Chart 11/2002. (Read more)

 

 

Side Projects by Ancient Future Members

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.

Ecstasy CD CoverEcstasy by Habib Khan (RPG CDNF 150217): CD-R- $19.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. >audio.

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)

 

 

Longing CD CoverThe Longing by Habib Khan (X Dot 25 1011-2): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. TEMPORARILY OUT OF PRINT.

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)

 

 

Sacred Insanity CD CoverSacred Insanity by Emam and Friends (Eternal Music 89901): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

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)

 

 

Finger Painting CD CoverFinger Painting by Jim Hurley (Open Strings Music OSCD01): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Ancient Future violinist Jim Hurley plays all the parts on this popular acoustic string music CD. (Read more)

 

 

 

Quiessence CD CoverQuiessence by Mindia Devi (Bamboo Moon Musik): CD- $16.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Original Ancient Future flutist Mindia Devi Klein presents a contemporary exploration of North Indian classical ragas. (Read more)

 

 

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