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Trinity Chamber Concerts Presents
Ancient Future in World Chamber Music Concert

Concert Poster

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8 pm
Trinity Chamber Concerts

Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street between Bancroft Way & Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tix: $15 general, $10 senior/disabled/student. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Info and reservations: 510-549-3864
Venue website: www.trinitychamberconcerts.com
Band website: www.ancient-future.com
Poster: www.ancient-future.com/pdf/10_23_10trinitychamber.pdf
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139938106050998

Ancient Future In Concert

Photo of Mariah Parker, Matthew Montfort, and Salaheddin Takesh
Ancient Future Hi-Res Photo by Jialiang Len Gao (3.9 MB):

Shown in photo: Mariah Parker (composer, modified chromatic hammered dulcimer, santur, piano), Matthew Montfort (bandleader, composer, scalloped fretboard and fretless guitars), and Salaheddin Takesh (Arabic percussion)

Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated to the mission of creating world fusion music. The term was coined by bandleader Matthew Montfort in 1978 to describe Ancient Future’s unusual blend of musical traditions from around the world. BILLBOARD calls the group “trendsetters” for their early contributions to the movement, which seeks to show how people from different cultures can grow by learning from each other. There are more than 12 versions of the band, each with different musicians from different cultures in order to fully explore the varieties of world fusion music. The ensemble performing in this program concentrates on Arabic, Indian, and Spanish musical themes, and has performed in Spain at festivals in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Botarell, Torredembarra, and Salou.

World Chamber Music Program

Ancient Future will perform a concert of contemporary world chamber music. The program features compositions by world music for guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, pianist and santurist Mariah Parker, and prominent contemporary classical composers such as Lou Harrison, father of the American gamelan movement. Lou Harrison served on Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort's M.A. degree committee and called Montfort's book, Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, "a very useful contribution to musical scholarship." Three current releases on Ancient-Future.Com Records celebrating 30 years of world fusion music will be well represented: 'Planet Passion' by Ancient Future (remastered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band), Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort, and Sangria by Mariah Parker. World percussionist Ian Dogole, well known to fans of Ancient Future for his work on five of the seven Ancient Future recordings, will complete the trio.

Works on this Trinity Chamber Concerts program include:

Additional surprise world chamber music selections will be announced at the concert.

Planet Passion by Ancient Future

Planet Passion CD Cover
Planet Passion

Planet Passion by Ancient Future (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2010) $17.98: Buy Link . (>YTmusic.)

Hi-Res CD Cover Art of Planet Passion (1.6 MB):
One Sheet with Streaming Audio for Planet Passion:

Planet Passion by Ancient Future has been re-issued with 64-Bit Tuned Harmonic Mastering to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band. The seventh Ancient Future recording features nineteen top masters of of Indian, Nepali, African, Cuban, Celtic, Arabic, Palestinian, Jewish, Indonesian, Chinese, Eastern European and American music traditions performing music on the theme of mythical stories of love.

“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. Featuring instrumentation from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, Planet Passion is a mythical story of love, flirtation, seduction, courtship, marriage and longing. Manose Singh’s bansuri flute and Matthew Montfort’s scalloped fretboard work stand out in this eclectic, visionary global village, where each track features its own unique set of players. At its best, 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

Video of Ancient Future Duet Performance of Moonbath by Matthew Montfort

Matthew Montfort and Mariah Parker on Youtube
Youtube Video Duet:

This duet version of Moonbath by Matthew Montfort was recorded at Ancient Future's 30th anniversary concert at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Moonbath was the first composition recorded by Ancient Future in late 1978 for their debut recording, Visions of a Peaceful Planet. This duet arrangement features Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar and Mariah Parker on modified chromatic hammered dulcimer.

Matthew Montfort (composer, scalloped fretboard guitar, Godin Glissentar)

Photo of Matthew Montfort
Matthew Montfort Hi-Res Photo (2 MB):
5 Page Guitar Player Magazine Feature and Lesson:


The leader of the world music group Ancient Future, Matthew Montfort, has just released his first solo recording, Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar. He is a pioneer among guitarists who have had their fretboards scalloped in order to play various forms of world music that require intricate note-bending ornaments while still being able to play chords. Montfort immersed himself in an intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. The December 2009 Les Paul issue of Guitar Player Magazine includes a full page feature on Matthew Montfort with a corresponding GuitarPlayer.Com video and lesson entitled “The Music of Jimi Hendrix Applied to Indian Raga.” He has performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has worked with many world music legends, including tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain and Chinese zither master Zhao Hui. Montfort wrote the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.

Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

Seven Serenades CD Cover
Matthew Montfort

Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2008). $17.98: Buy Link . (>YTmusic.)

Hi-Res CD Cover Art of Seven Serenades (912 k):
One Sheet for Seven Serenades with Streaming Audio:

Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar is the debut solo recording by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort. The recording showcases his pioneering work on the scalloped fretboard guitar, a special modified instrument able to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. This first solo effort features his improvisational music.

“Because Montfort’s guitar has a scalloped fretboard, his fingers touch only the strings, enabling him to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. This album reveals a thorough knowledge of Hindustani microtonal ornaments, transferred in ways that create one of the most distinctive guitar sounds in contemporary music. However, it also reveals a lifetime of exploration in world music, which can be immediately summoned in a flash of inspiration. When this level of mastery is reached, there is no need to rewrite. The first improvisation has the depth of a reworked composition.” — Teed Rockwell, INDIA CURRENTS, March 2009

“The mind-bending playing abilities of guitar virtuoso, Matthew Montfort, stems from the note-bending capabilities of the scalloped fretboard guitar. This produces a different sound than the more familiar guitar, because the fretboard is carved out, so the fingers only touch the strings. Musically, the songs verge on a flamenco-Indian-jazz continuum. This is partly due to Matthew's playing technique and the sitar-like sounds of his guitar.” — Matthew Forss, INSIDE WORLD MUSIC

Mariah Parker (composer, modified chromatic hammered dulcimer, santur, piano)

Photo of Mariah Parker on piano

Mariah Parker with Santur Hi-Res Photo by Ross Pelton (1.6 MB):


Mariah Parker is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose main instruments are santur and piano. Her first instrument was the piano which she began playing at age 5. Later in music school, she fell in love with the sound of the santur when she heard it drifting across campus. The transition was a natural one given that the santur, along with its Western offspring, the hammered dulcimer, is the ancestor of the piano. The strings of the santur are played directly by the delicate hammers, creating a beautiful shimmering sound. The sound of the piano is also created by hammered strings, but mechanically triggered by the fingers striking the keys.

While completing her degree in music at UC Santa Cruz, she worked with ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and Mickey Hart on the Planet Drum project. She has performed in the US and Europe, and worked with many musicians of note including composer Pauline Oliveros, the late Dumisani Maraire (renowned composer from Zimbabwe) and others. She has studied with jazz great Art Lande and Latin jazz pianist extraordinaire Rebeca Mauléon.

Sangria by Mariah Parker

Sangria CD Cover
Mariah Parker - Sangria

Sangria by Mariah Parker (Ancient-Future.Com AF 2017). $17.98: Buy Link . (>YTmusic).

Hi-Res CD Cover Art of Sangria (3.2 MB):
One Sheet with Streaming Audio for Sangria:

Sangria by Mariah Parker blends the driving rhythmic syncopations of Latin jazz with the entrancing, assymetrical meters of East India. This debut recording features her original compositions that draw musical inspiration from Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and India.

“This collection of eight original instrumentals by Mariah Parker is just one of many examples of the infusion of East Indian music into Western music, but to my ears one of the most successful.” — AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

105 Word Radio Announcement

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 8 pm, Trinity Chamber Concerts presents Ancient Future in concert at Trinity Chapel, located at 2320 Dana Street between Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue in Berkeley, California. This pioneering world fusion music group will perform a program of contemporary world chamber music. The program features compositions by world music for guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, pianist and santurist Mariah Parker, and prominent contemporary classical composers such as Lou Harrison, father of the American gamelan movement. For reservations, call 510-549-3864. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors, disabled, and students. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.



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