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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6/4/2021
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PRESS RELEASE: Ancient Future Concert Streams Live June 12

Alternate Reality Concerts Continue

Ancient Future Alternate Reality Concert

First Ancient Future Concert Since 2019!

Subscribers to the Ancient Future Times wrote to suggest that Ancient Future offer virtual concerts during the pandemic and beyond. A new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created in response, and Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer on his birthday, February 12, 2021.To sign up for upcoming shows, simply send your email address to info@ancient-future.com. Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. You will receive a link to participate before each performance. There's currently no charge, but donations are very much needed to support the music, especially in this time of uncertainty as to when concerts will again be safe and potentially economically viable.

Exactly four months later, Ancient Future will perform a live streaming concert on June 12 at 3:30 PM PDT. It's the first Ancient Future performance since the end of their 40th anniversary season in late 2019, when the band performed at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheater in Sierra City, California. Tabla master Aditya Kalyanpur was on that date and handed his iPhone to audience members to take videos of the performance. He shared the results with Jhankar, an Indian arts organization in Cincinnati, and they came forth to sponsor this streaming concert. The concert features a trio program consisting of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla, and Frank Martin on keyboards. The set list features compositions by Matthew Montfort and Frank Martin.

Saturday, June 12 , 3:30 PM PDT
Ancient Future Trio
Matthew Montfort (Guitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla), and Frank Martin (Keys)
Free Streaming Concert Sponsored by Jhankar

Facebook Live
YouTube Live
Upcoming Show Notifications: Send email address to info@ancient-future.com with "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject.

Time Conversions:
Saturday, June 12 , 12:30 PM HST (Hawaii), 6:30 PM EDT (East Coast USA), 7:30 PM GMT-3 (Rio de Janeiro)
Sunday June 13, 12:30 AM CEST (Central Europe), 4:00 AM IST (India), 7:30 AM JST (Japan)

Biographies

Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla, percussion)

Photo of Aditya Kalyanpur

Hi-Res Photo of Aditya Kalyanpur (6.5" x 4.5" 300 dpi, 1.5 MB)

Aditya Kalyanpur began his training on the tabla at the age of five under the guidance of two of India's top tabla masters: the late Alla Rakha Khan and his son Zakir Hussain. Aditya was first seen performing with Ustad Zakir Hussain for the famous "Wah Taj!" television commercial at the age of 11. His style consists of bold and clear execution of syllables, pinpoint precision in rhythm coupled with a colossal repertoire of compositions and improvisational technique. He has performed with top Indian artists including Shivkumar Sharma, Shujaat Khan, and A.R. Rahman. He can be heard on Katy Perry's "Legendary Lovers" from her album "Prism," and also recorded with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.

Frank Martin (keys)

Photo of Frank Martin

Hi-Res Photo of Frank Martin (2" x 2", 300 dpi)

Master keyboardist Frank Martin has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists that include Stevie Wonder, Sting, Larry Coryell, Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Herbie Hancock, Tuck & Patti, Nguyen Le, Trilok Gurtu, John McLaughlin, Santana, Chris Isaak, B.B. King, Larry Carlton, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Patti Labelle, L. Subramaniam, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, Turtle Island String Quartet, Zakir Hussain, Wayne Shorter, Chico Pinheiro, Mel Torme, Dizzy Gellespie, Ronnie Laws, Charlie Musselwhite, Annie Lennox, John Mellencamp, Run DMC, MC Hammer, and many others.

Matthew Montfort (band leader, scalloped fretboard guitar)

Photo of Scalloped Fretboard Guitarist Matthew Montfort

Hi-Res Photo of Matthew Montfort (5" x 3", 300 dpi, 678k)

Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). He is on DigitalDreamDoor.com's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists list. Inclusion on the list is based on originality, innovation, technique, and influence on other acoustic guitarists over the years. He has performed worldwide, including the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona, the Mumbai Festival at the Gateway of India in Bombay, and the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival in San Francisco, from which a segment of his performance was broadcast on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC along with an interview about his guitar work. 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.

First Video from the Alternate Reality Concert Series Tops Ethnocloud Charts

Ethnocloud: https://ethnocloud.com/Matthew_Montfort/?y_video=14646&b=943
YouTube: https://youtu.be/smFCU30iWjE

Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

The first video released from Ancient Future's Alternate Reality Concert Series is the #6 video on the Ethnocloud World Music Chart, and the #1 video on the Ethnocloud World Music Chart: India for May 2021.

When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording for scalloped fretboard guitar, he recorded a number of spontaneously improvised serenades that became Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar. An eighth improvisation, Sympathetic Serenade, was later released as a mini EP. In this live recording from the inaugural performance of the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future, he revisits the piece with a new interpretation on his custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar in which he expands on the original's use of the melodic elements of Rag Bhairavi and mixes in chordal structures from Spanish guitar music.

Matthew Montfort Introduces Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and the Alternate Reality Concert Series

Matthew Montfort talks about his first solo guitar mini EP, Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, and his plans for the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future.

YouTube Talk: https://youtu.be/OlieVmYQ2tA
Playlist with Both Video Excerpts: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzj87klpoW4HvFS4hYwojk1Ir1ICc66xf

Sympathetic Serenade Mini EP

Sympathetic Serenade Cover Art

Hi-Res Cover Art by Matthew Montfort (2 MB, 300 dpi 5" x 5")

Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort. Ancient-Future.Com EP AF-2012. Signed EP CD-R. List $12.98. Buy Link. iTunes. >YTmusic.

Video is First Featuring Matthew Montfort's New Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

Matthew Montfort's Custom Martin Scalloped Fretboard GuitarScalloped Fretboard Detail

Hi-Res Photo of Martin Guitar with Scalloped Fretboard by Alan Perlman (3.6 MB, 300 dpi, 7.4" x 14.8")
Hi-Res Photo of Scalloped Fretboard by Alan Perlman (6.6 MB, 300 dpi, 15.3" x 9.7")

Custom Martin Guitar with Fretboard Scalloped by Alan Perlman

The video of Sympathetic Serenade from the inaugural edition of the Alternate Reality Concert Series is the very first release featuring Montfort's latest custom scalloped fretboard guitar, which is the result of a collaboration between Montfort, Dick Boak of the Artist Relations Department of C.F. Martin & Co., and San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman.

Dick Boak has been involved in the conception of more than one hundred forty signature guitar collaborations with the top musical talents of our time. He worked with Montfort to help design the instrument, which features a very large sound hole to add volume, an extra upper bout sound hole so that Montfort can hear the guitar better, a cutaway with extra frets protruding into the sound hole to accommodate his extended playing range, and a short scale yet wide neck to allow for greater string bending capability.

Master luthier Alan Perlman was also a consultant in the design and added the final modifications including scalloping the fretboard using new methods he developed. Scalloping a fretboard is a process by which the wood in between the frets is hollowed out so that the pads of the fingers touch only the strings and not the fretboard. This reduces friction while bending strings to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar.

133 Word Announcement

Ancient Future performs a free live streaming concert on June 12 at 3:30 PM PST on YouTube and Facebook Live. Sponsored by Jhankar, an Indian arts organization in Cincinnati, the concert features scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, tabla maestro Aditya Kalyanpur, and master keyboardist Frank Martin. It's the first Ancient Future performance since their 40th anniversary season ended in late 2019. In response to the pandemic, a new series of Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future was created. Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer on his birthday, February 12, 2021. The first video release from the series, Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar, topped the Ethnocloud World Music Chart for May 2021. To sign up for upcoming shows, send your email address to info@ancient-future.com. Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject.

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