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Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: March 11, 1979    

World Fusion Music

Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively 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.

World fusion is more of a process than a genre. It is a process by which new traditions are created, and has been going on throughout history. It would be difficult to find a form of traditional music that has not at some time been influenced by the music of another culture. But current times offer the opportunity for musicians to learn music from anywhere on earth. It is the mission of Ancient Future to explore this new sonic territory while shining a light on the ancient musical knowledge of the world....
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Awards

N.A.I.R.D "Indie Award" World Music
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    Planet Passion

    Narada
    2001
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    Dreamchaser

    Narada
    1988
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    Quiet Fire

    Narada
    1986
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    Visions Of A Peaceful Planet

    Narada
    1980
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”World fusion music wouldn't be what it is today without the compositions, concerts, and collaborations of the Ancient Future ensemble.” — ECLECTIC VIBES MAGAZINE, India

”Leader Matthew Montfort's synthesis of styles and sounds isn't superficial — he plucks the essential musicality of several traditions without discounting them. Beautiful world fusion music.” — Roger Carlberg, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN

“World music pioneers. Ancient Future created the “world fusion” genre with its blend of Indian, African, Balinese, Middle Eastern, European, East Asian and South American music.” — World Vibe, 96 Hours Weekend Entertainment Guide, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“One of world music's finest expressions.” — Renee Gelpi, DIMENSIONS, Toronto

“With seamless fire and grace .....

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Primary InstrumentBand/orchestra

LocationKentfield, CA

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundThe members of Ancient Future are all master musicians from various world music traditions. Instruction is available via Skype or in person at each member's studio. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar along with music theory and repertoire for all instruments. He helps students reach their own personal goals in music, whatever they may be, through a lesson plan customized to the student's needs. He offers private guitar lessons, music tutorials, and group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and online. He is available to teach master classes and workshops worldwide. To contact Matthew Montfort about lessons, e-mail him at info@ancient- future.com.

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