Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world fusion music ensemble Ancient Future. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by the DigitalDreamDoor best of site, Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). Montfort spent three months in intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. He is also known for his work on electric guitar, flamenco guitar, sitar, charango, mandolin, and gamelan, and as Ancient Future's main composer.
Matthew Montfort’s Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar is an
impressive collection of meditative sonic excursions. Montfort currently
teaches music theory and guitar at the Blue Bear School of Music in San
Francisco. He has also recorded with legendary Bolivian panpipe master
Gonzalo Vargas and tabla extraordinaire Zakir Hussain. As the title aptly
suggests, this recording features the intricate nuances of a scalloped
fretboard acoustic, which has subtle qualities of both the Indian vina and the
steel string guitar. On the opening, Gauri the Golden, Montfort delicately
weaves Middle Eastern inspired motifs over opaque tonal layers provided by
Patty Weiss’s electric violin and Alan Tower’s didjeridu
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Advanced students only.
Matthew Montfort is on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, where he teaches music theory, all styles of guitar as well as rhythm classes based on his book on the rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. He also teaches at his studio in San Rafael, California. Some of his students have gone on to promising music careers.
Matthew Montfort, Ancient Future's leader, is the author of Ancient Traditions — Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India (Mill Valley, 1985: Panoramic Press