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 holds a B.A. in World Music and Composition and an M.A. in Arts and Media Technology from Antioch University. He has studied with the master musicians of many world music traditions, including sarangi master Ram Narayan, sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, mridangam master Guruvayoor Dorai, and gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro. He has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain. He has performed concerts world wide, including at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona.
Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar as well as rhythm classes based on his book on the rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Some of his students have gone on to promising music careers.
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
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Matthew Montfort was on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco for over two decades, where he taught music theory, all styles of guitar as well as rhythm classes based on his book on the rhythmic traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Today he teaches online lessons via Skype, at his studio in San Rafael, California, and travels to students in Northern California. Some of his students have gone on to promising music careers.