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Matthew Montfort

Rank #26 US San Francisco, CA World / Indian / Fusion

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Sounds Like: John McLaughlin, Harry Manx, Paco De Lucia, Ravi Shankar, Michael Hedges

Label: Ancient-Future.Com Records, BlinkerActive

Bio: Matthew Montfort is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by the "best of" site DigitalDreamDoor.com. As leader of the world music group Ancient Future, Matthew Montfort has devoted himself to the scalloped fretboard guitar since 1978. He spent years of study with some... See Full Bio

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How I accidentally composed Ancient Future's latest release in a 9 beat tala with my name in it! #thatsongwhen http://spoti.fi/1EVjY3u

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"Montfort is a pioneer player of the scalloped fretboard guitar."
— SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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  • 2014

    Jan 12


    Felton, CA, US | 7:00pm
    Sun Jan 12 7:00pm

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    Strains of passionate flamenco and ethereal Indian raga emanate from this improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The program will feature music from the ground breaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Matthew Montfort's solo guitar releases: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he was lauded as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists. Celebrating its 35th year in 2014, Ancient Future is the world's first and longest running ensemble dedicated to world fusion music, with dozens of programs featuring master musicians from around the world. Their guitar and tabla duet program has appeared in a variety of settings, from the huge audience (police estimate of 35,000 people) at the Summer of Love 30th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco to the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona.

  • 2014

    Jan 11


    Berkeley, CA, US | 8:00pm

    Berkeley, CA, US
    Sat Jan 11 8:00pm

    Details

    Strains of passionate flamenco and ethereal Indian raga emanate from this improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The program will feature music from the ground breaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Matthew Montfort's solo guitar releases: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he was lauded as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists. Celebrating its 35th year in 2014, Ancient Future is the world's first and longest running ensemble dedicated to world fusion music, with dozens of programs featuring master musicians from around the world. Their guitar and tabla duet program has appeared in a variety of settings, from the huge audience (police estimate of 35,000 people) at the Summer of Love 30th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco to the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona.

  • 2014

    Jan 10


    Petaluma, CA, US | 8:00pm
    The Sunflower Center
    Petaluma, CA, US
    Fri Jan 10 8:00pm

    Details

    Strains of passionate flamenco and ethereal Indian raga emanate from this improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The program will feature music from the ground breaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Matthew Montfort's solo guitar releases: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he was lauded as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists. Celebrating its 35th year in 2014, Ancient Future is the world's first and longest running ensemble dedicated to world fusion music, with dozens of programs featuring master musicians from around the world. Their guitar and tabla duet program has appeared in a variety of settings, from the huge audience (police estimate of 35,000 people) at the Summer of Love 30th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco to the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona.

  • 2013

    Oct 16


    Berkeley, CA, US | 8:00pm
    Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:00pm

    Details

    The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on October 16, 2013. The reunion show of uptempo virtuoso world fusion music features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion, plus Kash Killion on bass.

  • 2013

    Jun 22


    Palo Alto, CA, US | 1:00pm

    Palo Alto, CA, US
    Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:00pm

    Details

    A world rhythm workshop will be lead by Matthew Montfort of the world music group Ancient Future from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Gryphon Strings in Palo Alto. This workshop the weekend of the equinox is a wonderful way to welcome summer with improved timing skills. Matthew Montfort is the author of Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. The book, which is the basis for this world music workshop, received rave reviews in publications such as GUITAR PLAYER, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN, DRUMS AND DRUMMING, and the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. Material from the book has been used by many teachers and musicians around the world, including Reinhard Flatischler, founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm training process, and Steve Smith, famed jazz and rock drummer. The workshop is presented in an easy to follow, entertaining yet educational format for all music lovers. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music were chosen as the source material for the training because these three traditions in combination cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music. Not just for musicians and percussionists, this training can help anyone with a desire to improve their rhythmic skills. The workshop is open to all levels, and no musical background is required. Very simple to play percussion instruments will be provided, and participants are free to bring any percussive they enjoy playing. For reservations, call Gryphon Strings at 650-493-2131, or visit gryphonstrings.com.

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