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    Mike Stern
    12 Dec
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    20 Nov
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    06 Nov
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    16 Oct
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    25 Sep
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    04 Sep
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    28 Aug
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    21 Aug
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    14 Aug
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    24 Jul
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    10 Jul
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    19 Jun
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    12 Jun
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    29 May
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    22 May
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    01 May
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    17 Apr
    Paul van Wageningen
    10 Apr
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    27 Mar
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    13 Mar
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    06 Mar
    India Cooke
    20 Feb
    Jim Zimmerman
    06 Feb
    Jon Hendricks
    16 Jan


    Most Recent Castaway - 26th May, 2017
    Matthew Montfort (2017)

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    (Photo by Julie Marten)

    Multi-instrumentalist and string expert Matthew Montfort is the leader of the long-lived world-fusion music ensemble Ancient Future. Since 1978, the band has blended centuries-old musical traditions with jazz, rock and reggae—blending Indian, African, Asian, Middle Eastern and South American styles for a long while before before the marketers labeled it.

    Matthew holds a B.A. in World Music and Composition, and a Master's degree in Arts and Media Technology from Antioch University. He's studied with master musicians across just about every musical tradition, and is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, which allows the bending of notes, as you might hear in South Indian vina, or with steel guitar.

    Matthew has written a book, "Ancient Traditions—Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India", and is a valued teacher here in the Bay Area and beyond.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ancient Future The Best of A.F.A.R. (So Far) Purple Nam/Purple Haze Ancient-Future.com Records
    # 2 Django Reinhardt The Essential Django Reinhardt Minor Swing RCA
    # 3 The Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire Hope Columbia
    # 4 Osamu Kitajima Benzaiten Benzaiten Antilles
    # 5 Paco de Lucia Paco Entre Dos Aguas Island
    # 6 Ancient Future The Best of A.F.A.R. (So Far) Tres Tarantas Tres Ancient-Future.com Records
    # 7 Diga Rhythm Band Diga Sweet Sixteen United Artists
    # 8 Ravi Shankar Music Festival from India Vandana A&M
    # 9 Ancient Future Planet Passion Socha Socha Ancient-Future.com Records
    # 10 Oregon Out of the Woods Yellow Bell Elektra
    # 11 Ancient Future The Best of A.F.A.R. (So Far) East of the Sun Ancient-Future.com Records
    # 12 Dave Soldier and Richard Lair Thai Elephant Orchestra Thun Kan Sunrise Mulatta Records
    # 13 Ancient Future Natural Rhythms Hummingbird Ancient-Future.com Records
             
    Book "Classical Music of North India, the First Years of Study: The Music of the Baba Allauddin Gharana as Taught by Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar College of Music", George Ruckert, ed.
             
    Luxury Item "Chocolate"