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    Gildo Mahones
    22 Nov
    Earl R. Johnson jr
    08 Nov
    Sugar Pie DeSanto
    01 Nov
    Kathy Kosins
    25 Oct
    Doug Miller
    18 Oct
    Diane Witherspoon
    27 Sep
    Karen Marguth
    30 Aug
    Frank Tusa
    23 Aug
    Paul Hanson
    16 Aug
    Scotty Barnhart
    09 Aug
    Joe Gilman
    26 Jul
    Dr Lonnie Smith
    19 Jul
    Tony Monaco
    28 Jun
    Michael O'Neill
    21 Jun
    Nolan Gasser
    14 Jun
    Michael Manring
    31 May
    Tim Garland
    26 Apr
    Molly Holm
    19 Apr
    Ben Sidran
    12 Apr
    Marlena Shaw
    29 Mar
    Remy Le Boeuf
    15 Mar
    Lua Hadar
    08 Mar
    Ben Goldberg
    01 Mar
    Stephanie Nakasian
    18 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"