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Matthew Montfort

Ancient Future

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Kentfield, CA 94914
United States

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Ancient Future provides music for those who love recordings of world music and jazz, live concerts, wedding ceremonies, or see the value in cross-cultural exchange to make the world a better place. Music instruction is provided to clients of all ages and levels for all styles (rock, folk, blues, jazz, classical, flamenco, world music, etc.) of acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, charango, sitar, and other fretted instruments. Studies in world rhythms, composition, and record production are available for all instruments and voice.

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I am honored to be recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by , a curated "best of" site, along with such luminaries as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Adrian Legg, Merle Travis, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, Pierre Bensusan, Toni Rice, Alex De Grassi, Stefan Grossman, Artie Traum, Joni Mitchell, and Peppino D'Agostino. I have performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. I wrote the book Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India, which has been used by music students of all levels to improve their rhythm skills, including top master musicians such as drummer Steve Smith of Journey fame who went through the book to get ready for a summit with Zakir Hussain. I teach all styles of guitar along with music theory and repertoire for all instruments. I help students reach their own personal goals in music, whatever they may be, through a lesson plan customized to the student's needs. I offer private guitar lessons, music tutorials, and group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and online. I am available to teach master classes and workshops worldwide. My band Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. I coined the term in 1978 to describe Ancient Future’s unusual blend of musical traditions from around the world. Billboard calls the group "trendsetters" for our early contributions to the movement, which seeks to show how people from different cultures can grow by learning from each other. Over the years, Ancient Future has expanded its musical vision through collaborations with master musicians from more than two dozen countries, cultures, and musical traditions who are now an integral part of what is today more than just a band. Ancient Future has grown to become a large multinational music ensemble with many smaller ensembles within it, enabling Ancient Future to realize its core mission of creating world fusion music. Through cross cultural exchange, Ancient Future has created a musical world without borders.

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