World Fusion Music
Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. The term was coined by bandleader Matthew Montfort in 1978 to describe Ancient Future’s unusual blend of musical traditions from around the world. BILLBOARD calls the group “trendsetters” for their early contributions to the movement, which seeks to show how people from different cultures can grow by learning from each other.
World fusion is more of a process than a genre. It is a process by which new traditions are created, and has been going on throughout history. It would be difficult to find a form of traditional music that has not at some time been influenced by the music of another culture. But current times offer the opportunity for musicians to learn music from anywhere on earth. It is the mission of Ancient Future to explore this new sonic territory while shining a light on the ancient musical knowledge of the world.
"The time has definitely come for world fusion music. Ancient Future is one step ahead of the game; on their side is the philosophical parallel between global consonance and world peace." SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
“Laying the groundwork for some of today's most successful world beat acts, Ancient Future has grown into a global village of musicians...from Africa, India, Asia, America and the Middle East. The tunes included are diverse, yet equally captivating, evoking all that is most appealing about music from a global village.” CD NOW
"Northern California's ... 'world fusion' band do more than simply throw together players and instruments from East and West. They rebuild at the sub-molecular level, puréeing the varied melodic,rhythmic, and harmonic idioms into tuneful ... compositions." GUITAR PLAYER
One Band Many Flavors
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.
The preservation of the world's great traditions is vital to the world fusion music movement. With that in mind, Ancient Future also presents traditional music from the cultures of the individual master musicians who perform with the band.Read more
December 19, 2015
Ancient Future Concerts Celebrating Matthew Montfort's New Custom...
March 07, 2015
Ancient Future Pacific Northwest Concert Tour
March 04, 2015
Original Ancient Future Reunion Concert
April 17, 2014
First Ancient Future Studio Video Released On Earth Day
February 10, 2014
Announcing The Archive Of Future Ancient Recordings By Ancient Future:...
December 09, 2013
Dickens Of A Twitter Torrent From An Ancient Future Present Starring...
November 09, 2013
Ancient Future Duet Northern California Tour Featuring Matthew Montfort...
August 18, 2013
Ancient Future "World Without Walls" Reunion Concert At The Freight And...
April 25, 2013
Ancient Future Performs At Halanda Studio In San Jose, May 11, 2013
November 22, 2012
"Leader Matthew Montfort's synthesis of styles and sounds isn't superficial — he plucks the essential musicality of several traditions without discounting them. Beautiful world fusion music." — Roger Carlberg, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN
"World music pioneers. Ancient Future created the "world fusion" genre with its blend of Indian, African, Balinese, Middle Eastern, European, East Asian and South American music." — World Vibe, 96 Hours Weekend Entertainment Guide, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Band / orchestra
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
The members of Ancient Future are all master musicians from various world music traditions. Instruction is available via Skype or in person at each member's studio. Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar along with music theory and repertoire for all instruments. He helps students reach their own personal goals in music, whatever they may be, through a lesson plan customized to the student's needs. He offers private guitar lessons, music tutorials, and group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and online. He is available to teach master classes and workshops worldwide. To contact Matthew Montfort about lessons, e-mail him at [email protected] future.com.
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Yearning for the Wind
World Without Walls