Ancient Future Comes to the Fenix

by on January 21, 2016

Ancient Future, the trailblazing world fusion music ensemble, features world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort, renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, and composer/santurist Mariah Parker. This Sunday, they roll into the Fenix in San Rafael to perform music from Ancient Future’s eight ground breaking recordings, as well as unreleased works that incorporate fiery flamenco, resonant raga, rocking reels, ancient African beats, and Asian fusions with the contemporary colors of jazz and rock. Original Ancient Future co-founder Mindia Devi Klein (bansuri flute) will be sitting in on a few tunes, (including a brand new composition by Matthew Montfort slated to be recorded for the next Ancient Future record), as well as Seattle’s seven-string fretless bassist Jason Everett, who played on Ancient Future’s 2015 Pacific Northwest tour.

“This will be Montfort’s North Bay debut performance on his new custom scalloped fretboard guitar, a collaboration between Montfort, C.F. Martin & Co. and San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman. Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument with a modified fretboard in which the wood between frets has been carved out in order to facilitate intricate note-bending ornaments. His new custom guitar is the result of a collaboration between Montfort, Dick Boak of the Artist Relations Department of C.F. Martin & Co., and San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman. Dick Boak has been involved in the conception of more than one hundred and forty signature guitar collaborations with the top musical talents of our time.

Starting in 2014, he worked with Montfort to help design the instrument, which features a very large sound hole to add volume, an extra upper bout sound hole so that Montfort can hear the guitar better, a cutaway with extra frets protruding into the sound hole to accommodate his extended playing range, and a short scale yet wide neck to allow for greater string bending capability. Master luthier Alan Perlman scalloped the fretboard and added other finishing touches to complete this amazing instrument…”

Ancient Future
The Fenix, San Rafael, CA
Adm: $20 adv./$25 door plus dinner.
Tix: Advance tickets highly recommended at and in person at the Fenix.
Info: Call 415-813-5600.


E. ”Doc” Smith

E. ”Doc” Smith

E. "Doc" Smith is a musician, producer and recording artist with Edgetone Records, who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Mickey Hart and many others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick and makes his home in San Francisco.

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