Matthew Montfort's "Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar"
Beautiful Valentine's serenades - woo your loved one with this beautiful collection. Any fan of world music, international music, ethnic music, or these bands: Dead Can Dance, David Byrne, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Sinéad O'Conner, Enya, The Chieftains, Clannad, Altan, Alan Stivell, Mickey Hart, Diga Rhythm Band, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain, Tabla Beat Science, Shakti, John McLaughlin, Oregon, Shadowfax, Jai Uttal, Harry Manx, Prem Joshua, Sheila Chandra, Deepak Chopra, Biddu Orchestra, Transglobal Underground, Afro-Celt Soundsystem, Gipsy Kings, Mustafa Sandal, Zap Mama, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Khaled, Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Habib Koite, Youssou NDour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Yoshida Brothers, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Susheela Raman, Okan Murat Öztürk, Kamil Alipour, Egberto Gismonte, Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcellos, Buena Vista Social Club, Mama Keita, Black Uhuru, Haiti Twoubadou, Anastasia Moutsatsou, Ozomatli, Sukay, Queen Ida, will love this record. Its also a shoe-in perfect gift for for music students, yoga, dance, belly dance, meditation, peace activists, social change activists, environmentalists, dead heads (Ancient Future is an offshoot of the Grateful Dead) This debut recording by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort showcases his pioneering work on the scalloped fretboard guitar, a special modified instrument able to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. While previously known more for his compositions for the trendsetting world music group Ancient Future, this first solo effort features his improvisational music. As leader of the world music group Ancient Future, Matthew Montfort has devoted himself to the scalloped fretboard guitar since 1978. He spent years of study with some of the world’s best musicians, such as gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro, North Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, and vina master K.S. Subramanian, with whom he did an intensive study of South Indian note-bending techniques. He has performed concerts worldwide, from the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain to the Festival of India in Mumbai. He has worked with many world music legends, including tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain and Chinese zither master Zhao Hui. Montfort wrote the book “Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India,” which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills.