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Ancient Future 'World Without Walls' Reunion Concert at the Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, October 16, 2013
(Published: September 21, 2013)

Ancient Future World Without Walls Reunion Concert


World Jazz featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keyboards, piano), Ian Dogole (percussion) and Kash Killion (bass)




Ancient Future Performs '14 Steps' at "World Without Walls" Reunion


Wednesday, October 16, 8 pm

Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison Street

Berkeley, CA 94704

Tix: $18.50 in advance, $20.50 at the door.

Info: Call 510-644-2020 or email info@freightandsalvage.org

Poster (703k pdf). Facebook Event.



The exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band's influential World Without Walls and Asian Fusion recordings will reunite to perform at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The reunion show features the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion, plus Kash Killion on bass.


This lineup of Ancient Future played over a hundred concerts together from 1988 to 1995. In 2011, they reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform concerts at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and Yoshi's San Francisco. In honor of the reunion, World Without Walls was released digitally by Capitol Records for the first time at digital retailers such as iTunes. Twenty two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012. More concerts were planned, but bandleader Matthew Montfort suffered wrist and shoulder injuries, so performances were suspended until September 2012, when the band performed at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This show at the Freight and Salvage will be their fourth reunion concert.


Band Bio




Ancient Future circa 1990. Hi-Res Photo by Irene Young (14.7" x 9.7" jpg, 7.2 MB)


"Ancient Future is a rare kind of band that might simultaneously aggravate purists, confound New Age dilettantes, seduce skeptics, and dazzle just about everybody else. Delicious compositions, intricate arrangements, crisp playing and impeccable production put these ambitious voyagers in a league of their own." -Derk Richardson, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN


Formed in 1978, 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 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. Ancient Future's music is an exhilarating mix of jazz improvisation with the exciting rhythms and enchanting melodies of world music.


Ancient Future is featured on samplers selling millions of units on labels such as Putumayo and has released seven full length studio CDs selling over 150,000 units: Visions of a Peaceful Planet, Natural Rhythms, Quiet Fire, Dreamchaser, World Without Walls, Asian Fusion, and Planet Passion. Ancient Future has headlined such venues as San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and Eugene's Hult Center for the Performing Arts, appeared at numerous jazz festivals, and shared bills with other leading jazz and contemporary music artists including Fourth World with Flora Purim and Airto, Tower of Power, Craig Chaquico, Acoustic Alchemy, and Ottmar Liebert. Ancient Future was the subject of numerous features in publications such as JAZZIZ and MÚSICA GLOBAL. A selection of these articles has been uploaded to the archives of Ancient Future history.


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. Through cross cultural exchange, Ancient Future has created a musical world without borders.


Matthew Montfort (band leader, scalloped fretboard guitar)



Matthew Montfort is the leader of the world fusion music ensemble Ancient Future and a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar who is recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists by DigitalDreamDoor.com.


Jim Hurley (violin)



Jim Hurley is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose professional credits include working with Queen Ida's Grammy-winning Bon Temps Zydeco Band, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, all-China zheng virtuoso Zhao Hui, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (with Jon Anderson from Yes), Dan Hicks, Smokey Robinson, Stanley Jordan, the Waybacks, Tempest, and appearances on Saturday Night Live, Worldbeat, Showbiz Today, A Prairie Home Companion and West Coast Weekend.


Doug McKeehan (keys)



Doug McKeehan is a score composer and a first call jazz pianist who studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory and in India with Pandit Ram Narayan.


Ian Dogole (percussion)



Ian Dogole performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments, including udu, cajon, hang, African talking drum, kalimbas, cymbals and dumbek, and has released seven records and a DVD.


Kash Killion (bass)



Playing cello, bass and assorted Middle Eastern stringed instruments such as, sarangi and esraj, Kash Killion has played extensively with such icons as Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Sun Ra, Butch Morris and George Lewis.


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