We just received the good news from the legendary Ancient Future that their album ‘World Without Walls’ (Capitol Records) featuring special guest, the tabla master Zakir Hussain was nominated by broadcasters around the world as ZoneMusicReporter‘s Best World Album of 2011. Other nominees for this category are Gabriel Ayala & will Clipman’s ‘Passion, Fire & Grace’, Patrick Bernard’s ‘Atlantis Angelis’ AOMusic’s ‘…and Love Rages On!’, and Sajjad’s ‘Where I Belong’. (see all categories and the nominees here: http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/admin/nominees.asp). World Without Walls debuted at #39 on the October 2011 ZMR Airplay Chart, a radio which covers many different radio genres from Ambient, Folk, Jazz, and World, and at #34 on the CMJ New World Chart 3 months ago in November 2011. Radio broadcasters who report to the ZoneMusicReporter charts are eligible to vote. Final award winners will be announced soon on March 11th, 2012.
Let’s take a closer look to the album ‘World Without Walls’. On June 7, 2011, the exact lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band’s influential ‘World Without Walls’ recording reunited for the first time in over 15 years. They were to perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco and other venues. 15 years is not a short time at all, so it was a wonderful surprise to all the fans and to those who were connected with them. To celebrate the reunion, Capitol/EMI Records released the first ever digital version of Ancient Future’s classic 1990 ‘World Without Walls’. Downloads are now available at all major digital outlets (iTunes, etc.). For those who prefer CDs, a limited number of rare collectible original 1990 edition copies signed by Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort are on sale exclusively at Ancient-Future.Com. (click here).
As its name suggests, ‘World Without Walls’ by Ancient Future represents a musical world without borders. This album features Ancient Future members Matthew Montfort (guitars), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keys), and Ian Dogole (percussion), plus special guest performances by world music legend and tabla master Zakir Hussain. The inviting melodies and ingenious use of ethnic textures make it one of Ancient Future’s most accessible and broadly appealing releases ever.
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Ancient Future circa 1990. Photo by Irene Young. Pictured: Matthew Montfort (guitars), Jim Hurley (violin), Doug McKeehan (keys), Ian Dogole (percussion)
The History of Ancient Future Band
[flickr id=”6908302749″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”false” size=”medium” group=”” align=”left”] BILLBOARD calls the group “trendsetters” for contributing to the emerging movement known as world fusion music, a term Ancient Future leader Matthew Montfort coined at the band’s inception for music that blends musical ideas from many different cultures. Formed in 1978, The ‘one band, many flavors’ Ancient Future stands as the world’s first and longest running ensemble. They dedicated exclusively to the mission of the creation of world fusion music. Their original music is an exhilarating fusion of exciting rhythms and sounds from around the globe which combines the elements of contemporary jazz and rock with the irresistible rhythms of Balinese, Indian, African, Middle Eastern and South American percussion, standing in between the rich harmonies of Europe, and the beautiful melodies of Asia.
In the years since the initial CD release of ‘World Without Walls’, Ancient Future has expanded from its core lineup through collaborations with noted masters of various world music traditions who are now an integral part of what is today more than just a band. Ancient Future has grown to become a large chamber ensemble of more than thirty performers from around the world with over a dozen smaller ensembles within it, enabling Ancient Future to realize its core mission of creating world fusion music.
Read the notable quotes of Ancient Future’s ‘World Without Walls’ here: http://www.ancient-future.com/pr_best_world_music_CD_2011.html
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Watch the Video of Ancient Future’s ‘Turkish Taffy’ Recorded at Yoshi’s, San Francisco, 6/7/11: