First Video Release from the Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future

Featuring Ancient Future Bandleader Matthew Montfort's New Custom Martin Scalloped Fretboard Guitar
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - March 7, 2021 - PRLog -- Alternate Reality Concerts from the Ancient Future
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Ancient Future bandleader Matthew Montfort was the inaugural performer in this new series of online concerts with a performance on his birthday, February 12, 2021. His improvisational scalloped fretboard guitar performance was streamed and recorded on Zoom.

More solo performances and call-and-response round robins are in the works featuring the master musicians who work with Ancient Future such as Pandit Habib Khan (sitar), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla), Shenshen Zhang (pipa), and Faisal Zedan (Syrian percussion).

To sign up for upcoming shows, simply send your email address to Put "Alternate Reality Concert" in the subject. You will receive a link to participate before each performance. There's no charge, but donations are accepted.

First Video from the Alternate Reality Concert Series
Inaugural Recital by Matthew Montfort on Scalloped Fretboard Guitar

Sympathetic Serenade for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort

YouTube Video:

When Matthew Montfort was working on his debut solo recording for scalloped fretboard guitar (a special guitar modified to enable ornaments characteristic of the sitar), he recorded a number of spontaneously improvised serenades. Were it not for some serendipitous sequencing coupled with the allure of alliteration, it's likely that Sympathetic Serenade would have been released as the eighth improvisation on what became Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar. Instead, this evocative serenade was released as a mini EP. In this live recording from the inaugural performance of the Alternate Reality Concert Series from the Ancient Future, he revisits the piece with a new interpretation on his custom Martin scalloped fretboard guitar in which he expands on the original's use of the melodic elements of Rag Bhairavi and mixes in chordal structures from Spanish guitar music.

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