is a musical ensemble popular in the world music
genre. Founded in 1978, it is known for starting world fusion music
, blending centuries-old music traditions, along with mixing them with modern music, such as jazz, rock or reggae.
Formed in the late 1978 by Matthew Montfort
, Ancient Future coined the term "world fusion music
" to describe its use of Indian
, Middle Eastern
, and South American rhythm
, the rich harmonies of Europe
, the peaceful melodies of Asia
, and other musical traditions within a contemporary framework. The group's founder, guitarist
Mathew Montfort, became fascinated by North Indian classical music during his college years, prompting him to travel to Java
, and elsewhere in Asia to study the intricates of musical traditions passed down from generations to generations. Over the years, Ancient Future has expanded its musical vision 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 28 performers from around the world with over a dozen similar ensembles within it, enabling Ancient Future to realize its core mission of creating world fusion music.
The original U.S.
members of Ancient Future looked beyond their roots for inspiration by studying with master musicians of many world......