Mythical Stories of Love Around the World
The Six Chapters
Learn folklore of ancient world music traditions and listen to the music in each of the 6 chapters:
Flirtation Courtship Sacred Eros The Wedding Seduction Longing
1. Simsimay Panima (traditional, arr. Montfort. 6:05) Nepalese folk song. Features Nepalese flutist Manose Singh (bansuri).
2. Forest Frolic (Montfort. 4:29) Chinese, Greek, Balinese, and Indian influences. Features Liu Qi-Chao (Chinese flute) and Manose Singh (bansuri).
3. I Mett Her in the Medowe, a (traditional, arr. Montfort. 1:19)
4. I Mett Her in the Medowe, b (traditional, arr. Montfort. 4:12) . Scottish lute melody from 1615. Features Matthew Montfort on the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining aspects of the South Indian vina with the steel string guitar.
5. Ocean of Love (Montfort. 5:26) African, Indian (Rag Kafi), African, Vietnamese, and Slavic influences. Features Matthew Montfort (electric guitars), Irina Mikhailova (vocals), and C.K. Ladzekpo (Yoruba drummer).
Sacred Eros Chapter
6. Ochun (traditional, arr. Montfort. 3:32) Afro-Cuban. Features Santeria priest Pedro de Jesus on a chant for the goddess of love.
7. Semara (Montfort. 4:27) Balinese gamelan. Features instruments and rhythms of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and performances by the original 1978 line-up of Ancient Future.
The Wedding Chapter
8. Alap (Montfort. 1:48) Indian alap. Features Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar and Patti Weiss on violin.
9. El Zaffa (Montfort. 4:26) Egyptian wedding procession rhythm (elzaffa). Features Palestinian musicians Antoine Lammam (percussion) and Georges Lammam (violin) and Jewish music specialist Moses Sedler (cello).
10. Ne Po Pogrebu Bochonochek (traditional, arr. Montfort. 5:07) Russian folk song. Features Irina Mikhailova (vocals) and Matthew Montfort (guitars).
11. Socha Socha, a (Khan/Montfort. 2:00)
12. Socha Socha, b (Khan/Montfort. 8:34) North Indian raga. Features Pandit Habib Khan (sitar).
“If the members of the United Nations formed a world-fusion band, it might look and sound a little something like Ancient Futures re-issue of their seventh recording. Featuring instrumentation from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, Planet Passion is a mythical story of love, flirtation, seduction, courtship, marriage and longing. Manose Singhs bansuri flute and Matthew Montforts scalloped fretboard work stand out in this eclectic, visionary global village, where each track features its own unique set of players. At its best, Planet Passion strives to preserve the worlds vast musical heritage via international collaboration: the idea that one protects the old by creating something new. This is at the heart of fusion music and the heart of Ancient Futures global aesthetics, too: a diverse, unified world without borders, a multicultural community, a new, reconstituted sonic reality.” Ryan Allen, LEO WEEKLY, Louisville, Kentucky
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From romantic sitar on “Socha Socha” to light, delicate vocals on “Ocean of Love,” and ranging across multiple continents for musical origins, Ancient Futures Planet Passion album offers a lot to be enthusiastic about. The band is the longest-performing world fusion group, having formed in 1978, yet they retain their inventiveness in developing new sound and style melds. “The Scalloped Fret and Scots Tune Mett” refers to bandleader Matthew Montforts performance of “I Mett Her in the Medowe,” a mysterious Scottish mandora melody from 1615, with “the ornaments and note bends of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining aspects of the South Indian vina with the steel string guitar.” Again, its an elegant success. “Slavic Seduction” is a traditional Russian folksong and “Ne Po Pogrebu Bochonocheck” is about a young couples first night together. It features vocals by artist Irina Mikhailova, which combine effectively, if almost eerily, with the bands Eastern sound. Meanwhile, “El Zaffa” brings in the Arabic influence of a lively wedding march, and becomes another of Ancient Futures excellent adaptations. “Forest Frolic (Bamboo Flute Magic),” the bands first release after a six-year hiatus, is a playful, spritely conjunction of bamboo flute work by two Asian flute virtuosos. Chinese multi-instrumentalist Liu Qi-Chao and Nepali bansuri master Manose Singh join efforts, and the result is truly splendid — joyous and lilting. What a welcome return for Ancient Future. Devotees of the best in world fusion will surely wish to add Planet Passion to their collections