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Ancient Future Bay Area Concerts

The trailblazing world music group Ancient Future will perform an intimate evening of music featuring scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort with accompaniment by tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar plus special guest Mariah Parker on Saturday, January 23, at 6 PM at The Mazza Castle, located at 900 Mirador Terrace in Pacifica, California.

The concert will be the debut performance on Matthew Montfort's new custom scalloped fretboard guitar. The pre-concert gathering with wine and refreshments begins at 6 PM, and the music begins promptly at 7 PM. Seating is limited to 45 guests, so reserve tickets early at brownpapertickets.com.

The band will also perform on Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Fenix, located at 919 Fourth Street in San Rafael, California. For more information, call 415-813-5600 or visit www.fenixlive.com. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Admission to the Fenix show is $20 plus dinner. Admission for the Mazza Castle show is $40 per guest and includes wine and refreshments.

Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument with a modified fretboard in which the wood between frets has been carved out in order to facilitate intricate note-bending ornaments. His new custom guitar is the result of a collaboration between Montfort, Dick Boak of the Artist Relations Department of C.F. Martin & Co., and San Francisco luthier Alan Perlman. Dick Boak has been involved in the conception of more than one hundred and forty signature guitar collaborations with the top musical talents of our time. Starting in 2014, he worked with Montfort to help design the instrument, which features a very large sound hole to add volume, an extra upper bout sound hole so that Montfort can hear the guitar better, a cutaway with extra frets protruding into the sound hole to accommodate his extended playing range, and a short scale yet wide neck to allow for greater string bending capability.

Master luthier Alan Perlman scalloped the fretboard and added other finishing touches to complete this amazing instrument.



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