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Ancient Future / World Without Walls
Album:World Without Walls Collection:World
Artist:Ancient Future Added:11/2011
Label:Capitol/Sona Gaia 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-11-27 Pull Date:2012-01-29 
Week Ending:29 Jan15 Jan1 Jan
Airplays:111

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 13, 2013:Arabology
Alap
4.Dec 28, 2011:Morning Glory "Best Of 2011"
14 Steps (Zakir Hussain)
2.Jan 26, 2012:Arabology
Turkish Taffy
5.Nov 17, 2011:Hi, Keefak, Ça Va?
Turkish Taffy
3.Jan 13, 2012:Pumping Iron
Gopi Song

Album Review
Ramzi Salti
Reviewed 2011-11-20 
--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN--

Ancient Future is a world music ensemble founded in 1978 by Matthew Montfort and known for starting world fusion music. They blend centuries-old music traditions using Indian, African, Balinese, Middle Eastern, and South American rhythm, the rich harmonies of Europe, the peaceful melodies of Asia, amongst others within a contemporary framework. 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. “World Without Walls” features performances by such world music stars as Zakir Hussain, the master of the North Indian tabla. It is an accessible and broadly appealing release with an artistic blend of old world instruments and modern technology.
1. “Lakshmi Rocks Me” is an energetic tribute to Indian violinist L. Shankar featuring Zakir Hussain on tabla with distinctively Eastern sounds.
2. “Dance of the Rain Forest” has fluid electric violin and lots of bass and mixes African and Balinese dance rhythms with jazz.
**3. “April Air” sounds like a contemporary jazz radio hit with steel drums and lyrical piano.
4. “14 Steps” Fourteen beat rhythmic cycle creates a funky Indian groove featuring Zakir Hussain on tabla.
5. “End of the Beginning” is a song where Celtic and Indian music fuse together nicely.
**6. “Turkish Taffy” has a combination of jazz and Middle Eastern influences with a swinging belly dancing type groove.
7. “Alap” has an Indian style intro with beautiful scalloped fretboard guitar work.
8. “Indra’s Net”, which was inspired by Hindu mythology, has gentle synthesizer and piano with acoustic bass and a standout violin.
9. “Nyo Nyo Gde” is an exotic ode to the attributes of a goddess with guitar synthesizer and the Chinese flute.
**10. “Gopi Song” Is is a lush and beautifully tender ballad inspired by North Indian sarangi master Pandit Ram Narayan and once again features Zakir Hussain on tabla.
My picks: 3, 6 & 10 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1.Lakshmi Rocks Me 6.Turkish Taffy
2.Dance Of The Rain Forest 7.Alap
3.April Air 8.Indra's Net
4.14 Steps 9.Nyo Nyo Gde
5.End Of The Beginning 10.Gopi Song