He is also known for his work as a composer and performer on Glissentar (11-string fretless guitar), electric guitar, flamenco guitar, mandolin, charango, sitar, and gamelan. He has studied with the master musicians of many world music traditions, including sarangi master Ram Narayan, sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, mridangam master Guruvayoor Dorai, and gamelan director K.R.T.Wasitodipuro. He has worked with many world music legends, including tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain and Chinese zither master Zhao Hui. He has performed hundreds of world music and jazz concerts worldwide since 1978, from New York City’s Carnegie Recital Hall to the Atlantis nightclub in Beirut, Lebanon. His scalloped fretboard work was featured in 2003 and 2005 at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona, which showcases top guitarists from all over the world.
He toured India in 2006 and 2008, performing at prestigious events such as the Festival of India in Mumbai with sitar master Pandit Habib Khan and tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He holds a B.A. in World Music and Composition and an M.A. in Arts and Media Technology from Antioch University. For his M.A.
thesis, Montfort wrote the book "Ancient Traditions -- Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India," which has been used by many musicians to improve their rhythm skills. Matthew Montfort is on the faculty of Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, where he teaches music theory, world rhythms, and all styles of guitar. He also teaches at his studio in San Rafael, California, and offers custom recorded virtual lessons for students world wide. Read more on Last.fm.
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