Was it This Lifetime?  CD cover  Will AckermanI created Windham Hill Records to release my first recording, “In Search of the Turtle’s Navel”, in 1976.  My wildest dream at the time was to sell 300 copies of the LP; the minimum order the record pressing plant required. That Windham Hill would grow to be one of the most successful independent record labels in history was light-years from anything I could have imagined.  Before long, I found myself the CEO of a large and growing record label. I never envisioned Windham Hill as a corporation, but that’s what we’d become.   On a personal level I missed the simplicity and innocence of the early days and ultimately sold the label to people who I knew would respect what we had created and nurtured.  I took some time off from recording.  A few years passed without any new music from me, then in 2008 I was approached by Target stores to release CDs exclusively for them.  The CDs included earlier pieces of mine along with new compositions.

This compilation includes what I think are the best of the new pieces I released post Windham Hill.   It was fun putting these together on one CD. 



George Winston and Will Ackerman

George Winston visits Will’s Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont after George’s sold out concert at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, VT the night before.


Upcoming Concerts


The Gathering - 4 Guitars

Four extraordinary guitarists, each unique in their own right, offer an evening of the finest contemporary acoustic guitar music on the planet.

Grammy winning, multi platinum producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman leads the way presenting Trevor Gordon Hall, Todd Mosby, and Vin Downes. 

Details on these 4 Guitars Concerts will be updated at https://thegatheringconcerts.com/events/


Confirmed Dates for The 4 Guitars Concerts

January 12, 2019
Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT
March 27, 2019
Montalvo Arts, Saratoga, CA
March 28, 2019
The Bankhead Theatre, Livermore CA
March 29, 2019
The Gallo Center, Modesto, CA
 March 31, 2019
The Harris Center, Folsom CA

Windham Hill Winter Solstice with Will Ackerman, Alex DeGrassi, Barbara Higbie, Todd Boston and Mia Pixley

Confirmed Dates for Winter Solstice Concerts

Wed. December 5, 7:30 PM
Bend, OR Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St. Bend, OR 97703 Tickets: http://tickets.towertheatre.org
Thurs. Dec 6, 7:30 PM
Salem, OR The Elsinore Theater Salem, OR Tickets: http://www.elsinoretheatre.com
Fri. Dec 7, 7:30 PM
Tacoma, WA The Rialto Theatre 310 S. 9th St. Tacoma, WA 98402 Tickets: https://tickets.broadwaycenter.org/Online/
Sun. Dec 9, 7:00 PM
Grants Pass, OR The Rogue Theater 143 S.E. R Street Grants Pass, OR 97526 Tickets: http://www.roguetheatre.org
Tues. Dec 11, 8:00 PM
Boulder, CO The Boulder Theater 2032 14th Street Boulder, CO 80302 Tickets: http://bouldertheater.frontgatesolutions.com
Fri. Dec 14, 8:00 PM
Tucson, AZ Fox Theatre – Tucson 17 West Congress Street Tucson, AZ 85701 Tickets: https://foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com
Sat. Dec 15 (2 shows)4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Phoenix, AZ The Musical Instrument Museum 4725 East Mayo Boulevard Phoenix, AZ 85050 Tickets: http://www.themim.org
Tues. Dec 18, 7:30 PM
San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/82668
Wed. Dec 19, 7:30 PM
San Luis Obispo, CA Spanos Theatre 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 Tickets: https://tickets.calpoly.edu/Online/
Thurs. Dec 20, 7:30 PM
Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theater 1205 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Tickets: http://kuumbwajazz.org/calendar/list/
Fri. Dec 21, 8:00 PM
San Rafael, CA Marin Civic Center Veterans Auditorium 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903 Tickets: http://tickets.marincenter.org


FLOW Wins Two More Awards


The broadcasters have spoken, the votes have been tabulated and ZoneMusicReporter has announced the winners of the 2017 ZMR Music Awards that were presented Live in New Orleans on May 12, 2018.






FLOW was winner of the   INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best New Age Album

March 31, 2018

flow - best new age album 2017


Zone Music Reporter – FLOW: On Point, and On Tour!

APRIL 4, 2018

The following is a review from Samantha Garcia on zonemusicreporter.com Click here to read the review on the zonemusicreporter.com website.

Or visit the FLOW website:https://www.flowthegroup.com/ for more reviews, photos, etc.

FLOW: On Point, and On Tour!

It isn’t often that the New Age genre finds itself enjoying the emergence of a group such as FLOW, who recently announced their May 2018 Arrival Tour from New Orleans to Seattle, San Fran, and LA. The talented Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Jeff Oster have joined to give us an album of serene beauty. Each musician brings passion for their instruments and years of dedication to their craft into this album, manifesting a creative energy so strong that it resonates throughout every note. Nothing is wasted. Originally a project started by Lawrence Blatt, FLOW came together when he invited pianist Fiona Joy and composer Jeff Oster to collaborate with him at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. It wasn’t long, however, until Will became far more than just a producer, and an integral contributor to the project.


A High Five Moment in a Recent Performance

Will and Todd

Will Ackerman and Todd Boston




abendromen - TOM EATON (Riverwide Records)


There Was a Time - KATHRYN KAYE (Overland Mountain Music)

The following winners were mastered by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:    Erik Scott




Will is available as a record producer
for musicians and record labels.

Founder of Windham Hill Records

Grammy Award Winner

Awarded more than 26 Gold and Platinum Records

Producer of George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story, Alex deGrassi among others.

Will's studio, Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont
is a state of the art facility
with engineering by Tom Eaton.


This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The discography is just a partial list of his production credits.



Returning won Grammy Award for Best New Age Album
You may purchase “Returning” @ 20% DISCOUNT starting May 5 through August 5, 2017
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The Gathering III

gathering3 We’re happy to announce the THE GATHERING Volume III. Following in the footsteps of the tremendously successful Windham Hill Samplers (all of which won either Gold or Platinum Record awards), The Gathering III is comprised of musicians Tom Eaton and I have produced in the last couple of years at my Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont. The first two volumes of THE GATHERING won awards including ZMR’s ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD. THE GATHERING III offers pieces from 19 artists and 74 minutes of music. Tom and I are very proud of this collection and trust listeners will find a wealth of new music and new musicians to enjoy.

Fiona Joy
Steve Rivera
So Quickly Gone
Angelo Rapan
Todd Mosby
Eagle Mountain
Peter Jennison
Kori Linae Carothers
Heidi Breyer
1960 (Instrumental)
David Lindsay
Jeff Oster
The Mystery of B
Jeffrey Seeman
Point Well Taken
Renee Michele
First Promise
Kathryn Kaye
Elk Creek in the Fall
Alexi Musnitsky
Sparkling Heart
Neil Tatar
Missing You
Jill Haley
Sipapu Emergence
Trevor Gordon Hall
Midnight and Raining
Ann Sweeten
Elysian Fields
Loren Evarts
91 North
Joe Heinemann

Listen to samples and get your copy!


Will Ackerman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual ZMR Music Awards convention in May 2013 The award celebrated recent productions by the founder of Windham Hill Records as well as his influence of excellence on the music he touches.

Will also won the 2012 Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards for The Gathering, a compilation of music and artists Will recently produced at his studio in Vermont.



Favorite Echoes Artists of last 25 Years

Listeners of John Diliberto's Echoes Radio program voted for their
favorite Echoes Artists of the last 25 years.
Will Ackerman and many other Windham Hill musicians were among their favorites.
You can check out the list at http://wp.me/p4ZE0X-47x



Will recently did an interview with John Olsen.
You can read it at the New Age Music World site.


Master Seven Interview

Will recently was interviewed by Tom Beninate of Master Seven. In a wide-ranging conversation they touch on composing, building, guitars,the current state of the music business, and more.

Read the interview at www.masterseven.com


A note from Will introducing Tom Eaton, Imaginary Road Studios engineer

I would like to reach out to our valuable community of Imaginary Road artists to share updates, news and exciting changes at Imaginary Road Studios.

Tom Eaton is simply the most talented engineer I have ever had the privilege to work with.   He's also a wonderful human being and has become my co-producer in all the work I do.    His knowledge and his heart have become indispensable to me in my career and he makes it more fun than it's ever been for me.   

Tom is a brilliant musician and has produced two wonderful CDs, “indesterren” and “abendromen”.   He won 2016 Best New Artist at the most recent ZMR Awards in New Orleans.     I want to add my congratulations to the long list of people who have been so touched by his music.

Briefly: Tom is an Engineer and Producer with over 17 years of experience. He is also a musician (pianist), and therefore brings a unique level of knowledge and perspective to the process. Tom loves and grew up listening to Windham Hill and knows the catalogue better than I do.......


The Grammy Award Winning CD "Returning"

returning cd cover

RETURNING was an opportunity to capture my career as I hope it will be remembered.

These are new recordings of my favorite pieces spanning 35 years of music writing.


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Imaginary Road Studios

House Concerts

I've been loving the intimacy of the house concerts I've been doing in the last couple of years
and wanted to let people know that if they're looking for a very special evening of music,
I'd love to hear from you.    -- Will

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