Upcoming Concerts

(information will be coming soon)

FLOW Concerts

September 15, 2019
Next Stage Putney, VT


September 27, 2019
Carnegie Hall New York City


September 28, 2019
FLOW will be interviewed on ECHOES radio show


4 Guitars Concerts
featuring artists from Gathering IV

November 5, 2019
The Rialto Loveland, CO


November 8, 2019
Lonetree Arts Center Lonetree,  CO

 

The Gathering IV, produced by Will Ackerman, the founder of Windham Hill Records

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The pieces appearing here have been chosen specifically to blend together to give the listener a beautiful listening experience. If you bought The Gathering I, II and III, you will not want to miss getting The Gathering IV to add to your collection.

The Bird and the River
Masako
First Light
Jim Gabriel
By the Sea
Louis Colaiannia
I.M.A.
Lawrence Blatt
The Stillness Before Dawn
Kathryn Kaye
Green Field
Marika Takeuchi
When I Was Young
Neil Tatar
Forever
Gina Lenee Perkins
Painted Butterfly
Kelly Andrew
And the Sky Was
Lawrence Blatt
Willow Creek
Heidi Osgood-Metcalf
When the Sea Lets Go
Vin Downes
Imagine Spring
Brenda Warren
Veil of Tears
Ann Sweeten
Northern Hemisphere
Matteo Palmer
The Beauty We Love
Gary Schmidt
Awakening Spirit
Richard Carr

Listen to samples and get your copy!

 

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WAS IT THIS LIFETIME - New CD from Will

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. 

WILL ACKERMAN

 

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.

 

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.

           

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

           

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

 

See FLOW in concert September, 2019 

 

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.

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A High Five Moment in a Recent Performance

Will and Todd

Will Ackerman and Todd Boston

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO
THE IMAGINARY ROAD STUDIOS
2016 ZMR MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

BEST NEW ARTIST

abendromen - TOM EATON (Riverwide Records)

BEST PIANO ALBUM – WITH INSTRUMENTATION

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

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM:  Erik Scott

BEST AMBIENT ALBUM:   Jeff Pearce

 

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
 
WILL ACKERMAN’S GRAMMY AWARD WINNING CD “RETURNING: PIECES FOR GUITAR 1970-2004” IS COMING OUT ON 180g VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME  MAY 5, 2017.
 
You may purchase “Returning” @ 20% DISCOUNT starting May 5 through August 5, 2017
from the following direct link:   https://audiofidelity.net/product/will-ackerman-returning-pieces-guitar-1970-2004
When you check out just add  WILL17  for the Promo Code.

 

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.

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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.......

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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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