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
First Light
Jim Gabriel
By the Sea
Louis Colaiannia
Lawrence Blatt
The Stillness Before Dawn
Kathryn Kaye
Green Field
Marika Takeuchi
When I Was Young
Neil Tatar
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

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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

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The Gathering II: A new generation of musicians produced by Will Ackerman, and Tom Eaton.

The Gathering II - cover artThe first Gathering CD was released in 2012 and won the coveted ZMR Album of the Year with the highest ratings of any CD in the history of those charts. With another two years of recordings made at Will’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, Will and Tom have once again chosen 21 musicians who they feel will connect to a large audience.

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The intent of the collection is to showcase the work that Tom and Will do as producers at Imaginary Road and to give a collective identity to the group of artists they choose to produce.

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The 2012 ZMR Album of the Year, The Gathering, was produced almost exclusively at Imaginary Road Studios. It also took home the award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.  A new generation of musicians produced by Will Ackerman, the founder of Windham Hill Records. Read reviews, listen to samples and get your copy - as CD or downloadable album.!


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West River Records

Imaginary Road Studios looks over The West River Valley in Windham County, Vermont, and when I was looking for a label name on which to release The Gathering, the new compilation of my recent productions, I decided that West River Records would be a great name for it. While I don’t plan to expand this to emulate Windham Hill in any way, I hope that I might eventually release another volume of The Gathering and use West River Records to re-release some of my own Windham Hill recordings that are now out of print.

I do hope you’ll give The Gathering a listen as I’m very proud of it.

All my best,
Will Ackerman


Reviews of The Gathering:

A "gathering" of fantastic talent all on one album

If one could perform the aural equivalent of a blind taste test on an astute listener of the compilation CD The Gathering, that person might guess that the album is a "newly discovered" collection of tracks from the archives of the pioneering instrumental label Windham Hill. If that same listener was informed that the tracks were selected and sequenced by none other than Will Ackerman himself (founder of Windham Hill in 1976), that same listener would probably exclaim "See! I told you so." However, that listener would be wrong. These are all tracks from independent artists, each of whom are recording and releasing on their own label. The album's uniting factor is that the estimable (I am tempted to call him "legendary" although that might imply he is either dead or retired) Ackerman produced or co-produced each song.

Bill Binkelman - Zone Music Reporter

A magnificent musical mansion

The depth and breadth of the music on The Gathering is astounding, as is the emotional range it evokes. While the variety of the music is impressive, Ackerman managed to select tracks which present a cohesive musical vision. Nothing here moves too quickly or lingers too long. If you have made the acquaintance of any of the Imaginary Road-recorded works (Todd Boston, Shambhu, Jeff Oster, Masako, Stanton Lanier, Paul Jensen et al), you know that Ackerman employs a group of stellar guest players including such luminaries as cellist Eugene Friesen, violinist Charlie Bisharat, vocalist Noah Wilding, bassist Manring, and English horn player Jill Haley, among many others. “The Gathering” draws to a poetically compelling conclusion with a lovely composition entitled “The Wheel” by none other than the maestro Ackerman himself, accompanied by violin, voice, drums, and bass. Will’s acoustic guitar playing is stunning in its tone, articulation, phrasing, and the way it sets the stage for the cream of the crop of his studio musicians to shine. This is surely one of the best compilations in the 30+ year history of this genre. And the price is right, especially considering the amount of music it contains. Ackerman stated that increased exposure for the artists is more important than profit, and I know you can resonate with that. A new generation of musicians produced by Will Ackerman ... this is dream material, on every level.

by Lloyd Barde, Music Editor, Common Ground Magazine


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