Experience an evening of heartfelt and soulful music with legendary producer and GRAMMY winning guitarist Will Ackerman, kalimbatar/guitarist Tevor Gordon Hall, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Todd Boston (west coast), Imrat guitar/guitarist Todd Mosby and acoustic guitar maestro Vin Downes (east coast).
"Genre-defying style is what Ackerman's brand has come to stand for..."
Considered the Father of Acoustic Instrumental Guitar Music, Will has single handedly spawned three generations of acoustic guitarists and pianists from his ground breaking work at Windham Hill Records.
Will Ackerman: The Gathering, 4 Guitars is an amazing concert representing then next generation of acoustic guitarists to carry on his legacy.
Will Ackerman opens the evening with an intimate performance his most beautiful award winning compositions. Ackerman has the ability to transform audiences and take them to amazing heights of sonic beauty, color and emotion.
These next generation guitarists have been personally produced by Will. The recordings have gone on to receive numerous ZMR awards and critical acclaim. Each artist is hand picked by Will in order to present in a concert of unrivaled beauty, intrigue, artistry and wonder.
The evening ends with an encore of all four guitarists playing in ensemble. It is truly a beautiful show and a rare treat for all ages and all lovers of the acoustic guitar.
"The music of Will Ackerman has that timeless introspection that has made his music so enduring."
Will Ackerman began as a musician and the founder of Windham Hill Records, discovering major talents such as George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Alex de Grassi. Ackerman quickly gained recognition as an unstoppable, brilliant producer. He is a Grammy winnier and the recipient of more than 27 Platinum and Gold Records in the United States and Internationally.
Universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, Will Ackerman's career spans more than three decades of remarkable vision, single-minded determination, fervent business savvy, and "a thorough love of the mystery of making music."
The glory years at Windham Hill with Ackerman at the helm launched the recording careers of an abundant list of acoustic instrumentalists, many of whom became household names. The primary influence Windham Hill cast on contemporary music over the last three decades of the 20th century emanated from folk roots, the acoustic guitar, and the piano. This legacy remains with Ackerman in a uniquely prolific and peerless career.
Having sold Windham Hill to SONY/BMG in May of 1992, Will has continued to produce musicians in the tradition of Windham Hill. Albums that Will has recently produced have multiple ZMR Music Awards and no producer has had more #1 albums on the NAR/ZONE MUSIC charts. In May 2013 Will was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual ZMR Music Awards.
In 2012, Will began creating compilation CDs of the musicians he was currently producing, calling these THE GATHERING. The first Gathering CD won the coveted ZMR Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards with the highest ratings of any CD in the history of those charts.
Will lives in Windham County, Vermont where he produces year round at this Imaginary Road Studios with engineer and co-producer Tom Eaton.
Learn about Will's history in the industry, Windham Hill and the artists against beautiful images and clips of Will performing some of his more memorable compositions.
Guitarist, Composer, Improviser
"A guitarist's guitarist..." - Michael Diamond, Music Media & Focus
Mosby is a 2x Global Music Award Recipient and the only guitarist to enter the famed Imdhad Khani Gharana of musicians, India's most respected music family.
Mastering multiple musical forms including classical, jazz and Indian, this broad spectrum of musical knowledge enables the St. Louis native to create works that are both highly creative and intelligent.
"...musical voice that is unique in my experience… and “unique” is not a word I throw out easily or frequently. " - Will Ackerman, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, founder, Windham Hill Records
View solo guitar footage Todd Mosby on his youtube page.
View an interview on the history of the imrat guitar...
“…In the genre of intriguing guitar players Trevor really stands out...” - Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
Ranked in the top 30 guitarists worldwide under the age of 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine and the worlds only Kalimbatar player. This is a hybrid kalimba/guitar instrument that Martin wound up adapting to one of their instruments for him.
Trevor Gordon Hall is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. He can traverse musical landscapes ranging from Debussy impressionism as in Clair De Lune to funk solo blues and rapid fire finger style guitar playing.
"...Trevor Gordon Hall is clearly talented…music is engaging…he has an innovative approach…" - Steve Hackett - (Genesis)
“...Creative imagination resides, as well as flourishes within certain artists, and it certainly does so in Trevor Gordon Hall. Ingenuity is something that always causes surprise, and this gentleman’s abilities are totally exceptional...” - Pat Martino (Jazz Guitarist)
Watch and view Trevor as he performs his version of Clair De Lune on Kalimbatar, absolutely fascinating.
Composer, Guitarist, Multi instrumentalist and Producer
"Todd Boston is a brilliant guitarist and it seems there’s nothing under the sun he can’t make a beautiful noise with. The world’s a better place for his gift."
- Will Ackerman, Founder Windham Hill Records
Todd Boston is a composer, guitarist/multi instrumentalist and producer that defies what is possible for one musician. Live he produces an organic and mesmerizing sound marrying together his love of music, nature and technology.
Todd fuses advanced finger style guitar techniques, wood flute, percussion and instruments of the world together with live looping and computer technology.
He has toured internationally reaching audiences in the United States, Europe, Russia, India, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. As a performer for concert audiences, festivals, yoga classes or at the bedside of hospital patients, Todd invokes the feelings of nature in his melodic, and rhythmic playing to inspire and soothe his listeners.
Todd’s music has gained popularity and recognition worldwide. His albums have received numerous nominations and awards and have been featured on radio stations internationally.
His album Touched by the Sun produced with Grammy winner Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records) was chosen Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2012 ZMR Music Awards and charted #1 on the World/New Age listening charts.
In 2013, Todd collaborated on Peter Kater’s Grammy Nominated album Illumination and on Wouter Kellerman’s 2015 Grammy Nominated album Love’s Language. Todd spent 2012-2013 touring with singer Snatam Kaur and Ramesh Kannan as touring bandmates. His song Twilight is featured on a Putumayo World Music compilation titled Acoustic Yoga released September 2016.
Todd is a producer of World, Folk, Ambient, New Age, Contemporary Instrumental, Meditation, Indie, Rock & Pop styles. He has worked and performed with greats such as, Will Ackerman (Windham Hill), Alex Degrassi, Barbara Higbie, Michael Manring, Snatam Kaur, Ramesh Kannan, Tony Levin (legendary bassist of Peter Gabriel), Charlie Bisharat (Grammy Winning Violinist), Jeff Haynes (Grammy Winning Percussionist), Eugene Friesen (Grammy Winning Cellist), Shambhu, Jeff Oster, Tom Eaton, Deva Premal & Mitten, Manose, Tina Malia, Shimshai, Donna De Lory & more.
He has performed at prominent festivals such as Wanderlust Festival, Earthdance, Harmony, the Mac Conference and at events globally.
"Just beautiful...I love your music."
David Crosby, The Byrds, CSN, CSNY, Crosby/Nash, CPR
Greatly influenced by the music of artists on Windham Hill Records in the late 1980's, Downes furthered his interest of finger-style technique and composition by earning a degree in classical guitar performance and music education from William Paterson University.
While at WPU, he studied classical composition and had several of his compositions performed by soloists and ensembles, including the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Helix Ensemble and members of the Composer’s Guild of New Jersey.
“Vin Downes is a brilliant guitarist and a heart-felt composer ...Vin is a consummate player who draws upon a wide range of styles...His abilities as a player create an even broader palate from which to draw in his performances." ~ Will Ackerman, Grammy Award Winning Producer, founder of Windham Hill Records
"While Vin’s guitar playing is impressive and can range from tastefully understated to dazzling, I am equally impressed with his skills as a composer. Vin has a wonderful sense of composition that brims with emotional content." ~Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus