A special engagement with the founder of Windham Hill Records
Presented by Will Ackerman, founder Windham Hill Records
An intimate evening of Acoustic Guitar Music with performances by Will Ackerman, Trevor Gordon Hall, Todd Mosby andTodd Boston (west coast) and Vin Downes (east coast).
Presented as a flow concert format, Will opens the evening with a rare and intimate performance followed by individual performances by three of the new generation of rare and exceptional acoustic guitarists he has recently produced:
Trevor Gordon Hall: Ranked in the top 30 guitarists worldwide under the age of 30 by Guitar Player Magazine and the worlds only Kalimba Guitarist.
Todd Mosby: The only guitarist to become a member of India's most respected gharana of musicians, the Imdhad Khani Gharana, recipient of 2 Global Music Awards and composer, innovator and improvisor.
Todd Boston: 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.
Vin Downes: Referenced by David Crosby by the worlds “I love your music….beautiful” (it doesn’t get much better than a David Crosby accolade!)
The evening ends with an encore of all four guitarists playing in ensemble. It is truly a beautiful show and a treat.
Will Ackerman is the founder of Windham Hill Records and the producer of over 70 artists, including George Winston, Michael Hedges and Liz Story. He is a Grammy winner and the recipient of 27 Gold and Platinum Records in the US and internationally.
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.
Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor Gordon Hall is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases.
“…In the genre of intriguing guitar players Trevor really stands out. His music is both soothing and challenging...” - Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
“"...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)
Todd Mosby is an innovative guitarist, composer & improviser who creates an intriguing combination of new age, jazz, folk and world music.
He is considered one of the finest guitarist in Saint Louis, headlining area jazz festivals and the only guitarist admitted into the famed Imdad Khani Gharana.
Mosby's works are both highly creative and intelligent and has mastered multiple musical forms; classical, jazz and Indian raga.
“...unique” is not a word I throw out easily or frequently. Sometimes, however, it’s apt; as it is with Todd Mosby..." - Will Ackerman, founder Windham Hill Records
"...Todd is one of the most innovative musicians of the 21st century..." - Ustadt Imrat Khan
“...Todd Mosby is a guitarist’s guitarist whose exceptional compositional sensibilities and impeccable playing technique ...” - Michael Diamond, Media & Music Focus
“...Todd Mosby creates an intriguing combination of new age, jazz and world music on his new release On Eagle Mountain...” - KEITH HANNALECK - New Age Music Reviews Founder
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 Boston'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 believes music is healing and continues to explore the deep relationship that exists between music and movement. He is also an educator and believes that music is an important part of our communities and offers his time to schools, hospitals, institutions, and healing centers to share and spread the powerful healing effects of music.
"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
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
"Just beautiful...I love your music" ~ David Crosby, The Byrds, CSN, CSNY, Crosby/Nash, CPR
"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