Like the Windham Hill Samplers which were so successful in their day, THE GATHERING CDs are compilations of the musicians Will is producing these days and the GATHERING CONCERTS feature those musicians live and on stage. 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 Records 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 won 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. Many of the artists on THE GATHERING CDs have ranked in the top 10 of the ZMR charts and several have been recipients of CD of the Year Award.
Will is inaugurating THE GATHERING concert tours, throughout the US and Canada. These concerts will be promoted as
“THE GATHERING presented by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records.”
For many venues and promoters who worked with Windham Hill Records, THE GATHERING concerts will appeal to the audiences that made that label so successful. Will is hoping to perform as part of the ensemble in some of the concerts, and will be available for press and media interviews for all of the concerts.