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Will Ackerman

Will Ackerman has gained prominence both as a musician and a businessman, and at least one of those occupations seems to have been unintentional. Though Ackerman has played guitar since the age of 12, when he dropped out of college it was to become a carpenter, and his first company was called Windham Hill Builders. But Ackerman composed guitar music for Stanford University theater productions, and the encouragement of friends led him to record an album of his tunes, In Search of the Turtle's Navel, in 1976. The album was surprisingly successful, and Ackerman found himself in the music business.

Since then, Ackerman has continued to record his own albums, to produce Windham Hill albums for such other artists as George Winston, Alex de Grassi, and Liz Story, and to serve in various capacities in the record company. (He stepped down as CEO in 1986; his function now primarily concerns A&R, the liaison between a record company and its artists.) Though Ackerman has long since sickened of the new age tag, threatening physical violence against anyone categorizing Windham Hill's music with the term, he had more to do with the rise of acoustic-based instrumental music as a popular form in the '70s and '80s than anyone else. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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wallin_mg
I love this music. This song climbing in geometry makes me feel like a kid when I'm climbing all over the playground equipment for the 1st time and everything is a new experience. The what will happen if I do this or can I do this just resounds within me, and for a time I'm a child again. Thanks to Will and all the musicians his label has allowed to become known.
Sounds like my Wingcaller.. . u n f o r t u n a t e l y I broke her.
Thank will 4 the bueatiful sounds of joy & sadness. As a fellow Vermonter go st j your music was so much of my life in the early days when I 1st moved 2 st j .from my wedding I had 2 get a stand in 4 u but the guy did all rite! 25 years latter threw divorce & all that life throws at you .I get so much joy hearing these .(well u could call them classic)it puts me rite back home my 2 little girls playing the smell of apple pie.everyone grown up or just gottom older you're music now brings me PEACE
katie.vt
Thank you, Will, for providing the soundtrack to my life. Your music is pure magic.
I have been listening to Will for about 30 years now. I have never tired of his music. Every time I play one of his albums, it's like it's the first time. His music takes me into the woods. Into nature.
aboutyou88
I've fallen in love to the sounds of William's guitar, several times. Each time forever. Until the next time, equally sincere. Wow there may be some lyrics there. Call me.
LISTENING MAKES ME ENJOY NATURE. PLAY. ON .
hillhaven04
Am a listener of you, Will Ackerman, since the beginning days, when in young days in Cucamonga, CA; now way gone to Oregon for 30+ yrs in OR..and maybe will pick up my 12 string;since long ago. Just to attempt the harmonics:~) before I check out. I envy your talent.
Have followed him fot years. Listen to him to mellow out. Especially like Pink Chiffon Tricycle Queen on his premier album.
Love Will's music. Always have. And I have have been following his music since it's inception. Mellow acoustic sets my mind and heart free.
Wonderful massage music! Lends a peaceful and light atmosphere.
gscherer55
So distinctivel y beautiful. One knows when it's David Ackerman. I bought this 20 years ago and I still love the CD just as much.
leemichaelho w a r d
the background music to our life!!...... . . t h a n k you
juliajean17
Peaceful and beautiful music. Helps you think! :)
rosette_ader a
Music to think and write by... absolutely!
Bringing out the beauty locked in wood, or building a beautiful structure from wood, is not so different from composing or playing music, as some might think.
mbwilley
All of Will's music is calming and reflective. His latest album, New Engalnd Roads, is beautiful!
janice.brown 0 8
Intoxicating l y introspectiv e . . . b e a u t i f u l l y peaceful....
Would recognize his music anywhere. Love what he did with Windham Hill.
Clean, and interspectiv e . Very centering.
Acoustic bliss!!! i like it!
new age dosent even really cover it, Acoustic Bliss would be a better term.
An inspiration both in business as well as music!
epiphanyoga
Will Ackerman's music has followed me through my life. It resonates with my soul.
Obviously a talented guitarist and musician, love the rythum and pure sound. Makes me think of my kids growing up with lots of laughter...
tweener8292
Conferring With the Moon was my favorite. "Driving" from one of his later works really struck me as well.
Gosh, this is just beautiful!
I love the sound of his guitar! I would love to know what kind it is!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
PianoForHire @ g m a i l . c o m
As a writer, I frequently work to William Ackerman and Michael Manring. Ackerman's underlying subtexts call to mind autumn afternoon drives in New England, and permit the perfect flow of creativity at my keyboard without being intrusive. Love, pure love.
Outstanding Music !
scvinson
As I listen I can imagine William Ackerman placing each note as carefully as he would have placed his 2 x 4's...it's all about placement, structure and balance. I am sure he is just as excellent a carpenter as he is a musician.
elmzassns
As sensitive and introspectiv e as Will's music is, having had the pleasure of working directly with him in the early years of Windham Hill Records, I can say that he personifies the term "enigma". Those were good times, indeed. " )
dbegany9
http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / m u s i c / a r t i s t / w i l l i a m + a c k e r m a n
klassicguita r
So-called "New Age" is the classical genre of today, though few composers have been able to move beyond the solo or very small group composition in this genre--yet.
hjemmemiller
can't blame ackerman for his repulsion to "new age" label; it's like kesey facing his book with jack nicholson's face on the cover.
Will Ackerman has been my all time favorite for his music and Windham Hill Music, I bet he built some nice decks in Los Alto's Hill's and Palo Alto.
otterspace20 0 1
excellent peaceful guitar

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