The Gathering III

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gathering3THE 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.
~ Will

 

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Lawrence Blatt: Latitudes and Longitudes

lawrence blatt longitudes and latitudes cd cover “The greatest compliment I can give any musician is that they sound uniquely like themselves;  that there is a unifying sound and feeling to their compositions and playing that could only come from them.   Lawrence Blatt is certainly a guitarist and composer in that rare group.    Graceful melodies and flowing grooves seem to come to him with ease. On Longitudes and Latitudes, he has established an impressive body of compositions that only seem to become more compelling emotionally and ever more accessible with time and maturity.. ” Will Ackerman 2016

Jim Gabriel: Into Eternity

Into Eternity - cd cover“Jim Gabriel is as good a pianist and composer as you’ll find anywhere.  There’s not a note this man has written that isn’t both fine composition and deeply heartfelt expression.    Jim’s CD, Into Eternity, is utterly brilliant and was a joy for me and my co-producer Tom Eaton to be involved in.  and will be a joy for anyone who is lucky enough to hear it.
~ Will Ackerman

www.jim-gabriel.com/

Heidi Osgood-Metcalf: Montanas

Montanas  cd cover“Heidi Osgood-Metcalf draws upon the inspiration of the dramatic
and varied landscape of Montana to create her latest album, Montañas.
Her music boasts brilliant skills as a composer and pianist, but it is the power of the emotion
that she brings to her pieces that resonates most deeply with us. One of the greatest compliments I can offer any musician is that they remind me of no one else, and this is certainly the case with Heidi.
- Will Ackerman

Vin Downes: When the Sea Lets Go

When the Sea Lets Go - cd cover“Vin Downes is such a brilliant guitarist and such a heart-felt composer that it leaves little room for the producer to do much except try to convince himself that he was indispensible. I wasn’t. Vin is a consummate player who draws upon a wide range of styles. The marvelous thing is that his musical voice is unique enough and powerful enough to hold these different threads together seamlessly. His abilities as a player create an even broader palate from which to draw in his performances. This is as impressive as a debut recording as one could hope for.”

~ Will Ackerman

New Album Coming May 2017

FLOW is a New Age music group – Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt , Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman

In early 2015, Lawrence Blatt invited Fiona Joy, Jeff Oster and Will to join him to create an album Inspired by the iconic Windham Hill ensembles.

FLOW stands for Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman. It’s a group formed out of friendship and a history of working and playing together over 8 years.

With Will and Tom Eaton producing, this group will surely capture the essence of today’s New Age music.

Vist FLOW’s website:  http://flowthegroup.com/

Louis Colaiannia: Four Days in My Life

Four-Days-In-My-LifeThere’s a certain muscularity to Louis Colaiannia’s piano playing.   While he’s quite capable of introspection, the  power and energy that Louis brings to the instrument is palpable.    Even in the most gentle and elegant passages of his composition (of which there are many), one feels the physicality of his performance.    This balancing act between the beauty of his melodies and the sense of strength that he brings to the keyboard is a rare combination in the New Age realm.   His compositions are elegant and heartfelt.   ALBUM TITLE will be a great find to those who have followed Louis’ earlier career and a great introduction for those who are new to his  work.

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Gary Schmidt’s Landscapes of the Heart

landscapes-of-heart-cd-coverGary Schmidt’s piano compositions clearly reflect his knowledge of and appreciation of classical music.     His technique is refined and his ability to move between  classical influences and his own distinctive melodies is seamless.     Landscapes of the Heart is a marvelously successful  tour de force of heart and mind; emotionally evocative and rewarding.   Landscapes of the Heart is an important contribution to the evolution of contemporary piano and should not be missed.