The Gathering Concerts

In 2012, Will Ackerman began creating compilation CDs of the musicians he was currently producing, calling the CDs 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.”

THE GATHERING concerts will appeal to audiences that made the Windham Hill label so successful as well as to those that wish to hear a new generation of musicians.

Visit  The Gathering Concerts website for details on upcoming concerts, with artist information and samples.

2014 Zone Music Award Nominations

We are proud to list the 2014 CDs recorded and/or produced at Imaginary Road Studios that have been nominated for the prestigious

2014 Zone Music Reporter Awards

The CDs are nominated by broadcasters worldwide.  Award Winners will be announced in New Orleans at the 11th Annual ZMR LIVE Music Award Show on Saturday May 9th, 2015.

Album of the Year

Emergence – Lawrence Blatt (LMB Music)
Mesa Verde Soundscapes – Jill Haley (Self Released)

Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic

Emergence – Lawrence Blatt (LMB Music)
Mind Heart Fingers – Trevor Gordon Hall (Self Released)
Unlike the Stars – Vin Downes (Riverwide Records)

Best New Artist

By a Wire – Jennifer DeFrayne (Little Hartley Music)
Sojourn – Jim Gabriel (Self Released)

Best Piano Album – Solo

Call of the Mountains – Masako (Self Released)
Passionata – Denise Young (Dancing Horses Music)

Best Piano Album – w / Instrumentation

Closer – Louis Colaiannia w/ Various Artists (LouisColaiannia)
Tapestries of Time – Ann Sweeten (Orange Band Records)
By a Wire – Jennifer DeFrayne (Little Hartley Music)
Mesa Verde Soundscapes – Jill Haley (Self Released)

2014 CDs

“The studio was extremely busy in 2014.  Tom and I are very proud of the CDs that were recorded here – many of which  have been nominated for ZMR Awards that are voted on by national and international radio broadcasters.”

August 2014: The Gathering II

The Gathering II - cover artThe first Gathering CD was released in 2012 and won the coveted ZMR Album of the Year with the highest ratings of any CD in the history of those charts. With another two years of recordings made at Will’s Imaginary Road Studios  in Vermont,  Will  and Tom have once again chosen 21 musicians who they feel will connect to a large audience.


The intent of the collection is to showcase the work that Tom and Will do as producers at Imaginary Road and to give a collective identity to the group of artists they choose to produce.

February 2014

Minstrel Streams: New Horizon

Minstrel Streams - New Horizons - cd coverThis inspired CD covers a spectrum of styles…from the classically flavored “Ancient Mariner” and “Come to the Waters” to the Native American themed “Dawn Rising” and “Visions for Tomorrow.” World music elements can be found in “Memories of Kyoto” and “Celestial’s Rainbow” (Celtic and Spanish).

Lawrence Blatt: emergence

“Lawrence’s guitar compositions have always been abundant in melody, but his new work displays a grace and nuance beyond even his brilliant initial releases.    In EMERGENCE he explores a wide range of styles and tempos while maintaining the delicate sense of unity and cohesiveness that the overall program generously provides.    We’re witnessing an artist who is growing and is doing so by refining his craft.”   Will Ackerman