Harris Center To Welcome Will Ackerman, The Gathering, 4 Guitars
An afternoon of heartfelt, soulful acoustic music. Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, himself a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, joins three musicians he has produced over the years: Todd Mosby, an acclaimed guitarist and sole performer of the Imrat Guitar; Trevor Gordon Hall, a kalimbatar/guitarist and acoustic guitar phenom; and acoustic guitar maestro Todd Boston.
All would be at home at Windham Hill Records, which was founded in 1976. The company was an upstart record label located in the San Francisco Bay Area; it evolved from folk roots with an emphasis on the acoustic guitar and the piano and was a pioneering force in the new age music movement. The label went on to dazzling success, selling in its heyday $26 million annually.
WILL ACKERMAN, THE GATHERING, 4 GUITARS comes to the Harris Center Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2 pm. Tickets are $18-$38; Premium $48. Children, Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 12 noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.
Will Ackerman began as a musician and the founder of Windham Hill Records, discovering major talents such as George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Alex de Grassi. Ackerman quickly gained recognition as an unstoppable producer. He is a Grammy winner and the recipient of more than 27 Platinum and Gold Records in the United States and Internationally.
Universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, Will Ackerman's career spans more than three decades of vision, single-minded determination, business savvy, and "a thorough love of the mystery of making music."
With Will Ackerman at the helm, the glory years at Windham Hill launched the careers of a long list of acoustic instrumentalists, many of whom became household names. The primary influence Windham Hill cast on contemporary music over the last three decades of the 20th century reflects Will Ackerman's uniquely prolific and peerless career.
Todd Mosby is a guitarist, composer and improviser who has mastered multiple musical forms; classical, jazz and Indian raga. This broad spectrum of musical knowledge enables the St. Louis native to imagine works which are both highly creative and intelligent.
He is a two-time Global Music Award winner, nominated in three categories for the Global Peace Song Awards. Mosby has scored his music for symphonies, authored four books on guitar technique and is integral to the advancement of the Imrat Guitar (a 20 stringed hybrid sitar guitar musical bridge instrument). Mosby is also the only guitarist to become a member of the famed Imdhad Khani Gharana of sitar musicians, India's Royal family of music.
"I compose music to share with others, musicians and audiences alike, so they might in turn express an emotional, heartfelt connection to their environment, personal well being and others."
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 USA whose style ranges from edgy driving rhythms to delicate melodic themes. Exploring the guitar's full creative potential (his kalimbatar has a kalimba mounted on a guitar, for example), his blending of sounds weave together textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions.
Aside from being featured on NPR, NBC, PBS and countless international media outlets, Trevor's tour calendar has taken him to Carnegie Hall in New York City, Union Chapel in London, Music History Museum in Bologna, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Colombia, and a brief performance on The Great Wall in China.
He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the most legendary names in the music business, prompting high praise from John Mayer, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Steve Hackett, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, Pat Martino, Stanley Jordan, Phil Keaggy, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee and more. Specifically, John Mayer praised Trevor for "beautiful work... It is so refreshing to hear a player take a whole new approach to the instrument." Steve Miller described his work as "magnificent," and Graham Nash said that "in the genre of intriguing guitar players Trevor really stands out. His music is both soothing and challenging."
Todd Boston is a composer, guitarist/multi instrumentalist who produces an organic and mesmerizing sound by 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. Todd invokes the feelings of nature in his melodic, and rhythmic playing to inspire and soothe his listeners.
His album Touched by the Sun produced with Will Ackerman 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 spent 2012-2013 touring with singer Snatam Kaur and Ramesh Kannan.
Will has nothing but the highest respect for his concert mates. "Todd Mosby is an absolutely brilliant guitarist who plays a wide variety of styles, but is considerably influenced by the music of India...Trevor Gordon Hall is THE young phenom out there today... while incredibly dynamic as a performer his music is never about simple gymnastics... this guy is all about heart. Todd Boston is not only one of the best, but one of the most soulful guitarists drawing breath on the planet today. And, yes, they're allowing me to play too--I just squeaked in, but managed to make the team!"