THE GATHERING presented by Will Ackerman

Saturday April 16, 2016
8:00pm - 10:30pm
$25 / $20 members

THE GATHERING features a rare performance by Will Ackerman (guitar), Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Records, along with award winning musicians Dana Cunningham (piano), Marika Takeuchi (piano), and Vin Downes (guitar).

Will Ackerman (www.williamackerman.com) 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 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 2014. 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.        

Marika Takeuchi (www.marika-takeuchi.com) released her first album “Night Dream” in 2011, and her single “The Arctic Light” (2011) has been featured in many short films and advertisements internationally. Her album "Impressions" (2013), was nominated for Best NeoClassical Album at 10th Zone Music Report Awards, and is followed by her 2014 release "Rain Stories”. She is currently making her new album “Colors in the Diary”, which is produced by Grammy-award producer Will Ackerman.

Vin Downes’ (www.vindownes.com) latest album, Unlike the Stars, was nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Album – Acoutic in 2014, ranked #7 on the ZMR Top 100 Albums of 2014, and ranked #1 on the UK’s One World Music Top 50 Albums for July 2014.

Dana Cunningham (www.danacunningham.com) is a pianist, composer and public speaker who lives and writes in the mountains of New Hampshire. Weaving original piano compositions with ancient and contemporary poetry, she creates an intimate, seamless tapestry that is soulful and deeply nourishing.

Dana has four recordings; Dancing at the Gate (2002), Silent Night (2004), The Color of Light (2007), and Dana Cunningham Live at Stone Mountain Arts Center with Max Dyer and Jeff Oster (2010). Her fifth album, a collection of hymns, will be released in the fall of 2015.