William Ackerman

George William B. Ackerman

Also known as Ackerman, W. Ackerman, Will, Will Ackerman, Will Ackermann

Profile of the performer William Ackerman: William Ackerman is a Grammy Award winning guitarist, composer, and producer. Ackerman founded [l=Windham Hill Records] in 1976. He recorded several solo guitar albums and signed folk and acoustic artists including [a=Alex De Grassi] (his cousin), [a=Robbie Basho] and [a=Linda Waterfall]. By the end of the decade Ackerman was signing other acoustic instrumentalists who did not fit into the folk music category. Windham Hill would become known as a leading label for new age music though Ackerman has since distanced himself from that term.



Ackerman has produced numerous works by a wide variety of musicians for Windham Hill. He is also responsible for the signing of many of the label's most successful artists including [a=Michael Hedges], [a=Shadowfax], [a=George Winston] and [a=Mark Isham]. Ackerman stepped down as Windham Hill CEO in 1986 and in 1992 he sold the label to BMG.



Ackerman's albums have repeatedly climbed the Billboard jazz and new age charts, often reaching the Top 10. Ackerman won a Grammy Award for his 2004 release "Returning", in which he reinterpreted and rerecorded music from his early albums. The album also peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart. Ackerman's 2008 release "Meditations" also was nominated for a Grammy.

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1 William Ackerman - Past Light Past Light 10 mp3, CD 1983 Windham Hill Records
2 The Search For The Turtle's Navel 11 mp3, CD 1976 Not On Label
3 William Ackerman - Birdsong Birdsong 10 mp3, CD 1978 Pastels
4 William Ackerman - It Takes A Year It Takes A Year 9 mp3, CD 1977 Windham Hill Records
5 Conferring With The Moon 9 mp3, CD 1986 Windham Hill Records
6 William Ackerman - Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar 10 mp3, CD 1979 Windham Hill Records
7 William Ackerman - Passage Passage 8 mp3, CD 1981 Windham Hill Records
8 William Ackerman - Past Light Past Light 10 mp3, CD 1983 Windham Hill Records
9 William Ackerman - Conferring With The Moon Conferring With The Moon 9 mp3, CD 1986 Windham Hill Records
10 William Ackerman - It Takes A Year It Takes A Year 9 mp3, CD 1986 Windham Hill Records
11 William Ackerman - Music From The Opening Of Doors / Music From Down The Road Music From The Opening Of Doors / Music From Down The Road 6 mp3, CD 1992
12 William Ackerman - Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar 10 mp3, CD 1986 Windham Hill Records
13 In Search Of The Turtle's Navel - Guitar Solos 10 mp3, CD 1982 Windham Hill Records
14 William Ackerman - Imaginary Roads Imaginary Roads 12 mp3, CD 1988 Windham Hill Records
15 William Ackerman - Past Light Past Light 10 mp3, CD Windham Hill Records
16 William Ackerman - The Opening Of Doors The Opening Of Doors 11 mp3, CD 1992 Windham Hill Records
17 Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar 10 mp3, CD 1979 Pastels
18 William Ackerman - Passage Passage 8 mp3, CD 1981 Windham Hill Records
19 William Ackerman - Sound Of Wind Driven Rain Sound Of Wind Driven Rain 11 mp3, CD 1998 Windham Hill Records
20 The Opening Of Doors 11 mp3, CD 1992 Windham Hill Records
21 Hearing Voices 15 mp3, CD 2001
22 A Windham Hill Retrospective 15 mp3, CD 1993 Windham Hill Records
23 William Ackerman - Returning Returning 11 mp3, CD 2004-09-28
24 William Ackerman - Passage Passage 8 mp3, CD 1981
25 Past Light 10 mp3, CD 1983
26 Passage 8 mp3, CD
27 William Ackerman - Past Light Past Light 10 mp3, CD
28 Conferring With The Moon 11 mp3, CD 1986 Windham Hill Records
29 Imaginary Roads 12 mp3, CD 1988 Windham Hill Records
30 Pure Will Ackerman 17 mp3, CD 2006 Windham Hill Records
31 William Ackerman - The Search For The Turtle's Navel The Search For The Turtle's Navel 11 mp3, CD Windham Hill Records
32 William Ackerman - Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar Childhood And Memory: Pieces For Guitar 10 mp3, CD 1982 Windham Hill Records
33 In Search Of The Turtle's Navel 11 mp3, CD 1998 Windham Hill Records
34 William Ackerman - New England Roads New England Roads 13 mp3, CD 2010
35 William Ackerman - Meditations Meditations 14 mp3, CD 2008
36 William Ackerman - Passage Passage 8 mp3, CD 1981 Windham Hill Records
37 In Search Of The Turtle's Navel 11 mp3, CD 1998 Windham Hill Records
38 William Ackerman - Returning Returning 11 mp3, CD 2004-09-28
39 The Search For The Turtle's Navel 11 mp3, CD 1976 Windham Hill Records
40 William Ackerman - Imaginary Roads Imaginary Roads 10 mp3, CD 1988 Windham Hill Records
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