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Departure Live on Echoes Radio - January 16, 2018

Tune in to Echoes Radio Tuesday, January 16th to hear Departure (Vin Downes, Tom Eaton, Jeff Oster) recorded live at the Echoes Radio Studios.

Collectively, they don’t have an album out and only have a couple of live performances under their belts, but the master musicians of Departure have been making music for a long time. They are trumpeter and flugelhorn player Jeff Oster who has several solo albums and is the “O” in FLOW, the supergroup with Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Will AckermanTom Eaton is the co-producer and engineer on most Will Ackerman projects and released a couple of acclaimed ambient albums. He won the ZMR Awards Best New Artist trophy in 2017. And Vin Downes, a post-Windham Hill guitarist who has been produced by Will Ackerman. The three musicians have gotten together to explore ambient improvisations, and we caught one of their first performances live on Echoes.

Will Ackerman Presents The Gathering : 4 Guitars - November 7, 2017

I am looking forward to playing two shows in the L.A. area in February with guitarists Will Ackerman, Trevor Gordon Hall and Todd Mosby as part of Will Ackermans "The Gathering : 4 Guitars" concert series. Click the calendar tab for event and ticket info.

New Trio - Departure on Echoes Radio - October 8, 2017

On October 7th, I performed in a new improvisational/ambient trio we are calling DEPARTURE with Tom Eaton (piano/keyboards/bass/accordion) and Jeff Oster (Flugel horn/loops) at 1867 Sanctuary. The performance was a new experience for me, as I was playing electric guitar and improvising in a brand new genre for me.

The following day, we performed a live set on Echoes Radio with host John Diliberto. This was great fun. The three of us seemed to gel right from the start. I can promise that there will be more music from this trio in the future. I will post the Echoes info as soon as I get word on the air date.

Carnegie Hall with FLOW - September 1, 2017

I am honored to be a guest performer at the premiere concert of FLOW (Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman) I will be joining Will on a couple duets, "Hawk Circle" and "Last Day at the Beach".

The concert is at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall - Friday October 6, 2017. Ticket info at

ZMR Award Concert - May 17, 2017

I had a fantastic time performing at the ZMR Award Concert at Roussel Hall at Loyola University in New Orleans on 5/13/17. Thank you Louann Dugas for the wonderful photos from my set.



Opening for Edie Brickell and New Bohemians! - February 3, 2017

I am extremely excited to announce that I will be opening for Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, who will be reuniting for three shows at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas April 14-16.

EBNB have been a huge musical influence for me since the release of their first album, Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars in 1988. This is going to be an incredible evening. 


3 Guitars Live at The Outer Space - February 3, 2017

If you are in the area, come on out for a night of guitar music. I'll be playing with Scott Bravo and Anthony Troy at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT on Sunday, February 19th @ 7PM.


2017 ZMR Award Concert - January 31, 2017

I am very excited to announce that I will be performing at the 2017 ZMR Music Award Concert in New Orleans on May 13th. The concert and award show will be held at Roussel Hall at Loyola University. I am incredibly grateful and honored to have the opportunity to share the stage with such incredible performers. 


3 Guitarists in Concert - January 11, 2017

Please join Ken Bonfield, Scott Bravo and myself for an evening of guitars and guitar music on Friday, March 31st 8PM at 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, NJ. For ticket info go to

This is a rescheduled show. Tickets for the original 1/7 show will be honored.


When the Sea Lets Go - December 9, 2016

Release Date 1-3-17

10 Compositions for Solo Guitar

Produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton

Featuring Guest Performances by Tom Eaton and Michael Manring


The Gathering Concert at Carnegie Hall - November 2, 2016

It was an absolutely unforgettable evening being a part of Will Ackerman's Gathering Concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, October 28th 2016. Thank you to all of my family, friends, colleagues and students who came out to the concert.

Thank you to Will Ackerman and Lynn Yew Evers for asking me to be a part of this special event. This one will take a while to sink in! Check out some pictures from the concert in my photo gallery.

Will Ackerman Presents The Gathering at Carnegie Hall Featuring:

Will Ackerman, Lynn Yew Evers, Eugene Friesen, Jill Haley, Trevor Gordan Hall, Vin Downes

Special Guests: David Cullen, Jordan Buetow and Premik.


New Album Update! - August 13, 2016

I recently spent seven days split between Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont and Tom Eaton's Universal Noise Storage Studios in Massachusetts, where I recorded and mixed ten solo guitar compositions for the my new album "When the Sea Lets Go"

There will be two guest appearances on the record. Michael Manring recorded a breath taking bass solo on a tune titled "Dust and Drag" from his home studio in Oakland, CA, and Tom Eaton added a gorgeous piano solo to the end choruses of a song called "Streets of Sunday".

I spent two days with Tom Eaton mixing at Universal Noise Storage, his studio in Newburyport, MA....and it sounds fantastic. Tom will be mastering the album sometime in the fall. I am looking at a January release for the album. (Kickstarter supporters will get the album just before the release.)



NEW ALBUM - Kickstarter Campaign - June 1, 2016

It's time to record my new album! But, I can't do this alone. Please consider being a part of the creative process with me by supporting my Kickstarter campaign. Take a few minutes to watch my video and read the project description. You have the opportunity to pre-order my new CD and donate to the project...and don't forget to share the link! I am so grateful for everyone's support and encouragement. Let's make a killer record!

Click the link to check it out....

CARNEGIE HALL - March 30, 2016

The Gathering Presented by Will Ackerman at CARNEGIE HALL!

Featuring Will Ackerman, Eugene Friesen, Lynn Yew Evers, Jill Haley, Trevor Gordan Hall and Vin Downes.

Tickets on sale 8/1/16 at


Thank you David and Jan Crosby - March 14, 2016

Being able to create and share music is an amazing privilege. Finding out that one of your musical heroes listens to that music and really likes what you are doing is an indescribable feeling. I am so grateful to Jan and David Crosby for their generosity, graciousness and incredibly kind and encouraging words. It was an unforgettable evening for Marie, Kian and myself, and most certainly, a life changing musical moment for me. So, so grateful.



Berk's County Guitar-A-Rama - February 24, 2016

I will be playing at the Berk's County Fest Guitar-A-Rama in June with Laurence Juber, Will Ackerman, Trevor Gordan Hall and Kenny Gehret. Check it out...

Gathering Concert with Will Ackerman and Friends - February 9, 2016

Here is the info for the next Gathering Concert. I will be performing with Will Ackerman (Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Records), as well as award winning pianists, Dana Cunningham and Heidi Breyer.

Gig with Scott Danger Bravo... - January 6, 2016

I will be playing with Scott Danger Bravo at An Beal Bocht in the Bronx on Sunday, January 31 @8PM. Come on out for a great evening of fingerstyle guitar! 998484_10153759518220520_8049499629695647961_n_resized.jpg

Will Ackerman's Gathering Concerts - April 22, 2015

I am excited to announce that I will be performing as part of Will Ackerman's Gathering Concerts in 2015, alongside some incredible artists. Details in my calendar. Here are some confirmed dates:

Sat. October 24 - Charlotte, NC - Sharon Presbyterian Church
~ with Will Ackerman and Stanton Lanier
Sun. October 25 - Atlanta, GA - Peachtree Presbyterian Church
~ with Will Ackerman and Stanton Lanier
Sat. Dec. 19 - Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center - Stowe, Vermont 
~ with Will Ackerman, Peter Jennison, Rebecca Harrold
Sat. April 8 -  Private House Concert - Atlanta, GA 
~ with Will Ackerman

ZMR Nomination for Best Instrumental Acoustic Album - February 17, 2015

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my album "Unlike the Stars" has been nominated for "Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic" for the 11th Zone Music Reporter Awards Show, which will take place in New Orleans in May. I am so grateful for the radio programmers and personnel who have played, supported and voted for the record, and to Ed and Stacey Bonk for promoting it. Huge thank you to Will AckermanTom EatonEugene Friesen, Tony Levin, Darryl Dixon and David Watson for believing in the music and making it all happen.



Zone Music Reporter Top 100 of 2014 - January 13, 2015

"Unlike the Stars" is ranked #7 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Albums of 2014 Chart. Check it out. Big THANK YOU to Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, Eugene Friesen, Tony Levin, Dave Watson, Darryl Dixon and Ed and Stacey Bonk at Lazz Promotions for making 2014 the greatest musical year of my life!

Stonebridge Guitar Artist - January 12, 2015

I am very happy to announce my new relationship with Stonebridge Guitars. Stonebridge has brought me onboard as one of their featured artists. I am now playing a gorgeous Stonebridge GC22CE. This guitar is like no other I that have played before. I am very excited to be associated with such an incredible guitar maker. Special thanks to Luke Michielsen, Artist Relations, at Stonebridge Guitars.

The Gathering Concert 11/22/14 - December 1, 2014

I had a wonderful time performing with Will Ackerman as part of The Gathering Concert in Stowe, Vermont at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Will and I played along with performers that included Dana Cunningham, Matteo Palmer and Heidi Breyer.

More Gathering Concerts are in the works. Stay tuned for more info...

Here is the set that Will and I played:

Processional (duet)

Last Day at the Beach (duet)

Unconditional (Will solo)

What Strangers Are These (duet)

Turning Years (Vin solo)

Impending Death of the Virgin Spirit (Will solo)


Here's a pic of Will during soundcheck...


The Gathering Concert - October 29, 2014

I am very happy to announce that I have been asked to be a guest performer at The Gathering Concert featuring Will Ackerman, Heidi Breyer, Masako and Matteo Palmer in Stowe, Vermont on Saturday, November 22, 2014. I will perform duets with Will and hopefully a solo or two. Info below...

57th Grammy Awards - October 19, 2014

My album "Unlike the Stars" is officially on the ballot for the 57th Grammy Awards under the category Best New Age Album. Any fellow voting Grammy members who would like to give the album a listen, please check out the link below. I truly appreciate your ears, time and consideration.

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