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FOUR GUITARS - ON TOUR - September 21, 2018

Will Ackerman Presents -  4 Guitars will be on tour! 

We currently have dates in Florida, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and California in 2018-2019...with more to come! Check out my calendar for dates, venues, and ticket info. See you at the shows!

(***I am not playing on the California shows. Todd Boston will be on those dates this time around.)

FLOW in Concert - September 21, 2018

I am thrilled for the opportunity to join my dear friends in FLOW on a couple of dates on their Arrival Tour in September. 

I will be a guest artist in Philadelphia at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts on 9/27, and in New York City at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on 9/28. Go to my calendar for ticket info.

FLOW is Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, and Will Ackerman. Guest artist include Tom Eaton, Vin Downes, Jeff Haynes, and Premik Russell.

Will Ackerman presents - Four Guitars. A new CD! - September 21, 2018

I spent a week this past August at Imaginary Road Studios with Will Ackerman, Trevor Gordon Hall, Todd Mosby, and engineer/co-producer Tom Eaton recording the debut album "Will Ackerman Presents - 4 Guitars". The album will be released just ahead of our four date tour in Florida this November.

The album will contain a solo from each artist as well as duets, trios, quartets. We cannot wait for everyone to hear this recording. It was a magical week! There will also be a short documentary of the recording process filmed and edited by Todd and Andrea Boston. It will contain behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with the four guitarists.

Stay tuned...

Visiting Croz in the Studio... - April 16, 2018

I had the incredible opportunity to be a fly on the wall in the studio today and listen to David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Michelle Willis, and Michael League work on Crosby’s new Lighthouse Band album. I don’t have words to describe how good this record is going to be. From a couple rediscovered and reimagined tracks from ‘67 and ‘74, to brand new collaborations just written by all four last week...it’s just unreal. And the vocal stacks???? Oh my...unending chills and goosebumps. Croz is writing the best music of his life and is collaborating with three of the best musicians on the planet today....and he is ecstatic.

I also played a few of my songs for David, and we played a little of Guinnevere together, and noodled in some tunings he showed me. Pictured here are his cherished 1969 Martin D45’s. Yeah...they sound and play exactly as you would imagine them to...

What a day. Thank you Croz for your continued kindness and encouragement! I am so grateful...

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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.

https://echoes.org/2018/01/02/tuesday-january-16-2018-departures/

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 www.carnegiehall.org

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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http://zonemusicreporter.com/admin/awards_show.asp

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 http://www.1867sanctuary.org/index.html

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

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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

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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.

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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.)

 

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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....

http://kck.st/1Pi7mf7

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 www.carnegiehall.org

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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.

http://www.davidcrosby.com/

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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.

http://www.natickarts.org/performance/gathering-presented-will-ackerman

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.

 

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 http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/admin/nominees_site.asp

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! 

http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/charts/Top1002014.asp

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