William Ackerman

Genres: New Age
Tags: new age acoustic guitar guitar instrumental acoustic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 November 1949, Germany. Ackerman moved to California at the age of nine when he was adopted by a Stanford professor and his wife. He started playing the acoustic guitar at the age of 12, shunning the electric guitar and preferring open, modal tunings, heavily influenced by John Fahey, Leo Kottke and Robbie Basho. Following a home-made recording, the entrepreneurial Ackerman started the low-key Windham Hill Records in 1976, together with his friend and future wife Anne Robinson. As he built up the label’s roster he released several relaxing and sparse new age albums of guitar music. Tracks such as ‘The Bricklayer’s Beautiful Daughter’ from Passage and ‘Visiting’ from Past Light are fine examples of his evocative melodic excursions. Occasionally, Ackerman’s guitar is accompanied by cello, piano or violin, but the music remains hauntingly uncluttered. Alongside his own productions he has simultaneously acted as producer to his...

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