|Genres:||New Age Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new age acoustic guitar guitar instrumental acoustic|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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 labels roster he released several relaxing and sparse new age albums of guitar music. Tracks such as The Bricklayers Beautiful Daughter from Passage and Visiting from Past Light are fine examples of his evocative melodic excursions. Occasionally, Ackermans 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...