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Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman Brings Acoustic Guitarists to Soka

Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman Brings Acoustic Guitarists to Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Presenting Will Ackerman: The Gathering, Four Guitars on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. in Soka Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $35 for adults; $29 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $22 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Experience an evening of heartfelt and soulful music with legendary producer and Grammy-winning guitarist Will Ackerman, kalimbatar/guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, guitarist Vin Downes, and Imrat guitar/guitarist Todd Mosby. These next-generation guitarists have received numerous Zone Music Reporter awards and critical acclaim. Each artist is hand-picked by Ackerman in order to present a concert of unrivaled beauty, intrigue, artistry, and wonder. Ackerman says, “These are all musicians I’ve been honored to produce. This will be as good a night of guitar playing as you could hope for. I know I’m very much looking forward to it!”

Universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, and the founder of Windham Hill Records, Ackerman’s career spans more than three decades of remarkable vision, single-minded determination, fervent business savvy, and “a thorough love of the mystery of making music.” He has the ability to transform audiences and take them to amazing heights of sonic beauty, color, and emotion.

Ranked in the top thirty guitarists worldwide under the age of thirty by Acoustic Guitar Magazine and the world’s only kalimbatar player, Hall’s compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Greatly influenced by the music of artists on Windham Hill Records in the late 1980s, Downes furthered his interest in finger-style technique and composition by earning a degree in classical guitar performance and music education from William Paterson University. His compositions have been performed by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Helix Ensemble, and members of the Composer’s Guild of New Jersey. Mosby is a two-time Global Music Award recipient and the only guitarist to enter the famed Imdhad Khani Gharana of musicians, India’s most respected music family. Mastering multiple musical forms including classical, jazz, and Indian, this broad spectrum of musical knowledge enables the St. Louis native to create works that are both highly creative and intelligent.