Come experience an evening of heartfelt and soulful music with legendary producer and GRAMMY winning guitarist Will Ackerman, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Todd Boston and cellist Matthew Schoening! They will be joined by special guest, flugelhorn/trumpet maestro Jeff Oster!
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Will Ackerman began as a musician and the founder of Windham Hill Records, discovering major talents such as George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Alex de Grassi. Ackerman quickly gained recognition as an unstoppable, brilliant producer. He is the recipient of more than 20 Platinum and Gold Records in the United States and Internationally. The albums he has produced have won multiple ZMR Music Awards; in fact, he has produced more #1 charting albums on the ZMR Charts than any other producer by far.
More recently, Ackerman teamed up with engineer and co-producer Tom Eaton to create Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, a state of the art facility. Together these two strive to offer a creative space to artists at every level, from the emerging solo piano player to the seasoned artist set on creating award-winning acoustic masterpieces.
Over the past decade, artists recording with Imaginary Road Studios have won dozens of awards and accolades, including Ackerman’s own GRAMMY Award for Best New Age Album in 2004. In 2013, Ackerman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual ZMR Music Awards convention. The award celebrated recent productions as well as his influence on the music he touches. His album, The Gathering, a compilation of music and artists he recently produced, won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards.
Will Ackerman’s unique approach to record making, with his uncanny sense of balance, space and time, continues to produce records which consistently hold positions at the top of the Zone music charts, and his dual legacies as the founder of Windham Hill Records, and as a singular musical voice, continue to draw the finest instrumental performers from around the world to Imaginary Road Studios.
Todd Boston is a composer, guitarist/multi instrumentalist and producer that defies what is possible for one musician. Live he produces an organic and mesmerizing sound marrying together his love of music, nature and technology. Todd fuses advanced finger style guitar techniques, wood flute, percussion and instruments of the world together with live looping and computer technology. He has toured internationally reaching audiences in the United States, Europe, Russia, India, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. As a performer for concert audiences, festivals, yoga classes or at the bedside of hospital patients, Todd invokes the feelings of nature in his melodic, and rhythmic playing to inspire and soothe his listeners.
Todd’s music has gained popularity and recognition worldwide. His albums have received numerous nominations and awards and have been featured on radio stations internationally. His album Touched by the Sun produced with Grammy winner Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records) was chosen Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2012 ZMR Music Awards and charted #1 on the World/New Age listening charts. In 2013, Todd collaborated on Peter Kater’s Grammy Nominated album Illumination and on Wouter Kellerman’s 2015 Grammy Nominated album Love’s Language. Todd spent 2012-2013 touring with singer Snatam Kaur and Ramesh Kannan as touring bandmates. His song Twilight is featured on a Putumayo World Music compilation titled Acoustic Yoga released September 2016.
Todd is a producer of World, Folk, Ambient, New Age, Contemporary Instrumental, Meditation, Indie, Rock & Pop styles. He has worked and performed with greats such as, Will Ackerman (Windham Hill), Alex Degrassi, Barbara Higbie, Michael Manring, Snatam Kaur, Ramesh Kannan, Tony Levin (legendary bassist of Peter Gabriel), Charlie Bisharat (Grammy Winning Violinist), Jeff Haynes (Grammy Winning Percussionist), Eugene Friesen (Grammy Winning Cellist), Shambhu, Jeff Oster, Tom Eaton, Deva Premal & Mitten, Manose, Tina Malia, Shimshai, Donna De Lory & more. He has performed at prominent festivals such as Wanderlust Festival, Earthdance, Harmony, the Mac Conference and at events globally.
Whether you are thirsty for a spiritual and healing sonic experience or you are hungry for a technical performance of original compositions, Matthew Schoening delivers. His albums are award-winning, and he has toured the world with his “Solo Electric Cello” for almost a decade. Able to tune into the deep healing and inspirational power of music in the present moment, Matthew steps out of the way and fully into the experience as he allows this energy to flow through him, taking the audience on the journey together.
Matthew has also collaborated with many artists as musical support, and has toured as a for-hire musician professionally for several years. In some cases, he is the entire band through looping multiple instruments. Some of the artists Matthew has performed with include Snatam Kaur, Ottmar Liebert, Deva Premal and Miten, Nirinjan Kaur, Jai Jagdeesh, Tina Malia, Todd Boston, Matthew Heulitt, Ian Ethan, Praful, Miribai Ceiba, and many others.
Born in Danville, Illinois, Jeff Oster began playing trumpet at the age of eight. After years of study in classical and jazz, he moved to L.A. in 1979 to pursue a career full time in music. He honed his live performance skills on the LA club scene, then in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City. Along the way, he developed an intriguing presence in live performance that has to be seen (and heard) to be fully appreciated. Now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he continues to play venues locally and around the country.
Jeff’s sound is a combination of his parents’ influences of 30s and 40s lyrical standards and his own passion for progressive rock, jazz and funk. His own brand of fusion features layered soundscapes that include his trumpet, fugelhorn and synthesizer tones. The result is an intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, ambient and new age, which Jeff calls “New Age Ambient Funk.”
Jeff’s music has earned numerous awards – such as ZMR Album of the Year (3x winner), multiple #1 albums on NPR’s Echoes, and 2x winner of Best New Age Song in the Independent Music Awards.