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Will Ackerman

William Ackerman is a guitarist and composer of acoustic-based instrumental music. He founded and ran for many years an influential new age record lable: Windham Hill Records.

Born in West Germany but adopted by a couple who lived in Palo Alto, California. William Ackerman grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. A self-professed poet and musician who briefly studied guitar with Robbie Basho and had no interest in math. After attending Stanford University, Ackerman dropped out to become a carpenter. Ackerman had composed some pieces of music for a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Stanford. In 1975, without having played a "paying gig"

    (a) group of friends and informal fans got together and collected about $300 in five dollar bills to send me into a recording studio. I picked a studio out of the phone book named Mantra Studios (it was the 70s after all!). I walked into that room and made a record I called The Search for the Turtle's Navel in two afternoons. (William Ackerman, liner notes for Returning, 2005).

Initially William Ackerman kept up his job as a builder but recording music took up more of his time until he was wor...

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