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Windham Hill Records is a record company, founded in the 1976 by guitarist and carpenter William Ackerman and his then-wife Anne Robinson. In the early years of the phonograph in the late 19th century, the music industry was dominated by the publishers of sheet music. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... tools of a medieval carpenter, c. ... William Ackerman is a musician specializing in acoustic-based instrumental music. ...


Windham Hill was originally a folk music label, releasing Ackerman's own work, as well as that of other guitarists. It then expanded to include electronic and world music ensembles. The label is best known for its high sound quality, groundbreaking music, unique flagship collections and tasteful album art. Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... ANThology is the first major label album by Alien Ant Farm. ...


Some of the best-known artists on the label were:

The label's records were distributed by A&M Records until PolyGram purchased A&M in 1989. Since then they have been distributed via BMG. Ackerman sold half of the company to BMG in 1992 and the rest in 1996. BMG began distributing Windham Hill through RCA Records. Now a majority of Windham's releases are distributed through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony BMG. BMG has no A&R department in Windham Hill and signs artists only who are already involved with Sony BMG. This does not cite its references or sources. ... Shadowfax is a new age/electronic musical group, best known for their albums Shadowfax and Folksongs for a Nuclear Village. ... George Winston (born 1949) is an American pianist who was born in Michigan, and grew up in Miles City, Montana, United States. ... Dancing Cat Records was a record label founded in 1983 by Hawaiian pianist George Winston to publish his music. ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is a Jewish-American composer and contemporary pianist. ... Acoustic music can refer to music that solely or primarily uses acoustic instruments, such as the acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, cello, and voice. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... Montreux was the name of a fusion band, specializing in the blend of jazz and bluegrass, with jam elements. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... // Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) [IPA: ɛvæŋɛlɪs ɔðɪsɛɪæs ɔpæpæθænæsiu], artist name Vangelis Papathanassiou (Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) or just Vangelis (Βαγγέλης) [IPA: or ], is a world-renowned new age and electronic composer and musician, best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for... Nightnoise was a celtic jazz chamber music ensemble active during the 1980s and 1990s. ... Violinist Darol Anger (b. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Michael Manring is an electric bassist from the Bay Area (Northern California). ... Pianist Barbara Higbie (b. ... Alex de Grassi is a Grammy Award-nominated American fingerstyle guitarist. ... Mark Isham (born September 7, 1951 in New York City) is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and composer. ... Liz Story is a classical and jazz piano player, born in California, educated in Germany, now living in southern California. ... William Ackerman is a musician specializing in acoustic-based instrumental music. ... A&M Records is a record label formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Legacy Recordings is the reissue division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment which was founded in 1990 by CBS Records (renamed Sony Music in 1991) to handle reissues of recordings from the vast catalogues of Columbia Records, Epic Records and associated labels. ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... Template:Needs more detail In the music industry, artist and repertoire (A&R) refers to the division of a record label that is responsible for scouting and developing talent. ...


With the new Sony BMG reconstruction, Windham Hill has become mainly a defunct label. Sony BMG has lost Jim Brickman and no longer publishes any of his new music. Sony BMG occassionally releases new collections of older material, but no new material appears to be in the works.


For Windham Hill's 30th Anniversary, Sony BMG released a special collection kit, with an article from Will Ackerman. William Ackerman is a musician specializing in acoustic-based instrumental music. ...


For the first time in over 15 years, many of the early Windham Hill artists who recorded under Ackerman performed together on August 27, 2006 at the Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA near San Jose, CA. Though more "30th Anniversary" concerts are set, this was the only planned concert of this magnitude. Artists included: Barbara Higbie, Jim Brickman, Tuck & Patti, Alex de Grassi, Liz Story, Philip Aaberg, Michael Manring, Samite, David Cullen, Tracy Silverman, Lisa Lynne, George Tortorelli, Sean Harkness (who also planned and invited the musicians), and, of course, Will Ackerman. August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Villa Montalvo mansion in Saratoga, California is a former residence of California statesman and businessman James Duval Phelan. ... Saratoga is a city located in Santa Clara County, California. ... City nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley County Santa Clara County, California Area  - Total  - Water 461. ... Pianist Barbara Higbie (b. ... Jim Brickman (born November 20, 1961) is a Jewish-American composer and contemporary pianist. ... Tuck & Patti are a jazz and Christian musical duo, comprising husband Tuck and wife Patti. ... Alex de Grassi is a Grammy Award-nominated American fingerstyle guitarist. ... Liz Story is a classical and jazz piano player, born in California, educated in Germany, now living in southern California. ... Philip Aaberg (born 1953) is a Montana-born pianist. ... Michael Manring is an electric bassist from the Bay Area (Northern California). ... Samite is the stage name for African musician Samite Mulondo. ... Tracy Silverman is an American violinist, composer, and producer. ... William Ackerman is a musician specializing in acoustic-based instrumental music. ...


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Windham Hill Records On A&M Records.com (1744 words)
Windham Hill also surveyed its consumers and found that it had a very active adult market that was interested in information about the artists.
While Windham Hill was not often on the Billboard Pop chart, it dominated the Billboard New Age chart and its successor, the Contemporary Jazz chart throughout the 1980s.
Windham Hill, while it said it did not want to enter the home taping debate of the mid-1980s, took the unusual step of including a statement from founder William Ackerman with its records.
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