Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice Series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman; Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, come together with composer Todd Boston and special guest cellist Mia Pixley to lead this joyous holiday concert.
“…Will Ackerman’s …pieces have that timeless introspection that has made his music so enduring.” – Billboard
“Barbara Higbie is one of the most exciting musicians I have heard, full of life and brilliant in her playing.” -SF Chronicle
The release of the “Winter Solstice” album is a tradition that Windham Hill follows every holiday season. The unique sounds and boundaries that Windham Hill has created through each album have received well-deserved recognition around the world.
William Ackerman founded Windham Hill Records in Palo Alto in 1975. The label’s audiophile recordings were a run-away success with critics and audiences alike. Musicians including Michael Hedges, George Winston, Will Ackerman, Alex de Grassi, Barbara Higbie and Darol Anger and their group Montreux, Liz Story, Mark Isham, and Tuck and Patty quickly became internationally recognized. The name “Windham Hill” became synonymous with the best in acoustic music in the 1980s and 90s. Windham Hill’s 10 Winter Solstice compilation recordings, selling millions of copies, “changed people’s conceptions of seasonal music” – John Dilberto, Echoes radio show host. The Winter Solstice Concerts bring the music of Windham Hill full circle, 40 years after it was originally conceived on the Stanford campus.
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