Windham Hill Records Celebrates 30th Anniversary with the Release of 'A Quiet Revolution: 30 Years of Windham Hill'

4-CD Collection Due November 8th on Sony Legacy

Sep 21, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sony Legacy

    NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Windham Hill Records is an amazing
 story of a music company that began as a labor of love on a shoestring budget
 and soon evolved into one of the world's most distinctive record labels.  In
 anticipation of its 30th anniversary in 2006, the label will be releasing a
 beautiful four CD collection, A Quiet Revolution: 30 Years of Windham Hill.
 Housed inside the evocative package is an overview of a historic musical
 movement brought alive by a colorful roster of innovative musicians.  Each
 disc on the Sony Legacy collection titled "Elements," "Peace," "Artistry" and
 "Excursions" respectively, showcases classic compositions by stalwarts Will
 Ackerman, George Winston, Liz Story and Michael Hedges, as well as songs from
 newer members of the Windham family such as Jim Brickman, Janis Ian, Snuffy
 Walden and Cesaria Evora.  In addition, A Quiet Revolution ... contains never
 before released live tracks from the syndicated radio show "Echoes," a 40 page
 booklet that includes archival photos and an in-depth timeline and historical
 essays by John Diliberto, Sam Sutherland and founder Will Ackerman.  A Quiet
 Revolution: 30 Years of Windham Hill is released on November 8th.
     The set kicks off with Will Ackerman's "The Bricklayer's Beautiful
 Daughter" -- the first track from the first Windham Hill release from 1976, In
 Search of the Turtle's Navel.  The heartfelt acoustic project bathed in an
 aura of quietude captured the attention of jaded music listeners with the
 force of a bomb.  Subsequent releases expanded upon the musical "statement"
 and it soon became clear that Windham Hill had introduced a "new" and cohesive
 musical sensibility.  Windham Hill artists created aural compositions that
 effectively weaved together the sound of acoustic, instrumental, folk, pop and
 jazz music.  Maverick musicians such as Will Ackerman, George Winston, Michael
 Hedges, Liz Story and Philip Aaberg became indelibly associated with the sound
 of the new age -- a sound characterized by pastoral ambiences introspective
 melodies and immaculate song craft.
     Says Will Ackerman:  "Windham Hill was an experiment in innocence as much
 as music. We had no money for advertising, knew nothing about promotion and
 generally were babes in the very unsentimental woods of the record business.
 Windham Hill offered a radical alternative; intimate music on a human scale.
 The heartfelt sincerity of our records quietly earned a loyalty from our
 listeners that was unprecedented.  It was blessed from the beginning."
     30 years on, Windham Hill remains the reference standard for a genre of
 music.  The label's new motto for this banner year and beyond is "Windham
 Hill-In Tune With Your Life" -- a sentiment that pays tribute to the label's
 legacy and carries its spirit into the future.  Windham Hill will steadfastly
 continue to release projects by respected and innovative artists.  Here's to
 the next 30 years!

SOURCE Sony Legacy