The Gathering

Presented by Will Ackerman

The Gathering at the Firehouse will feature performances by Dana Cunningham, Eugene Friesen, Trevor Gordon Hall, and Marika Takeuchi.

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THE GATHERING, presented by Will Ackerman, the founder of Windham Hill Records, continues the legacy of this Grammy winning guitarist, composer and producer.  In 2012, Will began creating compilation CDs of the musicians he was currently producing, calling them THE GATHERING. The first GATHERING CD won the coveted ZMR (Zone Music Reporter) Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards with the highest ratings of any CD in the history of those charts. Many of the artists on THE GATHERING CDs have ranked in the top 10 of the ZMR charts and several have been recipients of CD of the Year Award.

Will has produced over 70 musicians, including George Winston, Michael Hedges and Liz Story, and is the recipient of 27 Gold and Platinum Records in the US and internationally. Continuing to produce musicians in the tradition of Windham Hill, no producer has had more #1 albums on the NAR/ZONE MUSIC charts. Will was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual ZMR Music Awards in 2014.

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THE GATHERING at the FIREHOUSE will feature:

Dana Cunningham
Dana Cunningham is a pianist, composer and public speaker who lives and writes in the mountains of New Hampshire. Weaving original piano compositions with ancient and contemporary poetry, she creates an intimate, seamless tapestry that is soulful and deeply nourishing. Dana has four recordings; Dancing at the Gate (2002), Silent Night (2004), The Color of Light (2007), and Dana Cunningham Live at Stone Mountain Arts Center with Max Dyer and Jeff Oster (2010). Her fifth album, a collection of hymns, will be released in the fall of 2015. Originally from Texas, Dana has a degree in Communication from Vanderbilt University where she studied piano at Blair School of Music, Dana also holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. More information on Dana can be found at: www.danacunningham.com

Eugene Friesen
Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, teacher and recording artist. He has performed widely with the multiple Grammy-winning Paul Winter Consort, Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez) and as a soloist and clinician. He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and is a Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Vermont. More information on Eugene can be found at: www.eugenefriesenmusic.com

Trevor Gordon Hall
Rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, comes an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor Gordon Hall sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. His blend of each sound doesn’t overcomplicate but focuses on utilizing the instrument’s fullest creative and compositional potential.  Trevor draws on his education in Philosophy and Theology in his dedication to expressing ideas and inspirations through music, and his focus on composition guides listeners through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt. Trevor’s music is continuing to win the hearts of fans and major industry professionals ranging from Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills and Nash) to Steve Hackett (Genesis) to Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) and many more.  Trevor has been featured on various national radio stations including NPR, television networks including NBC and magazines including Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  In addition to recording, Trevor performs regularly throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. More information on Trevor can be found at: www.trevorgordonhall.com

Marika Takeuchi
Composer and pianist Marika Takeuchi, a native of Japan, began studies in classical music at the age of three. In addition to the piano, she played violin and french horn for several years. She began studying composition and building career as a composer at the age of 18 at Shobi Music College in Tokyo. Her early career includes composing for Japanese national radio and Universal Music Japan. In 2009, she moved to United States to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. She has scored numerous inspiring, independent short films, such as “The Arctic Light”, the acclaimed timelapse film; a short film about a summer enrichment program “Horizons: 50 years” and “More Than One”, an acclaimed short drama. She released her first album “Night Dream” in 2011, and her single “The Arctic Light” (2011) has been featured in many short films and advertisements internationally. After her graduation in 2012, she has been working on wide variety of projects as a composer, pianist, orchestrator, arranger and educator. Her album "Impressions" (2013), was nominated for Best NeoClassical Album at 10th Zone Music Report Awards, and is followed by her 2014 release "Rain Stories”. She is currently making her new album “Colors in the Diary”, which is produced by Grammy-award producer Will Ackerman. More information on Marika can be found at: www.marika-takeuchi.com

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