All-star Ensemble FLOW Debuts Genre-Defying New Music At Carnegie Hall
From MusicDish@21:1/5 to All on Thu Sep 28 19:14:35 2017
Forty years after Windham Hill Records became a catalyst for the global New Age phenomenon, its legacy of best-selling works evolves into a fresh new era with FLOW - a unique four-piece ensemble comprised of Grammy Award-winning guitarist Will Ackerman,
and three noted award-winning artists: Australian pianist/vocalist Fiona Joy, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, and trumpet/flugelhorn player Jeff Oster.
The all-star quartet celebrates the same-day release of their highly-anticipated debut album with an exclusive concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on October 6 at 8 p.m. They will be joined by special guest artists including Eugene Friesen (
cello), Vin Downes (guitar), Tom Eaton (bass and keys) and Jeff Haynes (percussion). Carnegie Hall is located at 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.
For New Yorkers, the concert will be a unique opportunity to see Windham Hill founder and legendary guitarist Will Ackerman in concert for the first time with FLOW. He speaks to the group’s evolution on screen at https://youtu.be/ZTQjdcC3j44.
Weeks ahead of its official October 6 release, the eponymous album FLOW scored a #1 global airplay debut on the ZMR chart, and music media accolades. Ambient Visions editor Michael Foster wrote, "It was a gratifying aural journey to hear these four
remarkable musicians set aside their ambitions or expectations about what the album should be in favor of allowing it to be formed entirely through their interactions as a group into something greater than each one would have been capable of doing on
As reported in BILLBOARD, the concept of FLOW had its origins in 2015, when Blatt invited Fiona and Oster to join him at Imaginary Road to create an album inspired by the iconic Windham Hill sound and ensembles. Ackerman had already produced several of
Fiona Joy's and Oster’s albums, plus Blatt’s recordings The Color of Sunshine, Emergence and Latitudes and Longitudes featuring Oster on horns; Blatt and Fiona originally met while recording a special project on Blue Coast Music. All told, FLOW’s
members have accumulated literally dozens of accolades, from Grammy Awards to ZMRs, IMAs, IAMAs and a catalog of #1 albums in the genre.
Ackerman says that the project is one where he and the other musicians experienced "real synergy. The group had become a creative entity unto itself and four dear friends had gathered to create something beyond anything they could have created on their
own. Experiments don’t always work. This one worked!"
Who: FLOW: Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman & Guests What: FLOW Concert & Album Release Event
When: Friday, October 6, 2017; 8:00 pm
Where: Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10019