WH-1031 Billy Oskay and Micheal O Domhnaill nightnoise

WH-1031 Billy Oskay and Micheal O Domhnaill Nightnoise

WH-1031 nightnoise
WH-1031 nightnoise

Nightnoise is the first Windham Hill album to include Celtic music influence, at a time before Celtic music was considered one of the pillars of New Age (along with synthesizer washes and the more folk-inspired music that Windham Hill is best known for. Regardless, Oskay and O Domhnaill cover new ground here and there is much to like.

Both artists have such a large body of work, and such an impressive story to tell that I have held off writing any reviews on their work hoping to have the time to do justice to their efforts and to tell their story in a way that would enhance your enjoyment of this rich and ambitious album. That’s not going to happen, but I encourage you to do a little searching and you’ll quickly find a lot more to listen to that is well worth your while.

Within the Windham Hill catalog, Nightnoise fits well within the trajectory started by Clockwork with ensemble performances emphasizing song structure and ambience over individual performances. There is enough complexity to the music to sit and listen to it with focus, but the moods shift subtly, and the feeling is always so pleasant that this has become one of my go-to dinner music albums, where it serves as a background to friendly conversation and relaxed entertaining.

Like Montreaux, the album name became the de facto name of the band for future releases.

Nightnoise Track Listing


  1. Nightnoise 4:17 B. Oskay
  2. The 19A 3:08 M. O Domhnaill
  3. Bridges 7:43 M. O Domhnaill
  4. False Spring 4:12 D. Bottemiller, B. Oskay


  1. City Nights 3:26 B. Oskay
  2. After Five 3:12 M. O Domhnaill
  3. Menucha (A Place with Water) 4:33 B. Oskay
  4. The American Lass 3:05 M. O Domhnaill
  5. The Cricket’s Wicket 6:16 M. O Domhnaill


  • Billy Oskay: Violins; violas; piano on False Spring, City Nights and Menucha; harmonium on Menucha
  • Micheal O Domhnaill: Guitars, whistles, piano and harmonium on Bridges, After Five and The American Lass, The Cricket’s Wicket; and harmonium on The 19A
  • Tommy Thompson: Bass on Nightnoise and City Nights
  • Cricket: itself
  • Produced by Billy Oskay and Micheal O Domhnaill
  • Engineered by Billy Oskay with assistance from M. O Domhnaill
  • Recorded during 1983 a the home of Billy Oskay, Portland, OR
  • Mixed in February 1984, Recording Associates, Portland, OR
  • Mix engineered by Billy Oskay and Mike Moore
  • Mix engineering consultant: Steven Miller
  • Original mastering by Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • Cover Photo by Steven Harper
  • Liner Photo by Michael Moran
  • Graphic Design by Anne Ackerman Robinson
  • Special thanks to Windell Oskay, Peggy Feindt, Tom Bocci, Barry Poss, Steven Miller and Mike Moore
  • Instruments:
  • 1962 Viola, 1964 Violin; Wm. F. Oskay
  • 1977 Guitar: Kenny White
  • Yamaha C7D Grand Piano, Harmonium and Whistles
  • Manufactured by Windham Hill Records, A Division of Windham Hill Productions, Inc. Box 9388 Stanford, CA 94305
  • (c) (p) Windham Hill Records, 1984
  • Distributed by A&M Records, Inc.

The Gathering album voted #1 on ZMR Radio Charts for September

That is two months in a row the album has garnered the broadcasters votes. I’d like to thank everyone that is generating interest about “The Gathering”.  I think its a wonderful testament to the musicians on the album and Will Ackerman’s ability in choosing the artists that are on the album. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Peace in Music,


Reviews of “The Gathering” are excited about this album..

I am honored and amazed at all the wonderful reviews “The Gathering” is receiving.  My song “Carpe Diem” was chosen to be on this album along with 22 fantastic musicians.  It is a reminder to me of the “Windham Hill Record” days, of how the musicians then truly created a beautiful sound.  To be compared to that sound today humbles me. I thank Michael Diamond for his insights.  Here is the link to the review:

Michael Diamond Reviews “The Gathering”

Consider giving this album as a gift to your friends, believe me its worth it, and your loved ones will be smiling with you. 😉

“The Gathering” 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at korilinc@gmail.com

Peace in Music,

Kori Linae Carothers

A Rare Opportunity to Obtain Windham Hill Merchandise.

I really should introduce myself, Johny Dark has invited me to help be an admin here. My name is Kori Linae Carothers. I am a pianist produced by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. At this time, I am not here to talk about myself. I am here to tell you about a wonderful opportunity to obtain Windham Hill Merchandise and a few other exciting things from the Windham Hill Records label. It is very likely that we will have all the merchandise that you can think of. From customized hats from somewhere like Imprint, (https://imprint.com/shop/outdoor-leisure/hats) to jumpers, hoodies, and backpacks, we have a wide-array of merchandise that will be going towards a good cause. As most of you know, SONY bought Windham Hill Records My friend Fiona Joy Hawkins ( who is a fabulous pianist from Australia, also produced by Will Ackerman, is on tour here in the USA.) She is raising funds for a charity Spa for the Pink at her concert on September 8th in Thousand Oaks, CA. She has obtained a Pith Military Safari helmet, and is getting those of us produced by Will Ackerman, AND artists from Windham Hill’s heydays to sign it, where it will be auctioned and the funds will go to the charity Spa4ThePInk.

She is in New York right now and visited SONY NY, and met Isadar( he is also a pianist produced by Will Ackerman). While there, Isadar generously donated FOUR out-of print Windham Hill DVDS and a 30 Year Annivesary Windham Hill set of CDs complete with 18 Windham Hill signatures from artists like Liz Story, Phil Aaberg, Will Ackerman, Samite and lots more. These donations will be auctioned at her concert here in Southern California on September 8th.

If you want more information about these items and how to obtain them please visit her blog:


A New Generation of Artists produced by Will Ackerman

William Ackerman The Gathering

We wanted you to know, that Will Ackerman has been busy.  Busy with what? An album called The Gathering.  The Gathering is a handpicked collection of songs from 22 artists recently produced by Grammy winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont.

To listen to samples of The Gathering and read the reviews its been getting, click on the link below:

The Gathering

Liz Story Live at Yoshi’s – ticket giveaway

Liz Story
Liz Story

Liz Story at Yoshi’s Oakland ticket giveaway

One of the best things about being a Windham Hill fan is that even though the label has gone away (or at least been exiled to reissue only status by Sony/Legacy), many of the original artists are performing and creating music more vibrantly than ever. Case in point: Liz Story, performing at Yoshi’s Oakland location March 4, 2012.

Liz was radiant at the “Women of Windham Hill” Holiday concert in December at the same location. With an intelligence, depth and beauty matched with technicals that perfectly deliver the music, Liz seems to be at absolute top form, and I’m looking forward to hearing an entire show.

To win 2 free tickets to see Liz Story in concert at Yoshi’s Oakland location on March 4, 2012, reply in the comments here, and Like Windhaming on Facebook. That’s it. The lucky winner will be notified via email the week of the show.


2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Windham Hill Winter Solstice Music Live in the Bay Area

This year, instead of Frankincense and Myrrh, the Bay Area gets a gift of a mini-tour with Barbara Higbie, Liz Story and Lisa Lynne performing a Windham Hill Winter Solstice celebration across the Bay Area. See below for dates and ticket information. I will be representing Windhaming at the Yoshi’s Oakland date.

In more news, Montreaux has reunited after 20 years and will be performing two concerts in January at Yoshi’s in Oakland and the Napa Valley Opera House. I hope to have more details on this soon.

Thur. Dec 15, 2011 Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s Jazz Club, 8:00 pm, Barbara Higbie with Liz Story and Lisa Lynne – Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration. Info/tickets: www.yoshis.com

Fri. Dec 16, 2011 Napa, CA, @ Napa Valley Opera House, 8:00 pm, Barbara Higbie with Liz Story and Lisa Lynne – Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration. Info/tickets:www.nvoh.org

Sat. Dec 17, 2011 San Francisco, CA, House Concert @ SPECIAL EVENT SALON, 7:30 pm, Barbara Higbie with Liz Story and Lisa Lynne – Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration. INTIMATE HO– USE CONCERT in a spacious Edwardian house with wraparound gardens in West Portal, Glen Park, City College area of San Francisco. Spaces limited, please reserve early! Reservations: laura@sacredstream.org

Sat. Jan 14, 2012 Oakland, CA @ Yoshi’s Jazz Club, 8:00 pm / 10:00 pm, MONTREUX Reunion with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Michael Manring and Barbara Higbie. (Get tickets early for the first reunion show in 20 years of the legendary band). Info/tickets:www.yoshis.com

Sun. Jan 15, 2012 Napa, CA, @ Napa Valley Opera House, 7:30 pm, MONTREUX Reunion with Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Michael Manring and Barbara Higbie. Info/tickets: www.nvoh.org