Windham Hill Founder Mulling Next Album

Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is at work on material that he expects to form the basis of his next studio album.

Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is at work on material that he expects to form the basis of his next studio album. The project will be the follow-up to 2004's "Returning: Pieces for Guitar 1970-2004," the debut release from his Mary's Tree imprint via Universal. That set won the Grammy for best new age album.

"I'm probably eight tunes into a new record which, if not solo, will be pretty spare in terms of production," Ackerman tells Billboard.com. "I know people say this, but I think it's some of the best stuff I've ever written. The beauty of the thing is, I never really take authorship, because I don't write: I find. It's not as if I sat down with this idea in mind. I more or less stumble upon things."

"There are five tunes I think that are among the very best I've done," Ackerman continues, noting that on his 1998 album "Sound of Wind Driven Rain," he felt he only came up with "two really good pieces."

The artist says he may begin recording some of the tracks as early as December. And while he's taking the fall off from live performances, Ackerman says he is re-energized when it comes to concerts.

"I'm doing house concerts, which I just love," he says. "I did one in Wayne, N.J., with Tim Blixt, who has a series every summer. That was in front of 30 or 40 people, but it may have been the best performance I ever gave in my life. I'm having more fun than ever. It feels very innocent again, to be honest."

As previously reported, several Ackerman selections can be found on the Windham Hill 30th anniversary retrospective, "A Quiet Revolution," due Nov. 8.