Welcome to the Official Website of Acoustic Double-Neck Guitarist Ian Ethan Case and the home of Open Land Music.
"Meet The Beast" US Tour Announced!
Presenting a new instrument and new tour for 2017, we'll be previewing music from the upcoming Earth Suite album and featuring a never-before-seen custom instrument affectionately dubbed "The Beast". See current tour dates on the concerts page!
Incorporating newly developed "acoustic synthesis" technology from American inventor Paul Vo, the instrument was co-designed by Ian and private luthier Wade Sylvester and took over 7 years to build. With an array of tuning levers allowing for accessing hundreds of tunings on the fly, along with sophisticated electromagnetic technology that physically manipulates the vibration of the 12 strings, be prepared to hear other-worldly sounds you've never imagined coming from a guitar, double-neck or otherwise. See current tour dates on the concerts page!
New Album Coming Sept. 2017: Earth Suite
We're incredibly excited to announce our newest album & video project called Earth Suite! Featuring musicians from around the world including 4-Time Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen, Israeli-Brazilian flute master Amir Milstein, legendary percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding), Siberian multi-instrumentalist Vladiswar Nadishana, members of the Hartford Symphony and more, the project consists of all new compositions with sounds that span the globe. Stay tuned for a release date in early September!
Live Video: "Slow Burn" feat. Wenatchee Valley Symphony
Ian performed his original piece "Slow Burn" (from his upcoming Earth Suite album) to a sold out audience at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee, WA in April 2016, with drummer G Maxwell Zemanovic and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. The performance was part of the 2016 Voortex Live event featuring original cinematography by Charley Voorhis and Voortex Productions. Slow Burn was arranged for symphony by Casson Scowcroft. Watch for additional Voortex Live performances in the US in 2017 and beyond.
Big thanks to all who came out to our first concerts in Europe! We had some great concerts and workshops in Estonia, followed by the Ovation 50th Anniversary Road Show in September where Ian gave a series of mini-concerts in the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, and several locations in Germany. We look forward to coming back to Europe in April 2017!
Ovation Guitars recently invited Ian to their Oxnard, CA headquarters to film this short feature video. Ian's main instrument has always been and continues to be the Ovation double-neck acoustic seen here. Watch for upcoming Ovation-sponsored guitar clinics by Ian in the US and Europe!
"Run Toward The Mountains" Released 11/24 On Candyrat Records!
Recorded over a period of 19 months beginning in January 2014, "Run Toward The Mountains" contains just over 1 hour, 32 minutes of music and features both solo double-neck compositions (Disc 1), and--at the other end of the spectrum--deeply-layered studio versions of several live looping compositions (Disc 2.)
Click here to order and/or listen to the album! (2-CD Set or High-Quality Download options)
Also available on iTunes and Amazon.
"Run Toward The Mountains" Press!
"Run Toward The Mountains" was recently played on 130 public radio stations across the U.S. on the well-known Echoes show with John Diliberto!
The album is also receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews in the US, Canada, & Europe:
“Few musicians tackle the challenging double-neck guitar, and perhaps few have done it with the intellectual intensity and skill of Ian Ethan Case. Case's inventive multi-layered compositions are like nothing you've heard before. His new album, Run Toward The Mountains, is both meditative and commanding.” - The Christian Science Monitor
"A sonic feast, an epic journey both aurally and conceptually...Each piece is a mini-symphony that holds the attention fully. Run Toward the Mountains [is] a major achievement which is sure to confirm Case among the ranks of significant artists at work today." - Céline Keating, Minor7th.com
"His new recording, Run Toward the Mountains, is a transfixing brand of energetic minimalism, with intense grooves and a harmonic sense reminiscent of Pat Metheny's best moments." - Don Ross, 2x winner, US National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition
"...sets standards not only in the field of acoustic guitar...he will probably be rightly regarded as one of the most innovative guitarists of our time." - Andreas Schiffmann, MusikReviews.de