Acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case is quickly becoming recognized as “one of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world” (International Center for Creativity.)
After a decade of composing and performing around the country largely under the radar, in 2015 a viral facebook video of his song “Butter II” introduced his music to over 6 million listeners around the world in the course of a month. In addition to a record deal and endorsements with companies such as Ovation guitars and Boss pedals, the past four years have provided extensive touring opportunities throughout Europe and the United States, including two performances with a full symphony orchestra. Fingerstyle guitar legend Don Ross described his live performance as “some of the most massively inventive musicianship I’ve ever heard/seen”, while other listeners have described his music as a cross between Michael Hedges, Steve Reich, and Pat Metheny.
His newest album, “Earth Suite,” features a dozen musicians from all over the globe, including four-time Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen and internationally acclaimed percussionist Jamey Haddad. While the studio album features a large group and dense orchestration, Case brings much of that expansive sound to his 2018 concert performances thanks to live looping and sound specialist Stephanie Case who records, layers, and manipulates Ian’s playing on the spot for a dynamic, truly symphonic effect that defies the typical “solo musician with a loop pedal” stereotype. As one first-time listener in California exclaimed, “Ian’s music is phenomenal - watching him play is not ‘listening to music’; it’s a full mind experience. Transporting.”
“A sonic feast, an epic journey both aurally and conceptually…Each piece is a mini-symphony that holds the attention fully.” – Céline Keating, Minor7th.com
“a fingerstyle-led, world music-inflected, instrumental beauty. It’s a mash up of Andy McKee meets Avishai Cohen with a hint of Four Tet.” – The Guitar Journal
“The first glimpse into a video of the American guitarist presents technical fireworks reminiscent of colleagues like Preston Reed or Andy McKee. Listening more closely, however, reveals many more details: traces of Pat Metheny, jazz improvisation, folk sounds and the musical realization of the American expanse into cleverly arranged songs.” – Gitarre und Bass