Ian Ethan Case and G Maxwell Zemanovic are returning to The Headwaters Theatre in Portland, OR for a show on April 16th! Ian and G Maxwell will be joined by special guest modern fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Andrian Bellue (http://adrianbellue.com/). A show not to miss!
$10 advance / $15 at the door TICKETS
This concert is part of a coast-to-coast tour in support of Ian's most recent solo album "Run Toward The Mountains." Concertgoers can expect to hear a wide range of material; the double-disc album features the two sides of Ian's playing: "straight up solo acoustic", and at the other end of the spectrum, his meticulously-crafted live looping compositions which make full use of 21st-century digital technologies to enable seemingly infinite layers of sound and sophisticated on-the-spot orchestration that extends well beyond the reach of most looping performers. Ian will also feature pieces from his upcoming album "Earth Suite."
Acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case has been performing in listening rooms across the country for the past eight years and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.
One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar in earnest, he fluidly combines a variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions, which, taken together, have begun to establish the instruments musical validity perhaps more so than the work of any other artist. While audiences consistently remark on the fascinating visual aspects of watching Ian play as he rambunctiously weaves between fretboards, slapping and tapping the sounds of the guitar to life seemingly effortlessly in a style that youve likely never seen before (Port Orchard Independent), his unusual methods are simply byproducts of the rich, heartfelt, and powerfully uplifting music that he composes.
During a fall 2015 coast-to-coast tour of the US, a Facebook video of Ian playing a piece from his new album Run Toward The Mountains went viral and received over 6 million views worldwide in October alone, drawing unsolicited praise from legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), producer Steven Miller (Dave Matthews Band, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Hedges), and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. The self-produced double-disc album features two sides of his playing: straight up solo acoustic double-neck, and at the other end of the spectrum, his meticulously-crafted live looping compositions which make full use of 21st-century digital technologies to enable seemingly infinite layers of sound and sophisticated on-the-spot orchestration that extends well beyond the reach of most looping performers.
Emmy-winning composer and producer Peter Bruce Wilder was one of the first to discover the young artists talent and unique voice in the remote hills of northern VT, proclaiming in 2008: Ian Ethan represents something so new in musical approach, that the result is near impossible to pigeon hole into a sounds like statement. It has been my personal privilege to observe his unwavering and deep exploration of this new technique and on a relatively rare instrument; the original music of Ian Ethan Case is not to be missed.
In January 2013 Ian was invited to perform with some of the worlds foremost guitarists and bass players as part of Muriel Andersons All-Star Guitar Night at the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim CA, where he shared the stage with Robben Ford, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Jordan, among others. Since then he has gone on to perform with some of the most respected artists in his genre, including solo bass icon Michael Manring and Grammy Award-winning reed player Paul McCandless (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Oregon), as well as top-notch classical musicians from the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
In addition to performing and collaborating with several of his longtime musical heroes, Ian has performed and/or recorded with some of the best up-and-coming acoustic musicians from around the country and beyond, including Jeremy Kittel (Chris Thile, My Morning Jacket), Nathaniel Smith (Natalie MacMaster, Sarah Jarosz), Japanese harpist Motoshi Kosako (Paul McCandless, Stockton Symphony) and Austrian hang drum virtuoso Manu Delago (Bjork, Anoushka Shankar).
Most recently, after both were featured on the same NPR segment (Here & Now, Dec. 2013), Ian began a collaboration with 4-Time Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen (Trio Globo, Paul Winter Consort.) The duo premiered their new collaborative works during two recent shows at the Boston Museum of Science Planetarium to overwhelmingly positive reviews.