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.
Ian will be performing at The Empire Room in Bay City on Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 PM. Joining Ian will be percussionist and recent Berklee College of Music graduate Daniel Feldman. Originally from Mexico and having also lived in the Middle East, Feldman’s unique background has contributed to a rare mastery of both Latin and Arabic percussion, all fused with a creative, borderless approach to music. Auburn Hills-based ambient guitarist Jason Milan returns to the Empire Room as an opener for this eclectic night of guitar music. Doors will for the show will open, with a special menu available from Rachel Mae’s Deli. Admission to the concert is $15. The Empire Room is located at 1205 Washington Ave, Bay City, Michigan 48708. Tickets are available at the Empire Room and at Herter Music.
In addition to a record deal and endorsements with companies such as Ovation guitars and Boss pedals, 2016 provided extensive touring opportunities throughout Europe and the United States, including two performances with a full symphony orchestra. Fingerstyle legend Don Ross invited Case to open for him in Ross’ then-hometown of Toronto, later describing his performance as “some of the most massively inventive musicianship I’ve ever heard/seen.” Other listeners have described his music as a cross between Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny.
His latest album, Earth Suite (coming this fall), features nearly 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 2017-2018 national and international 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.
Case will also be performing a private clinic at Herter Music (901 Washington Ave, Bay City) from 3:00 – 4:00 PM on the afternoon of the 11th. Tickets for this event are $10 and are available at Herter Music.