Santa Barbara Acoustic Music Association

Ian Ethan Case

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM
Calendar10/12/2019 7:30:00 PM10/12/2019 7:30:00 PMAmerica/Los_AngelesIan Ethan Case At The Wooden Hall at the Alhecama Theatre914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101Website:

The Wooden Hall at the Alhecama Theatre
914 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Boston-based acoustic double-neck guitarist and composer Ian Ethan Case is quickly becoming recognized as “one of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world” (International Center for Creativity.) Growing up in rural area of New Hampshire with few musicians around to collaborate with, Case developed an extremely unique approach to the 18-string instrument which allows him to achieve an unmistakably rich, multi-layered sound reminiscent of a full band. In addition to giving several hundred concerts throughout the United States and Europe over the past three years, his groundbreaking original music has reached an online audience of over 12 million listeners worldwide. Fingerstyle guitar legend Don Ross described his live 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 newest album Earth Suite combines this signature sound with the specialized talents of 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 2019 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.”

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