April 28, 2018
IAN ETHAN CASE (WITH STEFAN KOSTARAS)
ORCHESTRATIONAL ACOUSTIC SYNTHESIS
SATURDAY, APR 28 @ 7PM
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, 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” (releasing January 2018), 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.”
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.
Arizona’s Stefan Kostaras is a 22 year old visionary, weaving intricate soundscapes using only the acoustic guitar. His songwriting has a distinct, relaxed energy about it, breathing a fresh wind into the world with a unique power to soothe souls. While his melodies may bring easy listening to new heights, his technical play-style offers infinite details for discerning listeners.
Important Information about your visit to The Listening Room Phoenix
The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music. Some performances are pre-sale ticketed and some are at-door pricing. Your purchase will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.
The Listening Room Phoenix shares its home with Mazvo Auto Car Care Center on 7th Street south of the traffic light at E. Highland Rd., tucked away from the street at 4614 N 7th Street, Phoenix 85014. Additional parking is available on E. Meadowbrook Road, only steps from The Listening Room Phoenix.