Musician Creates the Sound of Several Instruments with Double Neck Guitar
Ian Ethan Case stopped in Alton at Jacoby Arts Center this past Friday accompanied by four large screens and several custom-made double neck guitars. The set lasted several hours with local French jazz duo Bluesette opening.
Bluesette gave the crowd an intimate show with Justin Blackburn on the guitar and Adèle Martin serenading the room with French songs. They opened with a song about rain in the autumn, matching perfectly with the cold, dreary night. Their performance gave the crowd a warm, familiar feeling and set the tone for the rest of the night.
Next up, Ian Ethan Case started with his four screens and a double neck guitar. The screens illuminated Jacoby’s East Gallery with recordings of other talented musicians, including a percussionist, flutist and cellist, Case referred to as a photon symphony. Even though these musicians were recorded beforehand, it felt as though they were in the very same room playing their hearts out.
There were some songs he played, however, that featured just his two hands and the double neck guitars. The sound was unreal. He silenced the entire room with his incredibly fast beats with one hand and melody with the other, frequently switching them out with a passion never seen before. The room was surrounded in music of not just one instrument, but the sound of several instruments due to Case’s multitasking on the double neck.