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Truckee-bred musician gives back at benefit concert for Mark Nadell

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Ian Ethan Case performing at a recent benefit concert at Truckee High School Theater.
Courtesy Michael Fournier |

Because he attended middle school in Truckee and raced with Far West Nordic, many locals know Boston-based Ian Ethan Case as a former Truckee nordic skier, but his gift to the world is his talent, passion and skill as a multi-instrumentalist musician.

Case is best known for his unique and innovative method of playing the 18 string double-neck guitar.

Recently, Case and his wife Stephanie were in Truckee at the beginning of their national tour.

With the support of friends and the nordic ski community, plans were made for Case to be featured in a benefit concert in honor of Mark Nadell, the Alder Creek Middle School Nordic Coach who recently passed away.

With very little lead time, the concert came together beautifully and was a fitting way to honor Mark Nadell who strongly supported music programs such as the Truckee High Band Program, THS Drama events and Moody’s Jazz Camp.

At the benefit concert, Ian Ethan performed selections of his compositions on his double neck guitars, a fretless electric guitar, several other guitars, and on a kalimba.

He introduced his newest double neck electric guitar, aptly named “the beast,” which took seven years to custom build. With Stephanie working Ian’s sound technology, together they create stunning works with live looping.

The concert audience was treated also to a beautiful collaboration of Ian sharing the stage with local high school student and nordic skier, Francis Hamilton, who played piano and sang several pieces to honor Nadell.

Funds raised from this benefit concert went to the Mark Nadell Memorial Fund and will support the ACMS Nordic Program. Anyone interested in contributing to the Mark Nadell Memorial Fund may donate at Plumas Bank, at 11638 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

In addition to giving back to the local nordic ski community by providing the benefit concert, Ian Ethan and Stephanie also took time to visit Truckee High School last week and present a master class to Mr. Jesse Steele’s band students.

The student musicians were captivated as Ian humbly shared not only a live performance, but the story of his personal journey in music, education, his influences, and his unique approach to music.