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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Guitarist to record live album at Opera House

  • Musician Scott Ibex will record audio during his performance at the McPherson Opera House Saturday for an upcoming live album.
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  • Musician Scott Ibex will record audio during his performance at the McPherson Opera House Saturday for an upcoming live album.
    Video taken Saturday also will be used for a future performance DVD.
    Ibex said the acoustics of the facility is perfect for these two endeavors, and he is excited to be in town.
    “This is much more than a regular concert for me,” he said. “It’s a career-changing concert. If (the audience) can match the excitement I feel when I play, it will be the best show of my life.”
    Ibex is a guitar player with a non-traditional style. He uses solo-acoustic tapping to create music layers of tonal harmonics over free-flowing melodies, integrating blues, psychedelic bluegrass, folk, reggae and other genres, according to his website.
    Ibex also performs with jazz percussionist Tory Davis.
    “This is music that everyone can relate to,” he said.
    He plays his guitar vertically, horizontally and on his lap, and fools audiences into thinking multiple instruments are being played at once.
    “It allows me to use more of my brain and my heart than if I were simply playing normal chords,” he said. “To actually focus on two separate guitar lines ... it’s a really incredible feeling.”
    Ibex has been playing the guitar since he was 13. He performs all over the country, but has only been playing in this style for a little more than a year. He was experimenting at an eating establishment in California, and when he began, all voices stopped and turned to listen. At that point, Ibex said he knew he had something special.
    Although he has released two records since then, McPherson will aid in his first life album since that time, when he says he reinvented himself. Ibex said Kansas was a good place to obtain what he needs for this album.
    “I like the general public of Kansas,” he said. “They’re honest, good people who appreciate (music) for what it is. They’re going to be a really receptive audience for what we’re doing here.”
    Ibex said audience members will be told at the beginning of the performance his plans for the evening. Those who are there will receive a free song download.
    “It’s a very unique show,” he said. “I want the audience to really react and be part of the music. I will play at my very best level to inspire them.”
    Saturday’s performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22, $18, and $14 for adults, and $10 for students, and may be obtained by calling the McPherson Opera House at 620-241-1952 or www.mcphersonoperahouse.org.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information about Ibex or his music, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/scottibex.
    Contact Jenae Pauls at jenae.pauls@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @PaulsSentinel
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