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2020 Winter Salon Series Features Free Events in February and March

WHAT: 2020 Winter Salon Series

WHEN: Till March 28 at 2pm

WHERE: DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY

COST: Free and open to the public

NARROWSBURG - The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is excited to announce its 2020 Winter Salon Series, featuring free arts events on Saturday afternoons throughout the winter. "Whether it's hindsight, insight, or foresight they seek, our 2020 winter Salon Series encourages our audiences to connect and look back on the familiar, experience a transformation, and see the work with fresh eyes” shares DVAA’s Performing Arts Director, Matt Carpenter.

The Salon Series will conclude Saturday, February 22 at 2pm with an afternoon concert featuring jazz pianist and music educator Billy Lester. Based in Yonkers, New York, Lester belongs to the family tree of jazz pianists connected to Lennie Tristano, who planted the seeds for free-jazz improvisation. Studying with Tristano’s protégé Sal Mosca for 16 years, Lester is a “musician’s musician” who instinctively creates original compositions from variations on classic American songs' chord changes. Lester’s playing is gentle and probing, yet solid enough to carry strong melodic lines. Subtly transportive, you’ll find yourself getting swept away without even realizing you’re moving.

Come hear what the online magazine Slate chose as #7 on the list of “The Best Jazz of 2019” and observed “Lester ambles into uncharted alleys and wormholes while retaining an unassuming lyricism, and that’s rare”. Jazz Times praised Lester’s sound as "spirited, compelling, purposeful, and technically accomplished piano jazz.”

On Saturday, February 29 at 2pm, Salon Series continues with “Long/Gone” an epic and immersive paper-cut shadow show with live music performed by Philadelphia-based printmaker, shadow puppeteer, and paper-cut artist Erik Ruin and harpist Jesse Sparhawk.

Over 100 feet in length, “Long/Gone” is a single intricately-cut piece of paper that flows freely from image to image, while narratives and scenarios (drawn from classic works of literature from Homer to Dante) emerge, collapse, and spill over and into each other. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jesse Sparhawk will provide a live soundtrack on harp. Philly Voice calls it “stark, intricate and wondrous – Ruin’s paper-cut art combines the enthralling fantasy of a storybook with the prismatic, fragmented beauty of a stained-glass window.”

The following Saturday, March 7 at 2pm, Salon Series will feature a performance by musician Kevin Graham. Graham is a Narrowsburg, New York based multi-instrumentalist whose improvised musical style is widely influenced by many styles including jazz, classical, folk, and world music. From playing in east village clubs as a teenager to working as a studio musician in his 20s. Graham has collected many styles and techniques over the years and put them all together for his debut solo show. Looping live with his six string ukulele, electric guitar, fretless bass, vocals, and various percussive instruments, Graham will perform a mix of eclectic musical motifs and melodies with improvised rhythms and solos.

Graham pursues a balance between musicality and virtuosity, emphasizing emotional impact to build a composition in the moment. All of his creative endeavors share the same spark, a process rooted in improvisation and the shaping of ideas that appear to be born out of mistakes.

DVAA’s 2020 Winter Salon Series wraps up on Saturday, March 28, at 2pm with “Life in the Past Lane”. Jonathan Charles Fox and his sidekick Dharma the Wonder Dog will be making a pit stop at the Krause Recital Hall to regale audiences with a selection of stories culled from his colorful life on planet Earth. While some of his tales might seem out of this world, each is guaranteed to be new, true, unscripted and unrehearsed.

An award-winning columnist, author, photographer and self- proclaimed “Bon Vivant,” Jonathan Charles Fox’s “Life in the Past Lane” will regale audiences with his unique blend of humor, pathos, and more of the “self-serving ingratiating joie de vivre” that he’s famous for in some corner of the galaxy.

“It’s just how I roll,” Fox shared, regarding his “triumphant return” to the Salon Series. “I never really know what I’m going to say until the audience shows up, since they are an integral part of the experience,” he explained. “I may be in the driver’s seat, steering my way through my memoir - titled ‘Life in the Past Lane” but there will surely be bumps in the road, twists, and turns, and it’s possible some hazards will show up in the rear-view mirror. At some point, it will all screech to a halt, or simply crash and burn” he laments. Either way, at some point you’ll get to go home unscathed… I hope.”

DVAA is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY, and the events will take place at 2pm on the second floor in the intimate Krause Recital Hall.

Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule is subject to change due to weather and circumstances beyond our control. Please call ahead to confirm each event. More information is available by calling 845-252-7576 or visiting DVAA’s website, delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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