The Salon makes a return to Justice Snow’s |

The Salon makes a return to Justice Snow’s

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Poet, musician and storyteller Natalie Spears will tell the Tale of Liza and the Fox using a homemade scrolling panorama called a Crankie, a 19th Century storytelling art form, at The Salon at Justice Snow's on April 10.
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The Salon at Justice Snow’s returns to Aspen on April 10 with a roster of all new artists performing a variety of different works.

“I am excited to welcome these amazing performers for the first time to the Salon at Justice Snow’s,” said renowned composer and salon curator Andrea Clearfield.

Clearfield and performance artist and co-curator Alya Howe each select three individual performers or groups to showcase their diverse talents in front of an audience of 50 people.

The Salon is an award-winning performance series in Philadelphia modeled after the 19th-century European salons. Founded in 1986 by composer and Aspen Music Festival and School alum Clearfield, these events feature a broad spectrum of artistic performance, including all types of music, spoken word, dance and multimedia works. Many of the pieces and ensembles are experimental and created specifically to suit the intimate atmosphere.

While each salon is different, they’re all intended to have a powerful, inspirational impact that comes from the close connection between the artists and the audience. Previous events have sold out multiple times and earned rave reviews from both audiences and performers.

“We’re so lucky to have award-winning Philadelphia multilingual jazz vocalist Phyllis Chapell, praised as ‘enchanting and enthralling,’ sing some of her signature world songs,” Clearfield said. “Virtuoso pianist Karolina Syrovatkova is another great solo artist on the program. Hailed for her elegance, exquisite sound and technical bravura, she will perform music by Czech composers. I’m also thrilled to welcome touring duo ‘modern troubadours’ Genna and Jesse, who will bring their vibrant, joyful music and nomadic folk tales to Aspen.”

Howe said she’s “excited to be presenting a super-diverse second act” lineup at the Salon.

“We’ve got three potent, young artists sharing three different art forms, all of whom have a strong relationship to the valley,” Howe said. “Vibrant Natalie Spears, known as a musician, upright bass player, singer-songwriter, will be sharing a new work in a new medium. She’ll be storytelling with a ‘crankie,’ which she has been developing whilst studying at Naropa University.

“Visual artist Takeo Hiromitsu is a provocative thinker, so be prepared to dig deep. He is an integral member to the Gravity Productions tribe bringing vitality and activism to Aspen at the Crystal Palace and is also part of the team responsible for creating the exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum,” she added. “Stefano Da Fre is on his way to the Cannes Film Festival for his role in a new film; as a massive act of generosity he is coming to the Salon to share his poetry,” Howe said. “Be prepared to be melted by his love poems! I have even asked my daughter to drive all the way from Boulder to hear how this young man is willing to courageously speak about how to give yourself to love, completely.”

For a list of the full program or to reserve a seat, visit http://justice


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