Who is the Artist/Organization? NYC Musical Saw Festival/Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz
Date of the Event? 06/01/2013, 2pm
Where is the event taking place? Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11103
Concert & art exhibit revolving around the 300 year old art of playing music on a carpenter’s handsaw, with participation of 40 musical saw players from around the world.
Musical saw solos & ensembles, performing many music styles (classical, contemporary, pop, folk, show-tunes, etc.) performed by musical saw players from all over the world. World premiers of music written especially for the musical saw by Scott Munson and Ady Cohen, as well as the ‘Chorus of the Saws’ – 40 musical saw players playing together. A chamber orchestra conducted by Dan Radtke will accompany musical saw player Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz in a presentation of the musical saw as an ensemble instrument.
For the past 10 years Astoria (Queens) became a pilgrimage spot for musical saw players from all over the world. This year musical saw players from South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Poland, Canada and all over the USA registered to perform. The festival is in the Guinness Book of Records for the ‘Largest Musical Saw Ensemble’ (53 musical saw players playing together).
The festival’s goal is to preserve & advance the art of saw playing by showcasing playing techniques & saws, educating composers, bringing the saw to public awareness, getting recognition for the saw as a legitimate music instrument, inspiring learning to play it, educating people of its history, showing the diversity of the saw & of the people who play it, its multi-cultural origin, using it as a bridge between cultures through their united history of playing music on a saw.