Musical Saw Festival 2015

The 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival


When – Saturday, May 30th 2015, 2pm
Where – Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th Street at 31st Avenue), Astoria, NY

Musical Saw Festival flyer
Flyer art by Zina Saunders

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Program:


* The Astoria Choir will sing with musical saws Special Guest Performance: The Astoria Symphonic Choir – musical saws and singing voices combined.
Pianist: Christopher Bradshaw

 
* NATALIA ‘SAW LADY’ PARUZ, founder & organizer of the Musical Saw Festival, will present the musical saw as an ensemble instrument in music composed for film.
 
 
 
 
 
* Trinity Handbell Choir Special guest performance: Trinity Handbell Choir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

* Premier of a new composition for the musical saw, handbells and piano by composer Scott Munson.
Pianist: Christopher Bradshaw

* A musical saw art exhibit

Paintings by: Michael Friedman, Jas Ingram, Lisa Alonso Canellas, Yirmi Pinkus, Zina Saunders, Heidi Younger, Aaron Porter, Jamie Isenstein, Kenly Dillard, Rodney Bauer, Miriam Paskalski, Barrett Cobb, Alyssa Steele, Young Joo, Michael Watson, Kauri Sievers

* Solos by musical saw players from around the world

* Meet the oldest saw player – 95 years old sawist who’s been playing for 75 years and is still performing!

* The Japan Saw Orchestra – 20 people playing musical saw together.

* The ‘Chorus of the Saws’ (all participating musical saw players playing together, accompanied by Judy Dimino on organ and piano).

The musical saw player who travels the farthest in order to attend the festival is considered the “guest of honor”.

Musical Saw Workshops


Musical Saw Festival workshop instructor Olivier Doucet Musical saw player Olivier Doucet of Canada will give a workshop about saw modifications and design. Points in the workshop:
Removing the stiffener of the handle
Removing the teeth
Reducing the size of the tip
Curving the edge of the saw
Bronze and nickel silver musical saws
Handle design for maximum base notes
(This is a hands-on workshop where musical saw players will be able to try playing different designs of saws).

Musical Saw Festival workshop instructor Katharina Micada Musical saw player Katharina Micada of Germany will give a workshop about playing the musical saw without scratch sounds.

Musical Saw Festival workshop instructor Leanne Wiberg Musical saw player Leanne Wiberg of Virginia will give a workshop titled ‘The Sounds of Science’, about the science Behind the musical saw.

Musical Saw Festival workshop instructor Bronwen Naish Musical saw player Bronwen Naish of Wales will give a workshop about playing in tune and developing tone color.

Musical Saw Festival workshop instructor Travis Bingaman Musical saw player Travis Bingaman of Seattle, WA, will give a beginners workshop to people with no musical saw experience.
 
 

Festival's location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Astoria

 
How to get there:
Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th Street at 31st Avenue), Astoria, NY

Parking: Street

Public Transportation:

* ‘R’ subway train to Queens: Get off at the Steinway St, Station. Exit near intersection of Broadway and Steinway Street. Walk (2 blocks) west on Broadway towards 38th street. Turn right onto 37th St. Church is at the end of the block.

* ‘N’ or ‘Q’ subway train to Queens: Get off at the ‘Broadway’ stop. Walk on Broadway to 37th street (6 blocks). Turn left onto 37th street. Church is at the end of the block.

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Admission: $10
 
 

NYC Musical Saw Festival souvenir T-shirts will be available for purchase:

* new design (M, L, XL, – $20 each, XXL – $25)

* old design (only L available – $20 each).

Orange Musical Saw Festival t-shirt

 


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter congratulating the Musical Saw Festival!
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Time Magazine’s report of the Musical Saw Festival:


 

Musical saw players wishing to participate in the festival:

If you would like to participate as a saw player (whether as a soloist, a participant in the ‘Chorus of the Saws’ or to take the workshop) or as a member of the audience, please contact us through the ‘Contact’ page and send us your name, e-mail address and whether you are a saw player or not.

If you wish to sponsor the NYC Musical Saw Festival – please contact us.

THANK YOU to the NYC Musical Saw Festival’s angels:
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Jas Ingram
David Schmerler & Eric Rodrigues
Al Felman
Susan Banks
Roger Marchese
Nicki Aycox
Gregor Kitzis
Arthur Tobias
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The NYC Musical Saw Festival became a biennial event (taking place every other year) since 2011

Musical Saw Festival 2013

You’re invited to the 10th NYC Musical Saw Festival:

Musical Saw Festival 2013
Flyer art by Zina Saunders

Download the 2013 NYC Musical Saw Festival Flyer
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When: Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 2pm
Where: Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th Street at 31st Avenue), Astoria, NY

Church where the NYC Musical saw Festival takes place

How to get there:
Parking: Street
Public Transportation:
* ‘R’ subway train to Queens: Get off at the Steinway St, Station. Exit near intersection of Broadway and Steinway Street. Walk (2 blocks) west on Broadway towards 38th street. Turn right onto 37th St. Church is at the end of the block.
* ‘N’ or ‘Q’ subway train to Queens: Get off at the ‘Broadway’ stop. Walk on Broadway to 37th street (6 blocks). Turn left onto 37th street. Church is at the end of the block.
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Admission: $10

The NYC Musical Saw Festival recieved a proclamation from the Borough President of Queens, Helen Marshall, declaring June 1st 2013 ‘Musical Saw Festival Day’ in Queens!

Musical saw Festival Day

What:

* NATALIA ‘SAW LADY’ PARUZ, founder & organizer of the Musical Saw Festival, will present the musical saw as an ensemble instrument in music composed for film and TV

* Premier of new compositions for the musical saw by composers Ady Cohen and Scott Munson

* A musical saw art exhibit
Paintings by: Lisa Alonso Canellas, Shoshana Kertesz Hoyt, Yirmi Pinkus, Zina Saunders, Heidi Younger, Aaron Porter, Jamie Isenstein, Kenly Dillard, Rodney Bauer, Miriam Paskalski, Barrett Cobb, Alyssa Steele, Young Joo, Michael Watson, Kauri Sievers

* Musical saw poetry: poet Willa France will recite her poetry about the musical saw.

* Solos by musical saw players from around the world

* The ‘Chorus of the Saws’ (all participating musical saw players playing together, accompanied by piano).

* Musical saw workshops
Musical Saw Festival workshop instructor Olivier Doucet Musical saw player Olivier Doucet of Canada will teach a workshop about his unique technique. Points in the workshop:
Advantage of moving both ends of the saw
Approach of bowing based on fundamental physics (from light and fast to slow and heavy)
Fundamental difference between violin bow and musical saw bow
How to jump from note to note without glissando
How to avoid scratching sound
Edge modification & conditioning
Staccato on the saw
Modulating the sound level of a high note after playing a low note

musical saw player Doc George - photo by Pat Merino Musical saw player Doc George of NY will teach a workshop about the hammered musical saw.
musical saw player Mike Waldeck Jr Musical saw player Mike Waldeck Jr. of West Virginia will teach a workshop about miking the musical saw
musical saw player Thom EnoMusical saw player Thom Eno of Michigan will teach a Beginner Saw workshop (for people who have never played saw before) – covering how to hold the saw, picking a good saw and some basic theory with demonstrations and a chance for everyone to try to play a saw or two.

The musical saw player who travels the farthest in order to attend the festival is considered the “guest of honor”.

NYC Musical Saw Festival souvenir T-shirts will be available for purchase:
* new design (M, L, XL, – $20 each, XXL – $25)
* old design (only L available – $20 each).

Orange Musical Saw Festival t-shirt

Time Magazine’s report of the last Musical Saw Festival:



Musical saw players wishing to participate in the festival :
If you would like to participate as a saw player (whether as a soloist, a participant in the ‘Chorus of the Saws’ or to take the workshop) or as a member of the audience, please contact us through the ‘Contact’ page and send us your name, e-mail address and whether you are a saw player or not.


If you wish to sponsor the NYC Musical Saw Festival – please contact us.

Non musical saw musicians participating in the festival:

Ady CohenComposer ADY COHEN is a film composer who composed for the musical saw in his score for the award winning animation film ‘Strings’.
He also composes music for the stage, TV and the concert hall. He is the winner of the 2012 ACUM (Israeli ASCAP) Award for Best Score for a Children’s Film, and the 1998 Israeli Academy Award for Best Film Score. His career ignited with the help of the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein, who has been Ady’s patron and sponsored his studies at New York University where he graduated with Honors as a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Ady has composed over 30 film scores, among them: “Passover Fever”, “Song of the Siren”, “Dangerous Acts” and more. He has written the music for numerous theater plays, among them “The Imaginary Invalid”, “Night in Tel Aviv”, “Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson”, and dance performances, as well as for TV films and series, such as “The Ex List” (Channel 2, sold to NBC), “When Shall We Kiss” (Channel 10, sold to HBO Europe), “Custody” (Channel 2), “Deus” (The Children’s Channel) and more. His talents are also employed by the advertising industry in TV, cinema and radio commercials and jingles.

Scott Munson Composer SCOTT MUNSON’s music has been performed throughout the world in concert halls, TV and on radio. He composed numerous pieces for the musical saw, including the musical saw solo in the Fox Searchlight movie ‘Another Earth’.
In 2007 his work “The Undeterred” for piano, voice and musical saw, premiered at Carnegie recital hall and was later repeated at New York’s Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. His ballet “Stand Back” (with musical saw part) has been performed numerous times by members of the Eric Hawkins Dance Company. In 2009 the ballet company Eidolon performed choreography to two of his works for musical saw at the Joyce Theatre Soho. His two works for musical saw and string quartet were played at a concert in Israel in spring 2010.
Mr. Munson’s music has been heard on many TV stations including CBS, MTV, FOX,CNN, Bravo, A&E, The WE Channel, The History Channel as well as on radio stations such as XM Radio, WBAI, Radio Marabu (Germany), Radio Centraal (Belgium) and others. In 2006 an hour long radio program dedicated to the music of Mr. Munson along with an interview with the composer aired on Radio Kol Hamusika in Israel, the most prestigious classical radio station in that country.
He has won numerous awards, commissions and grants including first place in National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Songs Considered” contest for his original arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and a “Meet The Composer” grant for his composition “Fantasy” for trumpet and vibraphone.

Daniel RadtkeDANIEL RADTKE (Conductor) has conducted a wide repertory from Medieval through Modern music with the Goliard Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, The Astoria Symphony, The Most Precious Blood Concert Choir and Orchestra, The Bronx Concert Singers, The Brooklyn Consort, The Canby Singers, The Saint Joseph?s Chorale and Orchestra. As a singer, he has performed as a member of The Greg Smith Singers, The Manhattan Chorale, The National Chorale, The Juilliard Choral Singers, The New York Choral Artists, The Temple Emmanuel Choir, Musica Sacra and Voices of Ascension. As a member of the Commission on Music for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese, has performed as conductor, cantor and organist and has directed workshops in Song Leading and Conducting. He began his professional career in 1973 as a member of the U. S. O. performing for American troops in Europe. He is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point where he frequently performed leading roles in musical theater, opera and dance productions. He has been the Music Director at Most Precious Blood parish in Astoria for the past 23 years. Dan has been a long time advocate of the music of Scott Munson. He has commissioned and conducted premiers of many composers dating back to 1980.

Lawrence Zoernig LAWRENCE ZOERNIG (Cello) has been principal cellist of many New York symphony and chamber orchestras, including New York Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia, Opera Manhattan and the New York Scandia Symphony.
He has appeared with well-known dance ensembles including the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the David Parsons Dance Company. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York and the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
His Scandia Quartet was invited to play for former US President
Jimmy Carter and his wife, Roslyn, at the Carter Center in Atlanta,
Georgia, and for the Prince and Princess of Denmark at the Hans Christian Anderson Centenniel Celebration.
As a concert artist on the international scene, Mr. Zoernig has
been presented at the Teatro Amazones in Manaus, Brazil and the World Expo in Seville, Spain and has also performed extensively on Cunard Line cruise ships throughout the world, as well as on the National Tour of the award winning hit Broadway show, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.
Meet the Composer Foundation provided Mr. Zoernig with a
grant for his work as a composer of music for cello.
He received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School.

Elaine Olschesky ELAINE OLSCHESKY (Flute) residing in Astoria, Queens, is active in many areas of the classical music business, holding positions as a performer, music instructor and arts administrator. She received her Master’s Degree in flute performance from New York University where she studied privately with world-renowned flutist, Keith Underwood, and new music/extended technique classes with Robert Dick. She earned her Bachelor of Music in performance from Ithaca College where she studied with Kelly Covert. Ms. Olschesky’s previous engagements include a solo concerto world premiere with the Astoria Symphony, two concerto soloist performances with Goliard Concerts, and principal flute/piccolo concerto soloist with the Queensborough Orchestra. She has also performed with the Light Opera of New York, the Julliard School, Ohio Light Opera, Vertical Player Repertory, Christ Church Festival Orchestra, and with the New Music and Dance Ensemble at NYU’s contemporary music festival in Genova, Italy. Ms. Olschesky was the conductor and chamber music coach for NYU’s Wednesday Night Orchestra, and she has held several arts administration positions as the Administrative Director of Goliard Concerts, Orchestra Manager for NYU’s Symphony Orchestra, and additional positions with MidAmerica Productions and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Kathleen Ditmer KATHLEEN DITMER (French Horn) M.A., Western Illinois University; B.M., Hartt College of Music. Studied with Paul Ingraham, William Capps, James Jacobs. Former faculty member, pre-college divisions of Manhattan School of Music and Hartt College of Music. Currently teaches privately, at the Wharton School of Music, and at select summer band camps nationwide. Well-known French Hornist with a wide variety of solo, chamber music, orchestral, brass band and jazz band credits in New York and New Jersey as well as throughout the U.S. Extensive career includes performances with the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Long Island Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. Broadway credits include Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Recordings with Odyssey, Audio Media, Sound Stage Productions, LSI Studios, Nashville Sound Studios, and Opryland USA Show Orchestra.

Alex Anisimov ALEXANDR ANISIMOV (Violin) was born in Russia in 1975 into a musical family, and started his musical studies at the age of six. He graduated from the Russian State Music Academy and also has got the postgraduate Diploma with Prof. Shisman.
Since 2000 he has regularly performed as a soloist and conductor with various orchestras in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan (Tatarstan), Ufa (Bashkortostan), Astana (Kazakhstan) and others. Since 2010 to 2012 Alexander has worked in the National Symphony Orchestra (Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia) as a concertmaster, soloist and a second conductor.
Alexander was the first performer of works by contemporary composers and composes himself. In 2009 Alexander was admitted to the Association of Russian Composers. For his achievements in performing arts, he was awarded a grant from the Russian Musical Association, TV prize “Person of the Year”, and Orenburg Governor’s Prize.
He has also been the prize winner of the following International competitions: “Citta di Moncalieri” (1999, Italy); “Hopes, Talents, Masters” (2004, 2007, Bulgaria); “Valtidone Competition” (2005, Italy) and others. He was awarded prizes in various categories: “Solo performance (Violin)”, “Chamber Ensemble”, “Composition”.
In 2011 Alexander has received his PHD.

Bass player Mark Wade MARK WADE (Bass) A graduate of New York University, Bassist Mark Wade is an active freelance player. Credits include the Janecek Philharmonic, Orchestra of the SEM, The Antara Ensemble, Orchestra of the Bronx, DiCapo Opera, Key West Symphony, Light Opera of New York, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He played on Broadway for “It A’int Nothin But The Blues”. Jazz credits include Jimmy Heath’s “Four Black Immortals” project, Stacy Kent, Bill Warfield, and The Natchez Music Festival. He is a founding member of the Queens Jazz OverGround.

jeff ellenberger JEFFREY ELLENBERGER (Viola) Violist/violist/mandolinist/conductor Jeffrey Ellenberger graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Erick Friedman. He will receive his masters degree in conducting from Rutgers University in Spring of 2014. He has performed as the concertmaster of the Bar Harbor Festival Orchestra, and played on Broadway with “Les Miserables”, and with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and New York City Opera. In the pop world, he has performed for Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. This is his 8th season as conductor of the New York Mandolin Orchestra, which perhaps will soon feature a soloist performing on the saw!

JULIANNE KLOPOTIC violin JULIANNE KLOPOTIC (Violin) Founder of Light and Sound Concerts, a new music series residing in Brooklyn, NY. She received degrees with honors from the North Carolina School for the Arts, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Mannes College, with post graduate studies at Juilliard. Appearing as a performing artist in NYC and abroad, she is winner of the Artists International Solo Competition, grant recipient of the Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, NY Women Composers Society and has been nominated into both National and International Who’s Who of performers. In addition, to her classical performance is her innate ability to work with and record 20/21st century chamber music; including works of living composers and arranging for songwriters/bands. Recordings Ms Klopotic can be heard: A&M, Arista , American Federation of Microtonal Music, 4-Tay, Colombia, Durtro, Electra, Geffen , Equal Vision, Naxos, Pitch, Polygram, Restless, Socialist, Stockholm , Sony Classical, TTP, Touch and Go and Universal records.
Julianne has played with and arranged for strings and saw on the album ‘Dogs’ with Nina Nastaia. (track-Stormy Weather) You can learn more about Julianne by visiting her Light & Sound website at www.lightandsound-concerts.org

Carlos Baptiste - violin CARLOS BAPTISTE (Violin) was born in London England of Caribbean parentage. At the age of seven he began his Violin studies and continued them at the Yehudi Menuhin school and the Royal Academy of Music in London. During his studentship at the Academy, Mr Baptiste was the recipient of the Academy’s highest honors in Violin performance including the Concerto competition in which he performed the Concerto in D major by Tchaikovsky.
Mr Baptiste came to New York City to continue his studies at the Mannes College of Music as a scholarship recipient. Carlos Baptiste currently makes his home in New York City and he makes regular appearances as a soloist and chamber musician. He is also founder of the critically acclaimed African-American group “Diaspora Chamber Players.”

Nuno Antunes - clarinet NUNO ANTUNES (clarinet) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and began his music studies at the C.N.R. of Leiria at age 11. Mr. Antunes continued his education at ANSO (Lisbon), and earned his MM at Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Antunes’ appearance in competitions has resulted in several prizes, including the R.D.P. Young Musicians Prize and the Portuguese Young Clarinetist Competition. Having a recognized versatility in several different musical styles, Nuno Antunes has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician and in various professional orchestras, both in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.
His love for chamber music led to the creation of The Gene Project, a unique combination of clarinet, bassoon and harp. He is also a member of Ensemble 54 clarinet quartet. Mr. Antunes had his NYC debut as a soloist in 2007 at Musica Bella Concert Series and he gave a recital at the XX International Clarinet Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal).
Mr. Antunes is the principal clarinetist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and a member of IRIS orchestra.
Nuno Antunes teaches clarinet at the Horace Mann School and is on the faculty for Praxis Youth Leadership Orchestra and for New York Summer Music Festival

Francisco Salazar - violin FRANCISCO SALAZAR (Violin) Born in Caracas Venezuela, Francisco Salazar began his violin studies at age 6, and at age 8 made his debut as a soloist with orchestra. Since then he has performed extensively as a concert violinist, and has toured all over the world with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela which he joined at age 14. Having already established himself as one of the top performers in his native country, Francisco decided to come to the United States to attend The Juilliard School where he obtained his B.M and M.M degrees as a scholarship student of Margaret Pardee. Since coming to the States Francisco has continued the success that started early on in his native country, and has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician to rave reviews by music critics in prestigious venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie’s Weill, Kimmel Center, and many others.
Currently Francisco resides in New York City, is a member of the Harrisburg Symphony, concertmaster of a variety of ensembles in NYC, and maintains a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician.

JUDY DIMINO (piano) is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving in the choir, the handbell choir, as an assisting minister, and as a substitute organist. Judy is a graduate of Queens College, now known as the Aaron Copland School of Music, with a B.A. in Music Education.
Judy was a pianist for the Committee Of Police Societies Chorus and Runner-Up in the International Piano Recording Competition 1982 She received the Presiding Bishop’s Certificate of Church Music from the Leadership Program for Musicians at The Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, Long Island in 2004. Judy has taught piano, guitar and accordion in various locations in the Queens area. Judy recently received a Certificate in Church Music from Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, New Jersey.

Romulo Benavides violin ROMULO BENAVIDES (Violin) studied with the late Emil Friedman in his native Venezuela and obtained his Bachelors degree from The Juilliard School. As Concertmaster of Arcos Juveniles de Caracas, he performed as soloist in the United States, Spain, Dominican Republic and throughout Venezuela, and in 1985, he won 1st Prize at the Juan Bautista Plaza Violin Competition in Caracas. He went on to perform as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Carabobo Chamber Orchestra and the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. In New York City he has performed with the Carpentier Quartet, Ensemble America, Frank Valiente Tango Quintet, and with Mauricio Najt and Alberto Quiroga. Benavides performs as the first violinist of the Dali Quartet and is Concertmaster and featured soloist of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for New World Records and performed in master classes for Itzhak Perlman at Brooklyn College and for Peter Winograd at The Aspen Music School.

Musical Saw Festival 2011

You’re invited to the 9th annual NYC Musical Saw Festival:

2011 Musical Saw Festival flyer
Flyer art by Zina Saunders

Download the 2011 NYC Musical Saw Festival Flyer
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Two on a page DOWNLOAD HERE
Four on a page DOWNLOAD HERE

When: Saturday, July 16th, 2011, 2pm.

Where: Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street (corner of Newtown Avenue), Astoria, NY 11102-3142
The entrance to the festival is on Newtown Avenue.



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Parking: Street
Public Transportation: N/Q Train to 30th Ave (walk on 31st street one blockto Newtown Avenue. Make a left onto Newtown Avenue. Walk almost 4 blocks to the Hellenic Cultural Center).

Admission: $10

What:
NATALIA ‘SAW LADY’ PARUZ, founder & organizer of the Musical Saw Festival, will present the musical saw as an ensemble instrument in contemporary and classical music, with participation of a string quartet and a handbell choir.

* Premier of 2 new compositions for the musical saw by composers Scott Munson and Eyal Bat (piece for four musical saws and piano), commissioned for the Musical Saw Festival.

* A musical saw art exhibit
Paintings by: Zina Saunders, Heidi Younger, Aaron Porter, Miriam Paskalski, Jamie Isenstein, Kenly Dillard, Barrett Cobb, Alyssa Steele, Young Joo, Michael Watson, Kauri Sievers, Claude Bonang

*Musical saw poetry: poet Willa France will recite her poetry about the musical saw.

* Solos by saw players from around the world

* The ‘Chorus of the Saws’ (all participating musical saw players playing together, accompanied by piano).

* Musical saw workshop
 
The musical saw player who travels the farthest in order to attend the festival is considered the “guest of honor”.

NYC Musical Saw Festival souvenir T-shirts will be available for purchase:
* new design (M, L, XL, – $20 each, XXL – $25)
* old design (only L available – $20 each).

Orange Musical Saw Festival t-shirt





Non musical saw musicians participating in the festival:

Trinity Handbell Choir TRINITY HANDBELL CHOIR, directed by Richard Walker

Lawrence Zoernig LAWRENCE ZOERNIG (cello), has been principal ‘cellist of many New York symphony and chamber orchestras, including New York Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia and Opera Manhattan. Mr. Zoernig premièred Lars-Erik Larsson’s Concertino for ‘Cello and String Orchestra at Trinity Church with the New York Scandia Symphony, for which he is also principal ‘cellist. He has also recently performed the Cello Concerto by Johan Svendsen with the Scandia Symphony.
As a chamber musician, he performs frequently with the Goliard
Ensemble and Bachanalia. He has appeared with such noted artists as
violinists Nina Beilina, Sidney Harth and Mark Peskanov, clarinetist
Charles Neidich, guitarist David Starobin, and well-known dance
ensembles including the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the David
Parsons Dance Company. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York and the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C..
His Scandia Quartet was invited to play for former US President
Jimmy Carter and his wife, Roslyn, at the Carter Center in Atlanta,
Georgia, and for the Prince and Princess of Denmark at the New York
Public Library’s Hans Christian Anderson Centenniel Celebration.
As a concert artist on the international scene, Mr. Zoernig has
been presented at the Teatro Amazones in Manaus, Brazil and the World Expo in Seville, Spain and has also performed extensively on Cunard Line cruise ships Queen Elizabeth II, Caronia, Vistafjord, Sagafjord, and Royal Viking Sun throughout the world.
Lawrence Zoernig recently returned from the National Tour of the
award winning hit Broadway show, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.
Meet the Composer Foundation recently provided Mr. Zoernig with a
grant for his work as a composer of music for cello. Additionally, he
maintains an active teaching schedule and is presently a faculty
member of the Sylvan Academy of Music in Closter, NJ.
Lawrence Zoernig was born in 1960 in Sioux City, Iowa. He began
studying ‘cello at age eight. He attended the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, an arts-centered boarding school. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Alan Harris, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Harvey Shapiro. At Juilliard he also worked extensively with Felix Galimir, Joel Krosnick, John, Cage, Albert Fuller and Jaap Schröder.
He has also coached with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Budapest,
Tokyo, and Hungarian Quartets.
He plays a Stradivarious model ‘cello made by Tim Hulley of Ottawa,
Ontario, completed in 2004.

Olivier Fluchaire - violinOLIVIER FLUCHAIRE (violin), won his first international competition at the age of 11. Two years later, upon receiving his Premier Prix from the Grenoble Conservatory, he entered London’s prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School. At the Menuhin School, he had the privilege of studying with Lord Menuhin himself and in 1991, performed J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with Maestro Menuhin at the Montpellier Opera House, France. By the time he arrived in America in 1992, he had already concertized in Austria, England, France, Belgium, Lithuania and Russia.
Mr. Fluchaire gave his New York recital debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2001 as winner of the Artists International Competition. Following engagements with the French Philharmonia Orchestra, Bachanalia Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Hunter Symphony, Orchestra of the Bronx and the Camerata Lisy, he has recorded for the Vox and Keuka Labels, as well as Radio France, MDR Leipzig, “The Listening Room with Robert Sherman,” WQXR-FM, National Public Radio and the BBC Television, Bronxnet Television, National Educational Television and France 3 Television.
Olivier Fluchaire has performed chamber music concerts alongside members of the Guarneri, American, and Emerson string quartets, as well as Martin Canin, Nina Beilina, Mark Peskanov and Anthony McGill and is a founding member of the New York String Quartet. An ardent champion of new music, he has premiered works by standing composers such as Toshi Ichiyanagi, Samuel Adler, Nils Vigeland, David Keberle, Mathew Harris, Gerald Chenoweth, Lethat Klein and Elias Tanenbaum.

Rachel Golub - violinRACHEL GOLUB (violin) is a violinist, vocalist, string arranger and session artist of many colors and sounds. She has been seen on stage with artists ranging from Sting, Elton John and Lady Gaga to Jay-Z, Andrea Bocelli, Florence Welch, Joss Stone and Suzanne Vega.
As an arranger and session artist, her performances can be heard on recordings with EarthRise SoundSystem (Makyen Ghrir Allah, Ajnabee), The Walkmen (Lisbon), Ryuchi Sakamoto, Breaking Benjamin (Without You), Modern English, Average Superstar, Lucy Woodward, Seth Glier (The Next Right Thing), Chris Caffery, and many others. As her alter-ego, Go-Ray, she and writing partner Duke Mushroom recently released ‘The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke’, featuring Duke’s beats and Go-Ray’s strings and vocals, on Yoga Organix/Black Swan.
In New York, Rachel can be heard leading improvising ensembles like Ensemble Sospeso and the Club Foot Orchestra, often accompanying silent films, and performing with the Sirius Quartet or members of FLUX. She is a frequent player with Elliott Sharp’s Orchestra Carbon and Syndakit, and was featured in 2010 at the Whitney Museum’s Christian Marclay Festival.
As an orchestral player she is often onstage with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Jersey Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Opera Orchestra New York, Sympho, and other symphonic engagements ranging from Star Wars in Concert to Pierre Hughye’s antarctic orchestra for ‘A journey that wasn’t’. Other regular chamber music engagements include North/South Consonance, Lost Dog Composers’ Collective, Lincoln Center Present’s educational programs, and Musica Viva. Rachel was the violin soloist with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre’s klezmer band for their production of ‘On Second Avenue’ and the BQE Project’s The Golem, featured live on WNYC on several occasions.
Rachel is featured on White Swan, EMI and Chesky Records, and in Universal and Warner Bros. pictures including ‘Music & Lyrics’.

Boris Deviatov - violaBORIS DEVIATOV (viola) – Boris Deviatov earned his Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Music from the Lvov State Conservatory, Ukraine. As a member of the Leontovych String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets from the former Soviet Union, Mr. Deviatov has appeared in the major concert halls of North America, South America and Europe. He also participated in numerous international festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Music Mountain, and the Newport Music Festival.
His chamber music performances include collaborations with such distinguished artists as Yuri Bashmet, Ruggiero Ricci, Ruth Laredo, Vladimir Spivakov, and Samuel Sanders. Mr. Deviatov is the winner of several competitions, both as a violist and conductor, the most notable being first prize in the All Soviet Union Viola Competition. He has concertized throughout the Soviet Union and Europe as a music director, conductor and soloist of the Ivano-Frankovsk Chamber Orchestra.
Here in the United States, he performs as a member of the Lumina String Quartet and the New York Chamber Symphony. He is a principal violist of the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra and the String Orchestra of New York City. Mr. Deviatov has recorded for Greystone Records, Koch International Classics, The Musical Heritage Society, and Melodia (USSR).

Musical saw workshop:
Open to musical saw players only (not open to the public at large).
The workshop will take place after the concert.
Adam Wirtzfeld Musical saw player Adam Wirtzfeld of MN will teach the technique of Multiphonics – playing two notes at once on the saw, using overtones.
Doc George - photo by Pat MerinoMusical saw player Doc George of NY will teach a workshop about the hammered musical saw.
musical saw workshop instructorMusical saw player Joel Eckhaus of ME will teach a workshop about the “long bow” technique.
Gene NicholsMusical saw player Gene Nichols of ME (Associate Professor of Music, University of Maine) will teach a workshop about ‘A Lumberjack Song’ for saw and chamber orchestra.


Last year’s Musical Saw Festival:





Musical saw players wishing to participate in the festival :
If you would like to participate as a saw player (whether as a soloist, a participant in the ‘Chorus of the Saws’ or to take the workshop) or as a member of the audience, please contact us through the ‘Contact’ page and send us your name, e-mail address and whether you are a saw player or not.


Queens Council on the Arts NYSCA
The festival is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.