The 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival was a big success, with 60 musical saw players performing! This is the largest number of musical saw players we ever had under one roof!
Chorus of the Saws – 60 musical saw players playing together
Photographer: Mark Louis
This weekend I attended the 11th annual international musical saw festival in New York, where I performed a section of one-woman show Step Ball Change. It was a roaring success and I had a great time so a big thanks to Natalia Paruz aka the Saw Lady for organizing the event.
It was fantastic. All 6 hours of it. I really enjoyed myself!
Amazing and humbling! Thanks so much
Musical saw quartet with the Astoria Choir
Photographer: Ignacio Guevara
This was definitely the best festival to date! Looking forward to the next one, stay in touch and Keep The Music Alive!
Thanks for a wonderful festival! We had so much fun!
Tale Egeberg Aasland
It was Musical Saw Heaven! I could have sat through a week of it.
I was almost dancing all the way back to my hotel because I had two days of saw music ringing in my head. When I got back home to England last night I was bursting to try all of the ideas and tips I had picked up at the festival.
I discussed the possible 2017 saw festival with my wife and son. If there is another festival, we certainly want to come.
I hope to see you in 2017
We really enjoyed the festival.
It was an absolute blast coming to NYC to play and meet you and all the other saw players. I can’t thank you enough for inviting me, and for all the hard work you did to organize the day.
It was a really inspiring trip overall. Thanks for kickstarting me into taking my music around the world!
Musical saw duet
Photographer: Ignacio Guevara
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
Flyer art by Zina Saunders
* 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.
* 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 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 player Katharina Micada of Germany will give a workshop about playing the musical saw without scratch sounds.
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 player Bronwen Naish of Wales will give a workshop about playing in tune and developing tone color.
Musical saw player Travis Bingaman of Seattle, WA, will give a beginners workshop to people with no musical saw experience.
Musical saw player Sarah Angliss of the UK will give an ‘Augmented Saw’ workshop.
How to get there:
Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th Street at 31st Avenue), Astoria, NY
* ‘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.
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).
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter congratulating the Musical Saw Festival!
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.
David Schmerler & Eric Rodrigues
Index Drums (Paul F King)
Photographer: Joseph Peknik III
I was glad I could make it… my first one. I was very impressed by all everything. The way it’s put together and run, it flows very well. And you make it look effortless.
Natalia! thank you so much for this awesome experience.
Your passion is magnetic and I’m glad we’ve made contact.
It was great seeing old faces and new and hearing some fantastic playing at the festival today! Nice job as always, Natalia! Thanks for all your hard work.
Had a blast Natalia!!
Pianist/organist Judy D.
Thanks for everything today. I had to leave at 5:45 to get home to start writing, but I had a great time while I was there.
WSJ reporter Andy B.
I just wanted to express again how much fun I had at the Saw Festival! It was an incredible experience.
i had a wonderful time. learned a lot. found out i’m not half-bad but there’s lots of great saws out there. and new and interesting styles etc. thanks natalia!
I enjoyed yesterday’s festival. Glad I went!
Russia’s premier TV channel reported on the NYC Musical Saw Festival
Many many thanks to Natalia Paruz for organizing another wonderful day full of singing saws!
Natalia, you rock! That was an amazing festival!
Your festival was absolutely genius!! What an experience to hear you, original pieces, divine sounds, great organization and a very charming announcer. You are truly amazing and I was honored to be at your concert. Hugs from around the corner.
Thank you! I really enjoyed meeting you and listening to the music on Saturday and wish I could have stayed longer. Thanks for having me, and congrats on a terrific event.
Wall Street Journal videographer
A fun event as always, Natalia!
I really enjoyed this event! it was great! – Congratulations to Natalia and to everyone involved in the organization of it, all your effort was reflected in a great result.
Had the time of my life.. Was wonderful to meet you in person.. Thanx for all your hard work & everyone else who made this event possible…
thoroughly enjoyable event, lovely to see folks from 2011 and to meet new players and performers.
Scott Munson’s new 4-piece work was outrageously wonderful, a joy to hear and the players–especially the saw player (Natalia)–the epitome of perfection.
Thank you Natalia and Scott and all your assistants for3a wonderful afternoon.
Poet Willa F.
The Saw Festival turned out to be a full house. Great show a usual.
The 10th musical saw festival has again shown your talent for organization and your dedication to the presentation of the musical saw. Each year, I’ve met new friends and chatted with folks I had met in past years. I’ve heard the soloist present diverse styles and have been inspired by the playing. Although I had to leave somewhat early to catch my train, I left with a renewed spirit of inspiration. It was a memorable day and I look forward to next year’s festival!
Thank you for all your efforts,
Think ya have Disneyland beat Natalia. Good work!
I just wanted to let you know what I great time we had!
Can’t wait for next year.
Again many thanks, I had a blast!
Thank you for Saw Fest X, it was SO great!
DJ Bronwin C.
Had a great time at the festival So looking forward to next year!!!!
It was such an awesome festival, so amazing in every way. Just amazing to have so many of us “musical sawyers” gathered together in one place. It was so nice to meet everyone!!
First of all, congratulations with the success of your 10th festival. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and for me it was an experience of a lifetime.
It was nice to meet you and the other saw players.
Travelling from USA to RSA for a holliday is cheap because you can buy almost R10 for $1. For me it was the opposite and even though I had sponsors, I still had to spend R5 000 from my bank account, but it was worth it.
I obtained a copy of the Wall Street Journal and my sponsors are very pleased,maybe I will get sponsored again next year.
thank you so much for having Adam Wirtzfeld and the Roe Family SIngers at the 10th Annual Saw Festival a few weeks ago on June 1. We had so much fun, as usual! I loved getting to hear so many different players from all over the world again this year. And I once again marveled at how, no matter when the festival is held, it always seems to be on the hottest day possible. ; )
We wish you continued success with your own performances and with the Saw Festival. Here’s hoping it lasts at least another ten years!
The Musical Saw Festival was a Gas- even more than the others I’ve been to- I saw a number of very artistic saw cases, and it seems that more and more good-lookin’ women are taking up the saw…of course I may have enjoyed it more since I got to sit in the back row with the bad kids….
Thank you so much for all of what you did for me in my recent New York trip.
I came back to Tokyo safely the day before yesterday. I really enjoyed 7 days of New York trip, especially the 10th NYC Musical Saw Festival. It was a great and special opportunity to be able to play musical saw in front of foreign audience for me and exchange friendship with US and international musical saw player. Especially it was a great pleasure that I could meet Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz, A person leading global musical saw scene.
I hope I can meet you again in the future.
Thank you again, Natalia and all the best,
I think Sawfest was great. I’ve known about it for a long time but this is the first time I came. Great space to have it in as well! One of those cool events that makes NYC great. I hope it continues to grow and grow.
This is Mike Waldeck Jr. from the saw festival this summer. Thanks for having me at the musical saw festival. I had a blast. It’s great to meet other saw players and see that they are all great people as a whole. I feel blessed to be a part of the saw community now. That festival was the highlight of a very busy summer.