May 20, 2009

Largest Musical Saw Ensemble in NYC

New York goeds for a world record: the Largest Musical Saw Ensemble will play on Saturday, July 18th, 2009, 2pm in Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th Street at 31st Avenue), Astoria, NY. It's part of the 7th annual NYC Musical Saw Festival.

The art form of making music with a carpenter's handsaw has been around for 300 years, but has become almost forgotten since the 1930's. The festival's founder/director Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz set up to make sure this unique art form does not disappear.

For the past 7 years Astoria (Queens) became a pilgrimage spot for musical saw players from all over the world. In past years musical saw players from China, Japan, India, Germany, Canada and all over the USA participated. The festival, which is supported by the Queens Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NY State Council on the Arts, includes a concert, an art exhibit and a workshop - all centered around the musical saw, of course.

Watch a video of last year's annual NYC Musical Saw Festival.


(Thanks: Michelle)

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