Saturday, June 6, 2009

Natalia 'Saw Lady" Paruz and a 7th annual Musical Saw Ensemble will be gathering in Queens to attempt to break a Guinness World Record in Queens!

I happily posted this email and you may see me there celebrating having made it to 47 years old wearing a very tight t shirt that says Vote for Tony Avella for Mayor!  

Hi Suzannah,

I would like to ask you if you could blog on the 7th annual Musical Saw Festival in NYC, please, where an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the 'Largest Musical Saw Ensemble' will be conducted.
The current record, set in Poland last year, is 27 musical saw players.
Will we set a new record in NYC on July 18th?

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 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.

A video from last year's festival:

We hope that you would consider mentioning our unique event in your blog, please. It would be huge help to reach out to saw players (we need as many as possible for the Guinness attempt!). Musical saw players should contact the festival a.s.a.p. through the festival's website.

When: Saturday, July 18th, 2pm
Where: Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th street at 31st Ave), Astoria (Queens), NYC
Admission: $10
More info:

Thank you very much,
all the best,

Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz
Founder/director of the annual NYC Musical Saw Festival